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Toms River Police Arrive To Find Man Allegedly Burglarizing Business

Front door smashed in 9 p.m. burglary

Toms River Police responded to a burglary call in time to find the suspect still inside, allegedly trying to remove a television from the wall, police said.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said Nice Nails in Stella Towne Plaza shopping center on Route 166 had its front door smashed in just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Police were called, and responded to the strip mall store, to find the suspect still inside, Mastronardy said. Edwardo Lopez, 49, of Division Street was allegedly found trying to remove a plasma television and fled, but was apprehended and arrested, charged with the burglary.

"Sergeant Eugene Bachonski responded within minutes and observed Mr. Lopez in the business attempting to remove a plasma television from the wall. The suspect then went to run out the back of the store. Mr. Lopez was immediately apprehended as he exited the rear door," Mastronardy said in an email.

Officers Scott Duncan and Philip Bianco, along with Detective Brian Lomer and Sergeant Scott Moeller aided in the arrest.  

Lopez is being held in Ocean County Jail on $50,000 no 10 percent on charges of burglary and criminal mischief.

barbara September 21, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Way to go toms river PD, quick action on Sgt. Bachnoski's part. Glad the suspect did not pull a gun on him. Unfortunately, the suspect will probably be released and do it again. such low life scumbags out there......makes me sick.....get a job or go back to yur country if you not legal......
Sue September 21, 2012 at 03:09 PM
So much for the cranky comments about slow response time! The PD is understaffed, but does a good job. They can't be everywhere, so be their extra eyes and ears -- start a Neighborhgood Watch -- and e-mail, call, write a letter or attend a meeting to get the mayor and council to fund more cops (instead of the politicians' pet projects).
becky grandinetti September 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Joe P September 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Does the TRPD have an Auxiliary Dept.? Extra eyes and ears on a volunteer basis that provides a quasi - police presence.
bojangles September 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Yes Joe P. they do. I also reccomend citizens on patrol.


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