Police arrested a suspected toy-thief early this morning, with the assistance of the LCSW, sources say. At about 3:00 a.m., a resident observed a man picking up toys from the Forest Park neighborhood and placing them into his vehicle. The resident called the LCSW while following the vehicle with his.
The suspect stopped at the Taxi service station on Route 88 and South Clifton, where LCSW members pulled up as well.
Upon seeing the members, the suspect began threatening and harassing them, at which point police were called.
Multiple officers arrived within one minute, members say, and placed the man under arrest.
LCSW asks residents to park children’s bikes and toys indoors or locked up over night. They also ask that you contact police if you believe any of those toys may belong to you. TLS-CCP.
Guys thanx for coming out…
Why would you call the LCSW? Are they law enforcement? No, they are not! What happens if this “toy thief” was armed and shot one of the members of LCSW? You would be to blame. The thing that people do not understsnd is to call 9-1-1 in an emergency, not a voluntteer organization. Peace and Shalom to y’all!
You guys dont get enough recognition. This amazing- to come out on erev pesaxh at 3 in the morning- just unbelievable!
Also thanx to lpd.
Why is LCSW confronting anyone?
to #2 bravo, well said, I agree with youwhat put yourself in harms way call the police, I understand that following him , but to confront him that to me is asking for trouble, that’s why we have the police.
to # 2.
With all due respect to the LPD, If the police were called in this situation, chances are that the suspect would have been gone and never caught.
When calling PD, one is asked a series of questions before they get the call to an officer. This slows down the process. I figured this out when I ran into a situation and called police. My gut told me to call LCSW but instead I did what I though was right and called Police.
In the end the suspect got away. I am sure this would not have happened with LCSW
It is similar to calling any professional company as opposed to a “mom and pop”. With “mom and pop” you get “service”, with professional you get “protocol”
This is not to say that the service of the LPD is not necessary. It absolutely is! I just think that the LCSW is a great asset to the LPD and our community. And if gd forbid the suspect had a gun…? I pitty anyone on the call lpd or LCSW.
Chag kosher visameach!
#6- “mom and pop’s” aren’t trained law enforcement officers. They do not have any way to defend themselves. In response to your argument that the thief would have gotten away- take down a license plate number.
I do believe LCSW is a wonderful service, but these situations can turn sour quickly.
I pesonaly know of a story where a guy was being attacked and the police told the guy that units are on the way it took 5 minutes until a unit showed up I’m not sure if the community knows how few cops are on patrol due to cuts and retirements maybe it would be a good idea to have a extra set of eyes and ears trained by the police to alleviate the issue at hand
Maybe the guy thought that the toys left around were unwanted. People do leave unwanted things outside for others to pick up. If it’s laying around the front of the house, it can very easily be thought of as trash.
The problem is in calling 911, if it is a non-emergency then call LPD directly and the call will go directly to dispatch (732)363-0200 and then press Zero a lot faster than calling 911….
he wasnt arrested!
Again.. I praise the LCSW for doing an awesome job…. BUT!!!!!!! Lakewood Residents – we need to alert the police FIRST – then LCSW. I’m surprised LCSW doesn’t enforce this as well. They are not law enforcement. They cannot arrest anyone. They cannot use force on anyone. The stories of “Somebody saw somebody going around pushing dogs into fences and immediately called LCSW…” is getting old. CALL THE POLICE FIRST – THEN LCSW.
you keep calling LCSW first, then when something tragic happens to one of them, it will be on your consciense !!! ” CALL THE COPS” ……
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