An employee at an exercise equipment company has been arrested and charged with stealing a gun from the home of a man who was having equipment installed there.
A Nicholas Road resident reported his gun stolen June 2, telling police he believed it may have been taken by a worker who was installing a piece of exercise equipment in his home in May, according to Brick Police Capt. John Rein.
On June 6, acting on information and assistance from Neptune Township Police about an individual known to them who may have committed the theft, Brick Police Detective Robert Shepherd located and interviewed Michael T. Parks, 23, of Ocean Grove, who was later charged with theft.
Parks admitted to committing the theft while working in the residence for the exercise equipment company, Rein said. He also told police he sold the handgun, a Glock 23 .40 caliber model, days after it was stolen, Rein said.
Late last week Shepherd learned that the handgun had been recovered in Freehold Township during an unrelated search of a residence, said Rein.
Parks has been charged with the theft, and bail was set by Brick Municipal Court Judge Robert LePore at $40,000 cash. A check of jail records in Ocean and Monmouth counties early Tuesday morning did not list Parks as an inmate.