From rings and tools to traffic signs and tip jars, thefts plagued Lacey Township the past two weeks.
One of the more recent events was when John Sabie, 24, of Lanoka Harbor was arrested after police said he stole tip jars from Anthony’s Pizza and Schiano’s Pizzeria on May 11.
Sabie stole the tip jar containing $40 from Anthony’s on Route 9 and then stole the tip jar containing $100 from Schiano’s in the Lacey Mall, police officials said.
Upon subsequent investigation, on May 12, Sabie was charged with two counts of theft of removable property, one count of possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
There were 20 other cases of theft over the course of the past two weeks.
Lt. James Veltri provided the following information:
David Smith, 33, of Forked River was arrested on a $500 warrant issued by the Lacey Township Municipal Court. Smith was sent to jail in lieu of his bail.
Someone tried to enter a car parked at a residence on Signal Street in Lanoka Harbor. There were pry marks and damage to the door. Damages were estimated at $250.
An unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway on Maple Road in Lanoka Harbor was entered. A Garmin GPS and assorted change was stolen.
A 2006 NST Quad valued at $1,600 was stolen from a yard on Hillwood Road in Forked River. The quad was stored outside and was not secured.
Scott Thomson, 56, of Lanoka Harbor was arrested outside of the CVS on Route 9.
The police were dispatched on a report of someone sleeping in a vehicle at 7:30 p.m. Thomson was found sleeping in the vehicle with the car running.
Thomson was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession of a controlled dangerous substance (alprazolam), and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle, and no seat belt.
Police reported to Brothers Paving located on Route 9 in Lanoka Harbor. Someone tried to gain entry into the office. The exterior and interior doors were damaged. Damage was estimated at $300.
Timothy Cole, 27, of Howell was arrested at Route 9 near 2nd Street at 2:10 a.m. Cole’s motor vehicle was stopped and he was charged with driving while under the influence, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.
A non-resident reported that their car was entered and their wallet containing a debit card was stolen while parked on Enterprise Drive in Forked River.
Christopher Boardingham, 19, and Dylan Giombetti, 20, both of Forked River were arrested.
Residents reported that two males were removing and stealing a street sign. After the sign was stolen, subsequent investigation led to their arrest of Boardingham and Giombetti.
The two males were charged with criminal mischief to a traffic sign and theft of removable property. They received special complaint summonses. The sign was returned to the Department of Public Works.
Matthew Clinton, 24, of Forked River was arrested after he allegedly stole two automotive batteries from a residence located on Devon Street in Forked River. The value of the batteries was $100. Clinton received a complaint summons with one count of theft of removable property.
A shed was entered on Tamiami Road and an outpoured motor was stolen. The police do not yet have the value, serial number, or make.
Two rings valued at $5,300 were stolen from a residence on Steuben Avenue in Forked River. There was no sign of forced entry.
A DeWalt Air Compressor valued at $300 was stolen from a residence on Yorktown Drive in Forked River.
Daniel Wited, 20, of Forked River was arrested on the strength of a $1,000 warrant. Wited was found on Route 9 in possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin) on his person and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was sent to Ocean County Jail with his bail set at $10,000.
A Black 1997 Tex Trailer was stolen from a residence on Bay Way in Lanoka Harbor. The Trailer contained a large toolbox with tools. The value of the trailer and tools is $5,000.
A 300 pound and three foot tall brass boat bell, estimated at $1,000 was stolen from a yard on Maywood Place in Forked River.
Three vehicles parked at a residence on M Street in Forked River were damaged. The windshields of each vehicle sustained damaged. Police officials believe the vehicles were struck with something similar to a BB Gun. The estimated damage is $500.
After a gathering at a home on Lake Barnegat Drive North, the resident discovered that five rings were stolen. The total value of the rings is $2,000.
Timothy Casola, 29, of Lanoka Harbor was arrested on the charges of shoplifting from Wawa at the intersection of Route 9 and Taylor Lane in Forked River. Casola allegedly shoplifted $11.80 worth of food.
A Bulova Watch valued at $1,200 was stolen from a residence on Brightwood Drive in Forked River. There was no forced entry.
Two yellow marine power cords were stolen from a residence on Plover Court in Forked River. The power cords, valued at $300, were on the resident’s dock.
Three tires on a vehicle parked on Bobwhite Court in Forked River were slashed overnight. Estimated damage is $450.
The bus stop located on Route 9 and 2nd Street sustained damage after someone broke five panes of glass. Estimated damage is $500.
Items were stolen from a home under construction at the Sea Breeze Development. The items included electrical wire valued at $1,500 and copper piping valued at $300.
A DeWalt Saw valued at $250 was stolen from a yard on Arient Road.
A prescription bottle containing prescription medicine was stolen from a vehicle parked on Hollywood Boulevard South.
A 90 L shaped Re-Bar valued at $150 was stolen from Masonry Company on Kalae Drive in Forked River.
A resident on Beach Boulevard reported that 40 pieces of 5/8 L shaped Re-Bar, valued at $80, and insulated copper wire valued at $30 were stolen from their property.
A bathroom building at Clune Park was vandalized with graffiti. Estimated damage is $500.
Three rings valued at $1,100 were stolen from a home on Dee Road. There was no forced entry.