Howell Man 'Hiding In Rafters' Of Shut Wall Twp. Business Charged With Burglary

A 38-year-old Howell man was arrested Monday after Wall police found the burglary suspect hiding in the rafters of a business.

Joseph Fahrnbach III was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, possession of burglary tools, theft, criminal mischief and obstruction.  

Officers from the Wall Township Police Department responded Monday to a commercial business on Asbury Road, near the Wall/Howell border, on the report of a possible burglary in progress.

The owner of the business had called police, believing someone was in his building which had been closed for over a year. Upon arrival, patrol units quickly set up a perimeter around the exterior of the building with the assistance of Howell Police Department. 

Patrolman Ian Hatch and his canine partner, Sable, responded to the scene and assisted with a search of the interior of the building.  During the search, Sable led officers to the attic area of the building where Fahrnbach was found hiding in the rafters.

Fahrnbach was immediately taken into custody and arrested.  Also during the search Fahrnbach’s vehicle, a 2004 Chevy pickup, was found parked inside the building in a rear bay area.  The vehicle was seized pending forfeiture. 

The investigation revealed that Mr. Fahrnbach had forced entry into the building and pulled his vehicle into a rear bay area.  Once inside Mr. Fahrnbach removed scrap metal and copper and loaded the items into the bed of his truck. 

Municipal Court Judge Joseph Defino set bail at $18,000.  Fahrnbach was transported to Monmouth County Jail in default of the bail.  A photograph of Mr. Fahrnbach will not be released at this time. 

The case remains an active investigation which is being conducted by Patrolman Megan Alexander and Detectives Christopher Lisewski and Miles Shanklin of the Wall Township Police Department. 

            Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law. 






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