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Beachwood Man Accused of More Than $100K in Lacey Thefts

Toms River police apprehend man wanted in spate of burglaries throughout Ocean County

A Beachwood man was arrested and charged with Lacey residential burglaries after an extensive investigation involving several Ocean County police departments.

Members of the Toms River Police Department arrested Nicholas Tracy, 22, on March 18 shortly after he burglarized a residence on Silverton Road, police said.

Tracy had returned to the scene of a Lacey burglary on March 8 at approximately 8 p.m. Lacey police had located a suspicious, unoccupied vehicle on Railroad Avenue in Lanoka Harbor.

Tracy identified himself as the driver of the unoccupied vehicle but was not found to be in possession of any stolen items. He provided police with inconsistent and suspicious statements and was considered a suspect in several burglaries, police said.

After having contact with Tracy, police developed a task force comprised of detectives and officers from the Sheriff’s Department, Beachwood, Berkeley Township, Brick Township, Waretown, Lacey Township and Toms River departments to conduct surveillance operations, which resulted in Tracy’s arrest.

A search warrant was obtained for Tracy’s home and a vehicle where numerous pieces of stolen jewelry were recovered. Since the seizure, three Lacey families identified pieces of jewelry.

Police also linked Tracy to a fourth Lacey Township burglary where no property was stolen, police said.

The combined value of Tracy’s alleged thefts from Lacey Township exceeds $100,000.

Lacey Township detectives charged Tracy with four counts of burglary, four counts of criminal mischief and three counts of theft. Although the investigation is ongoing, Tracy is being held at the Ocean County Jail in lieu of a combined bail of $375,000, which includes offenses in Lacey and Toms River.

The arrest occurred after a rash of residential burglaries took place throughout Lacey Township. Since Christmas Day in 2011, the township was hit with 19 residential burglaries involving similar methods of entry and types of property stolen, police said.

Many of the burglaries involved forced entry into a rear glass door by throwing an object such as a landscape rock or lawn ornament.

Once the suspect was inside, the master bedroom was ransacked. Items stolen primarily included jewelry and gold coins. A .38-caliber handgun was taken during one burglary, police said.

Many of the homes broken into were located in areas with backyards bordered by woods. Nine of the 19 homes were against the Lacey Rail Trail. Typically the entry took place during the late evening hours. 

Several other townships were experiencing a high number of similar burglaries, police said.

Silver dollar March 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Please ,Keep him in jail
stretch113 March 23, 2012 at 02:22 AM
overtaxed noted 'leave him in jail' . . . . . Hell No! as the queen stated to her court of subjects 'OFF with his head, then for sure he'd not do it again'!
Jackie March 23, 2012 at 03:02 AM
i hope he rots
Miche March 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM
SCUM SCUM SCUM - Glad he is off the street for now anyway!
Joe Stewart March 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM
How about we put all the people he stole from at Gillie and then let him out of a van. If he makes it past the people..he can go free.
Linny March 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Please ship him to a deserted island where he cant steal anything else but bugs and rocks...!!! get rid of this vermon.. this has got to stop .. Ocean County use to be a good place to live now Im really starting to wonder..
Marc Brierley March 23, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Scum bag, putting fear in the residents of our town since December. I hope they break into his back door in prison!!
tiredofthehaters March 23, 2012 at 01:37 PM
boy oh boy - comments do not last long here - get rid of the rail trail and he'd have nowhere to hide -
Emilie Difino March 23, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I'm pretty sure the rail trail has nothing to do with this. I bet you're one of the people that blame Walmart for the shoplifters too.
Emilie Difino March 23, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I'm relieved they finally got this guy. I know I will be sleeping a little better.
guesswhofool March 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Get rid of the rail trail? Uve gotten rid of plenty of spots for kids to go with there friends and hang out play games such as paintball ride motor bikes that's exactly why this craps going on because of what they are doing to that town my dad grew up there raised three kids and left after thirty years because of what they did to that town its a disgrace . I use to walk the hole rail trail and back for fun . Where home depot is played paintball where walmart is rode mini bikes now u can hardly breathe in that town its pathetic a new tons river aka a dump
Dave Sleeper March 23, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Good idea ... We'll scare the geese poop out of 'em! Let's all get out there with pictures of that illustrious group parading up Route 9 protesting nuclear power. Win/Win!
Illa Venal March 23, 2012 at 03:55 PM
He should spend time in jail just for his haircut. Lil Bieber will be very popular in prison.
tiredofthehaters March 23, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Now see what happens when you become one of the smart *#* know-it-alls on this comment section - guess you are not too smart Emilie - duh, I am not stupid enough to blame walmart for shoplifters - cracks me up when dummies on this page do. if they are clearing out the "old railroad" make a road that the county can patrol - we have too many jogging/walking paths in this town already - especially in Lanoka.
Emilie Difino March 23, 2012 at 07:21 PM
tiredofhaters - Thanks for showing your intelligence by insulting me. I think you proved my point. I'm not interested in arguing the whole Rail Trail thing with you, I'm just saying that blaming the rail trail for burglaries is ridiculous. The two have nothing to do with each other.
Grime March 24, 2012 at 02:42 AM
If I was The Chef,I would give this p.o.s. a little 609 Rodney King treatment!
WhatHappenedtoLacey March 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM
This is why people should have the right to bear arms in there house hold I would live for him to break threw my glass window bc I can 100% say he woulda tripped on some glass and got cut up
Kelly Greene March 25, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Glad they finally got this dirtbag off the street. He's been arrested for this before, nice. He made many of us afraid to leave our houses for any length of time. I was really afraid someone was going to walk in on him and get hurt. Please, lock him up and throw away the key.
tiredofthehaters March 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM
@Emilie - you insulted me with your "high handed, I am better than you" comment about walmart" - I said was I believe if there was a patrolled road back there he would have nowhere to hide. these are my friends and neighbors getting robbed and I wonder, am I next.....
Jetling April 04, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Who in their right mind would like the Rail Trail behind their home????? It gives thieves the escape route they need!
Parent of an Addict May 10, 2012 at 05:24 PM
This young man should have to pay for his crimes but all the hateful comments do not help anyone. Our communities are in real crisis due to the opiate epidemic we are facing. Our jails are filled to capacity with young people committing crimes to feed this addiction. This should be our primary focus. We need treatment for these sick individuals because incarceration is obviously not working. This is a serious disease. And to all you "haters" getting ready to lash back, "There but for the grace of God go you and yours". I hope you never have to deal with the pain and after math of an addicted family member. Let's try to be mindful of his family that is probably going through hell right now.


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