Robbery Arrest

On July 7th at 11:33pm, officers responded to a report of a robbery that occurred on Lexington Blvd. The victim advised that while he was delivering pizza to a Lexington Blvd address, he was approached and held at gunpoint by a male subject who demanded his money. During a verbal exchange between the victim and subject during which the victim refused to turn over any money, the victim was shot in the abdomen with two projectiles that were believed to be either pellets or BBs. The projectiles caused minor lacerations. The victim fled the area and contacted police.
   The newly formed Strategic Police Enforcement Area Response (SPEAR) unit, which was created to address community concerns and localized pockets of criminal activity, investigated the incident along with the Barnegat Police Investigative Division. Through their investigative resources and community contacts, members of the SPEAR unit were able to develop information that led to the identification of Mark L Crudup II, 21, of Toms River as the subject believed to have committed the robbery.
   A warrant was issued for Crudup for 1st degree robbery, 2nd degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, 3rd degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and 2nd degree aggravated assault. Bail was set at $150,000 with no 10% option.
   Members of the SPEAR unit developed further information that led to locating Crudup at a Toms River address. On July 9th at approximately 4:00am, Barnegat officers with the assistance of the Toms River Police Department made contact with Crudup at a Barnegat Avenue address and took him into custody without incident. Officers also recovered a 6mm BB gun. Crudup was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
   The Barnegat Police Department would like to thank the members of the community who worked with our officers to bring this case to a successful conclusion in just over 24 hours.

 

DWI Arrest

On December 12th at 11:16pm Patrolman Kevin Docherty arrested Pamela O’Hare, 30, of Lanoka Harbor for DWI after stopping her vehicle on Route 72 for speeding and failing to maintain lane of travel. O’Hare’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. O’Hare was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.

DWI Arrest

On September 16th at 3:27am, Ptl. Anthony Carlo arrested Ashley Burton, 22, of Manchester for DWI after responding to a single-car motor vehicle crash on Route 9. Ptl. Carlo responded to the scene to find that Burton’s 2006 Chevrolet Equinox had left the roadway and struck a tree. Burton was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.
Burton was issued summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and failure to provide documents. Her vehicle was impounded in accordance with John’s Law.

Robbery Investigation Leads to Multiple Arrests, Recovery of Handgun

On July 28th a robbery investigation conducted by the Barnegat Police Department resulted in the arrests of four subjects and the recovery of a handgun.

At 3:00am, Barnegat Police received a report of a robbery that had occurred on Bowline Street. The 30 year-old male victim had gone to Bowline Street intending to meet up with Melissa King, 32, of Long Branch when he was approached by another subject who pointed a handgun at him. The armed subject then repeatedly struck the victim in the head with the handgun before taking the victim’s two cell phones and fleeing the area with King in a white BMW.

The victim entered his vehicle and followed the suspect vehicle to Berkeley Township where he stopped to report the robbery and assault to the Berkeley Police Department. A short time later, a South Toms River police officer located and stopped the white BMW. Barnegat officers responded to the location in South Toms River and took Angelo Grenci, 38, of Toms River, Edwin Nieves, 39, of Seaside Heights, and Anastasio Skentzos, 35, of Toms River into custody. The BMW was impounded while officers applied for a search warrant for the vehicle.

Further investigation revealed that King was staying at the Clarion hotel in Toms River. Officers from the Toms River Police Department responded to the hotel and located King. Barnegat officers responded to the hotel and conducted a consent search of King’s hotel room which resulted in the recovery of a backpack believed to be connected to the robbery. The backpack was secured and transported to the Barnegat Police Department where it was held pending an application for a search warrant to search the bag. King was also placed under arrest in connection with the robbery.

As a result of the authorization and issuance of search warrants and the subsequent searches of the BMW and backpack, officers recovered a Desert Eagle semi-automatic .50 caliber handgun.

Sketnzos was charged with 1st degree robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon and was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $500,000 bail (no 10% option).
Grenci was charged with 1st degree robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $500,000 bail (no 10% option).
King was charged with 1st degree robbery. She was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $300,000 bail (no 10% option).
Nieves was lodged in the Ocean County Jail on a no-bail warrant for violation of probation.

The Barnegat Police Department received assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI Unit, the Toms River Police Department, the South Toms River Police Department, and the Berkeley Township Police Department.

DWI Arrests

On June 4th at 5:40pm, Patrolman Kyle Cranmer arrested Geoffrey Colucci, 48, of Manahawkin for DWI after responding to West Bay Ave and Barnegat Blvd for a multiple car crash. An investigation determined that Colucci had rear-ended a stopped motor vehicle which set off a chain reaction crash ultimately involving three cars. It was further determined that Colucci was impaired due to alcohol.
Colucci’s vehicle was impounded in accordance with John’s Law. Colucci was processed and released with summonses for DWI and reckless driving.

On June 5th at 6:20pm, Patrolman Kyle Cranmer arrested Edward Petro, 49, of Barnegat fro DWI after agency detectives on a separate case observed Petro’s vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel. Ptl. Cranmer stopped Petro’s vehicle on Georgetown Blvd. Petro’s vehicle was impounded in accordance with John’s Law. Petro was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, improper display of plates, and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

On June 6th at 1:08am, K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested William Ludwig IV for DWI after responding to the Laurel Oaks complex for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Ludwig’s Green Jeep Liberty matched the description of the suspicious vehicle. It was determined that Ludwig had been operating the vehicle while impaired by alcohol. Ludwig’s vehicle was impounded in accordance with John’s Law. He was processed and released with summonses for DWI and reckless driving.

DWI Arrests

On May 17th at 5:00am, Ptl. Brian Weber arrested Tina Danko, 33, of Barnegat for DWI after responding to a one-car collision on East Bay Avenue.
Ptl. Weber determined that Danko had been attempting to make a U-turn in the roadway when she struck the pole. Danko was not injured and the pole sustained minor damage. Danko’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s law. She was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.

On May 18th at 1:55am, Ptl. Alex Hoffman arrested Lisa Bumbarger, 41, of Rahway Rd after responding to a report that an intoxicated subject had left a residence and was operating a motor vehicle. Ptl. Hoffman was able to locate the vehicle at the Barnegat Municipal Dock where he determined that Bumbarger was intoxicated. Bumbarger’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. She was processed and released with summonses for DWI and reckless driving.

Warrant Arrest

On April 28th at 3:08pm, Patrolman Anthony King arrested Cornelius Robinson Jr., 49, of Barnegat on multiple outstanding warrants totaling $46,300 dollars. The warrants were issued by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department, Ocean Township (Monmouth), Howell, New Brunswick, Princeton, East Windsor, and Summit.

Robinson Jr was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.

Arrests Made in Armed Robbery Case

On April 26th at 12:42pm, Barnegat police officers responded to the Barnegat Motel for a report of an armed robbery. Officers were advised that two male subjects had forced their way into a motel room armed with what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money. The subjects reportedly fought with a male occupant of the room before fleeing the area in a white Ford Crown Victoria.

Patrolman Bryan Nogowski located the Ford Crown Victoria unoccupied on Water Street approximately 15 minutes later. Officers immediately established a perimeter and, due to the large size of the wooded and marshy area, requested additional resources from surrounding agencies. Officers from the New Jersey State Police, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Stafford Township Police Department, Ocean Township Police Department, and Little Egg Harbor Police Department responded to the scene to assist in maintaining the perimeter and searching for the subjects.

A New Jersey State Police helicopter was requested and responded to the scene as well as K9s from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and Little Egg Harbor Police Department. During the ensuing search operation, NJSP Troopers in the helicopter were able to locate both subjects who were attempting to flee the area through the difficult terrain. Officers on the ground were guided by the helicopter to the locations of the subjects who had split up. Both of the subjects- James Boone, 22, of Toms River, and Lance Alexander, 27, of Philadelphia, PA were taken into custody without incident.

The crime scene was processed by Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI. Officers at the motel recovered a black BB gun which may have been the weapon brandished during the robbery.

Alexander was charged with 1st degree robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and aggravated assault. He was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $70,000 bail (no 10% option). Boone was charged with 2nd degree robbery and was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $30,000 bail (no 10% option).

DWI Arrests

On April 1st at 1:00am, Patrolman Anthony Carlo arrested Tiffany Duffy, 43, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Duffy’s car on Village Dr for failing to maintain her lane of travel. Duffy’s car was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Duffy was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and driving with a suspended drivers license.

On March 27th at 1:41am, Patrolman Anthony Carlo arrested Sean Thorpe, 29, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Thorpe’s car on Route 9 for having tinted windows. Thorpe’s car
was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Thorpe was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, and tinted windows.

Heroin Arrest

On March 26th at 11:23pm, K9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Mark McGinley, 46, of Barnegat for possession of CDS. Officer Armstrong had stopped McGinley’s vehicle on Village Drive for having inoperable taillights. During the course of the stop, Officer Armstrong made several observations that led to a consensual search of the vehicle. During the search, Officer Armstrong recovered heroin and hypodermic syringes.

McGinley was processed and released pending a court date.

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