Brick police believe they got their man – who, in turn, had apparently gotten himself quite a haul from breaking into cars around one township neighborhood, they say.
Brick Police. Sgt. Jim Kelly said Friday that detectives have made an arrest in a late July a string of car burglaries that occurred on Adamston Road and nearby Morsell Drive. Initial reports taken by patrol and video footage from area residents turned up a small pool of suspects for investigators to follow up with. Lead Detective Joseph Leskowski narrowed down the suspect pool to Gabriel Mosier, 33, of Brick.
Mosier was apprehended Sept. 3, Kelly said. At approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Erik Olsen and Det. Bernardino Alvarado noticed Mosier in the area of Brick Boulevard and contacted Leskowski via telephone to let him know the suspect was spotted. As Leskowski drove to the area, Ptl. John Ziobro arrived to assist with the detectives. As Olsen and Alvarado continued observation on Mosier, they advised Leskowski that he entered an office building on Brick Blvd., then exited that building about ten minutes later and walked over to the Wawa next door. At the Wawa, Mosier entered a black Honda Civic, at which time Leskowski approached the vehicle and made contact with Mosier, Kelly said. Mosier was subsequently arrested on the charges and lodged into Ocean County Jail.
Police say Mosier was wanted in a string of thefts. His crimes, Kelly said, involved looking into vehicles that were parked in front of residences during the night, checking to see if they were locked by pulling on the handles, entering unlocked vehicles and stealing various items from the vehicles. Some of the proceeds included designer sunglasses, an Xbox gaming console, loose change, and a security camera that was mounted on a tree outside of a residence.
Mosier is facing charges of defiant trespass, burglary and theft.
Security footage from residents assisted in the investigation, Kelly said. The Brick Township Police Department is in the process of partnering with Ring and the Neighbors app for the purposes of enhancing its ability to work with the community in just this way. Kelly said more information will be released on the partnership in the coming weeks as the program is currently still in the development stage.
Kelly also reminded Brick residents to remove any valuables from their vehicles at night and to keep their vehicles locked.
No photo of Mosier was available.