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On Tuesday, Middletown resident David Koch was arrested again for stealing a wallet from Best Market, Holmdel, after being arrested for a second time on charges he took money from the cash register at the Palmer Avenue Exxon on Saturday.

Not long after he was from a Holmdel Exxon gas station,  resident David Koch, 23, was arrested again in Holmdel Township — this time for allegedly stealing a wallet with cash and credit cards from an employee break room at Best Market in the Holmdel Commons.

On Tuesday, Holmdel Police arrested Koch and charged him with theft after he allegedly lifted a wallet with cash and credit cards from an employee break room at the supermarket on March 20, where he was employed. 

The incident was reported to police by the victim who came to police headquarters. Holmdel Patrolman Michael Dowens and Detective Eric Hernando identified Koch through the store's video surveilance system.

He was arrested and charged with a disorderly persons charge (the wallet contained less than $200) and fourth degree theft (for the credit cards). Koch was released on his own recognizance pending a court date in April.

It is customary to release suspects for these kind of offenses unless the person is considered a flight risk, said Lt. Michael Smith on Wednesday.

"He will probably be charged again this week with another theft from Best Market," Lt. Michael Smith said. "We had another woman come in and advised she had her Coach pocketbook stolen, and $200 in cash, on the same day as the other one."

The arrest came shortly after Koch was arrested for a second time or allegedly stealing from the cash register at the Palmer Avenue Exxon gas station, Holmdel. The station is located on the border of Middletown and Holmdel at Palmer Avenue and Route 35 north in Holmdel, across from the Middletown . Koch resides at 864 Palmer Ave., Middletown.

Police say Koch waited until he had an opportunity and went behind the counter, opened the cash register and stole approximately $340. An employee witnessed it, said police.

Koch was subsequently chased by employees where he was subdued and held until police arrival, according to the police report. He was charged with theft.

Koch was transported to Holmdel Police headquarters for processing and then to Bayshore Community hospital for a collarbone injury which he sustained when he was subdued by Exxon employees, according to police. 

This was the second time Koch was arrested for an incident at that Exxon station. The first was April 22, 2011, when he was charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and conspiracy to commit burglary.

According to Lt. Smith, Koch received probation for those charges.


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