LAVALLETTE – Three suspects were arrested and charged with a string of car burglaries over the last few weeks, and police are asking the public to come forward if they have also been victimized.
The arrests began just after 1 a.m. on June 19, according to a press release from the police department. Several vehicles had been burglarized in the area of Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Responding to the call, Officer Victoria Lamb canvassed the area, and found a suspect on Ortley Avenue carrying what was believed to be proceeds from a burglary. The suspect gave chase, and was caught after a brief pursuit on foot.
The suspect is a 16-year-old female from Irvington. Further investigation tied her to Amadi A. Telemaque, 20, and Isaiah J. Antoine, 18, both of Irvington. After a court-authorized vehicle search, police recovered a 9 mm hand gun, drugs, and additional stolen possessions. The victims were not all from Lavallette, but from other towns as well.
The three suspects were each charged with Possession of a Community Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Burglary, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. In addition, Antoine was charged with Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams, and the juvenile with Obstruction and Resisting Arrest.
The Lavallette Police Department has asked that you report any burglaries, missing items, or suspicious activity at 732-793-4800. Additionally, they reminded people to always lock their doors.
The suspects are innocent until proven guilty.