Car problems lead to police woes for trio

JACKSON — Three individuals who were experiencing car problems in a convenience store parking lot on East Veterans Highway ended up with more problems after an investigation by police revealed several of the individuals had outstanding warrants and other charges pending against them.

According to police, Officer Michael Kelly was on patrol at about 2 p.m. Oct. 6 when he observed people in a vehicle acting in a suspicious manner.

As Kelly approached to get a better look at what was taking place, a second car left the scene, according to police. The occupants of the first vehicle were left to push it through the parking lot.

After asking those three individuals if he could help them with their car problems, Kelly reportedly learned that the driver did not have a valid license.

Once other officers arrived at the scene, an investigation yielded several photocopies of a New Jersey driver’s license and a Social Security card. It was determined that one individual had provided the officers with a false name in an effort to hide outstanding warrants.

Jackson police Lt. Steve Laskiewicz said the officers recovered a “glass pipe … commonly used for smoking crack cocaine, a hypodermic syringe, a marijuana grinder, and a quantity of sublingual Suboxone.”

Police then arrested Robert Sanders, 44, of Jackson, Deborah Sanders, 48, of Lakewood, and Nicholas Varga, 21, of Jackson.

Police said Robert Sanders had outstanding warrants from Ventnor City and Longport.

Deborah Sanders had outstanding warrants from Hazlet and Phillipsburg and she was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe, according to police.

Varga had outstanding warrants from Toms River and Absecon. He was charged with hindering apprehension, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

Robert Sanders paid his warrants of more than $1,200 and was released from police custody.

Deborah Sanders had bail set at $25,000 and Varga had bail set at $15,000. Both individuals were unable to post bail and were transported to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River.