Inert, Non-Explosive Device Discovered Near Lakewood Synagogue

Lakewood, NJ – In a recent announcement, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Lakewood Township Police Chief Gregory Meyer revealed that on November 19, 2023, officers from the Lakewood Township Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of 4th Avenue and Forest Avenue following a report of a suspicious item attached to a utility pole. Prompt action was taken as the New Jersey State Police Bomb Disposal Unit was immediately notified and successfully secured the device.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the device was inert and nonexplosive, ensuring the safety of the public. However, the incident remains an active and ongoing investigation, with authorities diligently working to uncover the motives and individuals responsible for this potentially concerning situation.

Prosecutor Billhimer emphasized the significance of public cooperation in such cases and urged anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward. Officer Alex Guzman of the Lakewood Township Police Department can be reached at 732-363-0200, extension 5341, while Sergeant David Petracca of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office can be contacted at 732-929-2027, extension 2186.

The discovery of the suspicious item has raised concerns within the community, prompting heightened vigilance and awareness. As the investigation unfolds, residents are encouraged to remain alert and report any suspicious activities or objects they may come across in their surroundings.

It is crucial to note that the authorities have taken swift action to address the situation and ensure public safety. The cooperation between the Lakewood Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police Bomb Disposal Unit, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office highlights the dedication and professionalism of law enforcement in protecting the community.

As the investigation progresses, updates will be provided to the public, allowing for a transparent and comprehensive understanding of the incident. The authorities are committed to resolving this case and ensuring the continued safety and security of Lakewood and its residents.

In the meantime, it is essential for residents to remain vigilant, report any suspicious activities, and cooperate with law enforcement agencies to maintain a secure environment for all. Together, we can work towards a safer community and deter potential threats.

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