On April 10, 2015, at approximately 4:15 a.m., the Manchester Township Police received two calls reporting suspicious activity from residents of the Cedar Glen Homes section of Manchester Township.
The first caller from Central Street reported that she observed three males attempt to enter her locked car. The second caller reported that three young males were ringing the doorbell of a residence on Hickory Street and that the homeowner was not familiar with these individuals and refused to answer the door.
Patrolman Kyle Rickvalsky and Patrolman Charles Gatnarek responded to the area and located two adult males and one juvenile male walking in the community. The two adult males were identified as Dylan C. Cox, a 23 year old male, from North Brunswick, New Jersey, and Ryan Ross, a 23 year old male, from Lakehurst. The juvenile was identified as a 15 year old male from Toms River.
Through the course of the investigation, officers found what appeared to be proceeds from vehicle burglaries in their possession. All three males were transported to Police Headquarters for further investigation. Detective David Fusaro responded to assist Ptl. Rickvalsky with the investigation. During the investigation, it was learned that all three males had conspired to commit and attempted to commit a home invasion in the Cedar Glen Homes community but were unsuccessful when the homeowner did not answer the door. They then proceeded to commit a series of vehicle burglaries.
All three males were subsequently charged with one count conspiracy to commit robbery, two counts of burglary, one count of criminal attempt burglary, one count of criminal attempt theft, and one count of theft. Dylan C. Cox and Ryan M. Ross were lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $100,000 bail. The juvenile was lodged at the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Facility. The investigation is ongoing and there is a potential for additional charges and arrest(s).
The Manchester Township Police would like to remind residents to be alert to their surroundings and contact the police when they observed suspicious activity. Residents can contact the Manchester Police at 732-657-6111 or submit crime tips through our website under “Tipline” at Manchesterpolicenj.com.