Woman Robbed, Cut While Walking Along Herbertsville Road

Police looking for three suspects

A woman walking along Herbertsville Road was accosted by three men, robbed and cut with a boxcutter Thursday afternoon, police said.

According to Brick Police Capt. John Rein, the police department received a call at about 3:25 p.m. Thursday from the Krauszers convenience store on Herbertsville Road reporting a woman had been robbed of her purse and cut in the process.

The victim, a 38-year-old township woman, told police she was walking along a trail on the side of Herbertsville Road near the Brick Township Fire Training Center when she was accosted by three young men. One of the group attempted to steal the victim's purse by cutting the shoulder strap with a box cutter and, in the process, cut the victims right hand.

All three then fled the area on foot, two running south on Maple Ave. and one running into the wooded area to the rear of the fire training center, Rein said.

The area was searched by police officers and K-9 units but the suspects were not found by Thursday evening.

The victim was treated on scene by Brick Police EMS and transported to for treatment of her injury.

The suspects are described as teenaged, black males with a light complexion, one wearing a red hooded jacket, one wearing black and yellow jacket and the last wearing a black leather jacket.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Brick Township Police Detective Kenneth Steinberg at 732-262-1120.

RCL67 February 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I had to call the police on a matter back in November. He gave me my case # ; it was in the 66,000. ( approx ). He said to me " Do you know what that means?" I said , no. He said that "you are the 66,000 police report we did this year." In a town of roughly about 80,000, I was the 66,000 person to file! That averages 187.5 calls and reports to be filed everyday. And it was only the middle of November. So, yes, we need more police. Perhaps we, the citizens of Brick, can stand up and say " Enough" of these people ruining our town! We need to go to the town hall meetings and MAKE NOISE , not excuses of why we didn't attend. I want to just say again - the police are just as disgusted as we are.....
RCL67 February 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Oh, PS - the police matter I had to deal with had nothing to do with the people here in Maple Leaf....
Brian February 05, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Many people who work retail are also not home for Christmas, the super bowl and thanksgiving. Do you really want to lump our police officers into the likes of a Walmart worker? I think what reality is saying, is that if we didn't have a force so top loaded with over paid commanders, perhaps we could have a few more lower paid patrolmen on our streets. With all do respect, $100k+ is alot of money for police in this town. Especially for the higher ranks that do not patrol anymore. And again, I respect greatly what you do for this town, please don't take my comments as a sign of contempt, its more of frustration. It just seems to me that if the top dogs weren't paid so much, we could have a few more patrolmen helping you out. And i may be way off base of course, but do our Sargents, Lieutenants, and Captains ride on patrol? I would love to have the SET team return, I understand it was ended bc of monetary issues. Its just hard for the common man to hear that manpower was reduced bc of money issues when so many of our police are making 100k+. I dont mind the patrolmen making more money bc of overtime, it bothers me that so many of our senior officers make a base salary of 100k+ when they haven't written a ticket in years.
rememberwhen February 05, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Deeply how do U know how great your tenants are unless U live next door ? Ask the people in the area, I won't even go to Krauszers anymore because of the people in the area.When I stood outside to get signatures you have no idea how many told me that they can't vote because they were convicted felons hence couldn't sign because no voter registration ( oh and had no problem explaining as it never occurred to me that a convicted felon couldn't vote). I am not saying everyone in Maple Leaf is a felon but I also have renters and to be honest I have no idea how nice or NOT nice they are I assume they are nice because they have been my tenants for over 20 yrs,,,but do I know it for a fact NO!
rememberwhen February 05, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Agree JB
rememberwhen February 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Brian the same thing is happening in Ocean Twp. My brother called it block busting???
knarfie February 05, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Why are people blaming the police? Everyone want's to be "politically correct" and not call it like it is. It"s some of the lowlife who live in that section and other areas of Brick that we never had before.
J.JONES February 05, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Knarfie..I agree everyone always wants to be Politically Correct because to many people get very defensive when comments are made that have a lot of truth to them..It always comes to a racial battle when its all races causing these problems in every area of Brick town. The facts are this town isn't as safe as it was 5 yrs ago..and the change of families moving here have changed in some cases for the worse..So with that said I believe the cops do what they can under there leadership and guide lines that they must follow..You know not every cop sits in 7-11 parking lots killing time, some of them drive around all night in there area of responsibility and being a shore town we get traffic from all over the state and you never know when someone is going to be hurt .. It sad because the injuries come from young ,middle age,and 75 % of our population the senior's..So give our cops some credit , be on the look out and call and call again till someone shows up when someone or something dont look good..
DeeplyConcerned February 06, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Please do not be so ignorant as to classify all landlords as slumlords. I am not a slumlord. I am a hard-working, decent, respectable Brick Township resident that happens to own rental property. Your reply is completely offensive.
Deena Gerbis February 08, 2012 at 02:23 AM
You would think because they have a steady rental income coming in they would at least care to upkeep the property and not allow seedy folks to live there. Afterall, they own it and if it turns to crap they can not rent it out.
rememberwhen February 08, 2012 at 11:51 PM
WOW Hollowman you sure know a lot about what the police think and feel. AMAZING! I'm not even sure what my family thinks or feels.
knarfie February 09, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Hollowman sounds like a police officer to me, and I bet a very dedicated one. Am I right, Hollowman?
rememberwhen February 09, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Where does race enter the picture? Couldn't care less what race or religion you are but I am concerned about people being accosted day or night!!!!
Hollowman February 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I will neither confirm nor deny that.
rememberwhen February 09, 2012 at 02:25 PM
If Hallowman is a police officer sure has a lot more time to blog here then I do ?????? I come in maybe twice a week if it's a subject that concerns me I try to read it daily but never have the time for long retorts. This morning most of the blogs were from Hollowman?
Hollowman February 09, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Most of my posts were made several days ago Lazzari. And they were made over the course of several days, during my days or time off from my job. I dont understand what it is you are trying to get at? Do police officers not have time off to read and respond to online articles like the rest of society? If I work late nights and am therefor awake at 4am on my nights off, there isnt likely much else to do now, is there? I like to remain informed and I also like to inform people about topics they may not know all that much about. I dont really see the harm in posting a lot of information. I like to write! Lazzari, I think you may just be trolling for an argument.
Hollowman February 09, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Also, Lazzari, Looking at your posting history on your profile you regularly seem to post at least one reply a day, every other day, if not a few more. There are a few weeks where you havent posted, but for the most part have stuck to that trend of one a day every other day. I, however, have only had about 2 weeks of activity on one specific post that really interested me. It seems to me you have far more time to read and post then I do.
Richy Russo February 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Lazzari must be a cop if he can post once a day.. ;-p Truthfully, I've been researching this issue and it appears to be a problem everywhere. Our problem is that the area in question is more of a failure of the township and management ordinances. There should be no sublets, only owners. Or at the very least owners should be required to have a residence in the town or in the complex. Maybe some others have ideas, but the township and management company better do something about this now.
Hollowman February 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
lol Richy. But I dont think, as someone else stated earlier, that the township can really create laws barring certain people from living anywhere in town. The management probably could but how do you go about forcing a management company to create policy that could potentially create hardships on their property owners? The idea about a gated community isnt too bad, though it could potentially be a pain for responding police to have to wait for a gate or security bar to raise out of the way. A neighborhood watch for the purpose of only reporting, not interacting, and having police liaison isnt a shabby idea but most likely entails liability for the township and police dept as well, that perhaps the township cant cover. we've beaten the whole substation/permanent patrol to a pulp and for now it just isnt logistically feasible without hiring many more people or disbanding fairly successful important specialized units to increase patrol numbers.... people should find a management office of a complex they consider safe that doesnt have the issues people see in their neighborhood, and ask what they have done to maintain that level of safety and quality of life.
Richy Russo February 09, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I see your point, but the hardship on the property owner is not my concern. The property owner is going section 8, and this is creating a hardship on us here in Herbertsville. If they want these people, then rent them a room in their own homes and spare us the problem of having to live next to them. There are plenty of good residents there but the character of this town is being brought down by the few waiting in the shadows with box cutters who happen to live there, because the property owner decided to f*** the rest of the area by going section 8. That was a choice made by the owner, not MGMT.
Richy Russo February 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM
BTW, the township taxes me on my Jacuzzi tub and tells me which way the fence must open when you install a pool. I am sure they can come up with some ordinance regulating the amount of scum which flows into Maple Leaf..
Hollowman February 09, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Most people will agree with you, but you do need to agree that there ARE some responsible landlords and some very nice renters, and a blanket policy of no subletting, no renting, no section 8, is definitely a hardship on some very good people. There are much better ways of dealing with this than kicking out ALL renters assuming that they are nothing but trouble. I'm really curious about getting in touch with a different management company who hasnt had any issues like the ones described by the residents at sawmill.
Richy Russo February 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Blanket policy exists for every law within a locality, no one is above the law. I do agree that there are good landlords, renters and families there in Maple Leaf and other areas around us. Since these problems we are discussing are not self regulating, then it should be the responsibility of the township and Mgmt to see that what we've learned thus far is not repeated. It seems that the Mgmt there is not taking an active roll in being a good neighbor to others living in the area. The landlords are interested in one thing and that is collecting rent (since the problem is there and we are here posting about it,) one must assume that they don't care or they would take an active role in getting rid of the crap that lives in their complex. I don't care if the whole town were filled with section 8'ers as long as they aren't stabbing women on the street for their handbags and selling drugs. A useful tool in law enforcement where I came from was debriefing. Every person put thru the system regardless of the crime was "debriefed". Questions such as: Do you know of anyone in your area involved in crime? Have you noticed an suspicious activity in your neighborhood? etc. This often reveals the "hidden crimes" occurring in a town that most people (or the police for that matter) don't see. Yet when presenting these questions to everyone "picked up" will sometimes give you the info you need to see these crimes or at least observe the persons revealed by the info.
Richy Russo February 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Drunks are usually the best source of info btw, a few shots of Jack Daniels and they will snitch on their own mother.. lol
rememberwhen February 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Hallowman you seemed to have missed the fact that I said ...(I come in maybe twice a week if it's a subject that concerns me I try to read it daily but never have the time for long retorts.) Also look at the time stamps I comment many times as I read the blogs and keep it short . I wouldn't have blogged now had I not seen 10 comments in my E mail as I passed the PC. BTW I'm not a man but guess only men can comment or be police officers.
J.JONES April 12, 2012 at 03:30 AM
With the warmer weather coming ..wait and see how many more problems come out of the Maple leaf ..and Millbrook condo's ..and the surrounding areas..watch you backs and property ..
clyde May 02, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Since there is soo much scum in maple leaf, can we declare it an enviromental hazard?? Then make it a superfund site, bulldoze it & then put up solar panels.
Myron Kozak June 27, 2012 at 08:34 PM
The new management of Maple Leaf Park Condo has invested over $125,000 in surveillance cameras in phase I, which Brick Police can monitor remotely. The cameras have helped the police on three break-ins. Phase II scheduled in next sixty days, when project is finish all the courts and common hallways will be monitored.
Frank September 24, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I've been reading these comments that were posted earlier this year. Just let me say that I have lived in Maple Leaf for 15 years. Yes, we've had our problems, but they are not as exaggerated as most of you have made them out to be. There has been a HUGE improvement in the entire development since MSK Property management has taken over last year. The maintenance has improved dramatically, there are cameras everywhere which has scared away most of the druggies, etc. Once they found out they were being watched and videotaped they left. I have asked many of the neighbors who used to complain about things happeneing at the bus stops, etc. They all confirmed they haven't seen anything since the new security and cameras have been implemented. Everyone feels much safer now and it has gotten much quieter. Things are looking up!
Richy Russo September 26, 2012 at 06:48 AM
That's great Frank, maybe this administration can put cameras up on Herbertsville road where this incident took place, Instead of bombarding us with red light cameras. Maybe security cameras are in order. They have them around the reservoir.. I guess they like to look at the water.. Maybe they can "kill two birds with one stone" and put a red light camera at Maple and Herbertsville which is just a few feet from where this happened. Now that there are cameras in your development, they will simply take their business outside of the complex. But our town is too busy planning more red light cams to be concerned about actual solving real problems in this town. I can't even get them to do their jobs when I call them for real issues that they need to address.


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