NEPTUNE – A man has been arrested and charged after a lengthy standoff with police after allegedly robbing a local pharmacy Wednesday morning.
Jeffrey V. Migliore, 34, of Ocean Township was charged with first-degree Armed Robbery and three related weapons offenses.
Around 8:30 a.m., authorities responded to a pharmacy at 1200 Corlies Avenue for a report of a robbery. Police learned that a man, who was later identified as Migliore, had entered the store, brandished a handgun, demanded cash from the store clerk, and made off with hundreds of dollars.
Officers tracked Migliore to a home on 11th Avenue in Neptune Township where he initially refused several orders to surrender to police. As a result, neighboring homes and properties were evacuated for safety reasons.
Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene and established a perimeter around the home. Lengthy negotiations were made with Migliore who surrendered peacefully shortly after 10:30 p.m. A handgun was also recovered at the scene, officials said. He faces anywhere between 10 to 20 years in state prison for the first-degree criminal charges.
“That this extraordinarily delicate and complicated situation was resolved with no injuries or loss of life to any civilians or members of law enforcement was no accident – it was the result of very carefully planned, coordinated, and well-executed actions of dozens upon dozens of members of local, county, and state agencies, all working closely together in close quarters and under tremendous pressure,” Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago said. “This outcome is a testament to the quality of their efforts.”
“The manner in which the local, county and state law-enforcement community worked together to resolve a tenuous situation peacefully speaks volumes in our ability to collaborate,” Neptune Township Police Chief Larry B. Fisher added. “The professionalism of all agencies involved cannot be more appreciated.”
This incident remains under joint investigation by members of MCPO and the Neptune Township Police Department, and anyone with information about Migliore’s activities is being urged to contact Neptune Township Police Department Detective Robert Hagerman at 732-988-8000 ext. 419.
Anyone who prefers to remain anonymous but has information about this or any crime can submit a tip to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400, by calling 800-671-4400; or by going to the website at monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.
Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.