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>Crime Scene Middletown: Car Bandits, Attack Of The Weed Whacker And Other Recent Activity

> PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

On April 22, 2011 Detective Daniel Sullivan received information from Detective Jason Lopez of the Keansburg Police Department that he had arrested two juveniles for committing car burglaries in the Keansburg area and had recovered items that had been stolen in similar type burglaries in Middletown. Detective Lopez also identified the suspects in the Middletown incidents.

Detective Sullivan and Detective Lopez conducted a joint investigation which resulted in the arrests of three subjects for the Middletown burglaries. Middletown police arrested Raymond Pujols, age 19, and Jonathan Pujols, age 18, both from Raritan Avenue in Keansburg and a seventeen year old juvenile from Main Street in Keansburg.

Raymond and Jonathan Pujols were both charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft and Conspiracy and are being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ on $15,000.00 bail each. The juvenile was charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft and Conspiracy and was released pending a court date.

On April 28, 2011 at approximately 6:35 pm police responded to the Sears store located on Highway 35 in reference to an irate customer who was refusing to leave the store. Upon arrival officers were advised by store security that Gary Burke, age 28, from East Mount Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, was attempting to return a weed whacker he had bought at the store but the lawn and garden section of the store was closed at the time. Burke was advised he would have to come back at a later time when he began to yell and scream at employees which prompted the police to be called.

Patrolman Thomas Meckier and Patrolman Richard Fulham advised Burke that he would have to leave the store and were attempting to escort him out when Burke struck Patrolman Meckier with the weed whacker. The officers were able to place Burke under arrest with the help of other officers.

Burke was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Aggravated Assault on a police officer, Unlawful Possession of a weapon (the weed whacker), Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and Disorderly Conduct. He was held on $17,500.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On April 30, 2011 at approximately 1:00am Patrolman Frank Mazza was on patrol in the area of Laurel Avenue when he observed a vehicle swerving in and out of its lane of travel. Officer Mazza stopped the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver, Michael Kiernan, age 45, from Creek Road in Keansburg being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 1, 2011 at approximately 1:15 am Patrolman Donald Coates responded to the area of Bray Avenue in reference to a report of a subject passed out on the front lawn of a residence. Upon arrival Officer Coates located Joseph Meehan, age 18, from Lohsen Place in Middletown lying on the lawn.

Patrolman Coates continued his investigation which resulted in Meehan being arrested for Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons pending a court date.

On May 1, 2011 at approximately 2:35 am Patrolman Frank Mazza was on patrol in the area of Oak Hill Road when he stopped a vehicle for a lamp maintenance violation. Officer Mazza conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver, Justin Sachs, age 20, from Woodland Avenue in Laurence Harbor, being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

Sachs was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On May 1, 2011 at approximately 3:00 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein responded to the area of Wilson Avenue and the Henry Hudson Trail in reference to a report of several juveniles possibly smoking Marijuana.

Upon arrival Officer Hirschbein located the group and conducted an investigation which resulted in a sixteen year old juvenile, from Wilson Avenue in Middletown, being arrested for Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana. The juvenile was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released to his mother pending a court date.

On May 1, 2011 at approximately 4:15 pm Patrolman Anthony Bumbico responded to the Wendy’s restaurant in reference to a report of a stolen bike. Approximately one hour later, Patrolman Raymond Sofield was on patrol in the area of Loraine Place when he was flagged down by the owner of the bike who reported seeing a male subject riding the bike in the area and provided the officer with his description.

Patrolman Sofield located the subject a short distance away and engaged in a brief foot pursuit of the subject before being able to place him under arrest. The subject was identified as a sixteen year old juvenile from East Church Street in Keansburg, NJ.

When taken into custody the juvenile was found to be in possession of clothing and shoes that had been stolen from the Sears store in Middletown as well as the Marshalls, Old Navy and Models stores in Holmdel. He was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Theft, Shoplifting, three counts of Receiving Stolen Property and Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was processed and released to his mother pending a court date.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: Busy Saint Pat’s Day For Middletown Police

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

The Middletown Police Department reports arresting eight people for various offenses relating to Saint Patrick’s Day festivities.

On March 17, 2011 at approximately 5:46 pm police responded to a report of a fight in progress at the Middletown Train Station. Upon arrival officers found a crowd of approximately fifty people scattered throughout the parking lot. Police began dispersing the crowd when four subjects refused to obey orders to leave the area. Officers issued numerous warnings to leave which were refused by the group who continued to yell obscenities and create a disturbance.

Patrolman Ryan Riffert, Patrolman Kevin Gardiner and Patrolman James Beirne arrested Steven Hewitt, age 20 and Caitlyn Hewitt , age 22, both from Kanes Lane and two seventeen year old juveniles. The subjects were charged with Disorderly Conduct and were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released.

At approximately 9:15 pm Patrolman Frank Mazza and Detective Lieutenant Stephen Dollinger were assigned to a “Cops in Shops” detail at the Junction Bar and Liquors located on Main Street in Belford when they arrested two subjects for alcohol related offenses.

The “Cops in Shops” program involves assigning officers to a bar in order to enforce alcohol related offenses. The officers arrested Sergio Casal, age 20, from Kentucky Avenue in Hazlet and Joseph Toner, age 21, from Main Street in Belford.

Casal was charged with being under the legal age to possess alcohol and having Toner purchase it for him. Toner was charged with purchasing alcohol for a person under the legal age (Casal). Both subjects were arrested and were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released on a summons pending a court appearance.

At approximately 10:50 pm Patrolman Stephen Keller was assigned to a DWI roadblock at the intersection of Highway 35 and Navesink River Road when a vehicle entered the checkpoint. Patrolman Keller approached the vehicle at which point he detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car.

Officer Keller’s investigation resulted in the discovery of a small bag which contained marijuana and a pipe used to smoke it. The driver, identified as Johann Castaneda, age 27, from Shore Drive in Highlands, was arrested and charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, Possession of drug paraphernalia and Possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. He was transported to police headquarters where he was released on a summons pending a court appearance.

At approximately 12:42 am Patrolman Frank Mazza who was also assigned to the DWI roadblock arrested Timothy Fitzpatrick, age 47, from Main Street in Belford for Driving While Intoxicated after Fitzpatrick was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol after pulling into the roadblock and being checked by Mazza.

Fitzpatrick was also issued motor vehicle summonses for Reckless Driving and Revoked Driving. He was being held on $2,750.00 bail.

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