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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.

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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