Local Wawa Hotspot For Illegal Activity, Sting Yields Four Arrests

Photo by Jason Allentoff

  BRICK – After residents complained about regular suspicious activity at a local Wawa, Brick Police cracked down, arresting four on theft and drug charges.

  The Brick Police Selective Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit teamed up to conduct a sting centered on the Wawa at 116 Brick Blvd. after residents complained of illegal activity there.

  The sting resulted in the following four arrests on Nov. 8:

  • 36-year old Michael Butler of Brick: Charged with theft and burglary when officers watched him open the unlocked driver’s door of an unoccupied vehicle at the Wawa and remove property.
  • 37-year old Ryan Kemble of Berkeley Twp.: Charged with possession of marijuana, paraphernalia, and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance when officers observed him smoking marijuana while parked in the Wawa parking lot.
  • 34-year old Sean Provenzano of Wanaque, NJ: Charged with shoplifting when officers saw him put items into his pockets and exit the Wawa without paying.
  • 51-year old Jason Puzio of Brick: Charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, specifically oxycodone, when officers observed him engaging in suspicious activity, ultimately leading to a motor vehicle stop. K-9 Sergeant Paul Catalina and his K-9 partner Duke assisted in the investigation.

  The Brick Police Department stated that they are “committed to addressing reports of criminal activity and any behavior which disrupts the quality of life of our residents and those who visit and work here.”