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Brick Police Charge Two After 20 Car Break-In Spree in Greenbriar Neighborhood

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr)

Brick police nabbed two suspects accused of a slew of charges after residents of the Greenbriar community called to report burglaries in progress early Tuesday morning.

A caller at 2:30 a.m. reported that there were two unknown people attempting to burglarize motor vehicles in the neighborhood, Ptl. Victoria Finelli said. The men were reportedly observed entering vehicles. As Ptl. Kyle Patrick responded to the call, he observed a vehicle occupied by two men who matched the description of the suspects provided to dispatchers.

The vehicle was stopped and the occupants were identified as Ryan Payesko, 27, of Toms River, and Nicolas Massimi, 28, of Toms River, who would go on to face charges related to the burglary and other matters. It is suspected that the pair entered as many as 20 vehicles and the investigation is ongoing, Finelli said. Both suspects had been lodged in the Ocean County Jail, however a search of records Thursday indicated that neither were still inmates there. No photos of the suspects were available.

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Payesko was arrested and charged with theft of moveable property; burglary; possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia; possession of hypodermic needles; possession of controlled dangerous substance (heroin) and possession of certain weapons (brass knuckles). Payesko was also issued a traffic summons for operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

Massimi was charged with theft of moveable property, burglary, possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, possession of hypodermic needles, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin).

“The Brick Police Department would like to commend our residents for remaining vigilant and reporting of suspicious activity,” Finelli said. “Residents are also reminded not to keep valuables in their vehicles and to keep their vehicles locked.”

If you see a crime or suspicious incident taking place, police ask residents to call 732-262-1100 or 911.

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