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Resident Reports Fridge and Air Conditioner Stolen After Sandy

Police blotter for the last week

Police continue to respond to Hurricane Sandy-related calls three weeks have the storm struck.

Officers responded to a flood-damaged home on Pelican Drive on Nov. 17 where a resident reported that his KitchenAid fridge and Goodman air conditioning unit was stolen.

The resident had positioned contents inside of his home on the driveway per the instruction of the insurance company. The resident left home for a short period and returned to find his refrigerator and air conditioner missing.

The total value of the items was $2,900.

Lt. James Veltri provided the following information: 

Nov. 20
Police responded to a home on Lake Barnegat Drive North where two magnetic signs on a work vehicle were stolen. The value of the magnets was $100.

Nov. 18
Lacey Police arrested Michael Marone, 38, of Toms River at 1:50 p.m. after responding to a call in the area of Mallard Drive on report of a pickup truck possibly scrapping.

Marone was charged with DWI, reckless driving and no lights on the trailer. 

Nov. 18
Police responded to the WOBM Pit located west of Route 9 in Bayville at 11:30 a.m. where they found a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Lacey Township. The 1994 GMC Yukon valued at $10,000 were found in the woods.

Nov. 18
Thomas Vassallo, 26, of Waretown was arrested after police were dispatched to Wawa on Route 9 near Taylor Lane at 9:22 a.m.

Police originally reported to the Wawa on a report of male passed out or sleeping in a car. Vassallo was located in a vehicle and found in possession of a hypodermic needle and a substance believed to be heroin.

He was transported to a hospital for treatment. Potential motor vehicle summons are forthcoming.

Nov. 17
Michael Spang, 21, of Forked River was arrested at 1:30 a.m. after police stopped his vehicle on Route 9 near Lakeside Drive for traveling at a slow rate of speed. He was charged with DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and impeding the flow of traffic.

Sandi November 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM
All the dirt bags came out after such tradegy. I certainly hope FEMA does close inspections I know scum who will claim they lost everything. Just not Right
Fast Willie November 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Lacey did a great job of keeping non residents out of both the Sunrise and Forked River Beach sections after the storm. I understand the fact that trash at the curb is legal to take, but the scrappers were going way past the curb. In hindsight it might have made sense to bar the scrappers for a wile.
Michael Hendrickson November 22, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Scrappers are scum..Yeah that's right scum
ArmedAndEqual November 22, 2012 at 03:45 PM
What a sad shame if all someone has to look forward to is shooting dope in a Wawa parking lot and falling asleep. And thank God the police found the drivers before they hurt somebody. Let's hope they learn their lesson and educate themselves on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or substances and don't do it again. As far as I'm concerned no harm done only harm to themselves. The name-calling is a little unnecessary don't ya think? We've all made mistakes, and they'll pay for theirs just like anyone else would.
casual observer November 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM
It is illegal to "scrap" in Lacey. Call Lacey police with a license plate # if you see a scraper.
JOHNNY Done it November 27, 2012 at 04:53 AM
IS that true i see this guy in a white chevy pickup with stoves & refrigerators in the back of his truck lives off western blvd ,,overloaded to boot..

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