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.

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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