Ocean County man arrested for stealing $47,000 worth of building materials

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BRICK — A Jackson man has been arrested and charged with theft after stealing property worth thousands of dollars from a local construction company, police said.

The theft took place on December 18, 2021 at Extreme Marine Construction on Princeton Ave. Police say the suspect loaded nearly $47,000 worth of aluminum beams onto a company-owned flatbed trailer and then pulled the trailer out with his truck.

After taking numerous anonymous tips from the public, police were able to identify the suspect as 48-year-old John Paul Cottrell Sr. of Jackson.

On January 6, Cottrell was arrested at his home. He was charged with theft of personal property and jailed in Ocean County Jail.

Police said they uncovered additional evidence linking Cottrell to the crime during his arrest. The stolen property has not yet been found and the investigation is still ongoing.

Brick Township Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter and are asking anyone who may have additional information regarding the investigation that may lead to the stolen property to contact Det. Michael Bennett at 732-262-1122 or mbennett@brickpd.com.

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