BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ – On 12/17/21 at approximately 11 p.m. Brick SCU was conducting surveillance at 715 Rt 70 (Quick Check) when they observed a male sleeping inside a vehicle in the parking lot. During the investigation, Police identified the male as Christian Vatovec (32 years of age from Manalapan). Detectives observed a large quantity of methamphetamine inside the vehicle. Detectives also located Xanax, Suboxone and a hypodermic syringe. Vatovec was also found to be in possession of several shoplifting tools including devices used to remove security tags on merchandise
. A large amount of electronics including laptops, drones, electric scooters and cell phones were found inside the vehicle, which are believed to be stolen from various department stores. Detectives are continuing to investigate the origin of the merchandise.
Vatovec was charged with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of Methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, Possession of paraphernalia for a controlled dangerous substance, Possession of a syringe containing a controlled dangerous substance, possession of shoplifting tools, possession of Xanax and possession of Suboxone. Vatovec’s charges were placed on a warrant and he was lodged in Ocean County Jail.