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Barnegat Man Steals $700 Worth Of Copper From Gold Duster, Police Say

The copper has already been processed for recycling and cannot be returned to the business owner

At the Gold Duster, someone recently stole a lot of copper. And now, they can't get it back.

A 32-year-old Barnegat man allegedly disassembled and stole five copper downspouts and 20 copper downspout clamps - $700 value - from the business.

At 2:35 p.m. on Nov. 11, Patrolman Chris Steins arrested James Oblinger Jr. for theft in connection with the theft of copper from the Barnegat store. 

Ptl. Steins had responded earlier in the day to The Gold Duster on East Bay Avenue for a report of copper. Upon arrival, Steins learned that an unknown subject had disassembled and stolen at least five copper downspouts.

Detective Michael Mitchell joined the investigation and discovered that Oblinger allegedlyhad sold the stolen copper at an area recycling facility. 

Steins was able to locate Oblinger Jr and place him under arrest. Oblinger Jr was charged with theft and was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $5,000 bail. 

The copper has already been processed for recycling and cannot be returned to the business owner.
John Eric Mangino December 02, 2013 at 07:48 AM
Hows this not receiving Stolen property?
ken December 02, 2013 at 09:34 AM
and, John Eric, anyone in the know in Southern Ocean County knows exactly what scumbag recycler does this. And it is because all transactions, including this one, net him a profit. You would need to be a idiot or a crook to not know that someone would not scrap something like this, and he easily could have held the gutters for a couple weeks until he was sure they were not stolen. It's not like wire that is common recycle. But instead he rushed them off to the smelter so he could get his profit before the law showed up. Karma will get him someday, and when it does, I hope it leaves the greedy and pennyless.
F.Lee December 02, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Great job by Detective Mitchell.

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