Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – August 25th thru September 1st, 2015

Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – August 25th thru September 1st, 2015

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Weekly Police Blotter

August 25th thru September 1st, 2015

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  • Drug Manufacturing and Intent to Distribute (Arrests) – On the evening of Tuesday, September 1, 2105, Lacey detectives executed a residential search warrant at 503 Knollwood Court in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. The warrant was sought as part of a narcotics investigation. During the search, detectives recovered individual packages of Marijuana, drug paraphernalia including scales, and 27 Marijuana plants. The owner of the home, 54-year-old Lisandro Morales, and his son, 21-year-old Justian Morales, were both arrested at the scene. Lisandro Morales was charged with Manufacturing Marijuana while Justian Morales was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Intent to Distribute Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lisandro Morales was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $50,000 bail. Justian Morales was released on his own recognizance pending a Court appearance.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Monday, August 31, 2015, at 10:35 a.m., Officers Frederick Anderson and Jason Lee responded to the Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a male shoplifter in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 37-year-old Marco Borga of Muriel Parkway in Elizabeth, NJ, for shoplifting merchandise valued at $289.81. He was transported to police headquarters, processed and charged with Shoplifting.

  • Theft – On Monday, August 31, 2015, at 8:08 a.m., Officer Michael Hein responded to the 1700 block of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River for a theft report. The victim reported that between 12:00 a.m., and 7:30 a.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015, an unknown person or persons stole his gray plastic mailbox valued at $200 and a light and motion sensor that was attached to the mailbox valued at $50. The total theft is estimated at $250.

  • Theft from a Vehicle and Criminal Mischief – On Monday, August 31, 2015, at 8:01 a.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the 600 block of Drew Avenue in Lanoka Harbor for a theft report. The victim reported that between 10:00 p.m., on Sunday, August 30, 2015 and 8:00 a.m., on Monday, August 31, 2015, an unknown person or persons forced entry in to his work vehicle and stole $500 in cash and loose change. It appears entry into the vehicle was gained by the removing the weather-stripping and forcing the window down. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $100. The incident is under investigation.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 8:50 p.m., Sergeant Ronald Buxton and Officer Charles May responded to Sinclair Avenue in Lanoka Harbor to serve an arrest warrant. The accused, 22-year-old Britney Gartner of Predmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor, was arrested on an outstanding Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant in the amount of $25,000. Britney Gartner was transported to police headquarters, processed, and lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Structure Fire – On Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 3:36 p.m., Officers Frederick Anderson and Jeffrey Slota responded to the 400 block of Newport Road in Forked River for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, officers learned that the fire was contained to a shed in the backyard. The Forked River Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. The fire caused minor damage to the siding of the residence as well. The Ocean County Fire Marshal responded to the scene and is investigating.

  • Burglary, Theft, and Simple Assault (Arrests) – On Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 7:33 p.m., a 45-year-old male from Forked River responded to this agency to report an assault. The victim reported that he was dropping a family member off at a residence on the 1700 block of Pineview Road in Forked River when he was approached by two adult males who began striking him while attempting to pull him out of his vehicle. The victim reported that his attackers stole his cell phone after the assault. The victim was able to drive away and immediately responded to this agency to report the incident. Officers John McKee, Charles May, and Andrew Slota responded to the scene to investigate. An investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 51-year-old Terrence P. Bacon of Pineview Road in Forked River for Burglary, Theft, and Simple Assault. Terrence Bacon was transported to police headquarters. He was charged with Burglary and Assault with bail set in the amount of $20,000. In addition, a second male, identified as 48-year-old Kevin A. Bacon of Pineview Road in Forked River was also charged with Burglary, Theft, and Assault with bail set in the amount of $20,000. At 5:00 a.m. on August 30, 2015, Kevin Bacon turned himself in at Lacey Township Police Headquarters. Kevin Bacon was processed and released after utilizing a bondsman to post his $20,000 bail.

  • Warrant Arrest and Hindering Apprehension – On Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 5:00 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the Bamber Lake parking area for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, Officer Sarno observed a vehicle which was being operated without its lights on. Officer Sarno conducted a traffic stop and met with the driver who initially provided a false name. Upon further investigation, the driver was identified as 37-year-old Nicholas Mackie of Cable Drive in Beachwood, NJ. Nicholas Mackie was placed under arrest on an outstanding Lakewood Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $250 and an Ocean County Sheriff’s Office warrant in the amount of $15,000. In addition, he was arrested for Hindering Apprehension by providing the false information. Nicholas Mackie was transported to police headquarters, processed, and charged with Hindering Apprehension. Additional bail was set in the amount of $2,500 on the Hindering Apprehension charge. He was also charged with Failure to Produce a Registration Card, Failure to Produce an Insurance Card, and Driving with a Suspended License. Nicholas Mackie was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 12:20 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 South near the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 59-year-old Eleanor Maurio of Allison Way in Barnegat, NJ, for DUI. She was transported to police headquarters, processed, and issued summonses for DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Speeding. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Shoplifting (Arrest) – On Friday, August 28, 2015, at 5:22 p.m., Officer Michael Verwey responded to the Walmart, located at 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for an adult female shoplifter in custody. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 35-year-old Amanda Malinowski of Brentwood Place in Forked River for shoplifting merchandise valued at $14. She was transported to police headquarters, processed, and charged with Shoplifting.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, August 28, 2015, at 11:48 p.m., Officer Charles May conducted a traffic stop on Lacey Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of a passenger, identified as 29-year-old Matthew Clinton of Devon Street in Forked River, on an outstanding Barnegat Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $500. Matthew Clinton was transported to police headquarters and processed. Matthew Clinton was released ROR as decided by the Barnegat Township Municipal Court.

  • Heroin and Cocaine Distribution (Arrest) – On the afternoon of Thursday, August 27, 2015, Lieutenant Patrick Ganley of the Lacey Township Police Department was approached by a concerned citizen who reported that a suspicious person drove behind the self-wash bays of the Lacey Car Wash and briefly entered a wooded area. The citizen reported that the male subject appeared to have placed an unknown object in the wooded area prior to departing in a newer model Mustang. Lieutenant Ganley searched the area and located a clear jar containing more than 160 folds of Heroin and a bag containing what appeared to be approximately 1/2 ounce of powdered Cocaine. An immediate surveillance was established and within minutes, the vehicle returned with a second vehicle following immediately behind.  The male suspect was confronted by Lieutenant Ganley as the suspect attempted to retrieve the narcotics from the wooded area. Lieutenant Ganley and Lacey detectives arrested 37-year-old Luis Quintana of Toms River. Louis Quintana was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters, processed, and charged with Possession of a Heroin and Cocaine, Intent to Distribute Heroin, and Intent to Distribute Cocaine.  The investigation revealed that although Luis Quintana was from Toms River, NJ, he recently had been staying at the Lacey Inn on Route 9 in Forked River. Luis Quintana was lodged in the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of $75,000 bail. A male passenger, 31-year-old Robert Sammis of Bayville, NJ, who was in the second vehicle, was arrested at the scene and charged with Loitering or Wandering to Obtain a Controlled Dangerous Substance after officers, discovered that he was at the location specifically to purchase Heroin from Quintana.  Sammis also had an outstanding no-bail warrant for a violation of the Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) as a condition of Parole.  Robert Sammis was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility with no bail option. The drugs seized consisted of 162 folds containing Heroin and approximately ½ ounce of Cocaine.  The combined street value of the CDS is estimated at $2,500.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 11:15 a.m., Officer Christopher Melyer responded to the 400 block of Center Street in Forked River for reports of criminal mischief to mailboxes. The victims reported that between 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 and 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, an unknown person or persons knocked their mailboxes off of the posts causing damage in the amount of $50 each for the two reported incidents.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at 9:02 a.m., Officer Brian Holt responded to the 400 block of Lake Barnegat Drive in Forked River for a damaged mailbox. The complainant reported that between 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on August 25, 2015, an unknown person or persons damaged his mailbox. The damage is estimated at $50.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at 4:20 p.m., Officer Christopher Meyler responded to the 200 block of Quail Lane South in Lanoka Harbor for a criminal mischief report. The victim reported that between 7:00 p.m., on August 24, 2015, and 6:30 a.m., on August 25, 2015, an unknown person or persons threw a wooden sculpture at her pool cover causing a one foot wide hole. The damage is estimated at $200.