Police Nab Suspects, Make Arrests In Several Recent Burglaries

Spike in residential burglaries is drug-related, police chief says


Toms River police have made a several arrests in recent burglaries, many of them drug-related, Toms River Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy said.

"The police department is working diligently with the neighbors in apprehending those that are involved with criminal activity," the chief said. "The department believes a spike in residential burglaries is a direct result of an epidemic with regards to abuse of heroin and prescription drugs in our state."

Glenn Kearney, 36, 112 Melville Avenue, was arrested on Sept. 20, after a resident called police about a suspicious male near his Silverton Road home. When the resident asked Kearney why he was in the area, Kearney told him he was looking for landscaping work, then left on a blue motorcycle. Three hours later, Patrolman Ryan Rush arrested Kearney on Old Freehold Road on a $500 outstanding warrant from Toms River and a $750 warrant from Lakewood.

Police recovered jewelry and a pry bar tool at the time of Kearney's arrest. He was later charged with attempted burglary of a Silverton Road home and the burglary of a Yorktowne Road home in Holiday City on Sept. 18. Kearney's total bail was set at $100,000, with no ten percent option.

Detectives also recovered evidence related to a June 15 burglary and another burglary in Holiday City. The investigation is continuing, Mastronardy said.

Police arrested William T. Rome III, 32, 5 Northumberland Drive, Berkeley Township on Sept. 22 and charged  him with burglary and theft of a home on Cypress Road earlier this week where more than $10,000 was removed from a safe. He was also charged with possession of narcotics. The investigation is continuing.

Patrolman Adam Koeppen stopped Rome in his silver Acura at the intersection of Route 37 and Mule Road after he became a suspect in two Toms River burglaries, Mastronardy said

Detective Brian Lomer and Louis Santora also arrested Zep Padilla, 38, 34 Dupont Avenue, Seaside Heights, and charged him with the burglary of a Central Avenue home on Tuesday. Padilla is lodged in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River on $100,000 bail, with no ten percent option.

"The department is very grateful for the continuing support it receives from the public who provide information that assists the dedicated officers in protecting our residents," Mastronardy said.

The police department is down 10 officers this year, including two detectives. Another five detectives are slated to retire next year, he said.

"The department is proud of the teamwork between the Detective Bureau and Operations Bureau, who have been extremely busy working to make these and other arrests," Mastronardy said.

i don't get it?? September 28, 2012 at 03:37 PM
HOLY CRAP!!! This is great news!!! See what happens when we work with the police, and look out for one another!!! Great job TRPD, and thanks for keeping on top of things... Don't let your guard down everyone, there unfortunately are still WAY more of these junkies out there.
DaveL September 28, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Fantastic work by the TRPD, glad to see such a great response. Now if only they didn't block their dispatch channel, people with scanners could listen to descriptions of criminals and hopefully call in with locations quicker to help.
ray September 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Congrats to TRPD. They caught our burglar a few years ago, and now they're doin' a great job with this sudden influx of thieves. They're really showing they are effective.
. September 28, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I don't know why some people are so intent on bashing our police force. I think that they do a great job, all things considered. They can't be everywhere when these things happen, but they have a pretty good sucess rate in catching these crooks. Now if we would only keep them in jail!
Chris September 28, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The radio is secured so that the criminals do not hear the police transmissions and leave before they get there. That is the only reason it is blocked. It's a trade off.
KingNeptune September 28, 2012 at 09:12 PM
You should be glad it's blocked. Officers general call into dispatch names, DOBs and social security numbers. Do you really want that info going out over the air in the clear. A field day for identity thieves. Unencrypted police communications are a thing of the past and that is a good thing.
KingNeptune September 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Generally people who bash the police fail into several categories. Low lifes that have had run ins with the law, jealous types that wish they were cops and those who just simply hate authority in all forms.
amy September 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Yeah Toms River PD...great job@!
amy September 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Now if courts would just keep em off street..we could sleep at night..I know innocent til proven..but when proven..stop letting em out..
Once Loved NJ September 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Thank you TRPD for all you do.
oh just saying September 29, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Good job TRPD!!!! Thank You
Martin September 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM
"...a resident called police about a suspicious male..." That's the key to burglary prevention and arrests! Start a Neighborhood Watch in your area. Be extra eyes and ears for the police. Tell the mayor and council to fund the hiring of more cops, instead of their pet projects. Safety and quality of life are more important.
michael la vecchia September 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Burgarleries today, bank robbers a while back. I have always said TRPD get the job done. Also, don't see any racing deaths on 37. Knock on wood. Be safe, nice job.
michael la vecchia September 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Sorry, forgot to mention something important. A private citizen got involved. The police solve things only with help from people doing the right thing!
barbara September 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Agree with comments on how we should keep an eye on things in our neighborhoods. We all know who lives in our areas and if you see a stranger wandering around or someone who just doesn't seem right, call the police. I think we've all gotten this political correctness drummed into our heads so much that we're afraid of looking like fools if we call. But with all the drug-related crimes, we need to be more concerned about protecting our homes and lives. Don't let the criminals take advantage of your fears.
barbara September 29, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I agree with amy and barbara. These thefts are out of control and sure more will occur. it sickens me that people work so hard for their possessions and these low life scumbags just enter homes and steal from the hardworkers. they should be kept in jail and not let out on bail. many of them have prior convictions and warrants out for them. we all need to be aware and keep our eyes open for sure and report any suspicious person in your neighborhood.
Carol September 29, 2012 at 04:20 PM
And criminialsl with scanners would know where the police were.
ryan September 29, 2012 at 07:43 PM
THANK YOU TRPD, NOW LOCK THEM UP WHERE THEY BELONG. Enjoy your stay at the BUBBA INN courtesy of TRPD Thank you!
a l i September 29, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Thanks TRPD.. for removing more scum off the streets and outta my backyard!
marcy September 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Great Job TRPD!! You never know what your gona have to deal with on a daily basis. Thankyou.
Kramer September 30, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Mr. Walter J. Grenci September 30, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I am glad to see that a dent is being made in these excessive brazen daytime burglaries! Good work! Thank you! Keep it up!
Christine N. September 30, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Great job Toms River Police Department and nabbing these burgulars! We need to keep our community safe!!! Thank you and keep up your great work!!!
Phillip October 01, 2012 at 05:53 AM
The idea of home invasion threatens the very core of our sense of security and well-being and is a terrifying prospect. Unfortunately, the police cannot be there before it happens and therefore assume the unfortunate role of historians. It is therefore essential that law-abiding citizens become proactive in their own defense. The following are some things that can be done to minimize a home invasion or at least to repel and survive one.
Phillip October 01, 2012 at 05:53 AM
1. Police should be proactively alerting residents and organizing and advertising community advisory meetings. 2. Neighborhoods should organize watches and immediately notify those who wish to participate via email or telephone when something is suspicious in the area. 3. Alarm all your home's potential entry points. 4. Install motion-detector floodlights around the outside of your home. 5. Install cameras and a digital video recording system to document the invasion if possible.
Phillip October 01, 2012 at 05:54 AM
6. Get a dog. 7. Exercise your constitutional right to keep a firearm in your home and obtain training in its proper and legal use. Keep it as handy as possible but secured from unauthorized access by children at all times. 8. Educate yourself about the legal aspects of firearms use and the potential consequences if someone is harmed during a home invasion. 9. Keep a fully charged cell phone at your bedside in case your land line is disabled by a home invader. 10. Make sure you can call 911 even if your cell is in "locked" mode and if not, get one that can.
Phillip October 01, 2012 at 05:54 AM
11. Have a safe room with a bolted door and possibly an exit point that family members can reach in case of a home invasion. 12. Hold practice drills that incorporate definite movements and procedures so that you will be able to function effectively when your are awoken from a sound sleep and confronted with a possible home invasion situation. Training may reduce panic and prevent innocent people from getting hurt. 13. Have what you need immediately at hand at night and in the dark such as eyeglasses, flashlight, cell phone and a secure firearm. 14. Install bolt-locks (deadlocks) on all home access doors and on your "panic room" door. 15. Avoid having extra entry keys outside your home and do not label them if you do.
Phillip October 01, 2012 at 05:54 AM
16.Do not have large kitchen knives or other potential weapons where a home invader will easily find and access them upon entering your home. 17. Do not divulge your security details to anyone you do not completely trust. 18. Do not divulge any information to strangers who call you on the phone such as surveys and marketers. 19. Set your phone service to reject anonymous callers. 20. Warn sollicitors and other strangers not to approach your home uninvited. 21. Do not divulge information about the valuables in your home to anyone and instruct you children not to divulge such information to their friends. 22. Keep in mind what visitors to your home may learn about your valuables and your security measures.
gia cataldo October 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM
people have to say something when they see suspiscious characters around their neighborhood. Gia
JR December 06, 2012 at 11:12 AM
@Carol not in toms river you cand get TRPD on a scanner


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