Arrest made in connection with two Lakewood Shul burglaries; Suspect was living in a tent

An arrest was made in connection with two Lakewood Shul burglaries, police confirm to TLS.

On October 16, Officers Yahr and Novak were conducting a check of the wooded area behind the 7-Eleven on River Avenue when they located a tent occupied by Andrew Ullery. The Officers observed Ullery attempting to conceal what they believed was evidence of a crime through a window on the tent. Further investigation led to them securing the tent pending a search warrant.

Prior to executing the warrant, Officer Campbell was able to obtain video from a recent burglary to Satmar Shul on Forest Avenue. Officers were able to obtain an accurate description of the suspect from the video provided.

Upon executing the search warrant, several GPS units were taken from the tent. Also, clothing worn by the suspect during the burglary mentioned above was recovered. Ullery was ultimately charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia and remanded to the Ocean County Jail pending a future detention hearing.

Today, the investigation into the burglary continued. Officer Matthew Rivera was able to obtain video from an additional burglary reported at Bais Medrash Ner Yisroel (see video below). A second Search Warrant was executed on the same tent and clothing worn by the suspect in the burglary to Bais Medrash Ner Yisroel was recovered, along with what appeared to be proceeds from additional burglaries.

“As a result of the ongoing investigation, we were able to charge Andrew Ullery, a 34-year-old male from Lakewood with two counts of Burglary, 2 counts of Theft and 1 count of Criminal Mishchief,” police said. “Ullery is currently being held at the Ocean County Jail. The investigation was conducted by Detective Cavallo.”

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  1. Glad he was caught but, at the same time, its heartbreaking. This is a penniless, homeless guy. Hope he gets the help he so desperately needs.

  2. What I feel bad about the most is that he had to lower himself so. I hope he takes the lesson well that drugs and theft are not worth living for; working hard and being a decent person is the way to go Andrew!

  3. So glad these posts include compassion. What he did was not ok and needs to be stopped. And he apparently needs help.
    I wish only compassionate and reasonable comments would be posted always….

  4. Im truly sorry for what I did I was despite and starving I lost my job and few months ago and fell had to drugs and now the cops took everything I own I have no clothes shoes they destroyed my tent and took my dog zakk I’m so much worse off now just for a few dollars I got

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