Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – February 16th thru 23rd, 2016

Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – February 16th thru 23rd, 2016

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Weekly Police Blotter

February 16th thru 23rd, 2016

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  • Shoplifting – On Friday, February 19, 2016, at 5:37 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, in reference to a report of shoplifting. The loss prevention employee reported that he observed a male subject attempting to exit the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise for which payment had not been made. Upon being confronted, the suspect reportedly left the shopping cart of merchandise and fled the area on foot. The shoplifted merchandise consisted of $488.06 of Lego’s and a $4.47 quart of oil. Upon further investigation, the shoplifter was identified as 31-year-old Douglas M. Gifford Jr. of Flint Road in Toms River, NJ. A $1,500 warrant was issued for his arrest.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 9:45 p.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas stopped a vehicle on Route 9 North near Game Farm Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 31-year-old Douglas M. Gifford Jr. of Flint Road in Toms River, NJ on an outstanding Lacey Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $1,500. The warrant was issued as a result of a shoplifting incident that occurred at Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, NJ, on February 19, 2016, in which Douglas Gifford is alleged to have attempted to steal $492.53 worth of merchandise. Upon being arrested at the scene of the motor vehicle stop on Saturday, February 20, 2016, Douglas Gifford Jr. was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and then transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • Fire – On Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 12:44 a.m., Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, 800 Route 9 South in Forked River, for the report of a brush fire. The Forked River Fire Company responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to an area approximately 500 feet by 200 feet on the north side of the property.

  • Attempted Theft from a Boat – On Friday, February 19, 2016, at 3:05 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to the docks at 915 Beach Boulevard in the Forked River for a report of an attempted theft from a boat. The victim reported that between 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2016 and 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016, an unknown person or persons attempted to pry open the cabin door of his 31 foot, 1979, Silverton boat that was docked in a boat slip. Visible damage was observed on the lock of the cabin door, but no access was gained into the locked area of the boat. Nothing was reported stolen. The damage to the lock is estimated at $50.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Friday, February 19, 2016, at 11:40 a.m., Christopher Wisnowski was arrested by the Stafford Township Police Department on a Lacey Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $1,000. The warrant was issued on February 6, 2016, as a result of a shoplifting incident that occurred at the Kohl’s, 304 Route 9 North in Forked River, in which a $199 in merchandise was reportedly stolen. Christopher Wisnowski was processed at Lacey Township Police Headquarters and then transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Drug Possession – On Friday, February 19, 2016, at 12:10 a.m., Officer Anthony Sarno was on patrol when he conducted a motor vehicle stop on Kennebec Road near the intersection of Tamarack Road in Forked River. While speaking with the driver, 22-year-old Edward Baldasari of Parkside Drive in Forked River, Officer Sarno observed drug paraphernalia and Marijuana within the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Edward Baldasari for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Edward Baldasari was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and Unregistered Vehicle.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 7:21 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno responded to the Lacey Mall for a report of criminal mischief. The victim reported that she parked her vehicle in the Lacey Mall parking lot at approximately 6:45 p.m. on February 17, 2016 and went into the ShopRite store. Upon returning approximately 30 minutes later, she noticed numerous scratches on the driver’s side of her vehicle. The scratches appeared to have been made with a small metallic object such as a key. The damage to the vehicle is estimated at $1,500. The loss prevention office was notified regarding possible surveillance video of the parking lot.

  • Motor Vehicle Crash – On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 7:05 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Route 9 and Lacey Road for a report of a two vehicle motor vehicle crash. A 1995 Chrysler Seabring with three occupants was traveling north on Route 9 and attempted to make a left turn onto Lacey Road, when it collided with a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle with two occupants that was traveling south on Route 9. All five people involved in the motor vehicle crash were transported to Community Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The roadway had to be detoured for approximately 30 minutes due to the accident.

  • Shoplifting – On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 1:48 p.m., Officer Brian Holt responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, NJ, for a report of shoplifting. The loss prevention employee reported that a male subject was observed placing a 40 inch Sony television valued at $328 into a shopping cart and then pushing the cart into the employee-only stock room where he reportedly proceeded to remove the anti-theft security device. The loss prevention employee stopped the suspect when he exited the stock room with the television. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 51-year-old Kim W. Martin of Toms River, NJ, for Shoplifting. Kim Martin was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Shoplifting.

  • Theft – On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 11:06 p.m., Officer George Resetar responded to 811 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor for a report of theft. The victim reported that while she was visiting her sister at the residence of 811 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, NJ her car was stolen by her sister’s boyfriend, 25-year-old Melvin Ozoria of 345 New Central Avenue, Lakewood, NJ. The stolen vehicle was reported as a silver, 2014, Kia Optima. The suspect reportedly took the keys off of a table inside the residence and left with the vehicle to an unknown location. A complaint-warrant was obtained for Melvin Ozoria for a charge of Theft of Movable Property with bail set by Judge Damian Murray in the amount $20,000. The suspect, Melvin Ozoria, brought the vehicle back to the residence at approximately 3:24 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The vehicle appeared to have been involved in an accident, as it was returned with significant damage to the passenger side. The victim and the suspect engaged in a verbal altercation that turned physical. Melvin Ozoria then fled the area without the vehicle. Melvin Ozoria of 345 New Central Avenue in Lakewood is wanted on the $20,000 warrant as of the time of this release.

  • Shoplifting – On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 1:56 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to Walmart, 580 Route 9 North in the Lanoka Harbor section of the township, for a report of shoplifting. The loss prevention employee reported that he observed a male and female in the store filling up shopping bags with merchandise and then they attempted to leave the store without paying for the items. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 26-year-old Christian M. Fernandez who resides at the Red Roof Inn, West Water Street in Toms River, NJ and 30-year-old Tara M. Addison of Locker Street in Beachwood, NJ for shoplifting. The shoplifted merchandise consisted of 53 items valued at $168.35. Christian Fernandez and Tara Addison were transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where they were processed and each charged with Shoplifting. Christian Fernandez was also charged with Possessing Anti-Shoplifting Device as a result of having a magnetic security peg key. Christian Fernandez also had two outstanding Toms River Township Municipal Court warrants in the amounts of $275 and $75. Christina Fernandez was transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.