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NJ man arrested by Sandy looting patrol



TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A special patrol created to target looters after Superstorm Sandy has accused a man of stealing items that were being used to restore a home along the Jersey shore.

The anti-looting patrol stopped 22-year-old Eric Scharff of Toms River as he walked in the Ortley Beach section of Toms River just after midnight Tuesday.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy tells the Asbury Park Press officers located his pickup truck and found more than $10,000 worth of construction materials.

Mastronardy says the three metal ladders, new copper pipe coils, a Freon scale and HVAC gauge set were reported stolen from a garage in the Silver Beach section of the township on Monday night.

Scharff is held on $30,000 bail, charged with burglary and theft.