Police Arrest Two For Attempted Pizza Shop Robbery

Two people were arrested for trying to break into Luigi’s Restaurant on Union Ave. in Lakehurst on July 11. (Photo by Sara Grillo)

LAKEHURST – Two people were arrested by Lakehurst Police after they tried to rob a local pizza joint Tuesday, July 11th, but were scared off after activating the restaurant’s alarm system.

Video surveillance captured the two suspects, who were identified as 18-year-old Anthony Dupont of Lakehurst and a 16-year-old juvenile from Manchester, trying to pry open several doors to get into Luigi’s Restaurant on Union Avenue at around 11 p.m. Although both suspects tried to mask their identities by wearing hooded sweatshirts and neck coverings, a restaurant employee realized after seeing Dupont on the camera footage that he had come in a few days earlier to fill out an employment application. Police also identified several tools the two burglars used to try and break in, but had dropped after the security alarm went off.

Officer Jason Guide arrested and charged both Dupont and the 16-year old juvenile on July 12 with Burglary, Possession of Burglar tools and Criminal Mischief. Dupont was later released on a summons and the juvenile was turned over to his parents.

More arrests are possible as the investigation continues. Lakehurst Police remind the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and to submit tips, which may remain anonymous, to the department at 732-657-7812 or via lakehurstpolice.org.

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Sara Grillo served as the Assistant News Editor/Writer at Micromedia Publications in 2017. She has lived in numerous areas within Monmouth and Ocean Counties for the past 9 years. Grillo studied Journalism and Communication Arts at Ramapo College and has held positions in Marketing, Public Relations and Sales prior to writing for Micromedia. She left in October of 2017 to pursue creative writing.