BARNEGAT, NJ - Last night, Ring doorbells throughout the Township sent out alerts regarding ransacked cars. When police hit the scene in the Ocean Acres development, they came across two individuals. The 17-year old and 15 year old figured they'd give the responding officer a foot chase. No doubt they had no way of knowing Patrolman Robert Armstrong was in pursuit.
According to a press release issued by Barnegat Chief Keith Germain, Armstrong is a physical training instructor and a marathon runner. It's a reasonable assumption to figure he would catch up with the suspects - and did.
Residents may recognize Armstrong's name as the Barnegat Police Department K-9 officer. His trusty canine fellow officer Bullet died earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Armstrong's not the only one with some athletic talents who works nights. Anyone counting on the comfort of darkness to run away from police, should think otherwise.
"The department's midnight shift has more collegiate football standouts and PT instructors per capita than any midnight shift around," said Germain.
Barnegat Police detectives will be reaching out to the five victims in the Catalina Drive area who had property stolen out of their cars last night. Hopefully, all property has been recovered and will be returned.