YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen County Police today confirmed the New Year’s Eve recovery by its dive team of a pair of guns reported stolen in a Jersey Shore burglary, leading to charges against a Rutherford man.
Police in Brick Township said the guns were taken along with a large black safe, a computer and a computer monitor during a Dec. 10 distraction burglary in their town.
One burglar kept the resident busy asking him about fence work while two associates lifted the items, they said.
Brick authorities said they immediately began receiving information about potential suspects after releasing images of area surveillance video ( above ).
“During the investigation detectives from the Brick Township Police Department obtained information that led then to believe that several firearms that were taken in the burglary may have been deposited in the Passaic River,” BCPD Capt. James Mullin said this afternoon.
At their request, the BCPD Water Search and Recovery Team went into the river in North Arlington Tuesday afternoon and retrieved the stolen weapons, he said.
Brick Township police, in turn, today arrested two men, identified as Tommy Marion, 37 — also known as “Piglet” — of Orient Way in Rutherford, and Sonny L. “Mandingo” Stanley, 28, of Bernardsville. The third man remained at large.
Both Marion and Stanley posted $70,000 bail each and were released from custody while at Brick police headquarters, Mullin said.
Marion has a history of arrests for distraction burglaries. In 2009, he and two other men were stopped by police and arrested after a theft in which one posed as a plumber. A year later, Millburn police said an elderly homeowner was distracted by two crew members who talked to her about building a wall against her backyard.
CLIFFVIEW PILOT withheld information about the New Year’s Eve discovery while the investigation leading to the arrests continued this week.