Police CaptureBrick Police Arrest Toms River Man Accused of Robbing Homes of Hurricane Sandy Victims
BRICK– On February 25, 2013, patrol units were dispatched to a home on Toronto Dr. for a report of a burglary. The victim advised police that due to damage and debris in his driveway from Superstorm Sandy, he was parking his vehicle in a neighbor’s driveway. That neighbor was not living at their home due to damage and had given the victim permission to park there. When the victim arrived home at approx. 10:45 P.M., he found an unknown vehicle parked in that neighbor’s driveway. That vehicle was occupied by a female and a three-month old baby. The female indicated that she was waiting for her boyfriend who was at a friend’s home in the neighborhood.
After arriving at his residence, the victim discovered that there was an intruder in his home, who had just fled out the back door. The victim notified police and gave a description of the vehicle that the subject entered.
Ptl. Haugh observed the vehicle on Drum Point Rd. and ultimately stopped the vehicle on Adamston Rd. After speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, Robert Kovacs, 22, of Toms River was placed under arrest for Burglary to the home on Toronto Drive. The female and her baby were also escorted to Brick Police Headquarters for further investigation. Kovacs was ultimately charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief and Possession of Burglar’s Tools. He was processed on a warrant and his bail was set by the Honorable Judge LePore at $30,000.00 no 10% option. He was transported to Ocean County Jail.
As a result of Detective Michael Feeney and Detective Mark Byrne’s investigation, it was learned that Kovacs is responsible for approximately 10-12 Burglaries of homes in recent weeks. All of the homes that were victim to Kovacs are located in areas of town that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.