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Jackson resident reports suspicious activity; three Newark men arrested

JACKSON — On June 10 at 3:28 a.m., Jackson Police Officer Travis Ceppaluni responded to a residence on Round Hill Road, which is in a development off Leesville Road, after a resident reported being alerted by his Ring security camera of an unknown individual in his driveway near his vehicles.

The resident informed police his vehicles were locked at all times and that he had checked the area for the individual, but was unable to locate him.

According to Capt. Steve Laskiewicz, the police department’s Investigative Services Division commander and public information officer, multiple officers were dispatched from their assigned patrol zones to saturate and check the area.

At 4:30 a.m. when checking Overlook Drive, which is off Freehold Road, Police Officer Christopher Brown observed an individual run into the woods from a Ford Explorer which was parked in a driveway with the door left open.

In the street near the residence was a 2005 Buick with two male occupants. At that time, Brown conducted a motor vehicle stop with the vehicle.

Other officers responded to the scene and a K-9 was requested from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department to attempt to locate the individual who ran from the scene.

As the investigation progressed, the two men in the Buick were placed under arrest and the K-9 track resulted in the individual who fled the scene being located and placed under arrest.

According to police, a 21-year-old male resident of Newark was processed and charged with burglary, criminal trespassing and eluding. A 20-year-old male resident of Newark was processed and charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. A second 21-year-old male resident of Newark was processed and charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

All three men were turned over to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and initially lodged in the Ocean County Jail, Toms River. The Buick was seized pending further investigation.

During the investigation it was discovered there was a fourth male involved who was not located. The investigation into this incident is continuing. Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact Jackson Detective Robert Reiff at 732-928-1111.

Residents are reminded to remove valuables from their vehicles and to lock their parked vehicles at all times and to call police at 732-928-1111 to report suspicious activity so officers can respond to investigate.

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