NJ Man Accused of Burglarizing Several Sandy-Damaged Homes

A man suspected of robbing several homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey has been arrested, officials said.

Robert Kovacs, 22, was arrested shortly after allegedly looting a house late Monday night. Police responded to a call when a victim in Toms River noticed a strange vehicle in his neighbor’s driveway.

The victim realized that there was an intruder in his house who ran out the back door. He immediately called police and gave a description of the vehicle next door.

An officer tracked down the vehicle on Adamston Road and arrested Kovacs. He was charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglar’s tools.

After further investigation, detectives connected the burglary with as many as 12 others in areas of town that were affected by Sandy.

Kovacs was placed on $30,000 bail and ultimately taken to Ocean County jail. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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