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Crime Scene Middletown: Two Juveniles Arrested for Recent Lincroft BP Station Robbery

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Monday, 9 January 2012 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On January 6, 2012 Detective Daniel Sullivan arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Colts Neck, NJ, and a 17 year old male juvenile from Holmdel, NJ after they attempted to rob the BP Gas Station located on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, NJ. Police say the pair were wearing ski masks and were armed with a hammer and a BB handgun when they attempted to rob the station at approximately 8:00pm Friday night.

Police say the suspects fled the station without getting any money after the attendant locked himself in the office and refused to let them in. The pair was observed running from the area and getting into a white van. The description of the van was given to surrounding police agencies and was located by Brookdale Community College Police Officers Craig Iacouzzi and Gabriel Campan a short while later.

The suspects were taken into custody without incident and were each charged with Robbery, Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Conspiracy. They were being held at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Anthony Carbonari, age 52, from Joyce Place in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on January 7, 2012 by Corporal Richard Fusella for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. He was released pending a court date.

Stephen Acquaviva, age 35, from Bonnie Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 6, 2012 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keyport Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Susan Doyle, age 21, from Van Brunt Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 6, 2012 by Patrolman Andrew Micalizzi on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Freehold Municipal Court. She was released after posting $164.00 bail.

Robert Layne, age 34, from South Clayton Street in Wilmington, DE, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman Frank Mazza for Theft and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Evesham Township Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Valerie Pasternostro, age 46, from Holmdel Road in Holmdel, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood for Criminal Mischief. She was released pending a court date.

Thomas Moses, age 51, from Highway 36 in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 6, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Jenna Swenson, age 23, from Abby Road in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 7, 2012 by Corporal Thomas Meckier for Theft of a Prescription Blank. She was released pending a court date.

On January 8, 2012 Patrolman James Beirne arrested a 17 year old female juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Simple Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. She was released pending a court date.

Louis Dicapua, age 43, from Swartzel Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour on a warrant issued by the Hazlet Township Municipal Court. He was being held by the Hazlet Township Police Department on $2,500.00 bail.

Joseph Hughes, age 19, from Wilson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman Jason Caruso for Theft by Unlawful Taking. He was released pending a court date.

Jon Siegert, age 24, from Abby Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 7, 2012 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert for Receiving Stolen Property and Attempted Escape. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $20,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Rashon Martin, age 23, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 9, 2012 by Jason Caruso on Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Glassboro Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Jayson Gross, age 41, from Powell Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on January 9, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $230.00 bail.

James Hickey, age 65, from Carlsbad Court in Holmdel, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman Michael Reuter for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

Daniel Rosales, age 19, from Brasch Boulevard in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Corporal Keith Macdonald on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Red Bank Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,250.00 bail.

Christopher Copp, age 26, from Adam Place in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2012 by Patrolman John Soltysik for three counts of Burglary to Vehicles, Theft of a Prescription Legend Drug, Possession of Burglar Tools, Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. He was being held on $20,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On January 8, 2012 Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia arrested a 17 year old male juvenile form Leonardo, NJ, for Unlawful Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Local Crime Statistics Mirror County’s But Appear To Be On The Rise For 2011

The Asbury Park Press has an article posted about the rising crime rate for Monmouth and Ocean Counties. It states that according to the NJ State Police Uniform Crime Report for 2010 incidents of major crime( violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, and the nonviolent crimes of burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) rose by 7% in Ocean County and 4% in Monmouth County in the year following 2009.

Seeing how I reside in Middletown, which has a population of 67,000 residents spreadout over 42 square miles, I am not really interested in what is happening in Ocean County, I’m more interested in what’s happening closer to home.

According to the APP article:

In Monmouth County, most categories of violent crime remained stable, although aggravated assaults fell 11 percent. The increase in overall major crimes in Monmouth County was partly attributable to a 6.5 percent uptick in the number of burglaries, from 2,528 to 2,694.

Monmouth County saw a 24 percent jump in the number of arrests for the sale or manufacture of drugs, from 455 to 562

After reading the full article it made me a bit curious about what has been going on in Middletown over this same time period, what I found locally seems to have mirrored what happened county wide.

In Middletown, while the crime index for 2010 rose a mere 0.84% over the 2009 index (12.39 vs 13.23), the incidents of Part I Crimes (Murder, Rape, Robbery, Agg. Assault,Burglary, Larceny, Auto Theft, Arson) rose 5.2% (2009/828 vs 2010/873) and the incidents of Part II Crimes (Simple Assaut,Forgery, Fraud, Embezzlement,Vandalism, Weapons, Other Sex Offenses, Disorderly Conduct and Other) rose 13% (2009/4454 vs 2010/5111).

I found this information posted on the Middletown Township website posted under the Police Department link for the year to date Crime Stats. I’ve been keeping an eye on these statistics for most of the year, after I discovered them posted on the Township website a number of months ago. The stat sheet compares the crime index and incidents of crime in Middletown going back to 2002 and has been recently updated to include incidents of crime through October 2011.

Looking at the reported numbers thus far for 2011, it seems that the crime rate in Middletown will be somewhat higher than it was in 2010. With two months left to report crime statistics, Part I type crimes total 690 while Part II type crimes total 3932. Interestingly (or not), the arrest rate is also up over last year thus far (1599),which I suppose should be expected given the increase in incidents.

Calls for service is also up sharply and should exceed last years total of 45,587 which is staggering to me when you consider how understaffed Middletown’s Police Department is,on the flip side of that however, is that the number of summonses written thus far this year. It seems that summonses issued should also top the total of 6,473 that were issued in 2010.

Given the numbers, I think members of Middletown’s Police Department should be commended for the hard work and effort they give keeping us all safe during this time of increased criminal activity.

Residents are quick to criticize when response times are slow or when they see a police car parked on the side of the road with an officer just sitting there seeming to be doing nothing and are slow to give credit for a job well done under stressful circumstances.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Recent Activity 10/27-10/30

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Tuesday, 1 November 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On October 27, 2011 Det. Kimberly Best arrested Kyle Clayton, age 19, from Thousand Oaks Drive in Atlantic Highlands for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Aggravated Assault as a result of an investigation into an assault that occurred on October 24, 2011 at a party of Dekarla Drive.

Police say Clayton struck the victim with a glass bottle when the victim tried to intervene and break up a fight that was taking place between two other people at the residence. Clayton was being held on $15,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On October 30, 2011 Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia and Detective Kelly Godley arrested a 15 year old male juvenile from Belford, NJ, for Aggravated Assault and Hindering Apprehension as a result of an investigation into an assault that took place on the Henry Hudson Trail at approximately 8:50 pm.

Police say the juvenile mistakenly believed the victim had thrown eggs at his house at which point he followed him to the trail and assaulted him. The victim was transported to Monmouth Medical Center for treatment. The juvenile was being held at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center.

On October 30, 2011 at approximately 2:15 am Corporal Ralph Flannigan was on patrol in the area of the Lincroft Liquor Store when he observed a male subject, identified as Radford Stokes, age 60, from Beechwood Road in Lincroft, NJ, attempting to break into the store using a hammer.

Corporal Flannigan conducted an investigation and determined that Stokes had broken glass out of a door and knocked the door knob off with the hammer. Stokes was charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools and Criminal Mischief. He was released after posting 10% of $10,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

The Middletown Police Department reports the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:

Sean Gilroy, age 23, from Richard Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 30, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

Dennis Bannon, age 47, from Highway 36 in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on October 29, 2011 by Patrolman Joseph Ahlemeyer for Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date.

George Keller, age 64, from Monmouth Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on October 28, 2011 by Sergeant William Colangelo for Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer. He was released pending a court date.

Robert Noll, age 26, from Chingaroora Avenue in Keyport, NJ, arrested on October 29, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne for Violating a Court Order and Harassment. He was held on $5,000.00 bail with no 10% option.

Joseph Francy, age 25, from Eighth Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on October 29, 2011 by Patrolman Frank Mazza for Terroristic Threats and Harassment. He was released pending a court date.

James Huber, age 21, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on October 28, 2011 by Patrolman Frank Mazza for Providing Alcohol to a Minor. He was released pending a court date.

On October 28, 2011 Sergeant William Colangelo arrested a 17 year old female juvenile from Belford, NJ, for Possession of Alcohol Underage. She was released pending a court date.

Seth Napp, age 23, from John Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on October 30, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant out of Middletown Municipal Court. He was released on $1,000.00 bail.

Serkan Ozciftci, age 28, from Boulevard East in Weehawkin, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Corporal Ralph Flannigan for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

John Cronin, age 19, from Buchanan Boulevard in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

Jonathan Dugan, age 23, from Broad Street in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Fulham for Unlawful Possession of Suboxone, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Carla Nieves, age 31, from Autumn Drive in Tinton Falls, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Police Officer Janine Kennedy for Terroristic Threats. She was released pending a court date.

Stephen Dematteo, age 44, from Athurr Drive in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Violating a Court Order. He was released pending a court date.

David Foggy, age 41, from Shore Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan for Disorderly Conduct. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility on $1,500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Rashon Martin, age 22, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on October 22, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

John Bleibdrey, age 28, from Hosford Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Joseph Ahlemeyer on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Ocean Township Municipal Court. He was released after posting $251.00 bail.

Wayne Carhart, age 32, from Harmony Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $4,000.00 bail.

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Another daytime robbery in Lincroft!!! Beware! — White Oak Ridge Road

Evidently there was yet another daytime burglary in the Lincroft/Oak Hill section of Middletown yesterday. I was forwarded the email below from someone who received it earlier today.

Unless an arrest is made in this case, you wont read about this burglary in any news report or Police Blotter as it is the policy of the Middletown Police department not to announce any information unless the perpetrators of the crime are first apprehended.

Let this be a warning to all residents that even though, when you leave your house witht he doors locked, do not leave money or possible other valuables laying around in plain sight (not that this was the case in this instance). It only take a few minutes for someone to ransack and rummage through a home, you don’t want to make it any easier for the theft than you have to.

Remain vigilant and keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles or individuals in your neighborhood and don’t hessitate to call the police, friends or neighbors if you have questions or concerns about anything that looks out of place in the area.

Date: Oct 31, 2011 8:30:32 PM
Subject: Another Robbery

Hello Friends – I am sorry you have to keep receiving these emails, but I wanted to let you know OUR house was robbed today. They had a very small window of opportunity, from about 12:30 until 1:15. When I pulled up our driveway I noticed our front door was wide open. So the first thing that went thru my head was “those darn cleaning ladies!” I have been using them for years, they come once a month, and I was home when they arrived today at 10:30. They also let themselves out around 12:30 thru the garage and close it by pressing a button (no codes or anything).

So when I saw the front door I immediately thought our indoor cats may have gotten out so I ran thru the front door and was calling for them – – went upstairs and that’s when i noticed all the contents of my “unmentionables ” drawers were dumped on the floor. I have another set of drawers in my closet but that appears to have not been touched. I immediately called the police and they told me to get out asap .

THANKFULLY, due to all of the other incidents we have been hearing about (The Totilos, Hubbard Ave., ) we have been taking precautions and most of our valuables are in a safe, and I only keep about $40 in cash upstairs – which they found. They took ALL of my costume jewelry and unfortuately a few sentimental diamond pieces that I frequently wear, I just wasnt wearing them today, unfortunately. Other than that, it looks like they didn’t even make it into the girls’ bedrooms (computers/cameras/ipods all in full view) and nothing else was touched in the house. They gained entry by kicking in our door that is in the back of the garage – it was bolted/locked but the whole thing came off the wall. The detective was able to lift a big footprint off of it. From there the robber(s) let himself in thru our mudroom door which is always unlocked.

I am telling you all these details because hopefully you can make some adjustments in your lifestyles which can prevent anything like this from happening to you. I actually had the name of our alarm co. on my “to do ” list today because one of our zones has been a little funky. THe police also mentioned that they think these guys are related to the Totilo incident and have “quite a few leads”. Let’s hope they get them soon, and I am thanking God we are all safe.

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