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Police: Disgruntled Employee Burglarizes Former Employer

Man took landscaping equipment after being fired, police say

A disgruntled worker fired by a Wall Township businessman returned the next day to steal $5,000 and tried to pawn it at a local shop, police said.

Todd Kane, 31, of Belmar, was arrested by Wall Township Police Friday and charged with two counts of burglary and a single count of theft after he stole landscaping equipment off the property of a West 18th Avenue resident. The resident, who was not identified by police, owns a business and had fired Kane the previous day, Sgt. Erik Ertle said.

Kane, who was fired on Thursday from the business owned by the Wall resident, burglarized a truck and a trailer parked on the resident’s property and took several chain saws and blowers from a locked trailer, Ertle said.

Kane and an accomplice then tried to sell the items at a Brick Township pawn shop that same afternoon. Brick police were called to the shop and arrested Kane after a brief investigation, charging him with receiving stolen property. The accomplace was not charged, Ertle said.

Brick authorities then turned over Kane to Wall Township Police, where he was charged with theft and burglary for the West 18th Avenue break-in and an additional count of theft for an October burglary – the home of a former girlfriend’s parents, Ertle said.

Kane was taken to Mounmouth County jail, Freehold Township, in lieu of $40,000 bail, Ertle said.

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