Theft- On Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 10:14 a.m., Officer Jason Lee responded to Eric Plaza, 336 Lacey Road, in reference to a theft. A business owner there reported that an unknown suspect cut the catalytic converter from his vehicle while it was parked in the lot. The damage is estimated at $1,000.
Criminal Mischief- On Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 12:38 p.m., Officer Michael Hutman was dispatched to a Borealis Court home. The homeowner reported that sometime over the prior three days, an unknown person forced entry into his home and damaged the rear door of his residence. Nothing appeared stolen from inside. The damage is estimated at $200.
Arrest- On Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 12:55 p.m., Officers Randolph Plis and Michael Hutman responded to a Lake Barnegat Drive residence in reference to a disturbance. During their interactions with the caller, it was determined that Edward Heaton, 22, and Ashley Reynolds, 21, stole the victim’s debit card and withdrew $700. Both Heaton and Reynolds were arrested and charged with Theft of a Credit Card and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. Reynolds was released on her own recognizance while Heaton was transferred to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in accordance with bail reform.
Theft- On Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 5:46 p.m., Officer Michael Baldasari took a report for the theft of a guitar. The Fox Hollow Drive resident reported that his Fender Telecaster, valued at $1,500, was stolen from his home during an unknown time frame. No forced entry was observed.
Arrest- On Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 7:18 p.m., Officer Martin Julian and Anthony Ravallo encountered Jason McNab, 36, on Lake Barnegat Drive. McNab was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility. During the transport, McNab purposely coughed and spit inside the police vehicle leading to an additional charge of Obstructing.
Dispute- On Sunday, April 5, 2020, at 1:35 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey and Matthew D’Antonio responded to Lidl in reference to a physical dispute. Once there, it was determined that two adult men had been involved in an altercation. Both parties were advised of the complaint process.
Criminal Mischief- On Monday, April 6, 2020, at 11:31 a.m., Officer Michael Hutman responded to a Lacey Road office building for a report of criminal mischief. The owner reported that sometime over the weekend someone utilized a small marble to break the outer pane of one of the building’s double pane windows. Damage to the window is estimated at $200.
Fraud- On Monday, April 6, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., Officer Randolph Plis met with a Forked River resident who reported that she was a victim of identity fraud. The victim stated that she was contacted by “getbread.com” in reference to payments owed. During further conversation, it was determined that another person used the identity of the victim to purchase a laptop through the loan company. The purchase was valued at $1,800.
Shoplifting- On Monday, April 6, 2020, at 7:15 p.m., Officers Anthony Ravallo and Brian Holt were dispatched to Wawa, 444 Route 9, in reference to a suspicious person. The store manager reported that the woman, Melissa Kuchner, 51, had been inside the store for over an hour and was not wanted there any longer. Officers advised Kuchner of the complaint and she was asked to leave. Shortly thereafter, officers were requested again by Wawa stating that Kuchner was back inside the store. Kuchner was charged with Trespassing and Shoplifting prior to being released on her own recognizance.
Robbery- On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 7:41 p.m., Officers Brian Holt and Martin Julian responded to the Lacey Inn for an injured adult male. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who had a head laceration and reported that he was robbed. The victim provided a description of a male driving a vehicle with out-of-state plates who stole his unemployment card. The victim further added that the suspect brandished a handgun that was stored inside the waistband of his pants. Detective Ewart responded and is further investigating the incident.