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Brick Police ID Suspect in String of Commercial Burglaries

Brick Twp. Police car. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Twp. Police car. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick police have identified, and issued a warrant for, a local man suspected of burglarizing several businesses in town, Sgt. Jim Kelly said Friday.

The burglaries date back to January, when Brick police investigated three commercial burglaries. On Jan. 10, the suspect broke into Jovo’s Deli on Rt. 88, causing just under $700 worth of damage and stealing an undisclosed amount of cash. On Jan. 11, the suspect broke into Cornerstone Dry Cleaners on Yorktowne Boulevard, causing damage to a back window, Kelly said, and on Jan. 17, police believe the same suspect broke into the Public Storage facility on Route 70, causing approximately $300 in damage to one of the windows.

“Each burglary occurred overnight and entry was made by throwing a large rock or brick through the glass window or door of the business,” Kelly said.

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Detective Ryan Talty investigated the cases, Kelly said. When similar burglaries occurred in a neighboring municipality, Talty worked with investigators from that department to identify the suspect, who police identified as 35-year old Christopher Butler, of Bayville.

Warrants charging Butler were signed for three counts of burglary, three counts of criminal mischief, and two counts of theft. His whereabouts were unknown early Friday.

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