OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Police have arrested a man they believe burglarized Gianni’s Pizzeria on Sept. 24.
Aaron Zebede, 30, of Ocean Township is facing charges of burglary, theft and attempt to commit a crime after a pizzeria employee recognized him from surveillance footage six days after the burglary and called police, police said.
Around 10:30 p.m. the night of the crime, “an unknown subject forced entry” to the Monmouth Road restaurant and “took an undisclosed amount of cash,” according to a prepared statement from Detective Lt. Timothy Torchia. “The business was closed for the night at the time of the entry.”
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Police were able to generate a “basic description” of the suspect from surveillance video, but could not immediately identify him, Torchia said.
But on Sept. 30 a pizzeria employee “noticed a subject outside the business fitting the description observed on surveillance footage several days before,” Torchia said. The employee got in touch with police and Officer Charles Weinkofsky responded. He found the man — who turned out to be Zebede — “in a nearby neighborhood.”
After charging Zebede, police sent him to the Monmouth County Jail pending a court appearance, Torchia said. Detectives Jesse Orbach and Michael Legg also worked on the investigation.
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