By JOHN T. WARD
Actually, three splashes, though it’s already got one: an on-the-spot piece that went up a bit prematurely earlier this month, at least by borough government standards.
Criminal Mischief occurring on 4-13-12 at Broad St. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) threw egg at window of business. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.
Theft occurring on 1-25-12 but reported on 4-13-12 at Leroy Place. Victim reported that a Coleman Air Mattress and a 2010 Electra Mens Cruiser bicycle was removed from his residence by former roommate. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.
Criminal Mischief occurring on 4-16-12 at E. Newman Springs Rd. Victim reported that unknown person(s) deployed graffiti onto the exterior of building. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.
Not that we condone defacing of other people’s property, of course… but this guy looking down on Broad Street in downtown Red Bank gives us a chuckle.
Is he looking for criminals in Gotham? Checking to see if his parking meter is still in the green? Or is just keeping a jealous eye on the cable-TV reality show being shot across the street? (Click to enlarge)
Theft occurring at Waverly Place on 5-13-11. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered parked vehicle and stole a Tom Tom GPS unit and cash. Ptl. Michael Campanella.
Theft occurring on Maple Avenue on 5-13-11. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) removed Apple I phone from his locker. Ptl. Michael Campanella.
Detective Joey Fields, lower right, with Mayor Pasquale Menna to his left and state Senator Jennifer Beck at center, addresses an audience on the topic of gangs at the Frank Talk art gallery Saturday.
Red Bank has gang members residing within its borders, and properties here have been tagged in spray paint with gang markings.
But the depth and extent of the borough’s problems with gangs are easily exaggerated, a pair of law enforcement officials suggested on Saturday, when they addressed about a dozen residents on the state of gang activity.
Nearly every community in Monmouth County, including high-income towns such as Rumson and Little Silver, has some gang presence, they said. But over recent years, crime associated with gangs has dropped in Red Bank, and authorities watch closely for signs of rebound, they said.
“Here, it used to be out of control,” said Det. Sgt. Tom Nuccio, a former borough detective who now runs the gang task force at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office. “It wasn’t uncommon to have out-of-town help come in on a Friday night to help control the environment. As far as I know, that hasn’t happened in the past ten years.”