Crime Alert Update – 17-Year-old Juvenile Male Charged with Criminal and Motor Vehicle Offenses for Damaging Lacey High School Student Parking Stalls After Fundraiser
On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 2:47 p.m., Detective Michael Eden responded to the Lacey Township High School located at 73 Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor for a report of criminal mischief. The Lacey Township High School Principal, Gregory Brandis, reported that during the evening hours of August 9, 2016 an older model pickup truck, possibly a Ford pickup truck, with no bed on the back, damaged several custom painted parking stalls located in the Lacey High School parking lot. The vehicle in question spun its tires across approximately 20 of the custom painted parking stalls damaging the fresh paint and causing criminal mischief in the amount of $2500.00. The murals in the parking stalls were completed by students as a fundraising effort.
On Monday, August 22, 2016, after an extensive investigation, Lacey Detectives Robert Surtees and Michael Eden charged a 17-year-old juvenile male from Forked River, with Criminal Mischief for damaging the custom painted parking lot stalls. In addition to the Criminal Mischief charge, the juvenile was charged with Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, and Operating an Unregistered Vehicle.
Tomorrow, August 25, 2016, the Lacey Township Board of Education and High School Administration will be holding a community event at the Lacey Township High School parking lot, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Several high school students and staff members will be repainting the damaged murals.
Chief Michael C. DiBella