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:
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.
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.
Rudolph Schoeneberg, 19, of Waretown was charged at 12:24 p.m. with improperly removing items from properties along Laurel Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor.
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.
A resident of Chestnut Drive in Lanoka Harbor reported at 7:34 p.m. that the night prior, someone stole a generator.
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.
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.
Police reported to a home on Clairmore Avenue in Lanoka Harbor at 2 p.m. for a burglary.
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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