Weekly Police Blotter – Press Release
December 31st, 2013 thru January 6th, 2014
Warrant (Arrest) –On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 1:41 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno conducted a motor vehicle stop of 43-year-old Kimberly Sonn of Forked River who was driving with a suspended registration and had an outstanding $89 warrant out of the Ocean Township Municipal Court. The registration was determined to be suspended for canceled insurance and it was determined that the vehicle did not currently have valid insurance. Kimberly Sonn was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where she posted bail. Kimberly Sonn was issued summonses for suspended registration and no insurance.
Theft – On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 5:08 p.m., 23-year-old Alexander Rodriguez of 1103 Mizzen Avenue in Beachwood responded to police headquarters to report a theft. Alexander Rodriguez reported that sometime over the past three months someone stole his Playstation III gaming console and a Craftsman Snowblower from his mother’s residence on Sunrise Boulevard in Forked River. Alexander Rodriguez reported that his mother last saw the items on December 28, 2013. The total value of the items is estimated at $400. On January 4, 2014, the snowblower was located at Cash Now, 1231 Route 166, Suite 2, in Toms River. Charges are pending the identification of the suspect.
Theft from a Vehicle – On Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:22 a.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded to Clearwater Drive in Forked River for a report of thefts from three motor vehicles which were parked in the driveway of a residence. Each vehicle was reported to have been left unlocked. A brown leather tri-fold wallet was stolen from one of the vehicles. The wallet contained money, identification, credit cards, and gift cards. Total value is estimated at $62. The other two vehicles were entered but had nothing stolen. One of the gift cards may have been used at the Wawa, located at 800 Lacey Road in Forked River, to purchase gas. The incident is currently under investigation pending surveillance video and records from Wawa.
Theft from a Vehicle – On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 10:46 a.m., a resident of Clearwater Drive in Forked River reported a theft from a motor vehicle. The owner reported that during the overnight hours, an unknown person or persons entered his vehicle while it was parked in the driveway of the residence and stole a 1984 City of Linden High School class ring and eight 30mg Oxycodone pills. The estimated total value of the stolen items is $540.
Criminal Mischief – On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 8:16 a.m., a report was filed for criminal mischief to the skate park in Gille Park, 56 Manchester Avenue in Forked River. During the overnight hours of December 31, 2013, into January 1, 2014, unknown persons damaged the skate-park fence. The subjects broke the metal tie down clamps that secure the chain link fence to the fence posts and then pulled the fence back to gain entry into the skate park. The center support post was also removed and missing.
Theft – On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 11:10 a.m., a resident of Laurel Boulevard, Lanoka Harbor, reported the theft of 120 prescription Xanax pills between December 24, 2013, and December 30, 2013. The theft was reported to have been committed by a family member who was permitted in the residence. The relative denied stealing the pills. The matter is under investigation.
Theft – On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 2:51 p.m., Special Officer Jesse Urban responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 N, in Lanoka Harbor, in reference to a theft from a shopping cart. A Forked River resident reported that he and his 6-year-old daughter were shopping inside Walmart when an unknown person stole his daughter’s purse from the shopping cart. The items stolen included a purse, a $20.00 bill, and a $25.00 Visa gift card. Special Officer Urban is currently investigating the matter and will be viewing the surveillance video recording upon receipt from Walmart officials.
Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 5:53 p.m., Officers Darrell Nick and John McKee responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 N, in Lanoka Harbor, in reference to shoplifting. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 27-year-old Lauren E. Saldana of 114 Manor Drive in Manchester, NJ, for shoplifting merchandise valued at $195.74. She was transported to police headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons for the theft.
DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, January 3, 2014, at 1:44 p.m., Officer John Cernek was on patrol when he observed a vehicle off of the roadway into the snow near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 53-year-old William Mckelvey of 813 Beach Boulevard in Forked River for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. William Mckelvey was transported to police headquarters where he refused to provide samples of his breath. William Mckelvey was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit breath samples, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and DUI. William Mckelvey was also issued a criminal summons for driving while suspended while being suspended for a previous DUI.
Theft – On Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 7:37 p.m., Officer Robert Duffy responded to Lacey Liquors in reference to a theft. The store owner reported that at approximately 7:30 p.m. a male subject entered the store, concealed a 750 ml bottle of Grey Goose vodka ($37.99 value), and walked out without paying for the item. The suspect was described as a white male, 6-01 in height, in his 40′s, wearing a black jacket and a black and white striped “Beanie hat.” The store owner reported that the same subject previously entered the store at approximately 6:45 p.m. on the same date, but had purchased a bottle of the same type of vodka. The suspect was observed entering passenger side of a black Ford Explorer. Charges are pending the identification of the suspect.
Fraud (Arrest) – On Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 3:15 p.m., Officer Simonson responded to Chase Bank located at 744 Lacey Road in Forked River for an attempted fraud. The bank manager reported that a subject attempted to withdraw $4,480.75 from an account. Upon checking the subject’s identification, it appeared to be fraudulent and upon checking activity on the account it appeared that the suspect attempted withdraw money earlier in the day from a Chase Bank in Toms River. The subject was denied because she was not able to answer security questions on the account. The suspect was denied the money and left the bank on foot. She was located and identified as Faye Angel Singleton of 3043 Yates Avenue in Bronx, NY. Faye Singleton was arrested and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where she was fingerprinted and charged with Uttering a Forged Document, Criminal Attempt, Theft by Deception, and Exhibiting a False Government Document.
Theft from a Residence – On Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 6:20 p.m., 44-year-old John Abrams of Maywood Place in Forked River reported that someone stole items from his home between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on January 4, 2014. The items reported stolen included 40 Oxycotin pills and $300 cash from a lock box he had hidden in his home. Other items, including medications and additional cash in the box, were not stolen. There was no forced entry to the residence or the lock box. Total value of the stolen property is estimated at $340.
DUI (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 5, 2013 at 1:37 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas stopped a vehicle on Route 9 near Beach Boulevard. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 22-year-old Ashley Biele of 205 Carol Drive in Toms River for DUI. The vehicle was impounded pursuant to John’s Law. Ashley Biele was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she refused to provide breath samples. Ashley Biele was charged with DUI, refusal to provide breath samples, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and failure to report change of address.
Shoplifting & Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 5, 2013 at 5:07 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to Walmart located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor in reference to shoplifting. The Asset Protection Associate observed 29-year-old Jessica Doctor of 60 Mallard Road in Bayville conceal several items in her purse and then attempted to exit the store without paying for them. The stolen items included one two pack t-shirt and bra, one pair of gloves, and one beanie. Jessica Doctor was placed under arrest and a search incident to arrest uncovered a pack of Paper Mate Ink Joy pens hidden on her person. Jessica Doctor was also found to have an active $600 Manchester Township Municipal Court failure-to-appear warrant. Jessica Doctor was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where she was processed and released on a criminal summons after bail was posted on the Manchester Municipal Court warrant.
Drug Possession & Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 5, 2014, at 6:34 p.m., a resident of Weehawken Avenue in Forked River reported that she believed her daughter, 21-year-old Ashley Frank of 771 Weehawken Avenue, was being held against her will. The caller reported that she received text messages from Ashley Frank requesting her to leave $200 in the mailbox outside of her residence. The caller reported that Ashley Frank indicated that she needed $200 or the people she was with were not going to let her leave. The veracity of the claim by Ashley Frank was very questionable, so officers set up a surveillance of the mailbox and observed a vehicle stop and pick up the money. The vehicle was stopped by Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and the driver, 28-year-old Raymond Ouellette of 912 Neptune Avenue in Beachwood was questioned regarding the whereabouts of Ashley Frank. Raymond Ouellette indicated that Ashley Frank texted him and asked him to pick up the money and deliver it to her at 311 Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River. Officers responded to 311 Nautilus Boulevard where they observed Ashley Frank in the front yard. Upon seeing the officers, Ashley Frank fled inside the residence. Further investigation led to the arrest of Ashley Frank at the residence of 311 Nautilus Boulevard for an outstanding “No Bail” Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant for violation of probation. The post-arrest search of Ashley Frank uncovered two wax folds of heroin in her sweatshirt pocket. Ashley Frank was charged with possession of heroin and then turned over to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department on the outstanding no bail warrant for commitment in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.
Warrants (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 5, 2014, while officers were at 311 Nautilus Boulevard in Forked River dealing with a separate arrest involving 21-year-old Ashley Franks, officers located 22-year-old Brittani Koppenjan of 50 Broadway in Point Pleasant who was found to have an active $10,000 Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant and an active $500 Toms River Township warrant. Brittani Koppenjan was arrested and transported to Lacey Police headquarters where she was processed and then turned over to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department for commitment in the Ocean County Correctional Facility.
Theft from a Vehicle – On Monday, January 6, 2014, at 1:09 p.m., a resident of Driftwood Lane in Lanoka Harbor reported a theft from a motor vehicle. The resident reported that during the overnight hours between January 5, 2014 and January 6, 2014 someone entered her vehicle and stole a black Coach purse containing make-up. The vehicle was unlocked and parked in the driveway of the residence at the time of the theft. The total value of the stolen items is estimated at $230.
Burglary & Theft (Residence) – On Monday, January 6, 2013, at 12:10 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to 10 Taylor Lane for a report of a burglary. The resident reported that sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on January 6, 2014, someone entered his residence and stole two coffee cans containing money. One Maxwell House coffee can contained $175 worth of five dollar bills and one Maxwell House coffee can contained $150 of loose change. The homeowner reported that the home was not locked as there were no signs of forced entry.
Theft from a Person (Reported Robbery) – On Monday, January 6, 2014, at 6:47 p.m., officers responded to the parking lot of the Forked River Pharmacy located at 605 Route 9 South in Forked River in reference to a report of robbery that reportedly occurred at Wawa located at 444 Route 9 South in Forked River. The complainant, 26-year-old Jason Fiorvante of East Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor, reported that he parked his vehicle at the fuel pumps of Wawa and then proceeded inside the store where he made a purchase of some items. Jason Fiorvante reported that he left the items he purchased on the store counter while he walked into the bathroom. Jason Fiorvante reported that as he walked to the bathroom, he still had approximately $120 in his hand. Jason Fiorvante stated that while in the bathroom, a white male subject grabbed the money from his hand and ran out of the store. Jason Fiorvante reported that he chased the subject out of the side emergency exit door of Wawa and caught up with him in the parking lot of the Forked River Pharmacy where he reportedly retrieved his money. The other subject then reportedly fled the area on foot. Jason Fiorvante described the white male as being in his mid-to-late-twenties, wearing a black wool hat and a green jacket. Jason Fiorvante reported that he was not injured. All aspects of the reported incident are currently under investigation.
This article was written by Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D.