A local man is accused of stealing more than $47,000 in aluminum materials from a local marine construction business.
John Paul Cottrell Sr., 48, of Jackson, is charged with theft of movable property and had been lodged in Ocean County Jail. The theft occurred Dec. 18, 2021, police said, at Extreme Marine Construction on Princeton Avenue. According to Ptl. Victoria Finelli, the suspect loaded expensive aluminum beams onto a flat trailer owned by the business and then removed the trailer with his own truck.
The total value of the stolen property is reported to be approximately $47,000, she said.
“Through several anonymous tips from the public, and further police investigation, the suspect was positively identified” as Cottrell, said Finelli, in a statement.
An arrest warrant was issued for Cottrell and he was taken into custody at his residence Jan. 6. He was no longer listed as an inmate at the county jail Thursday.
During his arrest, Finelli said, “additional evidence linking him to the crime was recovered and seized.” The stolen property has not yet been located, and the investigation is on-going. Brick police, in the statement, thanked the public for their assistance in the case, and asked anyone who may have any additional information pertaining to the investigation that may lead to the stolen property to please contact Detective Michael Bennett at 732-262-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Correction: The story mistakenly listed the suspect as being a Brick resident. This has since been corrected to reflect his city of residence.