UPDATE: Police ID Man Charged with Gas Station Robbery

Pleasant Plains man charged in Wednesday evening incident

Police on Thursday identified the 21-year-old Pleasant Plains man who allegedly stole about $200 from a gas station while reportedly armed with a handgun as Steven Lazarie of West Todd Road. 

Lazarie was charged with the robbery Wednesday night after an investigation by Toms River Police Department Detectives Roger Hull, Brian Lomer and Louis Santora, according to Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy. He is lodged in the Ocean County Jail on $150,000 bail with no 10 percent option, Mastronardy said.

Toms River police responded to the Exxon at the corner of Routes 9 and 571 after 6 p.m. Wednesday and a search was coordinated by Sgt. Ed Mooney for a white male who was seen heading north on Route 9. A witness saw the man running down Swain Avenue toward a dead end north of station toward the Garden State Parkway, Mastronardy said.

"Within 30 minutes of the robbery Officer Frank Moschella observed a suspect matching the description of the suspect at Old Freehold Road and the Garden State Parkway," Mastronardy said.

The Ocean County Sheriff's Department is assisting Toms River police with the investigation, according to the chief. 

Mr J December 13, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Great Job TRPD... Through the book at him no deals no parole all jail time. At 21 give him plenty of time to think things over ....that crime does not pay. You just may save him form becoming a career criminal.
bayway mike December 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM
West Todd Rd has expensive homes..Let's guess, he never had the love as a child.. Enjoy your time making license plates..Oh, meet Bubba your new roommate..
Zack December 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Mike before making ignorant and uneducated statements. Have a little respect for the family, keep your comments to urself and grow up.
Mike December 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Society is degrading to the point where something drastic has to be done. Armed robberies, school shootings, mall shootings, etc. Let's hold the parents accountable! Don't bring a child into this world unless you intend on raising him or her right. Stop blaming others, if you children do something awful, guess what . . . the parents failed somewhere along the line.
SquanMom09 December 14, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Zack & Jamie, I agree with you both. People who do not know what happened need to mind their own business. I can not stand how quick people are to judge someone they do not know. It would be different if it were their family. I am completely heart broken for you and your parents. Love your mom like she was my own family.
BN December 14, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Only scumbags steal, epecially the ones who use guns for a measly $200. Probably a crachead. Parents must be losers too. I suppose the gas traction attendant had it coming? Stop making excuses. A lot of people are hurting in this economy and after Sandy and they aren't knocking over gas stations.
Lindsay December 14, 2012 at 04:01 AM
*** throw so learn to spell, you know nothing about the boy and your very quick to judge but my guess is you're no saint, so next time if you don't know the person personally learn to keep your mouth shut.
Project Bluebeam December 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM
How does anyone justify robbing a gas station with a handgun? If you've got details not mentioned in the story, please share.
sw December 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Please don't make judgement because of an address and automatically think it is his upbringing. I happen to have met this boy many, many years ago and feel sometimes people of all ages can get mixed up with the wrong people. If it was drug related, it is an addiction and he needs help, throwing him in jail for a long time is not the answer. The handgun is a totally different story,
Mr J December 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Project Bluebeam I think your comment says it all Thank you...
Common Sense in Silverton December 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
You make quite a compelling argument with all of those sources you cited. My ignorance has been lifted.
Fedup December 14, 2012 at 01:32 PM
My guess is prescription pain pills. I've seen far to many people, kids, young adults even well respected business leaders fall pray to the epidemic pain medication addiction.
Project Bluebeam December 14, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Jamie, I take it our a friend or relative of the perp. What about the clerk at the station? Doesn't he have rights? Are you calling him a liar when you say there was no gun? Many people are raised in dysfunctional families...do they need help? Yes. Is it an excuse to rob someone at gunpoint? NO!
Project Bluebeam December 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Then I call biased BS. Let's hear what the prosecutors office has to say.
wookfish December 14, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Jamie , the law does not change if the gun is real or not, the threat is the same. you name calling shows how you were raised, and now your opinion on the majority of kids growing up in TR is way over the top.Check in for a pess. eval. asap..you need it
Mike December 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
How disgraceful that his family members are coming on here making excuses and trying to justify an ARMED ROBBERY! Whether the gun was real or not, it doesn't matter. How do you think the person being robbed felt. It's always about me me me and the Lazarie family sounds like this is their mantra. Ever hear of accountability? The judge gave no 10% option, which pretty much means this will be a clear cut case . . . looks like he will get NJ's min 5-year term, possibly more. Plenty of time to think about turning his life around.
Lindsay December 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Mike ever hear of keeping your opinions to yourself? I am not a family member, nor are the other people that realize mistakes are made but for you to assume who is writing each comment is pretty pathetic. Did he kill anyone? No. Did he hurt anyone? Nope. He took money, and there is clearly a reason why, that is not for me and definitely not for you to decide what was going through his head. This is an amazing family, who I have known my whole life, they raised their kids right and people get mixed up in the wrong crowds and shit happens so you don't need to waste your time trying to act like you know anything about the situation besides what you read in the above article. So here is a brilliant idea, keep your mouth shut you inconsiderate person. I just hope and pray one day you know what it feels like to be on the other side, instead of judging. Go write on the blog about the whack job who just went into an elementary school and killed 18 little kids, instead of voicing your opinions here.
fed up December 14, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Armed robbery is armed robbery!!! I don't care who he is or where he lives or if the gun was real or not. If he's got a drug problem or whatever the case may be. If he needed money he should of found himself a job, rather than hold up a gas station. As far as the ones saying "did he kill anyone?" "did he hurt anyone?" "you dont know him" No and i dont care he commited armed robbery and that is 3 to 5 years in new jersey i believe. Maybe he was depressed, maybe he was confused,maybe he was on drugs. he still made the decision to get a gun and use it to rob someone period!!!
Shelley licknack December 15, 2012 at 12:48 AM
How is it that so many people feel qualified to judge the family. You can b the best parent..and sometimes they choose their own path.yes..a gun is a federal offense..he didn't use it..hurt anyone..somethings wrong..get him help.the cruel comments about the family..u r ignorant because if u knew them, they r the sweetest family. Don't b so quick to put them down..it just shows your ignorance.
wookfish December 15, 2012 at 02:16 PM
#1 not judging the family, just the criminal,#2 no the offense is punishable by the laws mandated by the state,#3 by showing it or stating he had it by state law, implies he used it,#4yes he did hurt someone, i'm sure that the gas station employee had to change his underwear after the encounter and this will stay with them for along time,#5 NO MORE EXCUSES..what he did ,for what ever reason is UNEXCUSIBLE
ncs913 December 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM
My heart breaks reading this article and these derogatory comments of the public...I am not saying that Steven isn't to be held accountable for his actions. He broke the law and obviously he will pay for his crime. However, judgement is something that is reserved for one man and one man ONLY...God...I was brought up that if you don't have anything nice to say, you don't say anything at all...
1stcav December 31, 2012 at 02:40 PM
What ever the reason , in his mind , he did it and will be held accountable by the existing law.He IS in hot water....and his parents & family must be devastated by his actions.This must have hit them between the eyes & they are wondering what they could have done to help him , in his time of need, sad for ALL involved, life changing at the least !
Tom April 06, 2013 at 03:46 AM


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