Armed Robbery

  Township of Hamilton Police Department Press Release     For more information contact Capt. Mike Petuskey at (609) 625-2700 ext. 579   Type of Incident:      ARMED ROBBERY                                    Officers Involved:     Ofc. C. Rizzo, Det. M. Virga           Prepared By:                         Ofc. C. Rizzo   On 12/29/2012 at 1935 hours, the Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to the Cologne Gardens Apartment Complex for a report of an armed robbery.   Upon arrival it was determined that a Pizza delivery driver was robbed by a subject at gunpoint for money. The subj ... Read the rest of entry »

Stucture Fire

  Township of Hamilton Police Department Press Release     For more information contact Capt. Mike Petuskey at (609) 625-2700 ext. 579   Type of Incident:      Structure Fire Date of Incident:       12/29/12 Officers Involved:     Ofc. G. Van Gilder & Det. M. Robison   On Saturday December 29th 2012 at approximately 0817 hours, The Township of Hamilton Police Department, along with the Mays Landing and Laureldale Fire Departments, responded to the 5900 block of Seventh Street for a reported structure fire.   Upon arrival, heavy fire was showing from the front of the residence. The homeowner, James DiBruno (57), was standing outside and reported that all occupants in the dwelling had safely exited. They were Mondal Tharp (56) and George Rankin (57), both of Mays Landing. Fire personnel on scene were able to bring the blaze under control approximately one hour later. The pre ... Read the rest of entry »

Police Involved Motor Vehicle Crash

  On December 24, 2012 at approximately 0039 hours, Township of Hamilton Police responded to the intersection of US Rt. 40 and CR 575 for a two car motor vehicle crash involving a police vehicle. The investigation revealed that a Hyundai being driven by Krystal Cruz of Bethlehem, PA was traveling southbound on CR 575. Cruz failed to stop for a red light at the intersection with US Rt. 40. The Hyundai collided with a Ford Crown Victoria Township of Hamilton patrol vehicle that was traveling westbound on US Rt. 40. The patrol vehicle was being operated by Officer Belford Rivera. The impact of the collision forced the patrol vehicle onto the center median where it struck and knocked down a pole supporting two traffic lights. Officer Rivera was treated on the scene by Township of Hamilton Rescue personnel and Atlanticare Medics. He was then transported to Atlanticare (City Division) for treatment of his injuries. Cruz and her passenger  were not injured in the crash. Cr ... Read the rest of entry »


On 12-8-12 at 1152 hrs the Township of Hamilton Police responded to 985 Morningside Dr for a Structure Fire.

Upon arrival, the attached garage was fully engulfed and spread to the house.  The Mays Landing Fire Department, assisted by Cologne Fire, Weymouth Fire, Mizpah Fire,  South Egg Harbor Fire, and Dorothy Fire Departments were able to extinguish the fire.  The residence sustained significant damage.

Two of the occupants, Carol Banker,age 56, and George Banker age 87,  were transported to the hospital for an evaluation by the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Det Robison and Twp Fire Investigator Frank Primavera

The American Red Cross also assisted at the scene.


Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Accident


On 11/27/12 at approximately 6:27pm, Ofc. Train of the Township of Hamilton Police Department was finishing up handling a minor motor vehicle crash at the intersections of Rt 40 and Rt 606 near the Harding Lakes section in Mays Landing. While out of his patrol vehicle and handing one of the drivers back their documents, he was struck by a vehicle being driven by Roslyn Herron, 86 of Vineland. She had just begun to proceed on to Rt 40 from the stop sign at Rt 606 when her vehicle made contact with the back of Ofc. Train. He suffered what is believed to be minor injuries and was transported to Atlantic Care Hospital by Hamilton Twp. Rescue, where he was released later that night. Herron had minor damage to her vehicle, and received a summons for careless driving. This case is being investigated by Sgt. Prychka. 

Structure Fire


On Tuesday, November 07, 2012 at approximately 05:16 am, The Township of Hamilton Police Department, along with the Mays Landing, Cologne, Laureldale and South Egg Harbor Fire Departments, responded to 5100 Black Horse Pike.  For a reported structure fire at the Atlantic Cape Community College building Q and gymnasium. The buildings were unoccupied and checked by police on the scene.  
The fire originated in building Q, at the electrical panel.  The power surge then ignited the electrical panel in the adjacent building.  There was minor fire damage in both buildings.  The cause of the fire does not appear suspicious but is still under investigation at this time by Fire Inspector Frank Primavera.   Also assisting on scene was the Hamilton Township Rescue Squad.

Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Crash

 On November, 5, 2012, at approximately 15:56 hours, Township of Hamilton Police responded to Route 40 and Hoover Drive, for a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle.

 A 2004 Honda Civic, driven by Leann Morton, age 29, of Minotola, was traveling East on Rt. 40.  Jamil Stewart, age 20, of Mays Landing, began to run across Rt. 40 and was struck by Morton's vehicle.

 Township of Hamilton Rescue responded to the scene and treated Stewart. Stewart was flown to Atlantic Regional Medical Center-Atlantic City for serious injuries.

Rt. 40 was closed in both directions for approximately one hour.

Traffic summonses are pending further investigation.

Motor Vehicle Crash

On 11-05-12 at 0940 hours the Hamilton Twp Police Department, Laureldale Fire and the Mays Landing rescue Squad responded to Route 50 in the area of Oak Street in regards to a motor vehicle crash with a overturned vehicle.  A 2005 Audi driven by a Tina Brickley, 29 of Galloway Twp was impacted by a 2002 Chevy driven by a Raoul Herrera, 42 of Mays Landing while Brickley was turning into a private driveway off of Rt 50.  Herrera's vehicle then overturned on the West side shoulder of Route 50.   Herrera was transported to Mainland Hospital by the Mays Landing Rescue Squad for minor injuries.  

Herrera was issued several summons in regards to the accident.


Ofc Imant Reinwalds is investigationg the accident.

Burglary and Theft Arrest


Type of Incident:      Burglary/Theft
Date of Incident:       10/30/2012    
Officers Involved:     Detective Bureau
Prepared By:             Detective Robison
Over the past few months Detectives have been investigating several Burglaries and Thefts in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township. Detectives were able to develop David Chesterton age 19 as a suspect in the Burglaries and Thefts.
On October 30, 2012 detectives arrested David Chesterton in the parking lot of the Hamilton Mall while he was attempting to sell stolen property. David was interviewed and admitted to his involvement in the Burglaries and Thefts.
David was charged with several counts of Burglary and Theft. He was lodged in the Atlantic County Jail on $35,000.00 cash bail which was set by Judge Switzer.

Resisting arrest

On 10/27/2012 @ approximately 8:45pm, Sgt. Muller observed a subject walking North on Leipzig Avenue, who matched the description of a subject that stole blu ray players from Sears earlier this night. Sgt. Muller approched the subject, Bernard Franklin age 45 of Williamstown. The subject attempted to elude police and hopped a residential fence and ran through a yard. He then hid in thick brush. Other officers responded as backup to include Sgt. Robell and his K9 partner Kota. A search began. Minutes later Kota found the subject in the brush and apprehended the subject. Mr. Franklin was treated at Atlantic City Hospital Mainland Division for a dog bite and was released. During transport back to the police station he continued with his violent behavior and damaged the police car by repeatedly kicking the interior and spitting. Mr. Franklin was charged with Shoplifting, Obstruction, Resisting, Criminal Mischief and Possession of a crack pipe. Bail was set at $25,000.00. He ... Read the rest of entry »