On January 4th, 2014 at 2:17 p.m., officers responded to an address on Northampton Blvd., in Manchester Township for a reported burglary in progress. The victim and a witness identified the fleeing suspects as their identities were known to them. One of the suspects was identified as, 20 year old, Nicholas Graff of Gladstone Street in Manchester, who was located inside his attic after his mother; Diane Graff attempted to hinder his apprehension. Nicholas Graff was placed under arrest for multiple unrelated warrants. The investigation revealed that the burglary victim, 19 year old Anthony Moriarty, sold Nicholas Graff an inoperable handgun. Nicholas Graff went back to Moriarty’s residence on Northampton Blvd., with the assistance of 20 year old Frederick Johnson 4th, of Broadway Blvd., also located in the Pine Lake Park section of Manchester Township. After receiving no answer at the front door, Nicholas Graff reportedly proceeded to kick in the front door. No confrontation occurred and Nicholas fled the area prior to police arrival.
Further investigation revealed that the .380 caliber revolver handgun was sold for an undisclosed amount of money to Graff. The handgun was later recovered at Nicholas Graff’s residence. Graff was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Criminal Attempt Burglary, and Criminal Mischief. Anthony Moriarty was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Handgun and Unauthorized Sale of a Weapon. Frederick Johnson 4th was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Handgun and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All three were transported to Ocean County Jail in lieu of $75,000.00 bail, no 10% option. Diane Graff was charged with Hindering the Apprehension of Another and released on a summons. This matter is pending court action. Officer Anthony Iliadis and Detective Christopher Hemhauser handled the case.