Safety never sleeps in New Jersey
SEA BRIGHT, NJ A Labor Day tradition in a local municipality came to a sudden halt today as a man was arrested for possessing destructive devices. The Labor Day Parade, a staple of South Plainfield, was cancelled due to security concerns. It is now becoming more clear what happened as it started in Sea Bright. The man, South Plainfield resident Thomas Kaiser, was orginally stopped in Sea Bright.
The suspicious package left in Sea Bright brought the investigation north to South Plainfield. It ended with Kaiser's arrest. In the meantime, the Labor Day Parade was cancelled in South Plainfield due to security concerns of Kaiser's nearby residence and a planned visit from the Governor.
According to a news release, the Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Chief Brett M. Friedman of the Sea Bright Police Department, and Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department announced that Thomas G. Kaiser, 55, of South Plainfield was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a destructive device for an unlawful purpose in the second degree. He was also charged with one count of possession of a destructive device in the third degree. It is anticipated that additional charges will be forthcoming.
The South Plainfield Police Department canceled the South Plainfield Labor Day Parade out of an abundance of caution and due to the potential threat to the community.
The release stated that on September 1, 2019, an investigation began in Monmouth County when a suspicious package with a destructive device was left at Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright. An investigation by the Sea Bright Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office led to the South Plainfield residence of Thomas Kaiser. During the investigation it was learned that there were other destructive devices near his home which is located in the vicinity of the start of the South Plainfield Labor Day Parade prompting its cancellation.
Kaiser was transported to the Sea Bright Police Department where he was criminally charged.
If anyone sees or uncovers a suspicious package, they are urged to contact law enforcement.
An investigation was conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Sea Bright Plainfield Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office the South Plainfield Police Department, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the FBI, the New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad and various K-9 units.
The investigation is ongoing and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Daniel Chernavsky of the Sea Bright Police Department at (732) 842-0010, Detective Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 803-5406, or the South Plainfield Police Department at (908) 755-0700.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Kaiser are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.