Toms River’s “Blue Line Bandit” stole 11 cans of blue spray Paint from Home Depot

Police today are saying Toms River's blue line bandit stole the paint he used to illegally paint a blue line on Hooper Avenue in Downtown Toms River.


TOMS RIVER, NJ – The man who stole his truck out of an impound yard, painted a blue line in Downtown Toms River, then parked his truck to block the township’s embattled mayor, Mo Hill‘s parking spot at town hall is turning out to be the modern-day version of Billy the Kid.

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Now it turns out, according to police he stole 11 cans of blue spray paint from Home Depot before his caper.

On Friday, additional summonses were issued to David Giordano for Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, as well as Shoplifting. Video surveillance from Home Depot reveals Mr. Giordiano shoplifting 11 cans of blue spray paint which was later used to paint the blue line on Hooper Avenue.

Impound yard breakout

On Monday, March 22, 2021, police were called to Freedom Towing & Recovery on Route 9, for a report of a vehicle theft. Surveillance video shows David Giordano, 43 of Toms River, entering the truck and driving it through the locked gate of the property.

Messing with corrupt Mayor Mo Hill

The bucket truck was found parked illegally at Toms River Town Hall in the Mayor’s parking space later that morning. The boom of the truck was extended blocking trucks from passing by.

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Unpaid fines

The vehicle belonged to Mr. Giordiano, however it had been impounded and was in the lot for 313 days due to unpaid invoices owed for the impound and storage of the vehicle. Mr. Giordiano was arrested on March 30, 2021, and charged with Theft of Movable Property, Theft of Services, Burglary, and Criminal Mischief. He is currently lodged in Ocean County Jail.

The thin blue line

On March 30, 2021, the Toms River Police Department was contacted in reference to criminal mischief on Hooper Ave. The investigation revealed that Mr. Giordiano was responsible for painting a four inch wide blue line between the double yellow lines on Hooper Ave. and was issued a summons for Criminal Mischief.

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“While we appreciate the overwhelming support for law enforcement, we can not condone the defacing of any property,” Toms River Police spokesperson Jillian Messina said. “Due to Mr. Giordano’extensive history with the Toms River Police Department and justice system, it was necessary to take this course of action.”

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