EHT Police Add Charges to Suspected Car Burglary Rip-Off Artist
A Margate man already facing a host of car burglary charges in Longport and Margate,has been arrested in connection with another 24 car break-ins in Egg Harbor Township.
Jason Pinto is accused of burglarizing 24 vehicles between August and November in the township, Detective Sgt. Michael Finnerty said Friday, according to Shore News Today.
We reported in October that Pinto, 43, was pulled over by Longport Police after failing to stop for a stop sign.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, Longport Patrolman Frank Lupperger recognized Pinto's tattoos from surveillance videos of recent car burglaries.
Based on those surveillance videos, Longport Police have charged Pinto with six counts of burglary and six counts of theft in July. He was turned over to Margate police in connection with more vehicle burglaries.
Shore News Today reports that less than a month later, at 2:40am Saturday Nov. 4, Egg Harbor Township police stopped and arrested Pinto on outstanding warrants. Pinto was found in possession of drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest.
An investigation revealed Pinto was associated with 24 vehicle burglaries in the township. He targeted unlocked cars in residential neighborhoods.
Egg Harbor Township police charged Pinto with 16 counts of burglary, 13 counts of attempted burglary, 14 counts of theft, one count of fraudulent use of a credit card taken in a burglary and eight counts pending, four each for burglary and theft.
He was taken to the Atlantic County jail pending a detention hearing.
Source: Shore News Today