Toms River Police Chief credits residents with the arrest of two over weekend
Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy today announced today that with the help of local residents, police were able to apprehend a man who was burglarizing a home and captured a hit and run suspect this weekend.
“On Friday an alert neighbor contacted Toms River Police reference suspicious activity at a residence on Warren Street.” Mastronardy said “Corporal Louis Sulsenti and Officer Thomas Herbst conducted an investigation and arrested Nicholas Cereghini 19 of 621 Vaughn Ave, Dashwawn Harrison 20 633 Coolidge and a 17 year old juvenile with Burglary, Criminal Mischief and theft.” This suspects were charged with entering a residence on Warren Street and removing a Lap Top Computer, an LCD television a BB gun and cash most of the property was recovered by the investigating officers.
The juvenile was released to his mother and the two adults were held in Ocean County Jail on $10,000 bail no 10% according to the chief.
On Saturday, Toms River Police responded to an incident at the intersection of Route 9 and Whitty Road regarding an accident where a pedestrian was struck and the vehicle then left the scene. The pedestrian, a 27 year old Lakewood man was walking on the shoulder of Route 9 when he reported a black vehicle struck him from behind and the side mirror was left behind then the car fled north on Route 9. The pedestrian sustained an arm and facial injury and was transported by Toms River Police EMS to Kimball Medical center for treatment.
“A short time later Officer Polhemus responded an alert citizens call that a suspicious vehicle with a smashed windshield an missing a mirror was parked on Ferro Drive and the driver after examining his car fled into the woods.” Mastronardy said “Officer Travis Seaman arrested the driver Robert Montgomery 28 of Franklin Corner Road Lawrenceville hiding behind a tree on Priscilla Court.”
Montgomery was charged by Traffic Safety Officer Steven Schwartz with DWI, reckless driving, leaving the scene, having an open container in a vehicle.