Fingerprint at Burglary Scene Matches Lacey Man

Thefts and burglaries from the past week

A fingerprint lifted at the scene of a Lacey house burglary was recently matched to a Forked River resident, police said.

Dillon Devlin, 21, of Forked River was arrested and charged after an automated fingerprint identification system identified him as a burglar of a Vaughn Avenue home, police said. Lacey police lifted the fingerprint at the Forked River home on April 15, 2011.

Detectives recently located and arrested Devlin during a traffic stop, police said. Devlin also had an outstanding warrant issued by the Ocean County Superior Court for failing to comply with probation.

He was charged with burglary and theft of moveable property for the 2011 burglary and was sent in the Ocean County Jail with no bail set.

The matter is still under investigation to locate and arrest another subject who was involved in the 2011 burglary.

Police Chief David Paprota provided the following information: 

March 17
A resident of Forrest Avenue in Lanoka Harbor reported that between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. someone attempted to gain entry to the home through the garage door.

The garage door was forced open approximately two to three feet. The internal brackets that hold the door closed and locked were broken. Items from inside the garage that were stored against the door fell out onto the driveway.

It appeared that no entry was made, as the items falling out of the garage may have scared the person away. 

March 15
Sometime between 7 p.m. on March 15 and 8 a.m. March 16, a battery was removed from a forklift truck owned by a local business while the business was closed. The forklift was parked behind the business in an area that is outside the fenced in portion. The battery is valued at $100. 

March 14
A resident of Kenney Street in the southern Pines section of Forked River reported that his unlocked vehicle was entered sometime between 7 p.m. on March 13 and 4:30 a.m. on March 14. Various items were stolen from the vehicle, including cash, prescription medications, a silver and black backpack, and HVAC textbooks. The total value of the stolen items was in excess of $600. 

March 13
At 2:30 p.m. a homeowner on Taylor Lane in Forked River reported that gutters and piping were removed from the exterior of the residence. The theft occurred while the resident was not home. The theft was related to “scrapping,” as the items can be sold for a fraction of the actual value, police said.

Residents are asked to contact the police department immediately if they observe anything suspicious. 

March 9
The homeowner of a Baldwin Street residence reported that sometime between noon on March 9 and 8:30 a.m. on March 16, someone attempted to make entry to his locked shed. Cut marks were found on the lock hinge. No entry was actually made.

1stcav March 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Let me guess, he is unemployed, has a lot of free time, wasn't in the top 10 % of his class ,when he was in school , has a drug problem., thrown out of his house buy his parents.... has been living with friends or in his car ..more or less ..all of the above. BIG " L" Let me guess again; Has aspirations to guard the GW Bridge as he here's it's easy work and can score "Pot " and smoke it , while on duty !!
er nurse March 21, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Debbie March 21, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Another one of Lacey's star residents where he belongs!!
Sandi March 21, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Another fine product of Lacey township
tictocg March 21, 2013 at 05:13 PM
It is time to start punishing them to the point they won't do it again when released back into the towns. Why is it that we keep seeing the same KIDS time after time. What happened to the 3 strike rule??????????????????????
DevilsFan609 March 21, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Im just waiting for his "friends" to come in here and start saying we dont know him, hes a good kid, etc.
Chef McElroy March 21, 2013 at 08:42 PM
I thought this young man looked familiar to me. He delivered pizza to my house maybe half a dozen times over the past year. I knew there was something I just didn't like or want to trust about him. Makes me regret ever giving him a fair tip. I wonder if he was delivering when they busted him?
JOHNNY Done it March 21, 2013 at 10:18 PM
What a dumb loser Left your finger prints should dropped your wallet there too.
Amy March 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Chef McElroy, you dumb ass he's NEVER had a job delivering pizzas, now your just making things up to sound like you know him, ignorant!!!'
Joey Joe March 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM
I hear you about the 3 strike rule... I also gotta wonder where the parents are?Everything starts in the home...both GOOD and BAD.....
Tabby March 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM
thats what people love doin on here am, now heres his "friends defeding him" they put people down because it either A) makes them feel better about themselves or B) just gives them something to do with their OBVIOUSLY boring lives. you know my background snicklefritz, i can say that shit with some sincerity because ive not only been a friend of dillons for years, but a victim as well. i know more about this then these people up ^ here. if i can forgive dillon for what hes done, so can you. think about it.. hating him, resenting him, talking shit.. whats that gonna do? your gonna hurt yourself. stop harbouring negative thoughts & emotions. let that shit go.
JOHNNY Done it March 29, 2013 at 11:48 PM
TABBY ,next time he might breaking into a house , facing an attack dog or a gun neither are forgiving . Problem solved ....I don't know him or want too
ken April 03, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Get the blinders off and stop connecting pot and this kind of behavior. The issue starts with that fine, upstanding medical community pumping the public full of oxycodone for hangnail pain. Kids, afraid at first to stick a needle in their arm, find taking one of mom, dad, or uncle Joe's pills easy (the one's who you said threw him out of the house.). When they are hooked, then that needle thing doesn't matter, and robbing YOUR house doesn't matter either. Easy work? Cutting every pipe out of a crawlspace in the dark is not easy. Law enforcement has limited resources, that is unless you want 100% of your income paid in taxes. Every dollar spent on "pot control" is a dollar that could have been spent investigating a burglary or heroine distribution that lead to YOUR personal life being violated by someone like this.. People like you, who insist "pot" is the problem here, deny the real problem, oxycodone and the heroine addiction it causes. And that, my friend, is reality in 2013.
maxbox imp April 03, 2013 at 03:49 PM
this guy ....
bbymac90 April 04, 2013 at 07:27 PM


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