TOMS RIVER - A tire rim thief who's plaguing Route 9 auto repair centers in the township might well be the individual in the surveillance image disseminated today by police. Now, they need to hear from someone who recognizes him, or his truck.

Tire rim theft suspect (Toms River PD)

Police said that nearly $2,000 worth of rims disappeared the week of November 5. The images were recorded at Mambos Discount Tire, 1658 Route 9.

The suspect is described as grey-haired Caucasian, likely in his 60s or 70s, standing between 5'7" and 5'10".

He was operating what appears to be a dark, older-model Ford Ranger pickup, with New Jersey plates, a broken rear window, a non-functional right rear tail lamp, and a dent in the center of the rear bumper

Tire rim theft suspect's ride (Toms River PD)

All tips remain confidential. Information can be e-mailed to Detective James Carey, or called in at 732-349-0150, extension 1292.

Police did not indicate which other businesses were struck, what times of day the thefts took place, or what charges the suspect would face.

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