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Police Blotter: Middletown Couple Accused of Burglarizing Hotel Room

A loaded handgun was among the items allegedly taken on Nov. 4.

The following information was released by the Hazlet Police Dept. and the Monmouth County prosecutor's office. An arrest does not indicate a conviction. 

Nov. 4: On Sunday night around 11:30 p.m., Hazlet Police arrested two Middletown residents at the Best Western on Route 35 in Hazlet for allegedly stealing items from the room of two men from Lebanon, Va., employees of a tree cutting service, who had left their door ajar.

Richard M. Quinn, 28 and Alexis Bruno, 23, both of Middlewood Road in Middletown, are accused of taking personal property from one hotel guest valued at $619, which included a loaded .22 caliber handgun. They also stand accused of taking a $250 iPod belonging to the other hotel guest. 

According to the police report, Bruno allegedly took the items from the room while Quinn stood guard in the hallway. 

When officers arrived, they said they saw the handgun tucked in Bruno's belt.

Quinn and Bruno were charged with burglary, conspiracy and theft. Bruno was additionally charged with unlawful possession of a handgun.

Charges may still be pending against the Virginia man for possession of the loaded handgun, said Hazlet Det. Charles McBride.

Both were taken to county jail and held on $20,000 bail, set by Judge Michael D. Pugliese, which they both posted. They were scheduled to return to court on Nov. 12.  

Nov. 9: Nicolle S. Manso of Carr Avenue in Keansburg was arrested by Middletown Police and charged with stealing a $500 Apple iPad and a purse valued at $250. Manso was released on bail, set at $5,000, by Judge Richard B. Thompson. 

Nov. 10: Andrew E. Schacht of Frances Place in Keansburg was arrested by Middletown Police and charged with burglarizing several locked cars in the township. Schacht was released on $5,000 bail. 

NJarhead November 16, 2012 at 04:13 PM
That would be the only thing that would make sense. That would also indicate that Dumb and Dumber have quite the set of kiwi's as it takes all of a minute to get ice. haha. Who knows...
JerseyBoy November 17, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I live in NJ, but grew up with guns around, hunting guns, ones that have a reason and a purpose besides social violence like hand guns.
Cherylyn Mac January 08, 2013 at 01:02 PM
I live in Florida and have a concealed weapons permit for years here and when you apply for the permit you are made aware that before you travel to a state that it is your responisbility to find out if that state honors your permit. I once lived in NJ and can assure you that they do not honor Florida's permits. With the economy being as it is and home invasions being what they are; I can assure you that if I were staying in a hotel room I would NEVER lock my weapon in a safe or other item that would take time to get to....violence take just a second to happen. I applaud the the men to have enough sense to realize that a crime was taking place and to get help from the local police....this is as it should be. You can be assured that men coming from the south would not just have one gun on their person; there would also be one in their vehicle and they could have easily turned a simple robbery into something more if they were not educated in the ways of being a gun owner. As mentioned before; this is about two men trying to take something from someone that did not belong to them, not to play kangeroo court on a victum
JerseyBoy January 08, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Knowing you live in Florida now, makes me feel much safer living in NJ. Although, I've never heard the song "kangeroo court" especially played on a "victum".
NJarhead January 08, 2013 at 01:58 PM
@JerseyBoy. Why, are you one of those who would blame the homeowner if they shot an intruder?

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