Two Minnesota men are in custody and facing multiple charges after Toms River Police nabbed them in connection with a crime.
Last night, at approximately 10:55 PM, multiple police units were dispatched to Dugan Lane for a reported suspicious vehicle and theft in progress. The caller stated that the catalytic converter to his SUV had just been cut at the suspect vehicle, a large white box truck with a loading ramp on the tailgate, was last seen heading towards Lakewood.
Numerous patrol units in the area quickly located the box truck and conducted a motor vehicle stop at New Hampshire Avenue and Church Road.
A search warrant was approved and the subsequent search of the vehicle yielded two recently cut catalytic converters, a sawzall, multiple sawzall blades, a handgun with a 30 round magazine and hollow point ammunition.
Ravene Johns, 25, and Malik Williams, 21, both of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, were arrested and charged with criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, weapons offenses, criminal attempt, and theft of property. Additional charges are pending. They remain in custody at the Ocean County Jail pending hearing. The incident is under investigation by Detective Joseph Mastronardy.