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Police: Lacey Teen Pointed Flare Gun at Car

Police blotter for the past week

Lacey police charged a 13-year-old Lanoka Harbor boy after he allegedly pointed a flare gun at a car.

Police received a report by a Lacey Township resident that while driving down Deerhead Lake Drive at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 19, she observed the teenager pointing what was believed to be a flare gun at the vehicle.

Investigation of the allegation led to the teenager being charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated assault with a weapon and obstructing the administration of law.

The flare gun was recovered during the investigation.

Lt. James Veltri provided the following information:

Jan. 22
Edward Thau, 50, of Forked River was arrested at 3:19 p.m. for allegedly shoplifting $257.43 worth of Walmart merchandise, including baseball hats and electronic games.

A $1,500 warrant was issued for the shoplifting charges. While in custody, police found that Thau also had a $900 warrant from Wall Township and a $431 warrant from Ocean Township. He was unable to post bail and sent to Ocean County Jail. 

Jan. 21
A resident from Center Street in Forked River reported that items were stolen from their home. The stolen items, including cellular phones, were valued just under $600. There was no forced entry. Investigative efforts by police working in conjunction with the victim led to the items being recovered. Criminal prosecution is pending. 

Jan. 20
An officer parked on Route 9 conducted a computer check on a motor vehicle at 1:26 a.m. and found that the car had an expired registration.

A motor vehicle stop was then conducted and Nicholas DeStefano, 35, of Bayville was charged with DWI, refusal to submit to a breath test, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, expired registration, failure to change address and DWI within 1,000 feet of a school. 

Jan. 20
A resident on East Hickory Drive in Lanoka Harbor reported that someone damaged a metal mailbox and post value at $50. 

Jan. 20
A Forked River resident reported that someone gained entry into a locked vehicle. Stolen were several credit cards that were inside a purse secured inside the car. The car did not sustain damage.

Investigation by Lacey police determined that the credit cards were utilized at Lacey Township businesses.

The same victim reported that someone stole two rings, valued at $2,000, from within her residence. There was no forced entry. The investigation is ongoing. Investigated. 

Jan. 20
A resident of Pine Beach reported that their unlocked car, parked at a local restaurant, was entered. A wallet containing personal identification and credit cards was stolen. The total value was $95.

Captain Ed January 26, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Hardt it kind of already is one unfortunately. And Jersey is pretty high up there compared to other states. There are only a few that are worse like California and New York. Mommy Cuomo and Nanny Bloomberg are certainly doing their best to cement that in place. The President and Congress are doing the same as well. Mr Yates is more versed about the laws then I am but I certainly agree with him. By the way, some of you that think FLARE GUNS are so scary and lethal- go on YouTube and watch all the videos of dumb ass kids shooting themselves in the head with flare guns. Although incredibly stupid and a bit painful its pretty damn far from lethal. Especially if your in a moving car. Daaaaa.
JAKE 2 January 28, 2013 at 01:19 AM
i kjnow there not lethal , but shouldnt any gun regardless , be treated with respect....i would think it could take an eye out or injure it pretty bad....i do not think the kid should have any legal action against him , but its just the fact.....learn to use guns correctly , regardless of what danger they impose...shouldnt be pointing it at cars,,,, im sorry, it s my opinion..... he s young and should learn a lesson...but not from the law....
Captain Ed January 28, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Jake of course. Absolutely. Im just saying just cuz a dopey kid pointed a plastic flare launcher at a car doesnt mean we should treat him like he shot someone with a gun. Time to dial it back a notch and stop over-reacting. Again, all of our kids are capable of doing such things. And if your kid had all those charges afterwards you would understand what I mean.
iknow January 29, 2013 at 06:18 PM
You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.. NONE. You should really try and research something before you make a statement like that. Do you want me to post a link of the legality of running license plates, or do you want to be a big boy and learn by doing the research yourself? Let me know.
iknow January 29, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Ed, as I stated above, the juvenile will get his day in Court. Obviously this isn't just a "dopey" kid.. "Dopey kids" kick over garbage cans, throw eggs, and do other mischievous things that don't cause people to fear for their lives. I know what a flare gun is, and if one was pointed at me I would be frightened. This is not about a "dopey kid", it's about someone unnecessarily fearing that they were going to have a flare gun shell shot through their window. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwB292Yz6gY


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