On July 3, 2014 at 1719 hours Long Beach Township Police responded to 25 E 34th street in Brant Beach in reference to a reported suspicious vehicle in the driveway and possible burglary. Upon his arrival the homeowner reported locating someone in the attic of the residence. Prior to police arrival the homeowner contacted the suspect who subsequently threatened the homeowner with a knife and proceeded to spray pepper spray in his face before fleeing. Arriving patrol units secured the area. A systematic search of the area was conducted assisted by K9 units from Stafford Twp and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. The suspect, Jason Streko age 44 of Mine Hill NJ, was located in the trunk of a car inside the garage of a residence one block away. Mr. Streko resisted officers prior to being arrested and was transported to headquarters. Ptl. Paul Vereb charged Mr. Streko with two counts of Burglary, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, two counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Possession of CDS, and Terroristic Threats. Mr. Streko was lodged in the Ocean County Jail on $75,000 bail set by Judge James Liquori.
Ship Bottom Police Dept.
Stafford Twp Police Dept. K9 – Officer Chris Smith
Ocean County Sherriff’s Dept K9 - Officer Theodore Wielichoski
May 06, 2014
REAL ESTATE & OTHER SCAMS
The Long Beach Township Police Department has recently investigated several real estate scams. There have been homes from the Long Beach Township area which were listed on Craig’s List and other websites for rent. The homeowners list their property but the suspects will copy the online ad and will list the property for rent at a much lower price. When people read the ad online the suspect will request a 60% – 70% down payment through a bank transfer. The homeowner sometimes will find out when the person renting the property emails questions or checks the ownership of the property and finds it is not whom they were emailing with. On extreme cases the renters may even show up at the home and find it already rented by someone else. In the most recent case the renter found an ocean front home for the price of $1550.00 a week plus a security deposit of $400.00 plus an 8% tax. If the deal seems too good to be true it probably isn’t.
Other scams that have been occurring have been:
People receive phone calls from “collection companies” for past due accounts. They ask the victim to purchase a pre-paid Visa or similar card and mail the card to the collection company to satisfy the debt.
Family scams – the victims, usually the elderly, will receive a call from an individual identifying themselves as an attorney representing a family member who has been arrested in another country; i.e. Canada, and they request bail be sent through Western Union so that the family member may be released and not sent to jail.
Foreign Lotteries – The victims will receive a call or email telling them that they have won a foreign lottery and not to tell anyone. The victim is asked to send an amount of money to the lottery commission in the country in order to receive their prize.
In all the above cases the victim will lose the money expended to the scammer and due to the fact most of these scams are occurring out of the United States there is little or no recourse for the victim. The Long Beach Township Police investigate these cases as far as possible and often forward them to federal agencies for further investigation or intelligence gathering purposes.
Contact: Det. Hullings