Man known to police accused of illegally painting blue line in Toms River
April 01, 2021 at 8:08 a.m. EDT
Updated on:April 01, 2021 at 8:08 a.m. EDT
A week after the Ocean County Sheriff suggested drawing a blue line in Toms River in aid of the police force, someone did it – but illegally. Now that person is in jail.
When Sheriff Michael Mastronardi suggested adding a blue line to show support for law enforcement, he felt it should be done legally through the right channels.
Earlier this week, a man known to the police force, David Giordano, 43, painted a four-inch blue line between the double yellow lines on Hooper Avenue. He was summoned for criminal harm. The Toms River Police surveillance video captured the painting of the line Tuesday morning.
On March 22, police said Giordano entered Freedom Towing & Recovery, took his confiscated bucket, drove it through a locked gate, and parked it in City Hall on Mayor Mo Hill’s place. It had been confiscated for 313 days because of unpaid bills for the seizure and storage of the vehicle. Giordiano has been charged with theft of movable property, theft of services, burglary and criminal calamity.
He is currently being held in Ocean County Jail.
Police also say they appreciate the overwhelming support for law enforcement but do not tolerate defacing property, including street lines.