Two minors were charged for burglarizing an NJ Turnpike Authority building and setting a fire under the GS parkway that caused a 12-hour closure.
Two unidentified minors from Ocean County have been charged for purposely setting fire to a (drainage) culvert running beneath the Garden State Parkway between entrance and exit ramps 91 North and 91 South on January 19th.
The fire shut down a section of the Garden State Parkway in Brick Township for nearly 12 hours, causing a miles-long traffic backup.
It was later discovered that the two suspects burglarized a New Jersey Turnpike Authority building while the fire was burning.
The two minors have been released pending a court date and have been charged with arson, burglary, criminal mischief, interference with transportation, and defiant trespassing.
Although police will usually not release any information on crimes involving minors, officials decided to in this case due to the “public interest” in these crimes.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has already awarded two contracts of $3.5 million for repairs to the Hackensack-based company, the Sanzari Company, which has worked on previous parkway projects.
The Sanzari Company will focus on repairs to the damaged inner fiberglass lining of the culvert and the culvert surface that directs stormwater to water treatment devices.
The roadway above the fire was reported by NJ Turnpike Authority to be in “satisfactory” condition, but officials will continue to monitor for damage and safety risks.
Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call the Troop “D” Criminal Investigation Office in Holmdel Station at 732-441-4576. State police will accept anonymous tips.