AC police make multiple arrests for Sandy burglaries

November 1, 2012 1:21:46 PM PDT
Atlantic City officials are reporting an increase in criminal activity following the mandatory evacuation during Hurricane Sandy.

Atlantic City police have made several arrests for attempted burglaries between Sunday, October 28th and Tuesday, October 30th.

Police arrested 27-year-old Richard Jackson and 20-year-old Jordan Frazier, both of Atlantic City for breaking into a Save-A-Lot grocery store in Renaissance Plaza in Atlantic City just before 11:30 p.m. Monday night. Both have been charged with attempted burglary and related offenses. They were released on a summons.

Atlantic City police arrested a group of males on Tuesday, October 30th for breaking into a deli in the 1300 block of Pacific Avenue. Police arrived just before 10:00 a.m. to find the doors forced open to Zias Deli.

Witnesses told police that four men fled in a blue Durango. Police located the vehicle a short time later and all four suspects were taken into custody. Police found stolen merchandise in the vehicle.

48-year-old Robert Kelsey, 41-year-old Kevin Beck, 35-year-old Brian Shepperson and 27-year-old Kelli Forrest were arrested on burglary and theft charges.

Police also arrested 44-year-old Rodney Stewart for breaking into vehicles in Atlantic City Tuesday.

Police say Stewart was apprehended in the area of Mississippi and Fairmount Avenues shortly after 6:00 p.m. attempting to flee police on a bicycle.

He is being charged with a number of offenses including criminal attempt-burglary, obstruction and resisting arrest.

Atlantic City police responded to a break-in in progress Tuesday night at 3818 Ventnor Avenue just before 11:30 p.m.

Police say the suspect kicked in the door of a residence and took several personal items from the owner.

Police arrested 32-year-old Miriam Murcau at the scene. He is being charged with burglary and theft.

Atlantic City Police say the number of calls for break-ins and burglaries has increased considerably during the mandatory evacuations and they have increased their patrols in response.

Police say a curfew continues to be in effect between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., and they warn the curfew will be vigorously enforced.