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Police: Lacey Man Scared Off Manchester Car Burglar

A number of unlocked cars have been burglarized recently

A Manchester man was recently arrested in relation to a motor vehicle burglary, a crime that has been prominent throughout Lacey Township lately.

At approximately 7:53 p.m. March 10 officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle burglary on the 700 Block of Alpine Street. Someone entered a vehicle but was scared off by the vehicle’s owner.

The vehicle’s owner supplied police with a detailed description of the actor who fled on foot. Officer Andrew Slota spotted a subject matching the description walking near the 700 Block of Chelsea Street. The person ignored the officer’s orders to stop.

Chad Williams, 45, was stopped and placed under arrest after being positively identified by the vehicle owner. Williams was charged with burglary and bail was set at $10,000. Williams was transported to Ocean County Jail after being processed.

“Residents have reported that their unlocked cars have been entered and valuables have been stolen during the overnight hours,” a crime alert on the Lacey Township Police Department’s website stated. 

The thefts have occurred in the Upper Pines, including Lake Barnegat Drive, Tappan Street, Alpine Street and Williams Avenue in Forked River.

“Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles,” the crime alert said. “Although an adult male was caught in the process of burglarizing a vehicle, arrested, charged, and committed to jail, the incidents continue.”

Police Chief David Paprota provide the following information: 

March 10
At approximately 10:43 p.m., Officer George Resetar responded to a residence on Tufts Court for a report of stolen prescriptions.

The victim reported collecting and bagging their expired prescriptions in anticipation of turning them in to the police station. Upon checking, the victim was unable to locate the bag.

There were no signs of a forced entry into the residence nor any other items discovered missing. The reported stolen property includes: a large black tote bag with colored horses, value: $15, along with an unknown quantity of prescription pill bottles containing expired pills. 

March 10
At approximately 11:35 a.m., Officer Darrell Nick responded to a residence located on Haines Street East, Lanoka Harbor. A resident who reported their unlocked vehicle was entered and items were stolen between 7 p.m. on March 9 and 11:30 a.m. on March 10.

Reported stolen were a black iPod 2 with a case and a black iPod Touch with a case, valued at a total of $200. The burglarized vehicle was parked on Cedarwood Drive in Lanoka Harbor. 

March 8
At approximately 8 p.m., Officer George Resetar took a report from a Forked River adult female. This victim reported that she suspects a family member stole a prescription bottle from her vehicle.

The prescription is further described as a CVS plastic orange pill bottle containing 15 to 20 30mg Oxycontin pills, valued at $15. The estimated street value is $500. 

March 8
At approximately 2:46 p.m., while at police headquarters, Officer Jeffrey Slota met with a 21 year-old, female resident of Manahawkin, who reported her small black and white wristlet purse was stolen inside the Forked River House.

She explained that she placed her purse on the bar in front of a friend. Upon her return, she was unable to locate her purse. The purse contained a Samsung Galaxy SII cell phone, cash, vehicle keys and a NJ Driver’s License. The total value of the stolen items is $240. 

March 6
At approximately 11:01 a.m., Officer Paul Sullivan, Jr., met with an owner of a home located on Molokai Drive. The homeowner reported the home was damaged during Superstorm Sandy and is not currently occupied but under repair.

Upon visiting their home, the resident discovered two damaged windows located in the rear of the house. Both of these windows displayed pry marks and one of the windows appeared to have been opened. There were no items reported missing from inside the residence. The damage to both windows is estimated at $300.00. 

DevilsFan609 March 18, 2013 at 08:45 PM
The majority of the cars being robbed of valuables includes the car being unlocked. Youve got to be a complete imbecile to not lock your cars, doors, etc when you go out. Its incredible that people do this.
Dale Doback March 18, 2013 at 09:30 PM
1. Yes, scanners are legal, so long as you are not using one to comit a crime 2. Ninja Skills? No need...just use your verbal judo skills instead! No need for violence. I am sure otherwise violent criminals will love your suggestion that police be replaced with upstanding citizens that have banded together to look after each other, instead of having police officers around to do it for them...they will most certainly empathize with your cause and surrender quietly. 3. Not your neighborhood? Where do you draw the line? The house next door? A few streets away? We are all neighbors, Robert. If you are advocating the reducing of trained police professionals and suggesting that we 'band together' to look after one another instead, then I hope you do not let a busy intersection prevent you from crossing from 'your neighborhood' into mine if I need assistance!
JOHNNY Done it March 19, 2013 at 03:32 AM
IF you lock your car than something is taken Than its breaking & entering You leave your car open & something is taken you donated to a loser...LOCK YOUR CARS this is not Mayberry....
Robert Yates March 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM
@Dale: since it is clear that you are patronizing the idea that neighbors help neighbors, rather than seriously presenting ways in which it might work, it is really not worth responding to you further. But since it is so much fun, I will. 1. Thank you for the information: I will get one. 2. you completely failed to address the state imposed handicap that I noted, which does nothing but encourage reliance and serve as employment security for police officers. Address the point instead of offering patronizing absurdities. 3. It is necessary to keep the area that neighbors keep an eye on as small as possible as we do have other jobs and responsibilities. This is not to say that lines could not be crosses were one available and willing. Dale: if you want to maintain the status quo reliance on very well paid public officials to protect you (a legal duty that they do not have), then happily continue to pay higher taxes. I am trying to think of ways to maintain safety, while reducing taxes.
Linny March 25, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Its sad that Lacey has turned out to be not the town it use to be.. all you hear now is burglaries and drugs.. We moved here thinking our children would be safe and now all you read is how Lacey is becoming a bad town.. Pretty soon people will be leaving Lacey and it will become a ghost town.. except for the druggies and criminals.

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