Police: Man stole Keurig coffee maker, struck loss prevention officer with car

     Surveillance images of the man police say was involved in a robbery Thursday morning at the Ocean County Mall. (Images courtesy of the Toms River Police Department)

    Surveillance images of the man police say was involved in a robbery Thursday morning at the Ocean County Mall. (Images courtesy of the Toms River Police Department)

    The Toms River Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect. 

    The unidentified man was seen on surveillance video concealing and removing a Keurig coffee maker from Sears in the Ocean County Mall at 11:34 a.m. Thursday, police said in a release.

    Two loss prevention officers attempted to detain the man, who then fled the store and entered his vehicle, subsequently going in reverse and striking and knocking one of the officers to the ground, police said.

    Police did not say if the officer suffered any injuries. 

    The vehicle is described as a white car with a black hood and black panel in the back fender area, possibly a Honda Civic or Toyota Scion, police said.

    Police describe the man as wearing tan pants, a black hoodie jacket with a white zipper and trim, and a baseball hat with a logo on the front.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Thomas Grosse at (732) 349-0150 ext. 1263 or message the department on Facebook.

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