Barnegat Police Officer runs down two teens looting parked cars
Governor Phil Murphy has repeatedly asked for people not to go out between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am to lower the risk of the coronavirus spreading in the community, but some people just don't care.
Two teenagers, 15 and 17, who were dressed in dark clothing and wearing gloves were seen by a resident going through parked cars in Barnegat and pulling on vehicle door handles in the Ocean Acres Development on Catalina Drive late Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.
Patrolman Rob Armstrong located the two juveniles who immediately fled from the scene on foot.
Armstrong is also a Physical Training instructor at the police academy and a marathon runner.
"Not good odds if you’re planning on running. Even if there are two of you," Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain said.
Ptl. Armstrong took both Barnegat teenagers into custody following the foot pursuit.
He also recovered stolen property that the juveniles had in their possession.
"This is probably a good time to mention that midnight shifts are not a good time to run from our officers," Chief Germain said. "I’m pretty sure we have more collegiate football standouts and PT instructors per capita than any midnight shift around."
If you’re one of the five victims in the Catalina Drive area who had property stolen out of your car last night, you’ll be hearing from Barnegat Detectives in the near future Chief Germain said and "hopefully getting your property back."
"Kudos to our alert resident and Ptl. Armstrong for working together to keep our neighborhood safe. That’s how it’s supposed to work."