On January 9th at approximately 4:45 pm, a Ventura Drive resident reported that a package that was delivered to their home from New York was stolen from their front porch. Inside of the package was a Phoroptor, equipment used to conduct eye exams valued at $2,500.
The suspects contacted the sender in NYC in an attempt to sell the equipment back to him. After realizing that the equipment offered for sale was, in fact, the equipment that he had just shipped to his client in Lakewood, he immediately contacted the victim who in turn contact the Lakewood Police Department.
Within hours Det. Jason Pederson was able to locate the stolen equipment in an ad on Craigslist for $1,200. Posing as an area eye doctor, he contacted the seller and arranged a meeting to purchase the equipment.
At approximately 7:15 pm, Det. Jason Pederson and Det. Joseph Gregg met with the suspects at a local convenience store on New Hampshire Avenue.
After confirming the equipment was in fact the stolen property the suspects, identified as 26 year old Fritzley Francois of Lakewood and 29 year old Amy Morgan of Toms River were taken into custody by Detectives assigned to the Lakewood Police Department Street Crimes Unit.
Both were charged with theft, receiving and fencing. Francois’ bail was set at $22,500 and Morgan’s bail $15,000. [TLS]