POLICE SCANNER ALERT BACKFIRES ON TEEN

call-in-the-authoritiesBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

In a roundup of police activity in Fair Haven, authorities report a case of vandalism, not-so-crafty teens trying to avoid capture by carrying a police scanner and a car fire last week.

Fair Haven’s cop blotter for the month of June appears unedited below.

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ROUND TWO FOR FORTUNE HOUSE

fortune-house1A ‘for sale’ was planted out front of the T. Thomas Fortune House on Drs. James Parker Boulevard last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Four years after a historic Red Bank house was spared a possible meeting with the steel maw of a bulldozer, the T. Thomas Fortune house is back on the market at a sharply reduced price.

Though the house and acre of land it sits on have been available to buyers on and off for years, vandalism prompted the owners to plant a ‘for sale’ sign on the lawn last week, reigniting worries of preservationists. They fear the the three-story, Second Empire-style home to post-Civil War black newspaperman and activist T. Thomas Fortune might be razed.

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FAIR HAVEN SIGN WHACKED… AGAIN

fh-sign-missingVandals have apparently hit the Welcome to Fair Haven again. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Just a couple months after it was replaced, Fair Haven’s welcome sign on River Road was again a target of vandalism.

This time, though, somebody ripped the whole thing off its tall white stanchions, leaving bent metal and a hard-to-miss hole where the borough’s seal, the steamship Albertina, had stood as the official greeter to the borough.

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VANDALS HIT MULTIPLE MIDDLETOWN PARKS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConcrete steps at Tindall Park in Middletown were among targets of vandalism the last week, police said. (Photo courtesy of Middletown police; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Joy rides on newly sodded fields. Smashed steps. Portable bathrooms knocked over.

Middletown’s park system took some destructive and costly hits this past week as targets of vandalism, police said.

They aren’t sure who’s behind the thrashings yet, but they’re offering a cash reward for anybody who can lead to an arrest and conviction.

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TEENS BUSTED FOR ROOFTOP GRAFFITI

authorities2bBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Two local teenagers were arrested in Red Bank Thursday after being caught spray-painting a downtown building, police said.

Thomas Ley, 18, of Rumson, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, Captain Darren McConnell said. A 17-year-old male from Red Bank was also arrested and charged with the same crimes, McConnell said.

Police are also looking into whether the two may be involved in increased graffiti incidents within the borough the last two months.

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BLOTTER: VANDALISM AT RIVERSIDE GARDENS

rbpd2 spotlightThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 20 to June 24, 2011. This information is unedited.

Theft reported on 6-20-11 at Windward Way -residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole several pieces of expensive jewelry while she was in the process of moving and had employees of a moving company packing boxes. Sgt. Robert Gannon.

Theft occurring at Monmouth St. Restaurant/Bar on 6-20-11. Victim reported that a bracelet was lost or stolen while at the restaurant. Sgt. Robert Gannon.

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APARTMENT DRENCHED IN CRANBERRY JUICE

rbpd1 double patch rightThis edition of the blotter covers two weeks. Reports are provided by the Red Bank Police Department and appear here unedited.

NOVEMBER 26 TO DECEMBER 3:

Criminal Mischief occurring at Spring St. on 11-27-10. Victim reported that unknown person(s) ransacked apartment and entire unit was damaged by cranberry juice being poured on furniture and clothes. Ptl. Mike Campanella.

Theft occurring at W. Front St.-Antique Center on 11-28-10. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole two mink coats, tan in color from booth. Ptl. Paul Perez

Criminal Mischief occurring between 11-24-10 and 11-29-10 at River St.-School. Employee reported that unknown person(s) broke a window on the building. No entry gained. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

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VANDALS HIT RIVERSIDE GARDENS PARK

rbpd-patrolcarThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of November 19 to November 26, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Attempted Burglary at 52 Evergreen Terrace on 11-19-10. Report of unknown subject(s) attempted to break into the building. Found pry marks on lock and mail slot of door. Sgt. Robert Kennedy.

Burglary occurring between 11-18-10 and 11-19-10 at 58 McLaren St. residence. Victim reported that unknown subject gained entry into residence by smashing glass in rear door of home. Unknown if anything was stolen. Ptl. Robert Campanella.

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FIRE DEPARTMENT BOAT VANDALIZED

rbpd-patrol-webThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of September 17 to September 24, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on Bank Street on 9-16-10. Victim reported that unknown subject broke glass window in residence. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Lost cell phone occurring on 9-19-10 at Maple Ave. Victim reported placing his cell phone described as a grey Samsung Reality phone down and upon returning discovered it was missing. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-20-10 at Rector Place. Victim reported scratches on the paint of parked motor vehicle in the area of the trunk. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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