Sgt. James Kelly #233
Public Information Officer
Release Date: December 5, 2019
Release Time: 10:30am
Investigations Lead to Arrest of Vehicle Burglar
Just after 4:00 in the morning on Sunday, December 1st, a resident in the Herbertsville section observed someone rummaging through her vehicle. She alerted her husband, who ran out of the house and chased the suspect. The husband caught up with the burglar, later identified as Justin Longstreet (29 years old of Brick). Longstreet dropped the victim’s wallet and escaped into a vehicle which was waiting nearby.
Police received multiple 9-1-1 calls and officers responded to the area. Initial investigation involved gathering information regarding suspect descriptions, possible proceeds, a vehicle description and footage from area cameras.
About an hour later, Ptl. Mark Hentges stopped a suspicious vehicle about three miles from the scene of the burglary. Information on that stop was used to develop more leads on the burglary suspects. On Tuesday, December 3rd, after further investigation by Detective Greg Mullarkey, the court issued an arrest warrant for Longstreet, who was subsequently arrested by Officer Ryan Talty of the newly formed Street Crimes Unit. A search incident to arrest revealed heroin and a hypodermic syringe.
Longstreet’s charges included burglary, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of paraphernalia. Longstreet was lodged in Ocean County Jail.
Investigation into crimes such as these are getting a lot of help thanks to Neighbors-by-Ring, a social media site where community members can share footage with anonymity.