Police Blotter

Weekly Police Blotter – Lacey Township Police Department – January 26th, 2016 thru February 2nd, 2016

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Weekly Police Blotter

January 26th thru February 2nd, 2016

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  • Warrant Arrest – On Monday, February 1, 2016, at 10:13 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe was on patrol when he observed 32-year-old Paul. E. Shook 3rd of Sexton Drive in Barnegat, NJ on Seabright Road and Cape Cod Road in Forked River. Paul. E. Shook 3rd was placed under arrest on a Toms River Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $1,500; a Little Egg Harbor Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount $450; and a Barnegat Township Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $500. Paul Shook was transported to the Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and then transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of the bail.

  • Theft – On Monday, February 1, 2016, at 1:28 p.m., Officer Patrick Watkins responded to the Labcorp building, 525 Lacey Road in Forked River, NJ for a report of theft. The manager reported that between October 2015 and February 1, 2016 some person or persons cut and removed the copper from five air conditioning units that are located on the outside of the building. The theft and damage are estimated at $18,000. The Lacey Township Police Department Detective Bureau responded to assist in the investigation.

  • Criminal Mischief – On Monday, February 1, 2016, at 1:28 p.m., Officer Kymberly Gudgeon responded to Bella Bronze Tanning Salon, 335 Route 9 North in Forked River, for a report of criminal mischief. The owners reported that between 5:00 p.m. on January 30, 2016 and 10:00 a.m. on January 31, 2016, an unknown person or persons damaged the neon sign located outside the front of the business. The damage is estimated at $2,000.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 8:47 p.m., Officer John McKee was on patrol when he observed a vehicle failing to maintain its lane. Officer John McKee conducted a traffic stop on Route 9 and South Street in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 39-year-old Lisa A. Crooks of Locker Street in Beachwood, NJ, for DUI. Lisa Crooks was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. The vehicle she was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Robbery (Arrest) – On Friday, January 29, 2016, at 6:18 p.m., Officer Elton Copes responded to the area of Clearview Street and Ocean Street in the South Barnegat Pines section of the township for a report of a strong-arm robbery. A resident reported that he was walking his dog in that area when he heard a female yell that she had just been robbed. The resident chased the suspect towards Ocean Street where he eventually lost sight of suspect. The female victim reported that on Friday, January 29, 2016, she gave a male subject, later identified as 22-year-old Joseph L. Biggs of 210 Brookville Road in Barnegat, NJ, a ride to Lacey Township from a friend’s house in Waretown, NJ. Upon getting to Lacey, Joseph Biggs reportedly told her to pull over where he allegedly grabbed her wallet from the center console of the vehicle and got out of the vehicle with it. The victim confronted Joseph Biggs, who then reportedly kicked her legs out from under her and pushed her to the ground causing injury. The suspect fled the scene on foot. Further investigation led to Joseph Biggs being charged with 2nd Degree Robbery with a warrant was issued for his arrest. Superior Court Judge Wendel Daniels set bail at $150,000. Joseph Biggs turned himself in on Sunday, January 31, 2016. He was processed and transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Friday, January 29, 2016, at 9:45 p.m., Officer Adam Ewart and Officer Charles May responded to the CVS Pharmacy, 700 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor, for a report of a vehicle that was reported to have almost hit a pole as it was pulling out of the parking lot. The vehicle left the scene, but the caller provided the registration number on the license plate which indicated that the registered owner resided on Maple Road in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Officer Ewart and Officer May responded to Maple Road and observed the driver passed out and slumped over the center console of the vehicle. The officers were able to awaken the driver and investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 55-year-old Mark A. Dangelo of Maple Road for DUI. Mark Dangelo was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with DUI and Reckless Driving. The vehicle he was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 11:40 a.m., Officer Michael Hein and Officer Frederick Anderson responded to 1530 Arient Road in the South Barnegat Pines section of the township to serve a no bail Ocean County Sheriff’s Department warrant on 29-year-old Matthew C. Clinton of 536 Devon Street in Forked River, NJ. Upon arrival at the residence, Matthew Clinton attempted to flee by escaping through a window of the residence and climbing a fence. Officer Anderson gave chase and was able to apprehend Matthew Clinton. Matthew Clinton was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and then transported to the Ocean County Correctional Facility.

  • Drug Possession (Arrest) – On Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 1:02 p.m., Detective Robert Surtees and Detective Brian Flynn were driving in the area of Nautilus Boulevard and Raleigh Drive in the Sunrise Beach section of the township when they observed 34-year-old Dana Kutassy of 431 Cabot Street in Forked River, NJ. Dana Kutassy had been reported to have been knocking on the doors of local homes and attempting to sell Kohl’s gift cards the day prior. Upon approaching Dana Kutassy, he was observed putting packets of Heroin in his pocket. The detectives arrested 34-year-old Dana Kutassy for possession of Heroin. Dana Kutassy was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Warrant Arrest – On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 7:33 p.m., Officer Anthony Sarno was on patrol in the area of Route 9 North and Oak Street when he observed 30-year-old Nicholas M. Picone of Whitcomb Road in Forked River, NJ driving down the roadway. Officer Sarno was aware that Nicholas Picone had a suspended driver’s license and two warrants for his arrest. Officer Sarno stopped the vehicle on Oak Street near Route 9. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Nicholas Picone on two outstanding Lacey Township Municipal Court warrants in the amounts of $250 each. Nicholas Picone was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where he was processed and released after posting bail. He was issued a summons for Driving with a Suspended License.

  • DUI (Arrest) – On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 4:20 a.m., Officer Christopher Meyler was on patrol when he stopped a vehicle on Joffre Road in Forked River. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, 26-year-old Samantha J. Rooney of Willow Street in Waretown, NJ for DUI. Samantha Rooney was transported to Lacey Township Police Headquarters where she was processed and charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Signal Turn. The vehicle she was driving was impounded pursuant to John’s law.

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