Police: Walmart Shoplifter Arrested After Motor Vehicle Stop

Police blotter from the last week

A Lanoka Harbor and a Toms River man were arrested after a motor vehicle stop related to a shoplifting incident, police said.

Jeffery Allan, 33, of Lanoka Harbor allegedly stole a television and assorted electronics from Walmart on Dec. 16.

Allan left the area in a car. He was pulled over on Haines Street and arrested.

The total value of the stolen merchandise was $581.88.

Allan also had two outstanding warrants totaling $750. He was charged with shoplifting, issuing an additional $1,500 warrant. He was sent to Ocean County Jail.

Allan’s passenger, Charles Bandbelt, 33, of Toms River was also arrested for an outstanding warrant. He posted bail and was released.

Lt. Scott Tirella provided the following information: 

Dec. 17
Michael Cereghini, 24, of Toms River was charged with shoplifting after he allegedly walked into Walmart and stole two televisions at 10:22 p.m.

Cereghini fled the scene in a vehicle and was stopped by police at Route 9 and Taylor Lane.

The value of the televisions was $656.

Cereghini was charged with shoplifting. He was processed and released.

Cereghini’s 21-year-old female passenger was released at the scene. 

Dec. 17
Victoria Tsougarakis, 46, of Forked River was arrested and charged with DWI and reckless driving. She was pulled over in a motor vehicle stop on Lake Barnegat Drive at 1:36 a.m. She was processed and released. 

Dec. 14
Unknown suspects passed four fraudulent bills at Walmart at 4 p.m. The incident is under investigation.

ynot December 24, 2012 at 02:43 PM
So nice to have this big box store in our town...thanks committee for all the tax revenue that WALMART gives us.
Captain Ed December 24, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Boy their parents must be proud. In your mid 30's and stealing television sets. NICE. I guess its ok to even steal stuff you WANT now vs stuff u need. Put them away and maybe they will think twice next time. Don't want them stealing from me next.
pam December 26, 2012 at 07:38 PM
The big box stores are not the problem, it happens all over, even the smaller stores. The only difference is that the big stores hire security personnel to watch for and catch the shop-lifters. We need more big stores in Lacey, so more people can find work. Then maybe there won't be as much shop-lifting! The big stores do help the twp. tax revenue. Think how much higher the tax rate would be without the big box stores & power plant paying the bigger share of the taxes. As well as giving back to the people of the town thru donations & programs. Don't knock the big stores, we Need them!
ddrmonte December 26, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Did you see your taxes stabilize or go down after home depot and Walmart moved into town? Oh wait you don't pay taxes on a cardboard box.


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