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Lacey Police Arrest Suspicious Doorbell Ringer From Toms River


A Toms River man wanted for two outstanding warrants was arrested recently after police responded to a report of a suspicious man ringing doorbells and asking to use phones, Police Chief David A. Paprota said.

Officer Charles May responded to the calls in the Pheasant Run development on Llewellyn Parkway near the intersection with Canterbury Drive in Forked River at 8:48 p.m. on April 21, the chief said.

The investigation led to the arrest of John Humphrey, 35, McCormack Drive, Toms River for two outstanding traffic warrants.  The first warrant was issued by the Seaside Park Municipal Court in the amount of $89. The second warrant was issued by the Toms River Municipal Court in the amount of $145, Paprota said.

John Humphrey posted cash bail for the warrants and was released from police headquarters, the chief said.
Brandy the Dog May 01, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Yes, what with all the time spent watching Dr. Phil...
Mortimer Snerd May 11, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Despite the silly comments above, it's serious when someone rings random doorbells, as in the news story. That's a common M.O. of burglars. Don't let strangers into your house. If no one answers the door, that's their cue to break in while nobody's home. Most burglaries occur in daytime, when many people aren't home. More than 90% of burglaries are due to drug addiction. Those burglars steal your stuff to sell and buy drugs. Report any suspicious people, vehicles or activities to your local police dept. They'll check it out. Don't worry that it might be nothing... that's the cops' job and they don't mind. Better safe than sorry!
Leo May 11, 2014 at 04:49 PM
Mr Snerd Yates and * feel the door bell ringer rights were violated Most normal ppl feel like you do about this especially in a Senior Citizen Community Yet * feels he had a right to admit to trespassing and peeping into a home owners window I wonder if * would feel his rights were violated if he got his head blown off while trespassing and being a peeping tom
Brandy the Dog May 11, 2014 at 06:09 PM
This is what happens to someone like Leo whose logged more than his share of hours on the recreational use path.
Dawn Ledwith Haas June 06, 2014 at 02:11 AM
I'm going to say this again because he is my friend. He was not looking to rob or hurt any elderly person his truck ran out of gas. The warrants he was arrested for were for unpaid mv tickets not any outrageous criminal activity. He did not have a phone with him at the time. He was coming back from a friends house right near pheasant run. Yes I understand people jump to conclusions when the article doesn't tell you the "whole" story. I've driven through there plenty of times to avoid other cars pulling out of side streets because there have been some accidents due to the curvy roads and you can't always see other cars coming around. And he did ring the doorbell of another home and the women helped him out and let him use her phone but the first women had already called the cops. Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones cause I'm sure you're all perfect. To quick to judge did it say anywhere that he was drunk or high or they found drugs No but he must be a criminal because he didn't have a cellphone and he was in an elderly community.......shame on him for having an issue with his truck.

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