Toms River Purse-Snatching Suspect Arrested

Video Surveillance and Social Media Lead to Arrest of Suspect

According to, an arrest has been made in connection with the theft of a purse from a 65-year-old shopper at Shop Rite. The suspected purse-snatcher is under suspicion of various similar occurrences in supermarkets throughout the area.

An in-store security camera viewed the suspect when she took the purse out of a shopping cart while its owner was busy shopping. The video has since circulated over the Internet, and with the help of social media and the public, the suspect has been identified and arrested by the Toms River police.

It has not been determined whether the suspect has been involved in any of the other similar crimes. However, the repercussions of her act will certainly last as the video has circulated widely. While she faces potential jail time, fines, and community service, the Internet video will last long after the resolution of her legal matters.

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C: 20-3; a person is guilty of theft if he unlawfully takes, or exercises unlawful control over, moveable property with the intent to deprive him thereof. Furthermore, theft may be an indictable offense if the value of the property taken is upwards of $200. In this case, the charges will be heard in County Superior Court. If less than $200 worth of property has been taken, then the charge will be heard in the municipal court of the township where the theft occurred. For more information on the grading of offenses, click here.

The William Proetta Criminal Law handle theft cases throughout Ocean County including Toms RiverBrick TownshipLakewoodJacksonOcean Gate, and Stafford Township.

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With more than a decade of experience defending clients against criminal charges, founding partner William A. Proetta has successfully handled and tried thousands of cases, from DWI to murder. As a New Jersey native, he has focused his career on helping people in the area where he grew up, serving Middlesex, Ocean, Hudson, and Union counties.