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Police reported two more house burglaries this week.

On Oct. 8, a Pensacola Road home was forcibly entered sometime from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. The resident reported that someone stole a safe containing a large sum of money. Entry was made through a back bedroom window. Police are not releasing the amount stolen.

Between Oct. 1 and Oct. 8, $500 worth of jewelry was stolen from a jewelry box inside of a Nautilus Boulevard home. There was no sign of forced entry.

“The police department continues to actively investigate burglaries which have occurred over the last few weeks in Lacey Township,” Committeeman Gary Quinn said.

Police have reported 14 homes throughout the township have been burglarized, he said. Most of the entries are during the daytime hours.

Four local adults have been arrested in relation to six of the burglaries, Quinn said.

“Additional information is expected to lead to the arrest for several of the other burglaries,” he said. “Residents are urged to keep their homes and their vehicles locked.”

For more on the burglaries, click the links below:

Rash of Burglaries Hit Lacey Township
Police: 2 Arrested in Relation to Forked River House Burglary
Rash of House Burglaries Continues in Lacey
Committee: Stay Vigilant Amidst Residential Burglaries

Return to Lacey Patch as more information becomes available.

Lt. Scott Tirella provided the following information: 

Oct. 4
James Cort, 50, of Forked River was charged with theft after he asked the cashier at 7-Eleven located on Route 9 for cigarettes. Cort allegedly took the carton of cigarettes valued at $79.80. He was sent to Ocean County jail with bail set at $2,500. 

Cort was also charged with stealing money from a woman’s pocket book at ShopRite on Sept. 29.

Oct. 3
Veronica Conklin, 51, of Forked River was charged with shoplifting 17 items valued at a total of $98.17 from Walmart. 

Oct. 7
Police recovered two plastic boxes in a wooded area off of Route 539. The boxes contained miscellaneous radio equipment belonging to the U.S. Army. The equipment, valued at more than $40,000, was stolen from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in May. The equipment was standard radio equipment and not sensitive.

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Joe October 11, 2012 at 09:55 AM
That's pretty bad when the Zombies are stealing from the the Army !!!
Joe Stewart October 11, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I wish that our police department had more time and resources to patrol the streets instead of dealing with all the low lifes at WalMart. It seems that the more big businesses move into Lacey, the more the police complain about not having enough resources. There is so much BS at Walmart that they should demand that the store pay for an officer to be there full time. I personally don't care if someone shoplifts from them. I am more concerned about people's houses getting robbed. WalMart can afford it!
Mary October 11, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I agree with you Joe, my home was broken into on Sept 15th over $1700 worth of things were stolen, 4 local dirtbags have been arrested so far.........i want my things back that my family worked for but i know i won't see any of it it
Gale Serafin October 11, 2012 at 11:05 PM
DevilsFan609 October 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM
These stores are required to take ID information when they agree to purchase something. They're not just taking peoples things and paying dirtbags without caring where it came from. Granted they probably don't care where it came from, but they are still mandated to take information on each seller. If your stuff is ever stolen check there and they'll be able to tell the authorities who sold it, should they have it. I k.is the rules might not always be followed in this type of work but I'd like to think it is being followed. Worth a check Mary. Check the area (Toms River, Manahawkin. Etc) shops too. Also write down the serial numbers to big ticket items like TVs, Computers, etc. Pictures of jewelry are also a helpful way to inventory your things.
Mary October 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM
we have serial numbers for 2 of the items, what store on jones rd? fast cash is on rt 9 i have been there
Alfonso Freda October 16, 2012 at 01:51 PM
How do you think all the hotels and motels are staying in business ???? They are filled with welfare, all transit people ,just sizing up the area........all section 8
Alfonso Freda October 16, 2012 at 01:52 PM
What to take action ???????? scooter1966@live.com
Alfonso Freda October 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Nothing but a PAWN SHOP.....................
Randy Butternubs October 17, 2012 at 01:20 PM
this town is going to crap. My property taxes just keep going higher and higher to pay for the zoning officer to tell me my shed is too close to the property line while my wife has to life in fear that our house will be robbed when I am working late to just try to pay the tax man.Maybe I will move to Barnegat as I see the Police there are doing their job ( they just caught thieves there almost instantly)
grace October 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
i think there are plenty of unemployed cops right now time to hire some more
grace October 19, 2012 at 01:41 PM
probably a stupid question,,, but can walmart hire its own security or police....i see the mall has them. also when i traveled to atl city they had police in the grocery store and in virginia they have them in rite aids. grocery stores etc...
voiceofreason October 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Finally, someone who agrees with me about this pawnshop being a nightmare. MAkes it way to easy for these idiots to steal things, walk down the street to pawn stolen items( which i know for a fact are welcome at "Fast Cash") and then down the block with their profit to buy drugs .
Norman V. James November 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM
The biggest problem with pawn shops is the amount of time they are required to keep the stolen items. It's 1 week. We lost $40,000 worth of items which included a 1883 gold coin but the pawn shop owner told us he already melted it down. Later he told the T.R. police he sold it to another pawn shop. The police never asked him the name of the pawn shop who bought it. Case closed.
Norman V. James November 21, 2012 at 02:38 PM
check gold shop on Church rd & rt 9
NJMom November 28, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Walmart is to cheap to hire its own security. They do not care about their customers inside or outside of the store.


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