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Rash of House Burglaries Continues in Lacey

Police report another six burglaries in the past week

The rash of house burglaries continues in Lacey Township. In the last week, Lacey police have reported another six house burglaries.

Since Sept. 14, there have been 13 house burglaries, all of which occurred in the Forked River section of town. Seven of the 13 homes that were burglarized were forcibly entered.

Lt. James Veltri provided the following information: 

Sept. 24
A resident of Orlando Drive in Forked River reported that someone stole a bracelet valued at $800 from within the home. There was no forced entry. 

Sept. 24
A home on Deerhead Lake Drive, Forked River was forcibly entered. The resident reported that collectible coins valued at $100 and $350 in loose change were stolen between the early morning and afternoon hours. 

Sept. 23
A Sheffield Drive, Forked River resident reported that someone gained entry into his or her home using force. Jewelry valued at $5,000 was stolen during the early evening hours. 

Sept. 22
A resident of Nautilus Boulevard, Forked River reported a house burglary. Sometime during the mid-afternoon to early evening hours, the house was forcibly entered. The resident reported more than $25,000 worth of jewelry stolen. 

Sept. 19
Officers responded to a home that was forcibly entered on Kent Drive in Forked River. It was determined that $460 of merchandise was stolen from within the home. The burglary is believed to have happened during the daytime hours. 

Sept. 18
The lock of a front door on Thropp Road in Forked River was broken and the home was entered. The resident reported that the home was entered sometime during the daytime hours and jewelry was stolen. The value of the stolen items has yet to be determined.

Mary September 27, 2012 at 01:02 PM
To paddler, we did not have jewelry taken, it was a ipad, xbox and a laptop and very expensive bag for the laptop, we did have serial numbers so maybe one day we will get our things back but i doubt it, i will get in touch with other pawn shops just in case, i went to fast cash in lacey at least there on the up and up
grace September 27, 2012 at 01:30 PM
newt you are so right! we put in a security system and was costly...alarm cameras etc...price we paid for idiots stealing our car....along with other monies we had to put out like towing . insurance rates up for us now etc etc not fair
SweetVell September 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Linny , I think you might need to take some self defense classes, god forbid you ever need to protect yourself, then you somewhat can, since you say your scared all the time. It's a shame that people's houses are being broken into and their things taken but some people are making it seem like we live in Camden or Newark. Atleast these crimes are non-violent crimes and people aren't getting hurt. It's a shame people's things are bring taken but it could be much worse. No matter what town you go to you'll find the same thing happening because the economy is in the shitter
grace September 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
and you know what really angers me is that we the victims now have to drive around to different towns, go to pawn shops etc ,looking for our property that some jerk came into our houses and stole . jerks!!!!!
Mary September 27, 2012 at 01:59 PM
@ paddler, you need to stop using this poor girls name who had absolutely nothing to do with what that dirt bag was doing. You could get in a lot of trouble for slandering her on the Internet like that and making false accusations, and im sure her parents are going in thay route with you considering you stalk her and write her messages on her facebook page harrassing her. Grow up a little bit. We are all concerned about what is going on and we need to keep our eyes peeled!
M'Linda Kula September 27, 2012 at 03:50 PM
@ LZ. May I suggest Bayville, NJ. The schools are PRO-ACTIVE with police in the school to prevent problems. The police answer calls for help. They listen to the citizen and quickly solve the problem. The neighbors help each other when trouble comes to any one family. The Police Chief CARES about her community.
M'Linda Kula September 27, 2012 at 04:19 PM
@ James Marlowe. Sound advice. Call the (3) top home security companies and ask them for the cost of installing the unit and then the monthly cost to maintain the service. Clear ALL plant life that blocks your neighbor's view of your windows and doors. Plants, bushes and trees can be hiding places for criminals. Exchange phone numbers with your neighbors. They can alert you without putting themselves in danger. A dog WILL let you know if he/she heard a sound and the direction the sound came from. Animal shelters will help you rescue a dog which may in turn rescue you. Choose to be pro-active vs. living in fear.
M'Linda Kula September 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
@ Jon M.--- BRAVO ---.
M'Linda Kula September 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Take a four point photo of each room. This will refresh your memory as to placement of property. The photos will prove to the insurance company that you did have the stolen item. The authorities would have something to show the pawn shop owners. Log all serial numbers of PC's, TV's, Cameras, Stereo's etc., along with receipts and keep them in a safe place. * You will have what the police and the insurance company will need in order to help you with your loss.
L-townbrown September 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
cops should focus less on bullshit and more on drugs. Stop the cause there'll be no effect.
Linny September 28, 2012 at 01:27 AM
To SweetVell.. believe me I can take care of myself but it is upsetting to be reading that there are breakins all the time now in Lacey.. and if it keeps up who knows it could become the next Newark or Camden.. just look around you and see how houses are kept by a certain group of people with a latin accent.. they live like pigs.. doors wide open junk all over the outside of the house and the Code Enforcer does NOTHING about it.. just drive d own Beach Blvd and look at the first 30 houses or so and see the crap and junk that are all around them.. Its disgusting to say the least.. but does the code enforcer do anything about it.. NOPE.. It should be that homes should be kept free of junk and garbage so to keep the neighborhoods nice.. but they dont do anything at all.. these people are dirty and keep the homes disgusting inside and out.. Ride by when their doors are open and see what it looks like.. A ghetto .. plain and simple.. and for the record Soap and Water doesn*t alot .. just go to the dollar store and by some of their cleaning products..The economy is bad but not bad enough for people to steal from others and make there homes disgusting.Enough excuses..
grace September 28, 2012 at 02:45 PM
yes we left keys in car by accident...hubby went out for bike ride .forgot ..ate dinner went to bed and oops no car next morning.....was in our driveway pulled up to the garage door...neighbors have lights that come on too ...they took it anyway..went for joy ride in woods..we had to get trees cut down and it pulled out..we had to pay for towing ..after claim thru ins we now pay a 3% increase in our ins every year...along with alot of stress, inconvenience and trouble - but they were caught...
grace September 28, 2012 at 02:48 PM
linny maybe if a bunch of residents call about the mess on beach blvd something can get done...whats the number? and can you imagine if the governor rode down that road yesterday...hope he took helicopter lol
Randy Butternubs September 29, 2012 at 05:53 PM
You are right.Its not so nice. People from the north moved here and brought the crime and drugs with them. Save yourself the disappointment . If you think this group that is doing these robberies is a sign that the whole area is bad well then you will be turned away at exit 74. Google the directions to Nirvana and load them in your GPS.
Randy Butternubs September 29, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I blame the Police. I know i know, Not enough cops not enough budget bla bla bla. These are stupid kids or stupid addicts breaking into homes. They can't be that hard to catch The Police make good money. Now go do your job
Linny September 30, 2012 at 03:59 AM
YES YES YES how right you ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If the parents would start teaching these kids that they cant have everything they want and cant take it from where ever or who ever they want it from maybe this world would be a better place to live.. It does lie in the hands of the parents but try telling them that... Their just as bad as the kids they had and will only teach the kids that if you want it .. then... TAKE IT.. its disgusting .. and makes me sick to see how some of these parents are.. Thank God you are still one good parent left..
Linny September 30, 2012 at 04:05 AM
People on Beach Blvd and all the way down to the water PLease keep your eyes and ears open ... People are down here lately who dont belong here and if your not careful and call the police to check them out we will all be next.. when you see some thing or someone who doesn*t look right then pick up the phone and call.. it will be helping not only you but all your neighborhood people also.. we need to all work together on this one .. Thanks..
LZ September 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM
@Randy Butternubs Thank you for the highly obnoxious response to my initial post. I know there are ignorant stupid people everywhere, and you just helped solidify that idea. As a parent looking to relocate my non-drug using family, my questions and concerns are legitimate. Since my first post, I have spoken with many other reliable sources regarding the issues in Lacey, so you can keep your advice. You're are right however! I would be highly disappointed if I moved to Lacey and found myself having a neighbor as bitter as you bashing the people from the North and the police. You actually sound like you may need to follow your own advice in searching for Nirvana. Good luck to you!
chris desmarais September 30, 2012 at 01:20 PM
If you still want to move here, I would look at the Lanoka Harbor section west of Rt 9. That's where I live. It's the nicer part of town and closer to the parks and schools, too. I'm not saying we don't and couldn't have crime, it just doesn't seem to be as bad as the Forked River section. I think the school system was OK (my kids are 19 and 17), nothing like my neice and nephews schools in Manalapan or Mt. Olive or where I'm from, Washington Twp in Gloucester Co. BUT, we just got a new superintendent and a new principal at the high school, both of whom seem very good. A lot of positive changes are already being made to the curriculum and schools in general. All classes will be getting whiteboards (yeah, we're way behind the times), more online textbooks, etc. It's a nice town as far as it's not too big and crowded, we have nice parks and lakes, convenient stores with Toms River and Manahawkin not too far away for what we don't have, and most of the people are very nice. All of the neighbors on my street know each other and look out for each other. Hey- we'll be selling our house in Feb if you're interested, LOL!!
grace September 30, 2012 at 03:11 PM
is that off the parkway? what exit? lol
Alfonso Freda October 16, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Fast Cash my ass......It' s a pawn shop........never should have got a permit.....C of O !!!
Alfonso Freda October 16, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Thank you........you are correct !!!!!
Alfonso Freda October 16, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The hotels and motels are filled with transit people.........just sizing up the area !!!!!
Alfonso Freda October 16, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I'm ready to take action........... reply @ scooter1966@live.com
Alfonso Freda October 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM
How do you think these Hotels and motels are staying in business ????? State section 8................
grace October 16, 2012 at 02:33 PM
just like on rt 37 motels filled with people just released from jail
Randy Butternubs October 17, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Everyday one cop (starting with the longest employed first) should be fired until these thieves are caught.I bet they are in jail by Wednesday
grace October 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
o come on randy
Randy Butternubs October 17, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I don't know the exact amount of salary a Lacey Cop makes. I am guessing it has to be 75,000/yr. I do know my property tax has become unffordable just trying to pay them for their service. I have to believe they are not making an effort. Because if they really are trying and they cant stop a bunch of stupid kids of committing robberies in daylight hours , then they really are very bad at their jobs and we need to change. I am sure that whoever and your family that is in the police force is a very good cop Jenny but the rest of their coworkers seem to be there just to collect a paycheck.
M'Linda Kula October 17, 2012 at 09:03 PM
@ Forked River Mom-Love your children and teach them right from wrong. Trust that you will do your best as a parent. Know the company they keep. Let the children and their friends come to YOUR home vs. your children at a home which may or may NOT have a TRUSTED adult in charge. Take your children for random drug testing by your family doctor. These days, the age of the children in danger of being hooked on drugs and SHOULD BE TESTED --- GRADE SCHOOL CHILDREN. Have them tested, often. Your doctor WILL tell you if your child is CLEAN or IN TROUBLE. Parents still have the right to ACT as PARENTS. I do believe in praying over my children.

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