EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — A Margate man, previously charged with burglary and theft for allegedly breaking into cars in Longport and Margate, faces additional burglary charges in the township.
Jason Pinto, 43, is accused of burglarizing 24 vehicles between August and November in the township, Detective Sgt. Michael Finnerty said Friday.
About 2:40 a.m. Nov. 4, Officer Jacob Hunter conducted a motor vehicle stop and arrested Pinto on outstanding warrants issued by Detective Richard Vogt. Pinto was found in possession of drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest, Finnerty said.
An investigation revealed Pinto was associated with 24 vehicle burglaries in the township. He targeted unlocked cars in residential neighborhoods, Finnerty said.
In October, Longport police charged Pinto with six counts of burglary and six counts of theft for allegedly burglarizing cars during the summer. He is also accused of burglarizing several cars over the summer in Margate.
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.
Police remind residents and visitors to lock their cars. There have been 168 reported thefts this year from unlocked vehicles in the township, Finnerty said.