Weekly Police Blotter – Press Release
April 16th thru 22nd, 2013
- Ransacked Residence– At approximately 5:30 p.m., on Monday, April 22, 2013, Officer Julie Barcalow responded to a home located on Maui Drive, Forked River. The homeowner returned to check on their currently unoccupied Sandy damaged residence. Upon doing so, numerous components of the home were discovered missing. This burglary and theft occurred between April 2nd and April 22nd, 2013, when it was discovered and reported. The entire hot water baseboard copper piping system was removed from the home along with plumbing pipes, fixtures, and sinks. Portions of the home’s exterior gutters and leaders were also stolen. A value of the stolen items has not yet been calculated.
- Telephone Fraud – At approximately 3:20 p.m., on Saturday, April 20, 2013, a resident of Laurel Blvd., Lanoka Harbor, reported that he was contacted by telephone at approximately 1:00 p.m. from a male subject identifying himself as an employee from Microsoft. The caller’s phone number appeared as 315-625-1818. The caller informed the resident that there was a problem with his computer, and he needed to remotely access the resident’s computer to make the repair. The fraudulent representative began asking the resident questions and at one point put another male on the phone that identified himself as a supposed supervisor from Microsoft. This subject advised the resident that he could not repair the computer remotely unless the resident first rendered payment. The resident realized the call was suspicious and hung up. He later contacted Microsoft who advised him they never had anyone call him. The phone number which appeared on the caller ID was not actually in service.
Residents should be aware that it is has become more common for companies and individuals to mask their telephone number and set the caller ID information to read something to suit their purpose. In this instance, the information was a phone number that was out of service, whereas the fraudulent caller may also set the caller ID information to read a company name.
- Theft of A/C Components – At approximately 7:26 a.m., on Friday, April 19, 2013, Officer Darrell Nick responded to a residence located on Clearwater Drive, Forked River. The homeowner reported that sometime between 8:00 a.m. on April 18, 2013 and 7:30 a.m. on April 19, 2013, unknown person(s) stole two air conditioning compressors being stored on the side of the residence behind a fence. The approximate value of the air compressors is $50.00 each.
- Disorderly Conduct/Criminal Mischief – At approximately 10:47 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013, Officers Joseph Soto and Darrell Nick responded to the Lacey Township High School due to a report of an out-of-control student. The student, a 17 year-old male, punched and damaged a 40 inch Phillips LCD TV valued at approximately $500.00 and a grease board. This damage occurred within the school’s office as the student shouted obscenities. Juvenile complaints were issued charging the student with Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct.
- DUI Arrest – At approximately 12:46 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013, Officer Dimitrios Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop for speeding near the intersection of Route 9 and First Street, Forked River. Investigation at the scene of the traffic stop led to the vehicle’s driver, 23-year-old Christopher Nardiello of Bayville, being arrested and charged with the following: DUI, Refusal, Speeding, Unregistered Vehicle, and Reckless Driving. The vehicle Christopher Nardiello was operating was impounded in accordance with John’s Law.
- Mail Theft – A resident of Sylvania Place in Forked River reported having a continuing problem with mail being repeatedly stolen from her mailbox over the past few weeks. Some of the thefts include items of value which were mailed to her but never received.
- Theft of A/C Components – At approximately 7:12 p.m., on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Police Officer Alan Abrecht responded to a residence located on Lake Barnegat Drive (South), Forked River. The resident reported that unknown actor(s) removed their Goodman air conditioner compressor by cutting its connections. The unit was located in the victim’s side yard. This theft is valued at $1,200.
- Theft from a Work Truck – At approximately 4:17 p.m., on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, a business owner reported that tools were stolen from a work truck while it was parked for several days at 811 Route 9 North, Lanoka Harbor. The complainant reported that the stolen tools were valued at approximately $850.00.
- Ordinance Violation – At approximately 8:41 p.m., on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Officer Samuel Della Sala observed a suspicious male walking around the exterior of a closed business located on Route 9, Forked River. The observed male entered a vehicle and drove away from the business. Officer Samuel Della Sala conducted a motor vehicle stop of the suspicious vehicle. Investigation after the stop revealed that the vehicle’s driver, 46-year-old John Schwarzenbach of Forked River, is a metal scrapper. He was issued a Lacey Township Municipal Ordinance 289-6 violation, Disturbance of Refuse, for taking two pieces of scrap metal from the parking lot of the business where he was spotted.
- Related Theft – At approximately 8:40 a.m., on Thursday, April 18, 2013, Police Officer Noah Schaffer took a report from a business located on Challenger Way, Forked River. There, it was determined that between 6:30 p.m. on April 17, 2013, and 8:00 a.m. on April 18, 2013, automotive-type batteries were stolen from vehicles and a backhoe parked in the rear lot of the business. Each battery is estimated at $150.
Based on the information Patrol Officer Samuel Della Sala gleaned during his initial encounter with John Schwarzenbach at the Route 9 business, John Schwarzenbach, was identified as a suspect in other recent thefts of “scrapable” items. Further investigation led to John Schwarzenbach being formally charged with Burglary, Theft, and Trespassing for burglarizing a vehicle on March 15, 2013. The unlawfully entered vehicle was parked overnight at a Lanoka Harbor automotive repair center. The unlawfully entered vehicle, a pickup, had its stereo speakers stolen. Officer Samuel Della Sala also charged John Schwarzenbach in connection with the theft of the batteries reported stolen from the business located on Challenger Way, Forked River.
After being arrested, John Schwarzenbach was processed, served with the criminal complaints, and released on his own recognizance.
- Drug Possession & Intent to Distribute – At approximately 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Officers Scott Anderson and Darrell Nick responded to the State Game Farm, 151 Route 9, Forked River, due to a report of three males trespassing on the farm’s property to possibly smoke marijuana. This incident was reported to police by an alert Sunset Drive resident. While a responding officer approached the trio on the farm’s entrance road, the trio observed the police vehicle and attempted to flee towards Sunset Drive. They soon encountered another police officer who was positioned on Sunset Drive. The trio included a 17- year-old Forked River male, a 17- year-old Lanoka Harbor male, and 18 year-old, Zachary Allsopp, of Forked River.
Both juvenile males were charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana 50 Grams or Less, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (smoking devices), and Trespassing. The juveniles were later released to their parents. Zachary Allsopp received a special form of complaint and summons at the scene charging him with Trespassing.
- Warrant Arrest/Hindering Apprehension – At approximately 1:08 p.m., on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Police Officer John Simonson responded to the Laurel Boulevard Wawa to assist Special Officer Kenneth Martin. Special Officer Kenneth Martin was speaking with a female driver who parked in a handicap stall while having an expired placard. The female driver initially identified herself as Sharon Pavlik and then offered Sharon Suter as her name. Investigation revealed the driver’s true identity, 45-year-old Sharon Beyer of Lanoka Harbor. Investigation further revealed Sharon Beyer’s driver license was suspended, and she had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. The warrants included Toms River in the amount of $864.00 and Ocean Township (Ocean County) in the amount of $278.00. Sharon Beyer was charged with Hindering Apprehension and Driving While Suspended on summonses. Sharon Beyer was transported to the Ocean County Jail in default of the bail on the warrants.