🔥The vehicles were set on fire in 2022

🔥The Monmouth County Prosecutor did not disclose a motive

WALL — The owner of a realty and insurance company admitted to setting over a million dollars worth of commercial vehicles on fire in 2022.

Harcourt “Paul” S. Ward, 70, of Toms River pleaded guilty to third-degree arson in the torching of six vehicles parked in the 1900 block of Atlantic Avenue on Sept. 26, 2002, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago.

The company that owned the vehicles was not disclosed but businesses on that stretch of road included at the time an auto repair shop and an excavation contracting company.

Area of Wall where vehicles were set on fire in September 2022 (Google Maps)
Area of Wall where a fire was set in September (Google Maps)

Paying a price

Santiago did not disclose Ward's motive to burn the vehicles.

Ward was the owner of Ward Realty and Insurance in Point Pleasant.

The state has recommended a three-year sentence in a state prison for Ward who will be sentenced in March.

Previous reporting by Erin Vogt was used in this report

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