Twenty-four car burglaries in Egg Harbor Township, since August, catch up with the prime suspect after a predawn traffic stop in the township.

Police on November 4th filed 44 charges, and eight pending charges, against Jason Pinto, adding that the the probe caught traction after he was taken into custody on outstanding warrants at about 2:40 that morning.

According to investigators, Pinto allegedly preyed on unlocked vehicles in residential areas. There have been 168 thefts from vehicles reported in 2017 so far, authorities said, urging drivers to keep doors on unattended cars locked, and to take, or conceal, anything of value.

Pinto faces 16 counts of burglary, 13 of attempted burglary, 14 counts of theft, one charge of fraudulent use of a credit card that was obtained through a burglary, and four pending counts each of burglary and theft. He was ordered to be detained in the Atlantic County Justice Facility until his initial court appearance.

Police did not specify the road on which the pullover occurred, and did not describe the categories of stolen items, their estimated value, or the purchase and amount involved in the credit card transaction.

Detective Richard Voigt conducted the road stop and the subsequent investigation.

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

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