WAYNE, NJ - On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, staff at Zeppelin Hobbies on Route 23 called the Wayne Police Department to report a burglary that had occurred sometime overnight.
Officers arrived to find the glass front door smashed and employees reported that several remote-controlled (RC) cars, with a total value over $5,000, were missing from the store. The Wayne Police Detective Bureau became involved and obtained evidence from the scene including video surveillance of a suspect removing RC cars from the store.
Weeks later, the owner of Zeppelin Hobbies was notified by a customer that one of his stolen RC cars was for sale at a hobby shop in Toms River. This information led detectives to check the Toms River area for registered vehicles that matched the suspect vehicle seen on the surveillance video.
From there, information was developed that identified Derrick Meeks, age 48, of Toms River as the prime suspect in the burglary. Meeks’ photo was compared to and appeared consistent with the images captured on the surveillance video at Zeppelin Hobbies.
Wayne Police obtained arrest and search warrants and on the evening of Thursday, February 13, members of the Wayne Police Detective Bureau and Special Operations Unit, along with the Toms River Police Department, went to Meeks’ residence and took him into custody. A subsequent search yielded numerous RC cars, suspected cocaine, and other evidence related to the burglary.
Meeks was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance by the Toms River Police Department and then transported to Wayne Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Burglary and other offenses. He was then lodged in the Passaic