Lacey Man Busted For Stealing Pickup Truck

A 51-year-old Lacey man was arrested Monday and charged with stealing a pickup truck, police said.

On Monday at 11 p.m., Officer Scott Keefe observed a suspicious male near the TJ Maxx Store located at 348 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor. Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of 51-year-old Joseph Maracco of Yorktown Drive in Forked River on an outstanding Atlantic City Municipal Court warrant for $500.

Further investigation led to additional criminal charges against Maracco for stealing a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup from Blood Marine Services, 621 Route 9 North in Lanoka Harbor that was reported to this agency on Feb. 3.

Bail was set at $10,000 for the vehicle theft. Maracco was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of the bail, police said.
Chris L February 12, 2014 at 01:20 PM
What is a "suspicious male"? Like why did the cop stop this guy in the first place? dont get me wrong, im happy to have another criminal off the street but the guy could have just said "i dont want to talk" and walked away. Sounds like the police just hassle everyone and occasionally get a criminal. Do the police just hang out at shoprite hoping to find a criminal that looks sneaky or do they stop anyone they dont like?
DontCare February 12, 2014 at 02:13 PM
I was walking home late from work. It was around 1:30 am and a cop stopped me on rt 9 and was questioning about what I had in my bag. Don't get me wrong I'm glad he's keeping up on suspicious people cause I honestly can say I look suspicious at times, but unless I match a description or am in the area of a robbery leave me alone.lol
James M. Ofsanko February 12, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Its good to know your rights , if you didn't do anything wrong , tell him politely your leaving unless you are a suspect and don't answer any questions. There is a good video of a soon to be lawyer arguing with a copabout the gun he was carrying. "Different state " but be held his ground till they let him go on his way. Yes we want the trash off the street but do it legaly.
joe donato February 12, 2014 at 03:40 PM
It's 11PM.. .All stores in that lot are closed, so yeah.. suspicious is right, especially if you are alone.
4Liberty February 12, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Reasonable suspicion is a term used to describe if a person has been or will be involved in a crime based on specific facts and circumstances. It may be used to justify an investigatory stop. Reasonable suspicion is more than a hunch that a crime has committed but does not require as much evidence as probable cause, which is needed to obtain search and arrest warrants. To evaluate reasonable suspicion, the court must decide if a reasonable person or reasonable officer would also infer that a person is involved in a crime were the circumstances the same. The Supreme Court ruled in Terry V. Ohio that an individual may be stopped and frisked by law enforcement agents based on reasonable suspicion. The court found that this type of detainment (referred to as a Terry Stop) does not violate the Fourth Amendment, which restricts unreasonable search and seizure. Due to a ruling in Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, states may require an individual to give his or her name during a stop. However, the person is not required to answer any questions during a Terry stop. A person may not be arrested based on reasonable suspicion - an arrest is made based on probable cause. However, if probable cause develops during an investigatory stop, the officer may arrest the suspect.
Robert Yates February 12, 2014 at 04:19 PM
@4Liberty: that is a good run down of Supreme Court jurisprudence; however, it does not treat the fact that the case was wrongly decided. Terry v. Ohio is a judicially fabricated standard with no basis in the constitution of the United States. The 4th Amendment requires probable cause in order to seize a suspect, not reasonable suspicion. It was a bad decision and any chief who proclaims the ability to read should require his officers to obtain probable cause before seizing a suspect. With that said, I share the sentiments of the others. I am glad a car thief is behind bars. But the police should be required to follow the Constitution, not the nonsense created by a group of unelected tyrants in black robes (aka TBR).
4Liberty February 12, 2014 at 08:19 PM
@RY Sorry! Article III. Of the US Constitution, Section. 1. The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. … Section. 2. The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority… They are appointed under the powers and authority of the President and Senate. If you disagree, with the Constitution it is your right. God Bless America
DevilsFan609 February 12, 2014 at 09:46 PM
Everything in that plaza being closed at that time is suspicious enough for me. I guess I'd rather just be up front with a police officer and be inconvenienced for a little bit than have a cop drive right past me and not even look. I never understood the defiance people are displaying now. If youre pulled over or stopped just answer the questions and you'll be on your way in no time, nothing more than a minor inconvenience.
Robert Yates February 13, 2014 at 08:20 AM
@4Liberty: sorry for being unclear. I am not disputing the court's right to hear the case by virtue of the passages that you quoted. I am merely saying that Terry was wrongly decided. Read the 4th Amendment. It requires probable cause, not reasonable suspicion. Simply because a court has the right to hear a case does not give them the right to create standards out of thin air. There must be language in the Constitution to support their decision. And God stopped blessing America in 1913. Instead of kicking the money changers out of the temple, we handed the country over to them.
The Captain February 13, 2014 at 08:22 AM
N cWell from my experience if you keep in mind that if you look suspicious you may be stopped then it will keep you from looking that way which will usually prevent you from being stopped or hassled. Not to mention if you have a record with them and are driving suspiciously or a piece of junk. All those things help. Try to remember they are usually trying to do good and fight crime not hassle you. Also your responses and attitude make a huge difference too. Being defensive/combative is a big no no. Yes right now you will find that in many parts of the country many police departments are abusing their power and hassling the crap out of citizens. Having DNA stops, treating legal gun carriers like they just robbed a bank, pulling over cars that the driver has a carry permit and tearing his car apart and treating him as as a criminal. The list goes on an on. In Boston they forced families out of their homes at gun point with TANKS pointed at the houses while they illegally searched them. It took a homeowner to actually find the bomber ironically! Fortunately Lacey is nothing like that. Plus people here would go ape if they were I think. The 4th amendment still stands and is perfectly valid. Just know your rights, use your head, and if they get abused search high and low and find a good lawyer. But like I said here in Lacey there is usually no problems like that. If there were I wouldn't live here!
grace February 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM
ok @ camillo.... lol...
Robert Yates February 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM
@Camillo: did the citizens of pre-fascist Italy complain about their rights? How about pre-communist Russia? Maybe not, but they should have! Our founders must have been criminals too huh? They were very concerned with rights. If you do not insist on the maintenance of your rights, you will be a slave sooner or latter. Given the path the US is on, I'd bet on sooner.


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