On Monday, 12/21/2015 at 12:41 pm Stafford Township Police responded to the Wal-Mart store located on Route 72 in reference to an unidentified white male who walked out of the store with one 48” and one 43” flat screen TV without paying for same. The value of the stolen TV’s totaled $500.
Investigation by Ptl. Joseph Luna identified the unknown male on the store’s video system and he obtained still photos of the male subject. The Photo of the subject was posted to the Stafford Township Police Department Facebook page and Twitter feed with a request for assistance in identifying the male. Almost immediately, Police received numerous tips identifying the subject. Ptl. Luna with the assistance of Patrolman Daniel Ivanchic of the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department located the subject who was identified as Alexander Witzke, 28 year old resident of Little Egg Harbor Township.
Further investigation by Ptl. Luna and Sgt. Kenneth Schiattarella disclosed that Witzke had also shoplifted a 43” flat screen TV valued at $400 from the K-Mart Store also located on Route 72 in Stafford.
Witzke was processed and charged with two counts of shoplifting and released pending a grand jury action in Ocean County Superior Court.
Chief Joseph Giberson issued the following statement “The Stafford Township Police Department would like to thank the members of the public that assisted us in quickly identifying Witzke. The cooperation of our community partners allowed the police department to quickly conclude this investigation and resulted in the closure of another theft that had not yet been reported to this Agency. We post notices of crimes, crime prevention tips, and other useful information to our Twitter, Facebook and Nixle social media sites and urge all residents to follow us so that together we can make Stafford Township a safer place to live”.