Would-Be Bug Man Charged With Theft By Deception

BERKELEY – Police arrested and charged a local man with theft by deception on Jan. 2.

Fifty-five year old Keith Peterson of Clifton Avenue was posing as an exterminator in a neighborhood off of Station Road where he took money for an extermination job, yet never returned to do the work.

Peterson reportedly told the resident that they had various pest problems that needed fixing, accepted prepayment, and then never returned.

Peterson was arrested by Detective Michael Riccardelli, charged with one count of theft by deception, and was released in accordance with the Bail Reform Act.

Berkeley Township Police remind residents that soliciting is prohibited and those who wish to solicit must have a township issued permit. Be wary of solicitors who do not present the proper documentation!