LACEY – Chief Michael C. DiBella and Lieutenant Christopher Cornelius honored Detectives Brian Flynn, Kymberly Gudgeon, Keith Pearce, Samuel Della Sala, and Adam Ewart with the Gallantry Star, an award given to those who arrested “a person who is a major physical threat to the community at large.”
The detectives were instrumental in apprehending on June 6 Robert Fitzpatrick, Jr., an Ocean Gate resident accused of robbing Kearny Bank in Lanoka Harbor on May 29. He also allegedly robbed Bank of America in Toms River April 25 and Wells Fargo in Manchester April 9.
“The Lacey Township Police Department is extremely proud of these detectives for all of their hard work involving all three bank robberies,” Lacey Police Chief Michael C. DiBella said.
Assisting agencies included the FBI, New Jersey State Police, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, the Toms River Township Police Department and the Ocean Gate Police Department.