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Cops: Man Stealing Air Pump Machines From Local Gas Stations

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Surveillence photos of a suspect theft of an air pump from a Toms River gas station. (Photo: TRPD)
Surveillence photos of a suspect theft of an air pump from a Toms River gas station. (Photo: TRPD)
Surveillence photos of a suspect theft of an air pump from a Toms River gas station. (Photo: TRPD)
Surveillence photos of a suspect theft of an air pump from a Toms River gas station. (Photo: TRPD)
Surveillence photos of a suspect theft of an air pump from a Toms River gas station. (Photo: TRPD)
Surveillence photos of a suspect theft of an air pump from a Toms River gas station. (Photo: TRPD)

They’ll steal anything that isn’t bolted down – or, in this case, even something that is.

The Toms River Police Department is investigating several thefts of the air pump machines that customers use to inflate their tires at gas stations in town, department spokesman Ralph Stocco said.

“A suspect has been seen doing surveillance on the stations during the day and then returning overnight to steal the air pumps that motorists use to fill their car tires,” Stocco said.

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Police have retrieved images of the suspect and his vehicle from an incident that occurred on July 11 at the Exxon near Route 37 and Route 166. The vehicle, Stocco said, appears to be an older teal green Chevy pickup.

“There are several dents noticeable on the hood,” Stocco added.

Surveillence photos of a suspect theft of an air pump from a Toms River gas station. (Photo: TRPD)
Surveillence photos of a suspect theft of an air pump from a Toms River gas station. (Photo: TRPD)

In the Exxon incident, the suspect came to the gas station on July 10 at 7 pm and then returned early the next morning, July 11, around 4 a.m. to steal the machine.

The air pumps are valued at $1,100 each.

Anyone who can identify the suspect seen in the photographs should contact Detective Roger Hull at 732-349-0150 extension 1291.


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