- Theft from Auto – On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 6:54 a.m., a resident of the 800 block of Arlington Avenue in Forked River came in to police headquarters to file a theft report. The victim reported that sometime between 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2013, and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, an unknown person or persons stole power tools valued at $150 from the bed of his pickup truck that was parked at his residence.
- Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 4:24 p.m., a resident of the 300 block of Predmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor reported criminal mischief. The victim reported that sometime between the evening of Monday, October 14, 2013, and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, an unknown person or persons damaged the driver’s side door of his vehicle that was parked in his driveway. The damage is estimated at $500.
- Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 8:57 p.m., a resident of the 1000 block of Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor reported a theft from a vehicle. The victim reported that sometime between 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2013, and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered his unlocked vehicle that was parked at his residence and stole his property. The property consisted of a wallet and a Samsung Galaxy cell phone with an estimated total value of $600.
- Burglary and Theft (Business) – On Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 12:25 a.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to North Dover OB GYN, 833 Lacey Road, Forked River, for a theft report. The complainant stated that sometime between 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013, an unknown person entered the office and stole a laptop computer (HP brand) valued at approximately $1,000. There were no signs of forced entry to the building.
- Structure Fire (Residence) – On Friday, October 18, 2013, at 2:35 a.m., while on patrol, Officer Michael Eden observed an odor of burning plastic along Lacey Road near the northeastern portion of the Pines Section of Forked River. Upon checking the adjacent streets, Officer Eden observed flames coming from a residence on Lane Place in Forked River. As Officer Eden was approaching the home, a 911 call was transferred to Lacey Dispatch from Ocean County Dispatch. The 911 call originated from a neighbor at 233 Lane Place who had observed the home engulfed with flames. Officer Eden identified the home as 229 Lane Place and quickly learned that as many as six residents live in the home. Prior to Officer Eden’s arrival, two adult males (28-year-old Stephen Bodzak, Jr. & 23-year-old Patrick Oliveto) had made their way out of the home through their bedroom windows and were standing in the roadway on Lane Place. The two adult males in the roadway indicated that other family members were still within the residence while the home was burning. Since the front of the home was fully engulfed in flames, Officer Eden made his way around to the back yard by kicking and breaking through a secured gate. Upon entering the back yard, he observed three other family members standing away from the home. The three family members included the mother, father and 10-year-old daughter from the residence. The mother and father (46-year-old Diane Bodzak & 56-year-old Stephen Bodzak, Sr.) indicated that their adult, pregnant daughter was trapped within the burning residence. Officer Eden began a process of trying to make contact with 28-year-old Brittany Bodzak who was trapped within the home. Upon hearing her screaming to him that she couldn’t find a way out, Officer Eden kicked over a section of fencing then smashed a window to a bedroom with his arm. After breaking through the window and while thick smoke was billowing out of the window, he climbed halfway into the window while continuing to yell for the woman. Neither the woman nor Officer Eden could see each other due to the thick billowing smoke. Based on the yelling, 28-year-old Brittany Bodzak was able to make her way to Officer Eden’s location at which time he quickly pulled her through the window to safety. Due to the exposure to the intense heat and thick smoke, Officer Eden along with Brittany Bodzak and Stephen Bodzak, Sr., suffered from smoke inhalation. The Lacey Township First Aid Squad transported Officer Eden as well as Brittany Bodzak and Stephen Bodzak, Sr. from the scene to Community Medical Center for treatment. Other family members responded to the hospital thereafter for treatment of minor injuries sustained while climbing out the windows during the initial stages of the incident. The Forked River Fire Company and the Lanoka Harbor Fire Company responded and extinguished the fire. The Ocean County Fire Marshall’s Office and the Lacey Township Police Department are conducting the investigation into the cause and origin of the fire.
- Burglary and Theft (Auto) – On Friday, October 18, 2013, at 9:22 a.m., a resident of the 400 block of Camden Court in Lanoka Harbor reported a vehicle burglary. The complainant stated that sometime between 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013, and 9:15 a.m. Friday, October 18, 2013, an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle parked at the residence and stole property (Vehicle Reg and Insurance Card) valued at $5.00.
- Burglary of Residence (Arrests) – On the afternoon of Friday, October 18, 2013, unknown actors burglarized a home on Yorktown Drive in Forked River. The owner reported that the suspect(s) entered through a rear door stealing her belongings from within. The stolen items included jewelry and cash valued at approximately $1,000. The investigation by detectives led to arrests on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Renae Milko, 23, was arrested at 8:00 a.m. at the Lacey Inn. The second suspect, 20-year-old Joseph Ferenc, was arrested at 3:00 p.m. on Route 9 near Game Farm Road in Forked River. Both suspects were lodged at the Ocean County Correctional Facility after being unable to post $25,000 cash bail. Milko was in default of an additional $426 warrant issued by the Seaside Park Municipal Court on October 1, 2013. Although the cash was not recovered, all of the jewelry was located and will be returned to the victim.
- Assault and Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Friday, October 18, 2013, at 10:50 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas responded to the area of Saltspray Drive and Dock Road in Forked River for a report of a fight. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 25-year-old Zachary McKay of Cherokee Trail in Forked River for causing criminal mischief in the amount of $550. Zachary McKay was arrested for damaging a motor vehicle during a dispute. Zachary McKay was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after receiving a criminal summons.
- Trespassing (Formal Charges) – On Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 10:55 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Slota was patrolling the JCP&L power lines, 5001 Lacey Road in Forked River, when he observed a vehicle containing several subjects. Investigation at the scene determined that all the subjects were trespassing. They were identified as 26-year-old Flavio Pessoa Rodriguez of Oakhurst, NJ; 28-year-old Pedro A. Mendes Dealmeida of Long Branch, NJ; 33-year-old Jose Roberto Moreira of Delran, NJ; and 28-year-old Eucimar Moreira Dasilva of Mount Laurel, NJ. Each was issued a Complaint-Summons charging them with Defiant Trespassing. They were released at the scene.
- Burglary (Residence) – On Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 3:50 p.m., a resident of the 600 block of Deerhead Lake Drive in Forked River reported a possible burglary. The victim stated that sometime between October 13, 2013 and October 19, 2013, an unknown person or persons forced entry through a rear window of the residence. Although the residence was reported to have been entered, it does not appear that anything is missing. A neighbor recalled seeing a white pick-up truck in the area during the days in question.
- Theft of a Motorcycle – On Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 12:09 a.m., a resident of the 800 block of Baldwin Street in Forked River reported a theft of a motorcycle. The victim reported that sometime between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, October 19, 2013, an unknown person or persons stole his motorcycle from the side of a garage at the residence. The motorcycle is described as a 2004, KTM dual sport, model 625EXC. It is orange in color and valued at $10.000. No one was home at the residence at the time of the theft.
- DUI Arrest – On Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 12:21 a.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a traffic stop on Parker Avenue in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 20-year-old Christopher C. Papa of Forepeak Drive in Forked River for DUI. He was transported to headquarters, processed, and released on traffic summonses including DUI, Underage DUI, Reckless Driving, and having an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. Christopher Papa also received a criminal summons for Underage Possession of Alcohol. The vehicle he was driving was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
- Theft – On Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 2:13 p.m., Lieutenant Michael DiBella responded to headquarters for a theft report. The victim stated that sometime between September 22, 2013, and October 20, 2013, an unknown person stole the license plate (NJ Registration TLY87Y) off of his trailer that was parked at a residence on the 300 block of Normandie Drive, Forked River. Total theft is $25.
- Criminal Mischief (Auto) – On Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 4:56 p.m., a resident of Lancaster Court in Forked River filed a report of criminal mischief. The victim stated that sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013, and 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, October 20, 2013, an unknown person or persons slashed both driver’s side tires on his vehicle while parked at the residence. Total damage is estimated at $300.
- Drug Possession (Formal Charge) – On Monday, October 21, 2013, at approximately 10:53 a.m., Officers Darrell Nick and Anthony Sarno responded to the Lacey Township High School for a report of a student in possession of marijuana. Upon arrival, Officers met with members of the school administration. Investigation at the school led to the arrest of a 16-year-old student for Possession of Marijuana. The student was charged on a juvenile complaint with the violation. The student was released to his parent.
- Theft – On Monday, October 21, 2013, at 11:58 a.m., a victim reported that sometime during the prior two weeks, an unknown person or persons stole three of his hunting tree stands and a deer feeder, with a total value of $875. The items were located on the property of the Lacey Materials Hunting Club.