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Two Toms River Women Charged With Removing Items From Sandy-Damaged House In Bayville

Police find one woman with recyclable items, copper from home on Balsam Drive

Police have charged a Toms River woman with burglary and theft after they found her inside a Balsam Drive home taking items from the flood-damaged residence, Detective Sgt. James J. Smith.

Patrolmen William Somers and Don Rowley, along with Detective Will Cullen, responded to the home at 1:30 p.m. today, after receiving a call from a neighbor that people were in the uninhabitable house removing items, Smith said.

They charged Donna Yurko, 49, Lacombe Terrace, with burglary and theft. The other woman, Nicole Harmsen, 27, Hazelwood Drive, was charged with receiving stolen property and criminal trespass, he said.

The women were removing "anything they thought might have some value," from the home that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, Smith said.

Up until two weeks ago, the street off Bayview Avenue was one of the areas guarded by police checkpoints. Only those with proof of residence could access the areas. The checkpoints have since ended.

But Smith said police are still patrolling flood-damaged sections of the township.

"The chief of police and the mayor and Township Council are taking an aggressive stance towards enforcement of any type of these incidents," he said. "We have extra patrols."

Cheryl January 02, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I saw no mention at all about the 2 Toms River Policemen who got caught stealing????
Patricia Perillo January 02, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Missed that article about the TR policemen caught stealing. Who are they ? Were they PROTECTING the houses in the northern beach area of the barrier island? My 5 ft long whale, bolted all around to the front of my house in Normandy Beach vanished during last week. Parked in front of my house on 1/1/2013, I saw contractors shopping for items on our street and throwing these items in their vehicles. Maybe contractors means of transportation should be searched when they leave the island. We get robbed by Congress,robbed by our protectors and robbed by those who are doing the repairs. Bend over, Congress is going to do it again to us !!
BellaRox January 03, 2013 at 01:00 PM
LOOTERS SHOULD BE SHOT, THE THIEVES SHOULD BE SHOT. OR PERHAPS, BURIED IN THE SAND UP TO THEIR HEADS FOR HIGH TIDE TO BE THE JURY. KARMA IS A B*TCH!
1stcav January 03, 2013 at 02:29 PM
And you won't, the Chief is the spokes person for HIS Dept, and what happens in TRPD , stay's in TRPD if at ALL possible, right Chief ! What, what, can't here you THE Silence IS deafening...
STEVEN DOMINICK January 03, 2013 at 02:35 PM
DON'T COME ON CEDAR DRIVE, GLEN COVE AREA, EVERYONE LOOKS OUT HERE, NO PICKER'S NO SCRAPERS' ALLOWED...

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