Bayshore Men Burglarized Several Vehicles in Middletown, Authorities Charge

Vehicles in Middletown's McGuire's Grove and Knollwood Gardens targeted, police said

A trio of Bayshore men were charged with burglarizing several vehicles in Middletown’s McGuire’s Grove and Knollwood Gardens apartment complexes last week.

Vehicles on Knollwood Drive and Kimberly Court allegedly were burglarized by Atlantic Highlands residents Colin Mcharg, 19, and Cole Murch, 18, along with Michael Simonelli, 18, of Leonardo, according to criminal complaints signed last week.

More than $200 worth of goods each was taken from seven vehicles on Nov. 26, according to authorities.

The men are also charged with conspiring to commit burglary and theft for their alleged roles in the incidents, according to the complaints.

In addition to the vehicle burglary charges, the trio also are accused stealing paintings valued at $300 total and a $35 mail slot from a building on Mechanic Street in Red Bank on Nov. 7, according to authorities.

Murch—who authorities said also goes by the first name of Avery—and Simonelli were also charged with theft in Red Bank and stealing beer and cash from a vehicle on Union Avenue that same day. Murch also faces charges for aggravated assault and weapon possession after he allegedly held a kitchen knife to the throat of a 15-year-old on Nov. 1, according to the criminal complaints.

The men remain held on bond at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, according to inmate records.


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