Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Blotter – February 24, 2016 thru March 2, 2016

Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Blotter – February 24, 2016 thru March 2, 2016

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Weekly Police Blotter

February 24th thru March 2nd, 2016

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  • Distribution of Heroin (Arrests) – On Friday, February 26, 2016, at 2:31 a.m., this agency received a call from the Wawa, Route 9 South & Taylor Lane in Forked River, reporting a drug transaction in the women’s bathroom. A description was provided of two suspects who walked south on Route 9 after the transaction and two others who drove away in a vehicle. The vehicle was located by Officer Scott Keefe who conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 near Lakeside Drive South while Officer Christopher Meyler located the two subjects who were walking south along Route 9. At the scene of the motor vehicle stop, the driver was identified as 31-year-old Deirdre Davis of 15 Harborage Avenue in Bayville, NJ. The rear male passenger was identified as 31-year-old Kevin Mack of Boston Way Village in Asbury Park, NJ.  Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of both Deirdre Davis and Kevin Mack. A search at the scene revealed a pill bottle containing approximately 40 Oxycodone pills without a prescription and a pill bottle with approximately 23 Xanax bars without prescription. Both Deirdre Davis and Kevin Mack were transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters. Kevin Mack had originally provided officers with false information and it was determined that he had three warrants outstanding for his arrest.

    At the pedestrian contact scene, Officer Meyler identified the subjects as 33-year-old Kimberly Croman of 211 Nantucket Road in Forked River and 45-year-old Michael Gray of 211 Nantucket Road in Forked River. Both initially provided false names to the officers. Officer Meyler was able to positively identify K. Croman who was then arrested for providing the false information. Several warrants were located for her arrest as well. At the time, it was not known that Michael Gray had provided false information to officers. The male subject was released at the time. A warrant was located for Michael Gray’s arrest and Officer Meyler will be issuing a warrant in the coming days for the arrest of Michael Gray who has not yet been arrested for his involvement in this matter. At police headquarters, a search of K. Croman revealed 20 bags of heroin. As a result of the investigation, it was determined that the Heroin transaction took place in the Wawa bathroom immediately prior to the police interaction with all of the involved persons.

    Deirdre Davis was charged with Distribution of Heroin and Possession of Heroin and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $25,000 bail. Kevin Mack was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Hindering Apprehension and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $2,500 bail along with a combined total of $11,500 bail on the three outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions. Kimberly Croman was charged with Possession of Heroin and Hindering Apprehension and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of  $15,000 bail as well as a combined total of $1,000 bail on two additional outstanding warrants.  Michael Gray is wanted on an outstanding Lacey Township Warrant with bail set at $750 and additional charges are pending further investigation.

  • Theft (Formal Charge) – On February 25, 2016, a follow-up investigation by the Lacey Detective Bureau into a reported theft at Retro Fitness led to a criminal charge of Theft being signed against 25-year-old Christopher Slover of 119 Walnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor.  He was served with the complaint pending a court appearance. On Sunday, February 14, 2016, officers had responded to Retro Fitness in reference to an alleged theft of cash from a locker. Fitness center employees and members reported that another member might be responsible for recent thefts from unsecured lockers at multiple Retro locations including Lacey.  On Sunday, February 14, 2016, $82.00 in cash was reported missing from a gym bag stored in the locker room at the Lacey location. Other identified victims did not wish to file reports. The police departments in each town where potential thefts occurred where notified of this incident and criminal charge.

  • Aggravated Assault (Arrest) – On Monday, February 29, 2016, at 5:57 p.m., Officer Elton Copes responded to a Chestnut Drive residence in Lanoka Harbor for a report of an assault that had reportedly occurred earlier on Pineview Road in Forked River. The victim, a 51-year-old male from Chestnut Drive, had significant injury to his left ear. The victim reported that he was at the residence of 1745 Pineview Road, located in the Barnegat Pines section of Forked River, when he became involved in a verbal argument with 52-year-old Terence P. Bacon of 1745 Pineview Road in Forked River, NJ. The victim reported that the dispute became physical and Terrence Bacon allegedly bit the top part of his left ear off during the altercation. The victim then drove home to his own residence where the police were contacted. Detective Alan Abrecht responded to the scene to handle the follow-up investigation. Terrence Bacon turned himself in at Lacey Township Police Headquarters a short time later. Terrence Bacon was charged with Aggravated Assault and Disorderly Conduct. Judge Damian Murray set bail at $25,000. Terrence Bacon posted bail through a bail bondsman and was released from custody after processing.

  • Shoplifting (Juvenile Charges) – On Monday, February 29, 2016, at 5:35 p.m., Officer Jesse Dalziel and Charles May responded to Kohl’s, 304 Route 9 North in Forked River, for a report of shoplifting. The loss prevention employee reported that two female juveniles selected approximately 47 pieces of merchandise from the cosmetics and jewelry section of the store and brought them into the dressing room. When the juveniles exited the dressing room the merchandise was no longer visible. Upon checking the dressing room the loss prevention employee located empty merchandise packaging. The juveniles were stopped when they attempted to leave the store without paying for the concealed items. The juveniles were transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where they were processed and charged. The 16-year-old juvenile shoplifted 27 items valued at $813.64 and 15-year-old juvenile shoplifted 20 items valued at $813.20. The juveniles were turned over to the custody of their parents.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, February 28, 2016, at 5:19 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella conducted a motor vehicle stop. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 32-year-old Louis L. Kelly of 10 Second Street in Lanoka Harbor, NJ, on an outstanding Ocean Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $250. Louis Kelly was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail. Louis Kelly also received a summons for driving while suspended.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 5:11 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop on Lacey Road near Williams Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 57-year-old Joseph A. Sylvester of Thomas Place in Parlin, NJ, on an outstanding Freehold Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $500. Joseph Sylvester was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail.

  • Warrant Arrest & Resisting Arrest by Flight – On Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 6:33 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas and Officer Julie Barcalow responded to a Buena Vista Road residence in reference to serving an arrest warrant on 46-year-old Craig P. Roberson. As the officers arrived at the residence, Craig Roberson ran into the residence and refused to comply with the verbal commands given by Officer Tsarnas. Officer Tsarnas chased Craig Roberson who attempted to hide from the officers. Craig Roberson was located a short time later hiding under the back deck of the residence. Craig Roberson was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police headquarters where he was processed and charged with Resisting Arrest by Flight. Bail was set at $5,000 by Judge Damian Murray. Craig Roberson was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 9:06 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno conducted a motor vehicle stop on Laurel Boulevard near Basin Road in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 23-year-old John R. Ingraldi of East Hickory Drive in Lanoka Harbor, NJ, on an outstanding Burlington Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $350. John Ingraldi was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and issued a summons for Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended Registration. John Ingraldi was released ROR by the Burlington Township Municipal Court Clerk.

  • Suspicious Incident (Possible Attempted Burglary) – On Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 10:17 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to the Forked River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 10 East Lacey Road in Forked River, NJ, for an alarm call. Upon arrival, the officers observed an open rear window and a damaged screen. The officers searched the building, but did not locate any suspects inside. It did not appear that entry was made into the building or that anything was stolen.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:40 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of shoplifting. The loss prevention employee reported that he observed a male subject remove items from the packaging and then place the items into his jacket pocket. The subject then attempted to leave the store without paying for the items. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 22-year-old Brian N. Wagner of Delaware Avenue in Whiting, NJ, for shoplifting $33.38 worth of merchandise. Brian Wagner was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Shoplifting.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 10:47 p.m., Officer Christopher Meyler conducted a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of Wawa, 800 Lacey Road in Forked River, NJ. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 55-year-old Louis Lanzetti of Park Place Avenue in Bradley Beach, NJ on a Wall Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $500. Louis Lanzetti was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 2:16 p.m., Officer John Simonson conducted a motor vehicle stop on Lacey Road at the Garden State Parkway. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 43-year-old Joey O. Gibbs of Central Avenue in Waretown, NJ on an outstanding Englishtown Borough Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $1,000. Joey Gibbs was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail. Joey Gibbs was issued a summons for driving while suspended.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 2:20 p.m., Officer Daniel Ricciardella and Officer Evan Androcy responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a suspected shoplifter that had just entered the store. The suspect, 35-year-old Casey M. O’Brien of Anchor Drive in Barnegat, NJ, was a suspect in two previous shoplifting incidents in which Officer Ricciardella is investigating. Officer Androcy located the suspect inside the store and observed him removing an anti-shoplifting “spider wire” from a laptop computer. The suspect was placed under arrest and was found to be in possession of two cameras and an internet hotspot that had been ripped from their security racks. Casey O’Brien was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Shoplifting a desktop computer valued at $649 on January 16, 2016 and Shoplifting a laptop computer, two cameras, and an internet hotspot with a total value of $582.

  • Theft from Vehicles – On Wednesday, February 25, 2016, at 7:38 a.m., officers from the Lacey Township Police Department responded to the Forked River Beach section of the township in reference to several reports of thefts from unlocked vehicle. A total of six vehicles were entered and had items stolen from them in the area Hilo Bay Drive and Daytona Road. The thefts are believed to have occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on February 25, 2016. The thefts included items such as: four Philadelphia Flyers season ticket books valued at $2,000; an IPod 16 gigabyte black in color valued at $100; a Discover card; an older model Garmin GPS(NFI) in a green REI bag valued at $50; a Spyderco pocket knife valued at $100; a pair of white wireless JBL headphones valued at $120; two white I-Phone 6 cell phone USB charging cables valued at $20; a TD Bank personal checkbook; a pair of Bushnell binoculars valued at $80; a Stanley tripod LED flashlight valued at $15; a prescription bottle containing 30 pain medication tablets; a brown pair of woman’s Oakley sunglasses valued at $250; a white Apple, 8 Gigabyte, I-phone 4S in a pink rubberized case with a total value of $425; a black cell phone holder for an automobile valued at $45; a black and gray radar detector valued at $100; and a pair of blue men’s Oakley sunglasses with dark polarized lenses with a total value of $250.

  • Shoplifting and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 6:09 p.m., Officer Jesse Dalziel responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in the Lanoka Harbor section of the township, for a report of shoplifting. The manager reported that she observed a female remove 14 apparel items from the display and then concealed the items inside her purse. The female subject then reportedly attempted to leave the store without paying for the items. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 36-year-old Megan Cottrell of West Bay Avenue in Barnegat, NJ, for shoplifting $99.84 worth of merchandise. Megan Cottrell was also found to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe and drug paraphernalia. Megan Cottrell was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and then charged with Shoplifting, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.