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Brick Cops Nab Suspected Burglar

Long Branch man facing charges from September burglary

A man wanted in connection with a burglary in Wall Township was arrested by Brick police and charged with the crime, police said.

Robert Settles Jr., 31, of Long Branch, was arrested Oct. 5 by Brick Township police following a traffic stop on Sawmill Road, Wall Police Lt. Walter Pomphrey said.

Settles was turned over to Wall police, where he was charged with a single count of burglary and a single count of theft for his connection for a Sept. 18 burglary on Laurel Court, Pomphrey said.

Settles broke into the home through a window and stole an unidentified amount of property or money from the master bedroom, Pomphrey said.

Settles was taken to Monmouth County jail, Freehold Township, in lieu of $25,000 bail, Pomphrey said.

GT October 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Nice : )
WMS826 October 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Spend more time in the PD. I hate seeing that Herbertsville car hiding behind the firehouse instead of being where the action is. You drive a marked car for a reason, and that reason is not to hide it from view.
Hollowman October 10, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Nearly every job a police officer goes on requires a lengthy, wordy, report to be written. This is usually done on the mobile computers located inside of the cars. As it would be difficult to use a computer to write a report while driving, it's considered safe practice to "pull over" before starting such a report writing process. Now since it is also considered "unsafe" for an officer to be nose first in a computer instead of being aware of his surroundings, it is also considered "safe practice" to park in an inconspicuous place while typing such reports, since it is fairly difficult to be aware of ones surroundings while using a computer terminal. I understand you have absolutely zero understanding of police protocols, and simply jump to the conclusion that the officer is “hiding” but in all likelihood you are sorely mistaken and simply come across as ignorant to those who are actually more informed and experienced on the topic. Perhaps in the future you should refrain from ever speaking on topics of which you know nothing.
WMS826 October 10, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I have more knowledge about cops than you know. There is no need to hide up in the christmas tree sales area of the firehouse to write a report. If sawmill is so dangerous, too dangerous for eve n you guys to be in to pen out an invest report then we have serious problems.
Hollowman October 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I doubt you have a firm grasp of the English language, let alone the inner workings of a police department. It has nothing to do with whether or not sawmill is or is not dangerous. Yes a police officer has a job to do, but not at the risk of his own safety. If you disagree with that statement you have absolutely no comprehension of how a police officer works. They wait for back up, they follow procedures, and they don't unnecessarily place themselves in harm’s way. This is done throughout the town and pretty much throughout the country as standard procedure. Its simply safe and good practice and has absolutely nothing to do with the ominous "sawmill" area. Please try to comprehend that. Try really really hard. I know it may hurt, but take a break if you need to, come back and try again. It's a simple concept. Safety First.
Hollowman October 10, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Also, BrickPatch, I love how on other townships Patches I consistently see the moderators policing off-topic posts, yet people seem to run rampant on here posting any off topic thing they want. It seems especially allowed when it's people bashing on Police. Do you really condone this type of ignorant behavior?
WMS826 October 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Bullet proof vest, handgun, and long gun in vehicle and you worry about being in harms way. What goes in in Essex County and the real projects. Be a presence, that is what the uniform and billboard vehicle is all about. I do get a kick out of your attempt to belittle me and drive attention away from your own short comings.
WMS826 October 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Do our school bus drivers get a choice to enter this high crime area in force. They would be better targets then cops, unarmed and not trained to defend themselves. Do they get your pay? Do your jobs and place yourselves where the crime is. Be a presence and your problems will take care of themselves.
Hollowman October 10, 2012 at 07:06 PM
More police officers are murdered a year than in any other profession. In fact very few professions, including bus drivers, have to worry about being murdered in the course of their duties so that comparison is completely ridiculous. The fact of the matter is, police officers are targets of assault simply because of that badge, gun, and billboard police car and it is not their job to intentionally be placed in harms way to make you feel better. there have been 34 deaths by gunfire, 4 deaths by stabbing, 9 deaths by vehicular assault and 1 death from assault so far this year. A great number of those officers were attacked simply because they were wearing a uniform. I refer you to http://www.komonews.com/news/local/78088192.html, the story of 4 Washington state officers who were killed while reviewing reports prior to their shift. The gunman simply chose them because they were officers. No other reason. It is because of people like him that these procedures exist and I could care less what your opinion is on the matter, if things like that can be prevented by simply staying out of view while writing reports so be it.
Hollowman October 10, 2012 at 07:19 PM
As a reference, there were 75 police officers murdered because they went to work last year. There were 173 on-duty deaths last year, in total. Again, if there are precautionary measures that can be taken to lower that number as simple as staying alert when they can, and out of sight while doing things like writing a report, i'm all for those measures. Being a presence serves no one if the officer is too distracted to proactively do anything other than sit there. Being a presence serves even less if an officer were to be injured, requiring every other nearby officer to respond to assist and leaving other parts of the town unsupervised while that problem is addressed. It makes much more sense for an officer to take the few minutes per report to stay out of sight, write the report, and patrol areas while he can actually be alert and proactive as opposed to distracted and preoccupied while confined in a 2'x2' cubicle of a driver's seat. And I critiqued your writing style of your first response because it gave me a headache to attempt to read it. I'm glad to see you calmed down enough to be sure to actually physically type whole words out this time. I appreciate it.
WMS826 October 10, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Once again a shinning example of why people hate cops. Without this job you'd be driving a limo somewhere I bet. You seem to have a pre-occupation with death and violence while I do not seem to think about it when I work. I guess you perhaps doubt your own ability on the road. Sorry to think I am paying for this. On one hand you belittle my first post about the "ominious" Sawmill area, then you subject us to this rant about cops being killed and safety. Which is it, tax payers over reacting or truly a dangerous area that you are afraid to enter. If it is unsafe for police, then no one is safe there.
Hollowman October 11, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I left a very well paying job working for a govt contractor prior to being a police officer, but thats a great (ignorant) assumption you've made there. I do not have an obsession with death at all. It's unfortunate that police dying on the job is a reality of work that I as well as every other police officer must deal with on a daily basis. I place emphasis on knowing these statistics, as well as methods in which to reduce them, as much as any other job focuses on safety protocols. Tax payers are definitely over reacting to the specific area of sawmill, by assuming there is no crime any where else. Majority of the shootings that have taken place in brick town have been no where near sawmill and have nothing to do with the residents there. However, the assumption that there is no danger for a police officer anywhere is what causes complacency, and when police become complacent, people get hurt. What you paint as paranoia or doubt is really preparedness and questioning, which is a primary job of a police officer. Also, I never once said anyone was afraid to enter sawmill. I stated it isnt safe for an officer to be distracted and be out in the open for all to see while writing a police report ANYWHERE. I could care less where you are. Just like a police officer wouldn't go pulling 4 occupants from a car before his back up gets there because it is dangerous, he shouldn't place himself in situations where he could potentially be caught off guard.
Hollowman October 11, 2012 at 01:24 AM
All police officers should think about such things while they work. When I get out of my car and get my lunch, I take notice of everyone who walks in. I notice the cars already in the parking lot. I make sure I do not have my back to the door and I dont allow people to stand behind me. These are realities police have to face because situations like those have risen where police officers have been killed or injured for not doing it. I most definitely do not doubt my capabilities on the road, and its because of this mentality. It is a mentality shared by most officers I work with and it is simply a mindset of being prepared for anything. I can show you ton's of video of officers and civillians being hurt because police entered a scene complacently or lazily. Of officers being hurt or killed because they "assumed" there was nothing to worry about. I know this may be difficult for you as "how long to leave the fries in the deep fryer" is most likely your most serious concern at work, second only to "did they say a large coke or a medium?"
WMS826 October 11, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Hey Tackelberry, it would be wonderful if my police department would exude a little confidence now and then. There are other jobs out there and perhaps this is not the one for you. I understand anything can happen anywhere but you seem truly over the top. You get physicians money with your high school education minimal requirement and for what. To be scared to park on the side of the road in Sawmill so drug buyers and mules get a little nervous. Stay down here in Brick, you’d never make it in Essex County.
Hollowman October 11, 2012 at 03:08 AM
lol clearly you are too ignorant to bother with. if all police needed were confidence without tactics we wouldn't need bullet proof vests. I've been doing this job over a decade and don't need to prove myself to petty minded half wits like yourself. There are reason's for every tactic that police do, and I shouldn't expect someone as close minded and neurotic as yourself to comprehend their necessity. I'm done with this thread you are honestly too ridiculous for me

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