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Police: Bayville Man Charged with Drug Possession After Allegedly Stealing from Mall Store

Police also report other drug charges issued on Sunday

A Bayville man is being held in jail on $100,000 bail with no 10 percent option after Toms River police responded to a shoplifting call at the Ocean County Mall Sunday and allegedly found him in possession of heroin.

Police were called at about 5 p.m. to the Sears at the mall where loss prevention officers at the store were holding 27-year-old Christopher Wells on suspicion of stealing power tools valued at $500, according to Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy. 

An investigation by Officers Brent Mundy and Robert Burczyk found that Wells allegedly left the store with the tools and began to assault store security, Mastronardy said. Those officers were not injured.

After being placed under arrest, police allegedly found 44 wax envelopes containing a white powder suspected to be heroin, Mastronardy said.

Wells was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and robbery. Superior Court Judge James Blaney set his bail, according to the chief.

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Other activity reported by Toms River police on Sunday includes:

A Manchester man faces numerous charges including drug possession after police responded to an intoxicated driver report at a township McDonalds. 

Officers Michael Foy and Wallace Polhemus responded to the fast food restaurant located near the intersections of Routes 9 and 70 at about 3:30 p.m., Mastronardy said.

After an investigation, Manchester resident William Rome III, 33, was placed under arrest and charged with driving while intoxicated, the chief said. 

After the DWI arrest, officers found a substance believed to be heroin in Rome's sock. The man ultimately was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, DWI and reckless driving, Mastronardy said. 

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Police charged two Ocean County men with drug possession after a Sunday evening incident during which they attempted to cross a closed checkpoint at the Tunney Bridge.

The men, Brice Montgomery, 41, of Island Heights and Donald Ullery, 31, of Berkeley, approached the checkpoint at the bridge heading to the barrier island which had closed at 5 p.m.

"The suspects approached the officers detailed to the Tunney Bridge checkpoint on foot and seemed under the influence and were denied access," Mastronardy said. 

Montgomery then entered a vehicle and turned around on Douglas Avenue, which meant that he was traveling the wrong way on the street. Toms River Officer Nicholas Franco and a Seaside Heights officer stopped Montgomery and charged him with driving while intoxicated, the chief said.

After being placed under arrest, officers found what they suspected to be heroin in the man's socks while being processed at police headquarters. Montgomery was then charged with possession of narcotics in addition to DWI and other motor vehicle charges before being released with a summons, Mastronardy said. 

Ullery was charged with drug possession and released with a summons, the chief said. 

Chrissy The Saint December 05, 2012 at 11:27 AM
God criminals are so stupid it's painful.
1stcav December 05, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Good job by ALL officers at that check point. Going back to SSH to deal there wares or going back to loot , so they can buy more drugs and feed there habit or their pockets.How far that town and the main land have fallen in resent years...do to these children on drugs today..so sad , but it seems to be a sign of these times.I hope this phase ends soon as society has to build more Jails to house them, which is a drain on all the tax payers.Money that could be better spent on programs to help our fellow man to better themselves and be an asset to us all..Downer ! To Them : Get your act together and fly right !!
Peter Cooper December 05, 2012 at 10:30 PM
What'with ALL the Heroin in Toms River. Do the Dope Ships now pull in off the coast ?
Irina December 06, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Can't fix STUPID!!!!!

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