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Point Boro Mom and Daughter Charged in Wall Purse Snatchings

Surveillance photos helped police identify suspects, who are lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution

A Point Boro mother-daughter team are under arrest for the at Wall-area grocery stores, say Wall police.

Jennifer L. Barth, 45, and Lindsay A. Barth, 21, both of River Road, were arrested Wednesday after police said they received several anonymous calls identifying the suspects after their photos were publicized by the media.

Authorities had been searching for the suspects , when a string of five purse snatchings began over a 10-day period. Police have recorded incidents of thefts from elderly shoppers at the A&P on Route 35 as well as the ShopRite on Route 34.

Surveillance photos from the grocery stores that reportedly identified the Barths were released to the print and television media, which lead to several calls with information on the suspects' identity, Wall Police Chief Robert Brice said in a release.

"The thorough initial investigation of patrol officers and the subsequent follow-up investigation of the Detective Bureau, combined with the assistance of the grocery stores where the crimes occurred, allowed the department to disseminate high-quality video and pictures of the suspects to media outlets. Media outlets assisted by quickly putting the images out to the public, and then citizens stepped forward and identified the suspects," Brice said.

"This is a classic example of the police, media and the community working in tandem to improve safety within the community."

Wall detectives and patrol officers, with assistance from the Point Borough Police Department, arrested Jennifer Barth and Lindsay Barth at their home without incident at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. A 2005 Honda van registered to Jennifer Barth was seized, as police said it was used during the grocery store thefts.

Lindsay Barth was charged with four counts of theft of moveable property and one count of criminal attempt to commit theft. She is currently lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in default of $40,000 bail, no 10 percent option.

Jennifer Barth was charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit theft. She also is lodged in the correctional institution in default of $37,500 bail, no 10 percent option.

Brice said Wall detectives continue to investigate.

Mari July 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Tears came to my eyes as I read this article. As a mother and grandmother all the feelings flooded in and as so many have said these are women from a loving family. I will be lifting up the whole circumstance and family in prayer. I share one of my favorite verses from Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. I will be praying for the Lord to undertake for the healing of broken hearts and the addictions. May He hold each one in the palms of His holy hands and may they accept His saving grace and be healed.
Beverly Chambers Rodriguez July 13, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Every family has their problems (drug or alcohol addiction, verbal or physical abuse, being arrested, gambling problem, affairs, etc. etc.). We all have skeletons in our closets and I'm sure wouldn't want them publicized. Stop saying hurtful & judgmental things, try to remember these people have family & friends who love them unconditionally & are praying they get the help they need. There is no reason to write such hurtful things when their family is going through a difficult time right now!
Ryan P. Hennessey July 13, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Hey Mr. Ghost we agree today.
Freetobeyouandme July 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I encourage shoppers of all ages to wear cross body bags/wallets to hold items which are essential to them (keys, cash. credit cards, id). Fashion bags can be used for the ancillary items. A major part of shopping is having your attention diverted to the merchandise but you do not have to be vulnerable if you make small changes.
robert c. barth July 13, 2012 at 02:16 PM
To be clear, no relation to Robert, Michele, Melissa, or Christopher Barth who also reside in the Boro.
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Let's refrain from vulgarity, including using the "s" word. I had to delete a couple of comments.
Joe p July 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM
That's to bad! took a turn for the worst! hope u guys see now what u have been doing to your selves. hope u get the help you need. good luck to the both of you.
Joe July 13, 2012 at 02:36 PM
This is just more individuals who were able to get away with bad behavior. When excuses are being made this is where you end up.
Laura July 13, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I don't know why you would call yourself "Lovemypatch" if according to you, Patch only has negative "things". Perhaps you shouldn't suggest that someone should move if they find this town an embarassment. That's kind of a negative comment don't ya think?
TastyCakes July 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Where is the sympathy for their victims? These criminals didn't care about anyone else or their families. They belong in jail, hopefully for a long time.
craig July 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I can understand how addiction can make you do things against your nature. Even commiting crimes.However, to work with your daughter ripping off grandmothers is more than I'm willing to understand or forgive.
Mark Story Jenks July 13, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Sympathy is for the victims of crimes. Not the criminals.
Kim July 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
It is sad but people have to stop thinking we live in Maybery and either keep your pocketbook on your shoulder or keep your money in your pocket and leave the rest in the trunk or home. I see too many women shopping and leaving their pocketbooks in the spot where a child would sit and walk away from it. I see it ALL THE TIME!!! And then they are shocked when some scum bag steals their stuff!!! I am sorry for your neighbor but people need to be more aware and more careful.
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Kim: while I agree with a lot of your advice to residents, I feel compelled to mention that police (in general, not just in Borough) usually strongly recommend that no one keep valuables in cars because if cars are broken into or stolen, valuables are lost with them. But yes, keeping money you don't immediately need hidden at home, in your pocket or keeping purses on shoulders, and not in seat of grocery cart, are all good advice. Thank you.
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Because I have been busy doing my job, it is only now I had a chance to catch up with Comments here. I had to delete a few because they make accusations that are beyond charges filed by police. A few other comments are right on the edge. Folks, let's be careful not to add any accusations about those already charged and let's not mention their other family members at all. After this, comments will be deleted without explanation. If that does not suffice, accounts will be suspended.
Community Pride July 13, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I am sad and sick about this...I grew up in the Beach with the Mom and she was a wonderful person from a tremendous family. While I lost touch years ago, I pray for her and her daughter that whatever led them down this path will be addressed and this will be the defining moment that will awaken their minds, hearts and souls. Everyone involved, victims, etc., are in my thoughts and prayers.
K July 14, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Let's hope they get the help they need, I have known the family for many years and never thought it would come to this. Sad day
Lovemypatch July 14, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Very true Kim, very true. I have started doing just that. Thanks for great advice...
Lovemypatch July 14, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Of course, you are correct. I did not not mean that patch was negative, but meant that it gives us immediate news that in most instances are warnings, updates to warnings, or stories that make us realize how vulnerable we are. But in no way am I embarrassed by my town. I love my town, and everything it stands for, be it perfect...or "under repair" . My glass is half full...
LoL July 14, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Point is already going down hill... Way to go.... Let's enhance the depreciation!
Don't be naive July 14, 2012 at 02:42 AM
This is not about the Barth's. This is about drugs. We will keep seeing this problem in the Boro if we don't put an end to the drugs that are being distributed in our town. We do not have a drug problem here in the Boro we have a drug epidemic. Talk to your children. Don't be naive. This town is being infiltrated with drugs and our kids are becoming slaves to it. Read the newspapers. Why do we have so many home robberies in this town all of a sudden? Why are so many cars being broken into? Wake up Point Boro. Educated your children and keep them busy... spend more time with them. Know where they are at all times and who they are with.
Nj Ghost July 14, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I just want to add my 2 cents for what it's worth.....I've been living here in the Boro since 2005 ,February..Grew up in Union City and raised my kids in Alpine, N.J. I can't tell you how many times I said to myself that I should have moved here 30 years ago.....It's a great community and you should all be proud of it and what it has to offer...Take a vacation sometime and move to Bergen County for a year or so...You'll be back and the people here will be glad you did.......side note to Ryan P.Hennessey......That was an easy thing to agree on....Glad we do.
Sam July 14, 2012 at 02:50 AM
It is always the same stories....always shocked after something happens. I thought they were good people. I grew up with them and they are from my home town. Maybe? A little to much lying and protecting your own going on. You would better help your family and friends by being up front and letting them know when they are not doing what they should. Stop protecting them when what they are doing is clearly wrong. It is ridiculous to think so many really knew this family and what they are capable of. No one knows what anybody is capable of, even your own family, never mind friends and neighbors.
EZ2CY July 14, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Used to be good people. Drugs took over, sober they are amazing people and my best friends, You don't know anything, so I think you should keep your mouth shut,
Leslie Carbone July 14, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Well said Beverly. I know this family as well and the other children are in pain over the actions of the mother and sister. They have had problems for years and I hope they can now get the help they really need. Too many people are so eager to say such hurtful things without thinking for one minute how it would feel if this was a member of their family. My prayers are with this family in a time where they need prayer and compassion.
Leslie Carbone July 14, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Please keep in mind that there are other victims here. Yes the people who were robbed are the victims, but the other children who had nothing to do with any of this are also victims.
Sunny July 14, 2012 at 01:39 PM
EZ2CY maybe this is the embarrassment they need to hear in order to get them help? If you are a "best friend" and I am sure you are because they have many in both the Beach and Boro, then you know the issue! People who have protected them by keeping their mouths shut and not pressing charges in the past have not done them any favors! Both families are VERY much loved in this town and I have known both for over 40 years! They need help! Do I have to say what comes next?? Do any of us want to go through the horror of loosing one of them? I know their families don't want to go through that and neither do their friends!
Sunny July 14, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Should we say that since the Mom is from the Beach people should be embarrassed to live there too? Kind of makes no sense to me! Both the Mom and Dad come from wonderful families who were born and raised in both the Beach and Boro and the main issue with the Mom has nothing to do with how she was raised or what town she comes from. The situation is very sad for all involved and I can only hope that the victims of their crimes follow through by pressing charges and finally get them the help they need!
PromiseKeeper July 14, 2012 at 02:50 PM
there can be no happiness if the things we do, are different than the things we believe
LindsayTaylor July 14, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Unfortunately some people get lost along the way. Its terrible all around. But as humans we have pity and sympathy to give. They stole for what ever readon why. They didnt kill anyone. But yet some want to condemn them. Usually people do things because they feel uts the best choice. Times are rough for some. Not saying its rigjt at all but iy sounds like they need help. Also people should know not to leave their personal stuff around for it to b easy for temptaion. Its not the world many of us choose but its one we live in.

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