76-year-old woman forcibly robbed in Toms River, police say

     (Image: Toms River Police Department)

    (Image: Toms River Police Department)

    Police are looking for a man who they say robbed a woman in Toms River yesterday.

    According to Toms River Police Department spokesman Ralph Stocco, a 76-year-old Whiting woman was in the Walmart parking lot putting merchandise in her car shortly after 5:00 p.m. when a man approached her from behind and foribly tore a gold necklace from her neck.

    The man fled on foot and south over Route 37, and the woman was uninjured, the spokesman said.

    Police obtained surveillance images, identifying the suspect as Michael Bowerman, 32, of County Avenue in Secaucus, according to Stocco. 

    “Bowerman has not yet been apprehended and is wanted by this agency,” Stocco said. “Although his listed address is in northern New Jersey, he has many ties to Toms River and the Ocean County area.”

    Police want to question a second white man wearing a black t-shirt and light colored basketball shorts. He was observed with Bowerman, the spokesman said. 

    Anyone who can identify the unknown man or provide the whereabouts of Bowerman should contact the Toms River Police Department at 732-349-0150 x1002, Stocco said. Additional information can be sent to Det. Steve Bucci at x1300.

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