Police: Residential Burglaries Dip But Continue

Cops report residential burglaries; motor vehicle violations and warrant arrests

The township saw a dip in this past week.

The Forked River Pharmacy on Route 9 was burglarized on Saturday, March 10. Police responded to the scene at 4:53 a.m.

Someone forced their way into the rear door of the pharmacy and stole prescription drugs. Police are investigating the incident.

There was an attempted burglary at a residence on Continental Court on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

The subject smashed the rear door causing the alarm to activate. Nothing was stolen from the home.

Thomas Laffey and Kimberly Lemmon, both 25 and from Beachwood, were arrested last week for their on Riverview Drive in Forked River and an Ocean Township house.

Last Thursday, Police Chief William Nally and committee members to as there had been 18 break-ins over the course of two-and-a-half months.

Lt. Scott Tirella provided the following information:

March 11
Abigal Thomson, 26, of Lanoka Harbor was arrested for an outstanding Lacey Township warrant of $500. She was also charged with driving while suspended.

Thomson was also in the Clairmore Avenue drug raid. An arrest warrant was served at her home. Police found narcotics and drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant as well as charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

March 10
John Clifton, 19, of the Bamber Lake section of Lacey was arrested at 12:53 a.m. Police stopped Clifton’s vehicle for an expired registration. Clifton was charged with DWI, possession of a small quantity of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was processed and released.

Clifton was also and previously charged with driving while suspended and for contempt of court.

March 7
Christopher Martorina, 28, of Forked River was arrested at 10:17 a.m. for an outstanding Ocean Township Warrant for $156. He was turned over to the Ocean Township police.


The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office provided the following information:

Feb. 14
Patrick Garrison, 33, of Forked River was arrested by the Sheriff’s department on an Ocean County Superior Court warrant for failure to pay child support in the amount of $12,221.28. He was processed and paid a partial purge approved by the Ocean County Probation Department.

Feb. 22
Joseph Muller, 43, of Forked River was arrested by the Sheriff’s department on an Ocean County Superior Court arrant for failure to pay child support in the amount of $5,892.42. He was processed and paid a partial purge.

Understated March 17, 2012 at 02:24 AM
This town has changed for the worse. More people are coming in from other towns to shop at the stores and unfortunately alot more less than desirable people are coming with them. Lacey will never be the same as it was before the box stores so we better get use to it. the economy is not causing good people to go bad. drug addiction is behind drug users committing nearly 100% of the crimes to feed their expensive habits. Lakewood has every problem known to man and is a whole nother story!
CAS March 22, 2012 at 03:00 AM
CUSTOM SECURITY SYSTEM WITHOUT THE HIGH LEASING MONITORING CHARGES Call COUNTY ALARM SYSTEMS 609-971-7651. Don't be fooled into a high monthly rate with a long term contract for your security system. Call for a free quote and a custom more secure not all wireless system.
PeopleAnnoyMe April 03, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Why is anyone comparing towns?? Who cares what happens is Lakewood, this article is about Lacey.. One thing has nothing to do with the other
Piney Boy April 08, 2012 at 10:32 PM
The box stores have nothing to with the crime here in Lacey. The crime has always been here. Probably has gotten worse due to the drugs but the last time I checked those illegal drugs weren't available for sale at any of the box stores. Want to protect your house get a big dog and a gun. People tend to pass on a house where they hear a big dog barking. To many other soft targets to choose from to risk it.
grace April 18, 2012 at 01:37 PM
its so sad, hope someday someone can come up with a solution on what to do with people using drugs. i think jail just makes them better criminals,


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