PHOTO: From Basketball to Court: Burglary Suspects Arrested While Playing Basketball

arrest oliverPHOTO: Two suspects accused of burglarizing a home and making off with jewelry and more, were arrested yesterday after being spotted on the basketball court, police say.

On March 31st Officer John Macerino responded to a Lexington Avenue apartment to take a burglary and theft report.

The victim stated that the suspect(s) entered their apartment through the front door. Once inside they took a Play Station 3, some jewelry and womens hand bags.

Officer Macerino learned that the complex had a video surveillance system and upon viewing it he identified one of the suspects as 21 year old Eric Oliver of Lakewood.

“On April 1st, Detective Cavallo, who was assigned the case, observed Oliver playing basketball outside of the Community Center located on Fourth Street,” says Dsgt. Greg Staffordsmith. “In addition, he also observed a second male who was also observed burglarizing the apartment as well.”

Both Oliver and the second male, 19 year old Joseph Vannell of Lakewood were arrested and transported to police headquarters.

Further investigation resulted in the recovery of the Play Station 3. Joseph Vannell was charged with Burglary and theft and released.

Eric Oliver, who also had an unrelated outstanding warrant for a prior theft offense was also charged with Burglary and Theft. Bail was set at $17,500 with out a 10% option. He was later transported to Ocean County Jail. [TLS]

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  1. Lakewood scoop does not know what they’re talking about. Joseph Vannell did not do anything he was set up. If he did do anything like this dumb article says then why is he not arrested and the 21 year old is ? Why isn’t his finger prints on any of the stolen merchandise ? EXACTLY!! Having his name on here is invading his privacy. Also look carefully at the picture i don’t see Joseph .. do you ?
    Im Requesting that his name be removed immediatelY.
    Also that the investigators do their job in proving who’s guilty and who’s not.
    For the record before posting anything y’all need to follow up on the report gather all the RIGHT information first!

  2. Ya ya, such sweet kids. As always, it’s only the real sweet kids in town being set up, most likely by LPD. Just as with the murderer of Officer Chris Matlosz, these kids are always so sweet you can eat them. Sell the bridge to the same people you sell the dope to, alright?

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