Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – April 19th thru 25th, 2016

Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – April 19th thru 25th, 2016

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Weekly Police Blotter

April 19th thru April 25th, 2016

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  • Burglary (Arrest) – On Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 4:36 p.m., Officer Patrick Watkins responded to 1006 Tampa Road in the Forked River Beach section of Forked River for a report of a Burglary. The victim reported that between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on April 23, 2016, an unknown person kicked in the side door of the residence and stole approximately $6,000 worth of items from inside. The stolen items included a Playstation 4, 2 Playstation controllers, 40 Playstation games, 80 DVD/Blue Ray’s, a gold necklace, and a Quartz watch. Detective Keith Pearce responded to the scene and initiated the follow-up investigation. The same house was previously burglarized on March 3, 2016, with a report that $3,500 in cash was stolen. The investigation by Detective Keith Pearce led to the arrest of 34-year-old Robert Goffio of 1205 Ocean Street in Forked River on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Robert Goffio, an associate of the victim, was charged after he was found in possession of specific pieces of jewelry stolen during the entries. Goffio was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $20,000 bail.  His charges include two counts each of Burglary and Theft.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 12:55 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to Wawa, 444 Route 9 South in Forked River, for a report of Shoplifting. The store manager reported that a male subject reached over the counter and stole a pack of Marlboro cigarettes. The subject was described as a white male wearing shorts covered in paint and a dark hooded sweatshirt. The suspect had entered a silver sedan and fled the area. The manager reported that the suspect had been charged with stealing from the Wawa approximately one year prior. Investigation led to the identification of the suspect as, 34-year-old Robert D. Goffio of 1205 Ocean Street in Forked River, NJ. Officer Sarno and Officer Jason Lee responded to the area of the suspect’s residence and placed him under arrest for Shoplifting. The suspect was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, where he was processed and charged with Shoplifting.

  • Eluding (Arrest Warrant Issued) – On Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 5:13 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas was on patrol when he attempted to stop a blue, 1998, Nissan Maxima on Lacey Road near Eagleswood Avenue in Forked River. The driver appeared to be pulling over, but then performed a quick u-turn and fled out West Lacey Road towards Bamber Lake Village. A license plate check revealed the vehicle had fictitious plates. Officer Tsarnas attempted to pull the vehicle over as a possible stolen vehicle, but the driver ignored the officer and continued to drive recklessly at a high rate of speed out on West Lacey Road. Officer Tsarnas discontinued the pursuit, then the driver inexplicably attempted to conduct another u-turn, at which time he struck a utility pole and damaged the driver side of the Nissan Maxima. The driver of the vehicle completed the u-turn and then drove back towards the populated part of the township at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. Officer Tsarnas did not continue to pursue the vehicle due to the potential danger a pursuit may pose to the public as the vehicle sped toward the populated area of the township.

    Utilizing the information on a previous registrant gained from the fictitious plate displayed on the vehicle, Public Safety Telecommunicator Joanne Wujack and Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas were able to develop a possible suspect. The suspect was identified as 64-year-old Alan Fratello of 18 Kingfisher Way in Whiting, NJ. Officer Tsarnas went to the address with the assistance of the Manchester Township Police Department. The suspect vehicle was located behind an adjacent home and the plates had been removed. The vehicle was impounded as evidence. Alan Fratello could not be located. Officer Tsarnas returned prepared an arrest warrant for Alan Fratello with a 2nd Degree Eluding charge and bail was set at $100,000. Additional outstanding arrests warrants were located for Alan Fratello which included a criminal warrant out of Carlstadt, NJ for $2,025 and a traffic warrant out of Manalapan, NJ for $1,000. The suspect is still at large at the time of this release. Anyone with information regarding the location of Alan Fratello is asked to contact the Lacey Township Police Department at 609.693.6636 or leave an anonymous crime tip through the department website at: http://laceypd.org/crime-tips/.

  • Shoplifting – Use of a Minor (Arrest) – On Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 6:02 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Officer Martin Julian responded to Walmart, 560 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of a shoplifting suspect that reportedly fled the store. The loss prevention employees provided the officers with the license plate of the vehicle, which was registered to 23-year-old Michael Cammarota of 19 Azalea Court in Barnegat, NJ. Barnegat Township Police stopped the vehicle a short time later in their jurisdiction. The vehicle contained the suspect, Michael Cammarota, and his 10-year-old brother. Officer Verwey and Officer Julian responded to the motor vehicle stop in Barnegat. Investigation at the scene led to the discovery of stolen merchandise from Walmart and from Home Depot. Further investigation led to the arrest of Michael Cammarota for shoplifting. Michael Cammarota was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with 4th degree Shoplifting of $450 worth of merchandise from Walmart and 3rd degree using a Minor in the Commission of a Crime, as a result of utilizing the child as a lookout. Bail was set at $20,000 for that incident. Upon further investigation, Michael Cammarota was also later charged with 3rd degree Shoplifting of $566 worth of merchandise from Home Depot. Additional bail was set bail at $5,000 for the Home Depot incident. Michael Cammarota was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Drug Possession – On Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10:48 p.m., Officer Andrew Slota responded Bamber Lake Park in reference to a report of loud yelling. As officer Slota patrolled the area, he located a suspicious vehicle parked on Dover Road near Smith Road. The vehicle was occupied by three juvenile males. When Officer Slota approached the vehicle he observed marijuana inside the vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the three 17-year-old males being taken into custody and transported to lacey Township Police Headquarters. One of the males admitted to possessing the marijuana and was charged with charged with Possession of 50 grams or Less of Marijuana. The driver was charged with possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle. All three juveniles were turned over to the custody of their parents.

  • Driving While Suspended & Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 11:41 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe was on patrol when he stopped a vehicle on Route 9 near Station Drive in the Forked River section of the township as a result of the registered owner having a suspended driver’s license. Officer Keefe confirmed the identity of the driver, 23-year-old Quazmeir S. Overton of East Kennedy Boulevard in Lakewood, NJ, as that of the registered owner of the vehicle. Quazmeir Overton was issued a summons for Driving While Suspended. Further investigation led to the arrest of the passenger, 21-year-old Jadzere S. Mason of Lexington Boulevard in Barnegat, NJ, on an outstanding Barnegat Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $1,000. Jadzere Mason was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 1:46 p.m., Officer Patrick Watkins was conducting a traffic post on Newark Avenue near the intersection of Tappan Street, when he observed a gray Hyundai Sante Fe speeding. Officer Watkins conducted a motor vehicle stop of that vehicle on Lakeside Drive North near Baldwin Street. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 35-year-old Calogero C. Marchese of 194 Tiffany Lane in Willingboro, NJ, on an outstanding Howell Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $115. Calogero Marchese was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail. Calogero Marchese was issued summonses for Driving Whiles Suspended and Speeding.

  • Structure Fire – On Friday, April 22, 2016, at 3:50 a.m., Officer Scott Keefe was on patrol in the Lanoka Harbor section of the township when he observed visible flames coming from the rear yard of the residence of 758 Briar Road in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Upon investigating, Officer Keefe discovered that the backyard and section of the residence of 759 Briar Road was engulfed in flames. Three residents were evacuated from inside the residence by the Lacey Township Police. Lanoka Harbor Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Preliminary investigation revealed that a resident, 19-year-old Robert J. Johnson had dumped ashes from a fire pit on dry brush upon conclusion of an evening in front of a fire pit. District Warden Scott Knauer of the NJ Forest Fire Service responded to the scene. The fire was determined to be accidental and non-suspicious.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 4:05 p.m., Officer Patrick Watkins responded to the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, 800 Route 9 South in Forked River, for a report of subject possessing Marijuana. The suspect, 29-year-old Bradley J. Ryan of North Market Street in Wilmington, DE, was scheduled for an interview at the Power Plant and upon attempting to enter the power plant property, his vehicle was subject to search by the Power Plant security staff. The security personnel located Marijuana, a glass smoking device, and a grinder inside the vehicle. Recognizing the items as contraband, the security personnel did not allow the suspect to access the power plant property. The suspect was detained until the arrival of the Lacey Township Police. The contraband was turned over to Officer Watkins and Bradley Ryan was placed under arrest. Bradley Ryan was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Brush Fire – On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 6:06 p.m., the Lacey Township Police Department received a 911 call from a resident who reported a large amount of smoke in the distance coming from the wooded area behind his home on Clearview Street in the South Barnegat Pines section of Forked River. Upon checking the area, the Lacey Township Police, Forked River Fire Department, and the State Forest Fire Service located a brush fire in the woods southwest of Kennebec Road. Firefighters quickly contained the fire. No homes or businesses were threatened and no evacuations were needed. Forest Fire officials monitored the scene and burned out fuels in advance of the fire as a safety measure to reduce the likelihood of fire reigniting. The fire was ruled accidental by the State Forest Fire Service and was contained to a five-acre parcel of land.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 11:29 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to an Orlando Drive residence in the Forked River Beach section of Forked River in reference to a report of criminal mischief. The victim reported that between 3:00 p.m. on April 19, 2016 and 11:25 p.m. on April 20, 2016, an unknown person or persons broke the rear tailgate window of his blue Dodge Caravan while it was parked in the driveway of the residence. Officer Slota observed a large hole in the window and a 1-inch blue stone lying in the back cargo area of the vehicle. The damage is estimated at $300.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 9:48 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to a Caldwell Avenue residence in the Barnegat Pines section of Forked River for a report of criminal mischief. The victim, who resides in Waretown, NJ, reported that between 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on April 19, 2016, an unknown person or persons punctured three of the tires of his white, 2003, Ford Explorer as it was parked in front of a residence on Caldwell Avenue. The victim believes that the punctures were caused by a screw driver type object due to the size of the holes. The damage is estimated at $200.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Monday, April 18, 2016, at 12:38 a.m., Officer Jesse Dalziel responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of Shoplifting. The Loss Prevention Associate reported that he observed a female subject select 14 pieces of women’s clothing from their displays and then concealed the merchandise in a tote bag while on the sales floor. The female reportedly then exited the store without paying for the merchandise. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 41-year-old Laurie A. Carmer of Tuscarora Avenue in Barnegat, NJ, for Shoplifting $134.68 worth of merchandise. Laurie Carmer was also found to have three outstanding warrants: a Lacey Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $600; a Stafford Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $800; and a Barnegat Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $500. Laurie Carmer was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and charged with Shoplifting and Driving While Suspended. Bail was set at $2,500 for the Shoplifting incident. Laurie Carmer was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.