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Cops: Men Stole Brick Resident’s Tire After Theirs Went Flat

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr)

What’s the best way to fix a flat tire? Steal a new one, of course.

That’s what Brick police say two men did after their tire went flat Monday near Brick Boulevard on Monday. According to Sgt. Neal Pedersen, officers took a report of a vehicle burglary at 3:15 a.m. in the Lion’s Head North community in which the trunk of a Hyundai Sonata was broken into and the spare tire taken.

A short time later, Pedersen said, Officer Mark Catalina came upon three men changing a tire in the parking lot of the Wawa store on Brick Boulevard. He investigated, and discovered that they men had developed a flat tire near the convenience store, then went on the hunt to steal a tire that would replace the one that went flat.

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“It was at this point that two of the subjects walked into the Lions Head North community where they began searching for a vehicle similar to theirs so they could obtain a tire,” Pedersen said. “When they located a similar vehicle to theirs they entered the trunk of the vehicle and removed the spare tire.”

Two of the men – Jasheir Powell and Quadirah Booker – both of Lakewood, were charged with burglary and theft. Powell also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Howell for $100 and Booker had an outstanding warrant for $500 from Brick, Pedersen said.

A third suspect, Toraya Evans, of Lakewood – who apparently waited with the vehicle at Wawa while the other two went to steal the tire – was arrested for an outstanding warrant from Wall Township for $500.

Photos of the three suspects were not available.