OMG PD: Out of the Shower, Into Confrontation with a Burglar
Also, cops say a woman was selling drugs out of an 86-year-old's home
Each week, Patch takes a peek at some of the more surprising, shocking, stunning and occasionally silly police-related incidents reported throughout New Jersey for "OMGs from NJ PDs."
Some of the recent reports:
You Don't Tug on Superman's Cape, Installment No. 98320B: Here's the OMG Criminal Mastermind Tip of the Week: Don't commit crimes. Tip No. 2: If you do commit a crime, don't get arrested. Tip No. 3: If you do get arrested, try not to make it worse for yourself by giving the cops a hard time. Tip No. 4: If you do give the cops a hard time, expect to find yourself in the OMGs. Belleville cops told us about one driver they say went right to Tip No. 4. They say he caught their attention because smoke was billowing out of his car. When the cops tried to flag the driver down, they said, the driver nearly drove into a patrol car. And when the vehicle was finally stopped, police reportedly made a few discoveries: the car was seriously damaged, and the driver was seriously intoxicated. So that was bad enough. But the driver didn't help his case much when, according to police, en route to HQ he told them, "I live in Belleville, I have a big family, and I'll see you soon," and "I know you, I'll kill you, and I will find your family." As a negotiating strategy, apparently, it fell a little short.
It's Not Easy Being Clean: When you get out of the shower, you want to find a towel—not a burglar. But Toms River police say a woman ran into an intruder who apparently wasn't so big on clean living himself, as she exited her own shower. Fortunately, the burglar ran away immediately, no one was hurt, and nothing was successfully stolen, police said.
That's My Girl: There are a lot of typical fronts for drug dealing — shady storefronts, ice cream vans, and so on. But grandpa's isn't usually one of them. Yet police say an 86-year-old man's spring chicken of a 52-year-old girlfriend admitted to selling a brick of heroin a day out of his Toms River home, among other drugs.
Thanks for the Tip: OMG Criminal Mastermind Tip of the Week No. 5 has to be this: If you've got 240 decks of heroin in your house, don't direct the police there. Jefferson police said a woman did just that, when being sentenced on another matter. She told police she couldn't go to jail because she had to care for her elderly grandmother—so when police stopped by to check on the grandmother, they reportedly found the drugs.