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UPDATE: Stolen Car Pulled From Bay, Just Off Route 37 Bridge

Recovery not related to Hurricane Sandy; car was stolen, police said

The vehicle removed Tuesday from the water near the end of the Tunney Bridge had been reported stolen in January, police said.

The New Jersey State Police notified Toms River police on Feb. 18 that the vehicle, a 2011 Ford Edge, was in the water, about 100 feet east of the shoreline at the Pier One Motel, said Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy.

"Corporeal Paul Burkhardt of the Toms River Police Dive Team inspected the vehicle determined it was not occupied and retrieve its license plate," the chief said.

Police determined that the vehicle was reported stolen from a Nostrand Drive home in Holiday City, Berkeley, on Jan. 23.

"Working with New Jersey State Police and Berkeley Township Police, the vehicle was towed from the bay on Tuesday afternoon," Mastronardy said.

The vehicle was not related to the storm Sandy.

Some on social media had speculated that the vehicle may have found its way into the bay because of Hurricane Sandy. The bay is among the many New Jersey waterways that are targeted for cleanup.

Josef Kramer February 25, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Wish people would stop coming on here to complain about stuff that doesn't pertain to the article no one cares if you don't have utilities your tough luck fatboy Go take your hurricane victim cry story to cnn.
Rick February 26, 2013 at 06:10 AM
Since you asked Mr Phil, no. I prefer Yahoo for my search engine. What I meant was why would anyone bother to figure out the name on the boom, which could be the name of the company that built it, and then do a search to see where it came from.
just me March 28, 2013 at 03:59 AM
The article stated it had been reported stolen in January.
rosemary gerbino April 18, 2013 at 01:10 PM
how do I get my husband picture off....was upload by accident...by my son...
Rick April 18, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Aw, leave it there. Its a nice picture of him and the dog.

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