Ocean Township — A Neptune man has been charged with burglary after a search by police officers and a K9 partner.
According to the Ocean Township Police Department, on Monday, Oct. 28, at approximately 2:48 p.m., police responded to a residence on Sunset Avenue on a reported burglary.
The caller reported that her teenage son was home when he initially heard a knock on the front door. Shortly thereafter the teen heard a loud noise from the rear of the residence and was confronted in the hallway by an intruder who had forcibly entered the home. The intruder fled the home and was seen leaving the area on a bicycle.
As patrols arrived, a perimeter was set up and a K9 from Tinton Falls Police Department responded and began a track. A short time later the bicycle was found abandoned.
Officer Kathleen DeLanoy observed a taxi in the area whose sole passenger resembled the description of the intruder. An investigation revealed that the occupant of the taxi, later identified as Nicholas Zimerla, 27, of Neptune, was positively identified as the individual who broke into the Sunset Avenue residence.
During the investigation, police say they learned Zimerla was responsible for three other residential burglaries in Wanamassa on this date.
Zimerla was arrested and charged with four counts of burglary, three counts of theft, three counts of criminal mischief and one count of possession of a Prescription Legend Drug (hydrocodone). Bail was set by Judge Timothy McGoughran at $95,000. Zimerla was transferred to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution to await a future court hearing.
Officers involved in the investigation include Ptl. John Piantanida, Timothy Macom, Kathleen DeLanoy, Randy Slawsky, Matthew Guido, Sgt. Brendan Bruther, Detective Sgt. John Green, Detective Michael Legg and Tinton Falls K9 Officer Christopher Whalen and his K9 partner “Justice.”
Anyone that may have information or witnessed any suspicious activity are asked to contact the Ocean Township Police Detective Bureau at 732-531-1800.