Brick couple charged with multiple burglaries in Toms River retirement community

    James Donegan

    James Donegan

    A Brick couple is faces charges related to recent burglaries in a Toms River retirement community, police say. 

    A four month investigation into multiple burglaries in the Greenbriar Woodlands development culminated with the recent arrest of James Donegan, 37, and Amiko Donegan, 35, of Ebb Tide Drive in Brick, said Ralph Stocco, Toms River Police Department spokesman, in a release. 

    Police charged the couple with two counts each of burglary, theft, and criminal mischief, Stocco said, adding that the pair is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

    Police allege that the couple forced entry into unoccupied homes during the daytime hours between late November 2015 and February 2016 and stole jewelry, cash, and other valuable items, according to the spokesman. 

    “As leads began to be developed, a cooperative effort between the neighboring townships of Brick, Berkeley, Ocean Gate, and Lacey Township was initiated,” Stocco said. “The detective bureaus from these agencies were instrumental in the identification and apprehension of these suspects.”

    The spokesman said authorities seized evidence and a vehicle used in the commission of the crimes during a search warrant execution at the couple’s home.

    “This investigation is continuing and more charges are expected as evidence is being identified,” Stocco said. 

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