Weekly Police Blotter – Press Release
June 19th thru June 24th, 2013
- Recovered Handgun – On Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 11:48 p.m., a resident of the 900 block of Clifton Street in Forked River reported that unknown person(s) entered their residence when they were not home and stole various items. One of the items stolen was a black, Ruger, 357 revolver (handgun) with brown grips. On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, the stolen handgun was recovered in Franklin Township (Sommerset County). The matter is under continuing investigation.
- Unlawful Taking of a Vehicle & Criminal Mischief – On Sunday, June 23, 2013, at approximately 4:27 a.m., Officer Resetar responded to the area of Steuben Avenue for a report of a vehicle having damaged yards and mailboxes in the area. Upon further investigation, it was determined that 20-year-old Matthew Uveges of Forked River unlawfully took a work truck from a yard on Haines Street and purposely drove onto the property of several residences and destroyed mailboxes in the Lanlac Drive and Cranberry Hill section of the Township. Various other landscaping was damaged on several properties. Total value of the damaged property is estimated at $2025. Two other occupants were in the vehicle at the time of the incident: 21-year-old Joseph Everett and 21-year-old Stephen Sloma who are both from Lacey Township. Joseph Everett and Stephen Sloma were both charged on Sunday, June 23, 2013, with the crime of Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance (Joyriding). Matthew Uveges was subsequently arrested on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, and charged with the 3rd degree crime of Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance, 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, and 4th Degree Criminal Mischief.
- Robbery – On Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 10:07 p.m. Officer George Resetar responded to the area of Hill Top Drive and Ernest Drive in Lanoka Harbor in reference to a robbery that had just occurred. The victim reported that while walking in the area of Lake Barnegat Drive North and Ernest Drive, a small, white, two-door, pickup truck approached him and a male occupant asked him if he could use his phone. When the victim said “no,” the passenger reportedly sprayed him in the face with some type of eye irritant. The occupants then reportedly got out of the vehicle, knocked him to the ground, and stole his iPhone-4 cellular telephone. Three people are believed to have been in pickup, two white males and one white female. The victim sustained injuries and was transported to Community Medical Center. Detective Robert Surtees is currently investigating the veracity of the statements made by the victim.
- Burglary of Residence – On Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 9:59 p.m., a resident responded to police headquarters to report that sometime between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Sunday June 23, 2013, some unknown person(s) entered her apartment on Manchester Avenue and stole some of her items. There were no signs of forced entry. Stolen items include a five drawer container, paperwork, and DVD’s. Total value of the property is estimated at $400.
- Burglary/Theft from MV – On Sunday, June 23, 2013 Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to a residence on Earie Way in reference to a theft from a vehicle. The resident reported that some unknown person(s) entered his vehicle and stole a Garmin GPS and $600 cash from his wallet. The vehicle was unlocked and parked in the residence’s driveway.
- Burglary/Theft from MV – On Monday, June 24, 2013, Officer Keith Pearce took a report from a resident of Laurelwood Drive who reported that sometime during the evening hours someone entered his vehicle and stole two pairs of men’s sunglasses valued at $510. The vehicle was parked in the driveway and was unlocked.
- Theft – On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, Officer John Simonson took a theft report from a resident of Lakeside Drive North. The resident reported that scrap copper was removed from a pickup truck’s bed parked in his yard. The theft occurred during the overnight hours on June 18, 2013. The value of the stolen items is estimated at $900.
- Theft – On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Officer George Resetar responded to Constitution Drive in reference to a theft. The resident reported that someone stole approximately $830 worth of landscape equipment from his work trailer while it was parked in his driveway.
- Criminal Mischief – On Monday, June 24, 2013, Officer Jesse Urban took a report of Criminal Mischief that occurred in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts. Sometime between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. some person(s) spray painted his vehicle while it was parked in the parking lot. The damage is estimated at $700.
- Criminal Mischief – Two residents of the Oakfield section of the township reported that their mailboxes were damaged sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2013. They appeared to have been struck by an object. Damage is estimated at $100.
- Criminal Mischief – Officer Jeffrey Slota responded to Taylor Lane in reference to criminal mischief. The resident reported that someone broke one of the rear windows of his residence with a large stone sometime between 9:10 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on June 20, 2013. It is believed that the rock was thrown from the area where the Ocean County trail is being constructed. Damage is estimated at $200.
- DWI – On Sunday, June 23, 2013, Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas responded to the area of Route 9 near Waretown for a report of a vehicle driving erratically. Officer Tsarnas stopped the vehicle for failure to maintain a lane on Route 9 near Oak Street in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 56-year-old Marla Pruden of Greenwood Lake, New York, for DUI. Marla Pruden also received summonses for Reckless Driving and Failure to Maintain Lane.
- Warrant Arrest – Officer Andrew Slota and Officer Robert Duffy responded to a Brookdale Park Drive address for a report of trespassing. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 42-year-old Elizabeth Meyer of East Orange, NJ on several outstanding warrants.
- Attempted Theft – A resident of Taylor Lane reported that his back motion lights turned on around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013. Upon checking his backyard he observed two male subjects attempting to lift his 18 foot fiberglass canoe over his fence. Upon seeing him, the subjects fled on foot toward the rail trail.