Juveniles charged with burglary

PLUMSTED — Three township juveniles have been charged with 39 counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

Plumsted police said the arrests were connected to a series of burglaries and thefts from more than 20 unlocked vehicles that were parked at Benson’s adult community and at several homes in the vicinity of Tower Road. The thefts were all reported between July 4-14.

According to Police Director Michael Lynch, the arrests followed Cpl. Robert Zack’s encounter with two juveniles he saw riding bicycles at 5:10 a.m. July 14 on East Millstream Road. Lynch said that as a result of Zack’s questioning of the juveniles they were charged with the offenses, as was a third juvenile subsequent to Zack’s initial encounter with the first two.

Lynch said when the juveniles were encountered by Zack on the morning of July 14, neither of them were in possession of any stolen items. He said Zack’s investigation led to the recovery of some of the stolen items.

Zack, 38, is a 10-year veteran of the Plumsted Police Department.

Lynch lauded Zack for what he called "exemplary police work" and said, "This officer’s professionalism and diligence along with the way he set about conducting this investigation is what solved the case and brought peace of mind back to the seniors affected and all the residents of this town."

Lynch said police expect to make additional arrests and bring additional charges against those involved.