Lacey Police Respond to 5 Burglaries and More Since Sandy

There were 23 reported thefts after Hurricane Sandy

Things at the Lacey Township Police Department are slowly going back to normal after a busy two weeks following Hurricane Sandy, Captain David Paprota said.

Police responded to the following from Monday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Nov. 9: 

  • Five burglaries
  • 23 reported thefts
  • 146 suspicious incident investigations
  • 298 calls for poles, wires and trees down
  • Conducted 161 well being checks
  • Participated in 60 rescues from flooded residents during the storm and rescue activities while flood conditions were still present after
  • There were 93 first aid calls
  • There were 50 fire calls
  • Responded to 16 reported gas leaks primarily down Beach Boulevard

Paprota provided information on the following storm related incidents: 

Nov. 8
Police responded to a home on Beach Boulevard that was damaged during the hurricane. The resident reported that items had been stolen from within the home. Although a suspect has been identified, the matter is still under investigation and charges are pending.

Nov. 5
At 1:40 p.m., officers charged James Schilling, 31, of Forked River with improperly removing items from storm damaged properties. He was charged specifically with Lacey Township’s ordinance against disturbing garbage and refuse. 

Nov. 5
Rudolph Schoeneberg, 19, of Waretown was charged at 12:24 p.m. with improperly removing items from properties along Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor. 

Nov. 3
John Redden, 27, of Jackson was arrested at 5:20 p.m. for allegedly attempting to steal a JCP&L transformer from the corner of Lacey Road and Manchester Avenue. He was arrested, charged and released.

Redden also had a $500 warrant out of Toms River for failure to appear for unrelated traffic related offenses. He posted bail on the warrant prior to his release. 

Nov. 3
A resident of Chestnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor reported at 7:34 p.m. that the night prior, someone stole a generator. 

Nov. 1
Police reported to Hastings Drive in Forked River at 9:30 p.m. where a resident reported a generator stolen from outside of the home. 

Nov. 1
During the daytime hours, a home on Orlando Drive in Forked River was burglarized. Personal property was taken.

During the days following the storm, a home on Binnacle Road in Forked River was also burglarized. 

Oct. 31
Police reported to a home on Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor at 2 p.m. for a burglary.

Oct. 31
During the overnight hours, a burglary was committed at Tony’s General Merchandise and Clothing on Lacey Road. The front window of the business was smashed. The business was entered and cash was stolen.

There were also attempted burglaries at Joey Tomato's Pizza on Lacey Road and the adjacent dance studio. Forced entry was attempted to the doors but not made.


For more on the police department and other first responders' response to Hurricane Sandy, please return to Lacey Patch later this week.

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y o y in this world November 14, 2012 at 03:11 PM
are you kidding me. this is crazy. i'm so tired of the low life's in this town or someone else coming here n stealing. kick us when we are done that is real nice. i hope everyone that gets caught the judge take at this n slaps them with a long jail term or a hefty fine. stealing during our time like this is a shame. how much more do we need to lose. the lil help we get is grateful but not enough. stop stealing
grace November 14, 2012 at 03:47 PM
so sad and i dont get it...
Joanne Iovine November 14, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Such a sad commentary on a % of our population, however, it is a small percentage. We've been here for several years now and it has been our experience that the people who live and work here are extremely pleasant, neighborly, and are extremely happy to help you - whatever the circumstances. My husband & I applaud our Police Dept for the commitment and patience they demonstrated with the many check-points monitored to prevent looting. Unfortunately, the few despicable people who are determined to take advantage of others' misfortune will always be with us, preying on their very neighbors...how very sad. But, again, kudos to our Police Dept!!!
Mittens lost November 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Blame the 800k a month job loss per month of the Bush admin who didnt put the cost of 2 unfunded wars and Medicare part d and the amount of revenue lost in the Bush tax cuts that didnt create any jobs on the books for the debt There are few good paying jobs in this area
pat tanis November 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Police were terrific and appteciated how they checked ID especially at night on Laurel and Clairmore when the power was out. Kudos to all Lacey Twp. Police. Also to the volunteer fire department & EMS who gave freely of their time to help others! Proud to be a Lacey resident....Lacey Strong!
R. Hardt November 15, 2012 at 02:52 AM
@ mittens lost, Realy? That is ur responce to the looting? Prez. Bush made it so they have to loot? If anything its Oscuma who has made a bigget debt n has done nothing for this country but give to the ilegals! Now were stuck with this piece of s*** for another 4yrs. Cant wait to see how many people will be stealing for money at the end of this term! The dirtbags that steal from people who lost there home's are complete trash n it should be mandatory jail time! I lost my house from the storm dumping 4ft of water in it. If someone tried to take what little i have left i would have taken the law in my own hands and they would have begged for jail time instead! The police and united methodist church did a fantastic job! Thank you
JOHNNY Done it November 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM
TO MITTENS LOST. That was over 4-5 yrs now try blaming the guy that the 49% people voted for & put back in office . 4 years later a total of 8 I guess you will still be blaming bush
JOHNNY Done it November 16, 2012 at 12:57 AM
R Hardt i agree 100% yea 8 years later it is still going to be Bushs fault Its only going to get worse... The looters i was ready for them my coffee & ammo...
JOHNNY Done it November 16, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Also forget how about the sheriff that was voted back in I dont think he even knew a storm came thru......
Tara November 16, 2012 at 04:06 AM
A dirtbag is a dirtbag . It is not a political debate who's in office doesn't make you steal from people that have already lost so much. Neither Bush or Obama is responsible for people looting. Point the finger at the criminals that did it and give thanks to the first responders that did everything to keep us safe.


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