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Hammer-Wielding Brick Man Charged in Rite Aid Burglary

Anthony Azevedo, 26, was arrested early Monday

A 26-year-old township man was behind bars Monday after being arrested outside the Burnt Tavern Road Rite Aid store on burglary charges.

Anthony Azevedo, 26, of Sawmill Road, was arrested after Ptl. Scott Smith investigated a call around 1:10 a.m. Monday about a suspicious car in the parking lot of the CVS store, also on Burnt Tavern Road, according to Capt. John Rein. After he heard banging noises coming from the Rite Aid pharmacy located down the stree, Smith drove there and saw a man, later determined to be Azevedo, swinging a hammer against the store's drive-in window.

After first trying to walk away, Rein said Azevedo complied with Smith's order to drop the hammer and stop. He was placed under arrest without incident.

A further check of the pharmacy by police indicated that Azevedo attempted to smash the drive-in window but was not successful in gaining entry before Smith arrived on scene, Rein said.  A GMC Sonoma truck, later determined to be the vehicle Azevedo had been driving, was fund on Tanner Court, a short distance from the pharmacy.  The vehicle was seized pending further investigation, said Rein.

Azevedo faces charges of burglary; criminal mischief; and possession of burglary tools (the hammer).

Bail was set by Brick Municipal Court Judge Robert LePore at $20,000 no 10 percent option.  Azevedo was unable to post bail and was transported to the Ocean County Jail, Toms River.

Detective Jason Mathews is continuing the investigation.

79 May 03, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Good job Officer Smith
Alexander May 03, 2011 at 01:38 PM
http://brick.patch.com/articles/man-arrested-after-threatening-off-duty-officer-with-knife-in-wal-mart-parking-lot This guy gets around! Me thinks there may be a trend or a guy with the same name spelled 3 different ways?????
79 May 03, 2011 at 02:34 PM
That $75,000 bail set by the municipal court judge for the February 2011 charge is a justified amount. However, once they go to the county and appear in front of that judge, THEY tend to look at the charge and the bail amount in a different light (being they are a HIGHER authority ... or so they think) and will lower the bail dramatically OR sometimes ROR the subject ..... thus out on the streets committing ANOTHER crime or possibly hurt or even kill another person. Then when they commit the big one .... there is public outcry why he was out on bail?? THIS happens all the time AND it is wrong. Bail is set too make sure the suspect shows of for court "period" .... NOT the protection of the public OR the police AND is wrong to say the least.
mayah69 May 03, 2011 at 04:56 PM
looked up his name on data universe...for a young guy he has quite the record already...according to his record he just got out after doing a 4 year sentence(which was't 4 years) for the same thing.... Obviously this is his career and the courts need to be alot harder since as soon as he gets out he's doing it again.
Denny D May 03, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Drugs ruin peoples' lives. A typical sad story. If this guy can get clean, a big if, where can he go to get a job? He is unemployable. Why would anyone take a chance and hire him?
The Chief May 04, 2011 at 02:12 AM
So thats it his life is over at 26.....so wrong...he can turn his life around, long and hard road. Wishing him all the best...
Micsun May 04, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Same guy, his chances should be up. Come on Judges do your job before someone gets hurts. Man Arrested After Threatening Off-Duty Officer With Knife in Wal-Mart Parking Lot Suspect faces threats, weapons charges By Daniel Nee | Email the author | February 18, 2011 A Brick man was arrested Feb. 13 after police say he threatened an off-duty Lavallette police officer with a knife in the parking lot of the Brick Wal-Mart store. Anthony Azevedo, 26, of Sawmill Road, was arrested after a confrontation with the officer and his wife in the parking lot, according to Brick Police Capt. John Rein. After Azevedo nearly hit the couple while backing out of a parking space
Denny D May 04, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Look up the definition of recidivism.

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