Little Silver police arrested two men early Thursday morning on charges of stealing scrap metal from Little Silver and Fair Haven businesses, police said.
They were also charged with other crimes after a joint investigation by the departments.
Paul Kirkstad, of Little Silver, and Nicholas Deluca, of Holmdel, were arrested in the area of Branch Avenue in Little Silver, Detective Sergeant Daniel Shaffery said.
According to Shaffery, police saw Kirkstad climbing over the fence of a Branch Avenue business in possession of scrap metal. He was charged with defiant trespassing.
Meanwhile, Deluca was parked nearby at the 7-11, where further investigation showed his registration was expired and he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was charged for each offense, Shaffery said.
It was later discovered that the two men stole scrap metal from a Fair Haven business, he said.
“This wasn’t their first night out,” Shaffery said. “They had done it before.”
Fair Haven police charged the two with theft.