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Sentencing in Theft Postponed

Robert Pentz, the one-time manager of the Toms River Park and Ride facility, was scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, Oct. 2, for pilfering about $140,000 in parking receipts that he was supposed to use to fill an automated teller machine at the bus station. His sentencing has been rescheduled for Dec. 4 before Judge Roe at the Ocean County Courthouse in Toms River.

Pentz of Toms River was arrested in June of 2013 for the theft of ATM monies from the Bus/Commuter facility located at 400 Highland Parkway South in Toms River.

It is alleged, that between 2009 and April of this year, Pentz who served as the Park and Ride Manager at the commuter facility over a five year period took $75,000 or more in cash from the sites ATM machine. One of Pentz’s duties as Park and Ride Manager was to assure the onsite ATM machine had readily available cash for patrons. The thefts were uncovered as a result of a routine audit in early April of 2013. Pentz was immediately suspended without pay upon his arrest.

The charge is the result of a joint investigation between the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Toms River Police Department. Detective Lindsay Llauget of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit and Detective John Bajcic of the Toms River Police Department led the investigation.

Pentz is charged with second degree theft, which carries a possible 5 to 10 years in state prison. Bail at the time of his arrest was set by the Honorable James Blaney at $50,000 no 10%. Pentz is free on bail.