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Husband, Wife Indicted on Shoplifting Charges

Police allege one spouse served as getaway driver

Husband, Wife Indicted on Shoplifting Charges

Douglas A. Dunsmuir and Lillian M. Dunsmuir of Lanoka Harbor were indicted on charges of shoplifting, two counts of receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit shoplifting.

An Ocean County grand jury handed up the indictment last week.

    Authorities said the pair stole more than $500 in clothing from Kohl's in Toms River on Sept. 8, with one stealing the items and the other waited in the vehicle as a getaway driver.

    The pair then brought the stolen items to Toms River and Lacey in the ensuing days, authorities said, resulting in the receiving stolen property charges.

    Both were initially held on $25,000 bail but posted Sept. 18.

    The pair, both of Hazelton Avenue, were in February on a shoplifting charge.

    Toms River Police that two people were observed stealing more than $2,000 worth of jewelry Sept. 8.

    The store's Loss Prevention officers followed a female suspect out of the store when a vehicle operated by Dunsmuir drove at a high rate of speed across the parking lot at security officers who had to jump out of the way to prevent from being struck, according to a police official. 

    After an investigation by Toms River Police Officer Roger Hull, Dunsmuir was located at his residence by Lacey Township police and was arrested. He was released on $25,000 bail. 

    A warrant was issued for his wife, Lillian Dunsmuir, also for $25,000 bail. 

    With a search being issued, police allegedly recovered more than $17,000 worth of merchandise from the vehicle after it was impounded in September. A search warrant was executed at the residence and additional merchandise valued at over $6,000 was allegedly recovered, said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy at the time.

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