Weekly Police Blotter – Press Release
June 4th thru June 10th, 2013
- Theft from Residences (Arrest) – The Lacey Township Police Department Detective Bureau has concluded two theft investigations with the arrest of 24-year-old Brittney Gibson of Forked River. Brittany Gibson was charged with two counts of 3rd degree theft after allegedly stealing jewelry from different Forked River homes. Brittany Gibson reportedly took the items on separate occasions while visiting acquaintances at each home. The thefts occurred in July 2012 and April 2013. The thefts totaled more than $6,000. Brittany Gibson was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $25,000.
- Burglary and Theft (Car) -On Monday, June 10, 2013, at 7:36 p.m., Officer Charles May responded to the 600 block of Elwood Street in Forked River for a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim reported that sometime between 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013 and 7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2013, an unknown person entered the unlocked vehicle which was parked in the roadway. Stolen from the vehicle was a black and white bag (value $35) containing school papers, and a lunch sack valued at $10.
- Shoplifting (Arrest) -On Monday, June 10, 2013, at 5:18 p.m., Officers Adam Ewart and Julie Barcalow responded to the Lacey Walmart concerning an adult male shoplifter who exited the store with merchandise. When the officers arrived they arrested 36-year-old Joseph Martinez of Lanoka Harbor in the store’s parking lot. Joseph Martinez is charged with stealing $174 worth of automotive supplies including an automotive battery and motor oil. At the time of his arrest, Joseph Martinez was actively attempting to install the stolen battery into the vehicle driven to Walmart. After being processed Joseph Martinez was released.
- Burglary of Residence – On Sunday, June 9, 2013, at 11:00 p.m., Officer John McKee responded to a residence located on the 600 block of Beach Boulevard in Forked River concerning a burglary of a residence. The resident reported leaving the home unoccupied for approximately six hours. Upon returning home, she discovered that the residence was forcibly entered. Items stolen from the residence included: Apple iPad 2 (value $800) and an Xbox Controller (value $25).
- DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 10:17 p.m., Officer Charles May conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 N in front of the Oyster Creek Power Plant. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 45-year-old Ann Hudak of South Toms River, NJ, for DUI. She was processed and later released.
- Stolen Vehicle – False Report (Arrest) -On Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 7:55 a.m., a resident of the 900 block of Capstan Drive in Forked River reported his vehicle stolen from his driveway. Officer Peter Donahue responded to the residence and met with the stolen vehicle’s owner, John Dykhouse. John Dykhouse indicated he left his 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier unlocked with its keys in the ignition at the time of the vehicle theft. On June 7, 2013, at 12:30 p.m., the aforementioned Chevrolet Cavalier was located, undamaged, in the parking lot of 7-11, 403 Route 9, Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Investigation by Officer Peter Donahue led to a determination that the vehicle was not stolen. John Dykhouse, age 50, of Forked River was charged on a criminal summons with filing a false police report.
- Shoplifting and Warrants (Arrest) – On Friday, June 7, 2013, at 11:56 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer responded to the Lacey Walmart for a shoplifting complaint. Upon arrival of officers, 42-year-old Kara Pabers of Barnegat was arrested for shoplifting merchandise valued at $350. Investigation revealed Kara Pabers also had three outstanding warrants for her arrest. These warrants included: A No-Bail Warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and two Point Pleasant Beach Warrants in the amounts of $500 and $250. Officer Noah Schaffer served Kara Pabers with a $25,000 warrant for shoplifting at the Lacey Walmart and she remains detained in default of the bail.
- Burglary and Theft (Car) -On Friday June 7, 2013, at 7:58 a.m., Officer Ronald Buxton responded to the 1500 block of Claire Road in Forked River for a report of theft from a motor vehicle. The victim reported that sometime between 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013 and 7:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013, an unknown person entered the unlocked vehicle which was parked in the roadway. Items stolen from the vehicle included: a Garmin Nuvi GPS (value $150) and a new pair of Vans sneakers (value $50).
- Shoplifting (Arrest) -On Friday, June 7, 2013, at 12:48 a.m., Officer George Resetar responded to the Wawa, located at 701 Route 9 N in Lanoka Harbor concerning a shoplifter. Upon arrival at the Wawa, 30-year-old Justin Nelsen of Waretown was arrested for shoplifting food items. Justin Nelsen was released from custody after being processed.
- Warrant (Arrest) -On Friday, June 7, 2013, at 7:29 p.m., Officer Noah Schaffer arrested 32-year-old Robert Ellingham of Forked River on an outstanding South River Borough warrant. Robert Ellingham was able to post his bail and be released.
- Warrant (Arrest) -On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 1:46 p.m., Officer Darrell Nick arrested 20-year-old Michael Cannito of Forked River on an outstanding No-Bail Warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Charles May was actively working a traffic detail and spotted Michael Cannito walking on Warren Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. Officer Charles May alerted Officer Darrell Nick who then located and arrested Michael Cannito who was transported to the Ocean County Jail.
- DUI (Arrest) – On Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 4:45 a.m., Officer George Resetar was dispatched to the parking lot of Wawa, 800 Lacey Road in Forked River on a report of a possible intoxicated driver currently parked haphazardly in the lot. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 65-year-old James Devery of Forked River for DUI. He was processed and later released.
- BIAS Harassment (Arrest) – On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 10:37 p.m., police officers responded to a report of a verbal argument occurring within a stopped New Jersey Transit bus. The responding officers located the bus stopped on Route 9 near Beach Boulevard in Forked River. The investigating officers determined that a female passenger on the bus, 31-year-old Jamie Pfeiffer of Barnegat, was arguing with the bus driver and a passenger. During the argument, Jamie Pfeiffer reportedly directed offensive racial slurs toward a male, African American passenger who was offended. Jamie Pfeiffer was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. At headquarters she was processed and released after being charged with Bias Intimidation and Harassment.