Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – Jan. 7th, 2014 thru Jan. 14th, 2014

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Police Blotter ImageWeekly Police Blotter – Press Release

January 7th, 2014 thru January 14th, 2014

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  • Multiple Car Burglaries (Search Warrant & Arrests) – On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, detectives executed a search warrant at 841 Hanley Street in Lanoka Harbor in reference to an ongoing burglary investigation. Detectives seized dozens of items of personal property believed to be tied to over 30 motor vehicle burglaries that have occurred over the past two months. Detectives arrested 41-year-old Ned Berwanger Jr. of 841 Hanley Street in Lanoka Harbor. Ned Berwanger was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $100,000 with no 10% option.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 1:51 p.m., Officer Joseph Soto responded 504 Laurelwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a theft. Thomas Blackwell reported that during the overnight hours someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his wallet. The value of the stolen items is estimated at $50.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 6:17 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 2000 block of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River for a theft. The victim reported that between 10:30 p.m. on January 7, 2014, and 6:15 a.m. on January 8, 2014, an unknown person entered his unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway. Stolen from the vehicle was a black Nike gym bag, $20.00 in cash and a NJ Transit Ticket Punch valued at $100.00. Total theft was value at $160.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 1:38 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to the 2000 block of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River for a theft. The victim reported that between 1:00 p.m. on January 7, 2014, and 3:00 a.m. on January 8, 2014, an unknown person entered his unlocked vehicle and stole approximately $23 in change.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, at 7:21 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Easy Street in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 7:20 p.m. on January 9, 2014, and 11:30 a.m. on January 10, 2014, an unknown person entered two unlocked vehicles — one parked in the driveway and the other on the street. The total theft from both vehicles was estimated at $6.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, at 8:40 a.m., Officer Frederick Anderson responded to the 100 block of Forrest Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 8:00 p.m. on January 9, 2014, and 8:30 a.m. on January 10, 2014, an unknown person entered two of their unlocked vehicles that were parked in the driveway. The theft included $30 in cash and change along with a wallet containing personal items. The total theft was estimated at $45.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., Officer John Simonson responded to Easy Street in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 7:00 p.m. on January 9, 2014, and 9:00 a.m. on January 10, 2014, an unknown person entered two of his vehicles that were unlocked and parked in the driveway of the residence. The victim reported that approximately $20 was stolen from each vehicle.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, at 6:27 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to Easy Street in Lanoka Harbor for a theft. The victim reported that between 11:00 p.m. on January 9, 2014, and 7:15 a.m. on January 10, 2014, an unknown person entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked on the street, and stole a black Garmin NUVI 50LM GPS unit, valued at $177; a dark gray Canon Power Shot digital camera, valued at $200; and a purple Droid Galaxy cell phone valued at $400.  The total value of the stolen property is estimated at $777.

    • Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, January 10, 2014, at 5:58 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to Easy Street in Lanoka Harbor, for a theft. The victim reported that sometime between 11:00 p.m. on January 9, 2014, and 8:15 a.m. on January 10, 2014,an unknown person entered her husband’s unlocked vehicle while it was parked in front of their residence. Stolen from the center console was a white I-Phone car charger valued at $20, as well as $26 in cash. Total value of the stolen property is estimated at $46.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at 7:54 a.m., Officer Robert Flynn responded to Dee Road in Forked River for a report of Criminal Mischief. The victim reported that during the prior week, an unknown person shot a pellet through an upstairs window of the residence under construction. The damage is estimated at $100.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at 1:36 p.m., 29-year-old Michael Hughes of Forked River turned himself in at Lacey Police headquarters to post bail on a $914 Wall Township Municipal Court warrant. Michael Hughes was processed and released.

  • Criminal Mischief (Residence) – On Wednesday, January 9, 2014, at 5:38 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to the 300 block of Lakeside Drive in Forked River for criminal mischief. The victim reported that between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on January 8, 2014, an unknown person damaged his white mailbox that was located out in front of the residence. The damage is estimated at $20.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 12:29 p.m., Officers Robert Flynn and Daniel Ricciardella responded to the Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a female shoplifter. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 26-year-old Emilie C. Guzman, Pennsylvania Avenue in Waretown, NJ for shoplifting merchandise valued at $97.08. She was processed and later released after receiving a criminal summons for shoplifting.

  • Trespass, Theft, & Landlord Violation – On Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 1:31 p.m., Officer Cernek responded to 513 Beach Boulevard in reference to missing items from a rented home. The residents reported that their rental home was improperly entered and that numerous items were removed by the landlord while they were away. Some of the items removed include a sofa, TV stand, coffee table, Nintendo Wii, various clothes, Brinks safe, social security cards and birth certificates, $400 in cash, a Coach purse, various DVDs, and dishes. The residents reported having continuous issues with their landlord and believe that she is responsible for the missing property. The residents observed remnants of some of their personal items near the street and believe that the landlord put their personal belongings out to the trash. The estimated value of the missing property at this time is $750. The matter is under continuing investigation.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 6:24 p.m., Officer Peter Donahue responded to the intersection of Lakeside Drive South and Ravine Drive in reference to a two-car motor vehicle accident in which the involved parties were involved in a verbal dispute. While investigating the incident, it was discovered that the accident occurred at the intersection of Deerhead Lake Drive and Serpentine Drive when 54-year-old Toni E. Blackwell of 2258 Lakeside Drive South in Forked River ran the stop sign and collided with a vehicle driven by, 26-year-old David Monko of 1916 Whitcomb Road in Forked River. Toni Blackwell fled the scene and pulled into a driveway of a residence that she thought was vacant, but was followed by David Monko. Further investigation led to the arrest of Toni Blackwell for DUI. Toni Blackwell was issued summons for DUI, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.

  • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (Arrest) – On Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 2:05 a.m., Officer Michael Verwey stopped a 2008 Nissan Altima for speeding and failure to maintain a lane on Route 9 near Game Farm Road in Forked River. While speaking with the driver, 35-year-old Dametrious R. Summers, Officer Verwey detected the distinct odor of marijuana. Continuing investigation led to a consent search of the vehicle and the discovery of packaged marijuana consistent with distribution. Three individually wrapped clear bags containing marijuana were found in the trunk of the vehicle. The vehicle’s registered owner and operator, 35-year-old Dametrious R. Summers of 117 South MLK Boulevard in Atlantic City, was placed under arrest. Dametrious R. Sumners was charged with Possession of more than 50 grams of Marijuana as well as Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS. Dametrious Sumners was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility with bail set at $25,000. The vehicle was impounded for potential forfeiture. Investigation is continuing into the location in Lacey Township where the CDS was to be delivered.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) - On Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 4:33 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey, responded to the Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of a male shoplifter who fled from the store. A description was provided and the subject was located at a nearby New Jersey Transit Bus Stop.  The investigation led to the arrest of 43-year-old George P. Decrosta of 23 Birch Street in Beachwood for shoplifting merchandise valued at $450.24. He was transported to headquarters and processed. He was later transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 bail for the shoplifting charge.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 10:26 p.m.,Officers Michael  Verwey and Dimitrios Tsarnas, while on a special patrol detail looking for suspicious drug activity, observed a white male in a vehicle acting suspiciously in the parking lot of the Taylor Lane Wawa, 444 Route 9 South. Upon further investigation it was learned that 34-year-old Andrew S. Zitzner of 1206 Ocean Street in Forked River was nervous because he had an outstanding $750 Lakewood Township Municipal Court contempt warrant. Andrew Zitzner was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and turned over to Lakewood Township Police.

  • DUI and Underage Consumption of Alcohol – On Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 11:46 p.m., Officers Michael Verwey and Dimitrios Tsarnas stopped a vehicle in the parking lot of Wawa, 800 Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 19 year-old Zachary E. Gray of Capstan Drive in Forked River for DUI and Underage Consumption of Alcohol.  Lacey Used Auto impounded the vehicle pursuant to John’s Law. Zachary Gray was transported to headquarters where he provided breath samples. Zachary Gray was issued summonses for Underage Consumption of Alcohol, DWI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and for a Provisional Drivers License Violation. The two passengers in the vehicle, 18-year-old Ethan J. Walter of 2524 Hurry Road in Forked River and 20-year-old Daniel J. Hadley of 1829 Second Street in West Deptford, NJ were charged with the municipal ordinance violation for underage consumption of alcoholic beverages at a private residence.Additional investigation led officers to the 103 Pine Street in Forked River where additional persons were believed to be consuming alcohol under the legal age. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 20 year-old Sabrina Bowen of 103 Pine Street in Forked River; 19-year-old Jessica B Valentine of 510 Cedarwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor; and 20-year-old Brandi-Lynn Rousse of 1419 Jay Street in Forked River for the municipal ordinance violation of Underage Consumption of Alcohol in a private residence.   They were each charged and released at the scene.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 3:27 p.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to 844 Hanley Street in Lanoka Harbor in reference to criminal mischief. Peter Arp reported that between 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014, and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2014, an unknown person or persons slashed a tire on his “Cargo Express” trailer while it was parked in front of his residence. The value of the tire is estimated at $120.

  • Theft – On Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 7:07 p.m., Officer Robert Duffy responded to 35 Nautilus Boulevard in reference to theft of medication.  Catherine Daddio reported that someone stole 36 Oxycodone/Acetamino tablets from her residence between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Catherine Daddio suspects that employees from home service company may be responsible for the theft as they were performing work in her residence at that time. The value of the theft is estimated at $10.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 10:24 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy stopped a vehicle in the area of Route 9 and Haines St for expired registration.  Upon speaking with the driver, 21-year-old Jesse L. Ehrnstrom of 503 Buttonwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor, Officer Androcy detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Officer Androcy also observed small pieces of what he believed to be marijuana on the driver’s sweatshirt and on the interior of the vehicle.  Investigation at the scene led to the discovery of a clear plastic bag containing marijuana and two glass smoking pipes. Jesse Ehrnstrom was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jesse Ehrnstrom was also issued a traffic summons for Unregistered Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle.  Jesse Ehrnstrom was released pending a court date.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:17 a.m., Officer Robert Duffy and Officer Andrew Slota were patrolling the wooded area near “Carusoville” off Dover Road in Bamber Lake when they observed a suspicious vehicle parked in a wooded area. Upon speaking with the driver, 29-year-old Joseph E. Kline of 102 Jefferson Avenue in Bayville, it was discovered that his driver’s license was suspended and he had an active warrant for $500 out of the Sparta Township Municipal Court for contempt. Joseph Kline was arrested and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he posted cash bail. Joseph Kline was issued a summons for driving while suspended and then released.

  • Warrant (Arrest) – On Monday, January 13, 2014, at 10:57 a.m., 24-year-old Jonathan DeSantis-Joiner of Bayville was arrested at police headquarters on an outstanding $500 Lacey Township Municipal Warrant. Jonathan DeSantis-Joiner was unable to post bail and was transported to Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

  • Drug Possession & Shoplifting (Arrests) – On Monday, January 13, 2014, 9:42 a.m., Officers Sarno, Anderson, and Pearce responded to Kohl’s in reference to three suspicious males on the side of the building that may be smoking marijuana and may have shoplifted items from the store. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 18-year-old Cody Collins of 322 Eleanor Road in Forked River for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed and released on summons awaiting a court date. A 16-year-old male was charged with shoplifting, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigation at the scene revealed the possession of an unusual quantity of Coricidin (Triple Cs), an over-the-counter medicine containing Dextromethorphine which is known to be abused by teens and young adults. Officer John Simonson is continuing an active investigation from December into prior cases of shoplifting of Coricidin from the Lacey ShopRite.

This article was written by Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D.