By JOHN T. WARD
redbankgreen was on the scene at Evergreen Drive when authorities took David Wilt into custody on Evergreen Drive at about 4 p.m., shortly after authorities in both towns went on alert for a black pickup truck on a report of a break-in.
The driver was wanted in connection with the reported burglary of a home on Hance Road in Fair Haven, according to Detective Jesse Dykstra in that town.
Dykstra said someone in the house had discovered an intruder, who fled in a black Chevy Silverado pickup truck. Dykstra did not have information Monday night as to how the intruder entered the house.
As the vehicle was leaving the scene, it struck and damaged a pillar, and a witness took down the license plate information.
Authorities traced the vehicle’s registration to a business in Perth Amboy, and in turn to the business owner, a Rumson resident, Dykstra said. That turned out to be the suspect’s father, he said.
Rumson police found the truck at the Wilt family home, said Dykstra. The house is listed in property records as belonging to Wendy Wilt.
David Wilt was charged with with burglary, theft, illegal drug possession, forgery of prescription blanks and possession of stolen property, Dykstra said.
He was also charged with failing to report a motor vehicle accident and leaving the scene of an accident for his alleged involvement in the Fair Haven accident.
He was released after posting $7,500 bond.
Fair Haven Patrolman Christian Hostrup made the arrest, assisted by Sergeant Sherri Lambert and Patrolman Eric Patton as well as members of the Rumson PD, Dykstra said.