July 30th thru August 6th, 2013
- Burglary and Theft (Residential) –On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., a resident of Capstan Drive in Forked River reported a burglary and theft that occurred sometime between July 8, 2013 and July 11, 2013. The resident reported that she heard noise coming from her garage and upon checking she observed two unknown white male subjects standing in her garage. One of the subjects held up an item and asked her if it was for sale. One of the subjects then asked if she had any watches for sale. She told the suspects that she had a battery powered watch for sale and was offered $20 by the suspect. The resident mistakenly gave the suspects a bag of gold Omega watches valued at $10,800. The suspects then left. The resident did not see a vehicle.
- Criminal Mischief – On Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:40 p.m., Officer Evan Androcy responded to Cedar Drive in Lanoka Harbor in reference to criminal mischief. The homeowner reported that she was inside her residence around 6:40 p.m. when an unknown person threw a rock at her front bay window breaking the window. The damage is estimated at $1,500.
- Theft – On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 10:07 a.m., a resident reported that someone stole his black Apple iPhone 4s from the second lake around 3:00 p.m. on July 30, 2013. The value of the phone is estimated at $200.
- Warrant Arrest – On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Officer Travis Horton conducted a motor stop of 58-year-old Guy Sbar of Forked River in the parking lot of 524 Lacey Road after a check of his vehicle registration indicated that his driver’s license was suspended. Guy Sbar also had an active $164 Marlton warrant. Guy Sbar was placed under arrest and transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he posted full cash bail and was released. He was issued a summons for driving while suspended.
- Theft – On Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 12:42 p.m., Officer Scott Anderson responded to police headquarters in reference to a theft report. A resident reported that sometime between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on July 31, 2013, someone went into her beach bag and stole her clutch purse while she was at the second lake beach. The purse contained money, jewelry, and medication valued at $330.
- Obstruction & Hindering Apprehension (Arrest) – On Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 9:32 a.m., Officer Alan Abrecht stopped a vehicle for speeding near the intersection of Sylvania Place and Spruce Road in Forked River. The driver, (later identified as 34-year-old Elizabeth Epps of Forked River) stated that she did not have her driver’s license in her possession and provided the officer with the information of another female. Officer Abrecht checked the information provided to him and determined that the information provided to him was false. Upon further questioning, Elizabeth Epps gave her proper information, which was verified by Officer Abrecht. Officer Abrecht determined that her driver’s license was suspended and she had an outstanding $500 Lacey Township warrant. Elizabeth Epps was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law and Hindering Apprehension. Bail on those charges was set at $500. Elizabeth Epps was able to post bail on both warrants. Elizabeth Epps was also issued summonses for Speeding and Driving While Suspended.
- Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 10:54 p.m., Ptl. Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop of 26-year-old Jeffrey Moissinac after a check of his vehicle registration indicated that he had an active $750 Lacey Township warrant. Jeffrey Moissinac was arrested and transported to Ocean County Jail in default of the bail. He was also issued a traffic summons for no insurance.
- Aggravated Assault, Defiant Trespassing, & Hindering Apprehension (Arrests) – On Friday, August 2, 2013, at 9:47 p.m., Officer Dimitri Tsarnas and other officers responded to the IL Giardino Restaurant in reference to an assault of an employee of the restaurant by two male suspects. The victim identified one of his attackers as being the husband of Aileen Racanelli, a waitress at the restaurant. The assault took place inside the kitchen area of the restaurant. The victim was punched and knocked to the ground and was then kicked while he was on the ground. The suspects then fled the scene. The victim was transported to the Southern Ocean Medical Center by Lacey Township EMS and received treatment for his injuries, which included pain in his neck and back, as well as blurred vision. Investigation at the scene led to the arrests of 52-year-old Michael J. Racanelli and his son, 21-year-old Anthony M. Racanelli who were each charged with Aggravated Assault and Defiant Trespass. Bail was set at $25,000 each. Aileen Racanelli was charged with Hindering Apprehension. Michael J. Racanelli and Anthony M. Racanelli posted bail at Lacey Township Police headquarters and are awaiting a court appearance.
- Warrant Arrest – On Friday, August 2, 2013, Officer Dimitri Tsarnas conducted a motor vehicle stop near the intersection of Route 9 and Taylor Lane of 50-year-old John Concannon of Bayville. The traffic stop was a result of a check of his vehicle registration which indicated that he had a suspended registration. Investigation at the scene led to arrest of John Concannon on two outstanding warrants – a $250 Berkeley Township warrant and a $500 Ocean Township warrant. John Concannon was arrested and transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was able to post bail. John Concannon was also issued a summons for suspended registration and driving while suspended. The vehicle was impounded due to the suspended registration.
- Criminal Mischief – On Friday, August 2, 2013, at 2:48 p.m., Officer Anderson responded to a residence on Whales Court in reference to criminal mischief to the home. The resident reported that someone shot holes in approximately thirteen (13) pieces of her house siding with an air-soft gun. No suspects could be identified at this time. The damage is estimated at $500.
- DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:52 a.m., Officer Alan Abrecht stopped a vehicle for speeding and careless driving. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 30-year-old Thomas J. Scarola of Forked River, NJ, for DUI. Thomas Scarola was transported to headquarters, processed, and released after receiving traffic summonses for speeding, careless driving, reckless driving, and driving while intoxicated. The vehicle he was driving was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.
- Burglary & Theft (Auto) – On Sunday, August 4, 2013, at 4:50 a.m., Officer Adam Ewart responded to an address on Deguise Street in Lanoka Harbor for a report of a burglary and theft from a vehicle. The resident was awakened by the sound of a car alarm, and after investigating, the resident observed the passenger door to her vehicle open. The vehicle was not locked at the time of the incident. Stolen from the vehicle were a wallet, driver’s license, and various credit cards. The estimated value of the items stolen from the vehicle is $25.
- Criminal Mischief – On Sunday, August 4, 2013, Officer Julie Barcalow responded to an address on East Lacey Road in Forked River in reference to criminal mischief. The homeowner reported that between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on this date, someone damaged the garage door to his residence. The door was cracked down the middle, the left side of the door was bent inward, and the door frame was damaged. The cause of the damage is unknown. The estimated damage done to the door is $1,500.
- Theft – On Monday, August 5, 2013, Officer Barcalow responded to a residence on Earie Way in reference to a theft. The homeowner reported that two males in a maroon extended cab pickup truck got out of the truck and entered her backyard. They picked up her large wooden picnic table and placed it in their pickup truck and then fled east on Lakeside Drive South. No further description was provided. The table is valued at $250.
- Criminal Mischief – A caller reported damage to his vehicle while it was parked in the Walmart parking lot. The damage occurred between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. The vehicle was parked in front of the store when two unknown actors used yellow spray paint to damage the vehicle. The estimated value of the damage is $250.