Police Seek Suspects Involved in Scrap Metal Theft From Lacey Business

Police blotter from Feb. 6 to Feb. 11

Police are looking for suspects involved in a theft from a business located in the Lacey Business Park.

It was reported during the early morning hours of Feb. 9, two males stole three air conditioning condenser units from a Lacey business.

The total value of the stolen items is $1,500 and the suspects caused $300 in damage to a vehicle at the scene as well.

Officer Paul Sullivan responded to the scene on Feb. 11.

The Lacey Township Police Department is looking for information on the identity of the thieves and information on a dark colored, older model Jeep Cherokee that was used to facilitate the theft.

Anyone with information can contact Sullivan at 609-693-6636, ext. 2577 or enter an anonymous tip on the Lacey Township Police Department’s “Crime Tip” function of the department’s website at laceypd.org.

Police have reported that such thefts have become more common as the stolen metals are sold for a fraction of their value as scrap. Residents are asked to be alert and report suspicious activity.

Capt. David Paprota provided the following information on similar thefts: 

Feb. 8
Officer Robert Flynn arrested Christopher Dangler, 33, of Forked River for stealing two silver bars valued at $800 from Fast Cash on Route 9. Dangler was charged with shoplifting, processed and released. 

Feb. 8
Officer Paul Sullivan responded to a Chelsea Street home for a report of a theft. It was reported that during the overnight hours between Feb. 7 and 8, an unknown person stole a Kenmore air conditioning condenser valued at $500 from the side yard. 

Feb. 7
A resident of Lakeside Drive South in Forked River reported that sometime during the prior three weeks, someone stole approximately $300 worth of copper piping from the backyard of the home. 

Feb. 6
Matthew Michota, 21, of Lanoka Harbor, Joseph Sinopoli, 20, of Lanoka Harbor and Christopher Therien, 20, of Lanoka Harbor were arrested in relation to a theft. 

A resident of Bullard Avenue reported that between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., someone removed a portable air conditioner and an extension cord from the exterior of the garage. The items were valued at $500.

Michota, Sinopoli and Therien were charged with theft of movable property and released. 

Feb. 6
A resident of Tampa Road reported that between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 6, someone stole approximately $300 worth of a white “knob and tube” copper wire. The copper was originally stolen from the driveway. 

Feb. 6
A Clairmore Avenue resident reported that between the hours of 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 someone stole approximately $1,200 worth of property from the fenced yard and unlocked shed. The items included two boat propellers and power tools.

Ant dine February 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM
It's like saying take all guns because people use them to commit murders . It's not guns, like it's not the store......it's the people. Start giving them hard time stop letting them out with a slap on wrist and maybe then they will think twice before committing crimes.
Resident of Lacey February 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Fast cash has been town for a few years now. I can however see your point if we don't have stores than the crooks can't rob them so lets move all the shops out-of-town then all the people and rip up all the roads in the name of preventing a small group of people from doing bad things. Once we have all left it will really stop the crime. Yes I am being a bit sarcastic but it is ridiculous to blame a business because some fool attempted to steal from them. PeopleAnnoyMe is it going to be your fault when your home gets robbed? You know if you did'nt have a home it could not be robbed but then you might get mugged, hummm how do we prevent that should you not exist?
Resident of Lacey February 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Our town and most others already had dirt bags Fast Cash did not bring them here.
frank reynolds February 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM
knob and tube is wire used in old houses that is cloth covered. stripped copper is at around $3 a pound but knob and tube usually far less for #14 wire would probably go for about 20 cents a pound. they must have had to take at least 500 pounds of it to get to $300.
Forked River Piney February 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM
and so have the dirtbags and thieves


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