Undoubtedly you've seen the Take-a-Penny, Leave-a-Penny trays on convenience store checkout counters. They're the ones that help you avoid breaking a new bill or give you a tiny bit of personal satisfaction when you contribute to help someone else avoid breaking another bill.
Well, not everyone gets it.
A Red Bank 7-Eleven employee alerted police recently to a theft in which someone decided not to take a penny, but to take the entire penny tray instead, which just happened to be an antique Dutch Masters cigar penny tray. Now no one gets to take a penny.
According to Red Bank Police the incident took place at the Maple Avenue 7-Eleven on Oct. 1. An unknown male swiped the penny tray and left the store. No arrests have been made in the theft, though police are investigating.
Other recent Red Bank criminal activity:
Criminal Mischief occurring on Catherine Street on 9-28-12. Reports of two incidents of vandalism, one being a window that was scratched by unknown subject(s) and the other was gray paint graffiti on back of building. Ptl. Gary Watson.
Theft occurring at Water Street on 9-28-12. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a cell phone from table inside of establishment. Sgt. Frank Bitsko.
Theft occurring on Tower Hill Drive residence on 10-1-12. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole his wallet from residence. Contained in wallet were cash, credit card and driver’s license. Sgt. Frank Bitsko.
Theft reported on 10-3-12 at boat yard in Marine Park. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) stole a gray in color double axle boat trailer from the boat yard where it was stored. Lt. Michael Clay.
Jerod Langley, age 26 male of Long Branch was arrested on 10-3-12 in the area of Broad St. for COC by Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.
Jamar Pitts, age 29 male of Long Branch was arrested on 10-3-12 in the area of BroadSt. for COC by Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.
Charles Carroll, age 44 male of Beachwood was arrested on 10-3-12 in the area of Monmouth St. for COC by Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.
Lynn Murray, age 57 female of Red Bank was arrested on 9-30-12 in the area of Central Ave. for DWI by Ptl. Gary Watson.
David Rainey, age 41 male of Shrewsbury was arrested on 9-30-12 in the area of W. Sunset Ave. for, Poss. of Prescription Legend Drugs and COC by Ptl. Stan Balmer.
Thomas Armstrong, age 30 male of Tinton Falls was arrested on 9-28-12 in the area of Shrewsbury Ave. for COC by Ptl. Thomas Doremus.
Lydell Brown age 31 male of Perth Amboy was arrested on 9-28-12 in the area of Maple Ave. for COC by Ptl. Heather Pubylski.