Police Warn Residents To Be On Guard After Three Burglaries On St. Thomas Drive In Holiday City

Brick woman and St. Thomas Drive man arrested and charged in one incident; another St. Thomas Drive man charged with two other burglaries


The vigilance of a Toms River resident who called police after seeing a motorist throw items out of a car window helped lead to the Jan. 12 arrests of a Brick woman and a township resident on St. Thomas Drive, Detective Sgt. James J. Smith Jr. said.

The caller, who lives in the Snug Harbor section of Toms River, wrote down the license plate number of the car and called Toms River police. The recovered items included a driver's license, credit cars and a passport that belonged to a woman who lives on St. Thomas Drive in Holiday City at Berkeley, Smith said.

Toms River police notified the woman, who was at work, and the Berkeley Township police department.

"They told her they had recovered some of her items," Smith said.

When the woman returned to her house, she discovered her home had been burglarized, he said.

Someone had entered the home through a rear sliding door and stolen jewelry, credit cards and a passport, Smith said.

Berkeley police then set up surveillance at a Brick Township home on Tennessee Avenue and stopped a car with the same registration the Toms River caller had reported.

They arrested Denise Scaltrito, 38, Brick, and Joseph Lopes, 42, who lives on St. Thomas Drive in Holiday City. Both were charged with burglary and theft. Scaltrito was released on a summons. Lopes was taken to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River, Smith said.

Berkeley police also investigated two Dec. 28 burglaries in Holiday City - one on St. Thomas Drive and one on Lagos Court. Someone used a tool to break into the back door of the St. Thomas Drive home and stole jewelry and other items, Smith said.

Another burglary occurred the same day on Lagos Court, when someone kicked in the front door and stole $43, before the owner came out from another room and surprised the intruder, Smith said.

Arrested was Steven Cocuzza, 25, who lives at 417 St. Thomas Drive. He was charged with burglary and theft in connection with both Dec. 28 break-ins. He is lodged in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River on $50,000 bail, with no ten percent option, Smith said.

Additional charges are pending against Cocuzza, he said.

Smith urged residents to report any suspicious activity to police. Anyone with any more information should call Detective William Cullen at 732-341-6600.

sandi sortino April 08, 2013 at 05:40 PM
No child should have to go through what you have. so sorry for your pain.
sandi sortino April 08, 2013 at 05:54 PM
How ridiculous that they threw the stuff our of the car window....she definitely knew waht was going on. No wrong place at the wrong time BS. This was a team effort and the police prove it by placing surveillance at her Brick Township home on Tennessee Avenue. The facts are pretty clear and SHE GOT CAUGHT!!!! Can't cover up those facts. It is what it is. Shame on anyone that tries to protect him and his reputation...he is scum. He was married....look for yourself. Probably still is. He doesn't know what honesty is. The sooner you realize the better off you will be.
sandi sortino April 10, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Jerzymom you sound like you are the woman that got caught with HIM!!! Anyone can look him up on Ocean county inmate search (checking off released inmates box) and view his picture, all his arrests, and see that he HAS BEEN MARRIED. Perhaps it is you that doesn't have her facts straight. Funny how this ASHLEY LOPES reveals who she is and knows he has lived back and forth in NORTH CAROLINA! Which he has. The police watched the woman too and she did not get off FREE as you suggest and should well know. SHE IS ON PRE TRIAL INTERVENTION for 18 MONTHS which is a type of probation for first time offenders instead of standing TRIAL. It's a PLEA BARGAIN instead of wasting time in court. So, the only people that need a doctor are the people that associate with trash like these people because she knew what he was doing....everyone knows they are both drug addicts and unfit for society. They should both be locked up.....sociopaths.
Lucy April 10, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Jerzymom, don't you have dinner to cook or kids to care for? Most of your posts do not make any sense.
sandi sortino April 10, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Sad enough she posted this message in the middle of the day Lucy. If it's who I think it is her kid is just here meal ticket to remain on welfare.


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