Little Egg Harbor Police Solve Burglaries, Rash of Petty Thefts

By Pat Johnson | Oct 23, 2019

Little Egg Harbor — A rash of break-ins and home burglaries has been attributed to two men who were arrested by Little Egg Harbor police this month.

On Oct. 1 a resident of Giffordtown Lane called police and said someone was trying to break into their home. This was early in the morning, a bit after 6 a.m. The man had fled on foot prior to the police arriving but was later located, and 34-year-old Jason Smith of Little Egg Harbor was placed under arrest. He was later charged with criminal trespass and possession of heroin. Subsequent investigations found Smith was involved with attempting to enter motor vehicles in the West Tuckerton section of the township and also on Wood Street in Tuckerton. He was then charged with two counts of criminal attempted burglary by both Little Egg and Tuckerton police. Smith was lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

Police are still requesting that residents and businesses with video footage showing anyone on their property or attempting to enter their vehicles in the vicinity of Stagecoach Road and Giffordtown Lane call Detective Cpl. Chris Arciniegas at 609-296-3666, extension 170.

Two burglaries occurred on Oct. 10 at two businesses on Route 9. The Pine Cone Ice Cream Shop and Naples Pizzeria both had their doors forced open and cash taken in the early-morning hours. Surveillance video from the pizzeria showed a male using a pry bar to open the back door. Little Egg Harbor police posted pictures and video of the suspect. Officers from various agencies sent out APB messages and social media posts that resulted in the male suspect being identified as 61-year-old Alfred Oliveri of Toms River. Oliveri was arrested by Toms River police on Oct. 18.

Oliveri is linked to several burglaries throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties. He was charged by Arciniegas with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, two counts of criminal mischief, and two counts of possession of burglary tools. Oliveri was later turned over to the Ocean County Jail.

A suicide was discovered in the Tuckerton-Little Egg Harbor area on Oct. 4 at approximately 8 p.m. Little Egg Harbor police were dispatched to an address off Great Bay Boulevard for an active disturbance. When officers arrived on scene, they attempted to make contact with a subject who was still inside the residence. While officers were inside they heard one gunshot and maintained control of the area they had already secured. Other officers set up a perimeter around the residence and evacuated neighbors. It was later discovered that the resident, a 40-year-old male, had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Tuckerton Borough Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Ocean County SWAT Team, Ocean County Prosecuter’s Office, and Great Bay Regional EMS assisted during the incident.

— Pat Johnson

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