• Gabriel Donio

Medical stroller stolen downtown

Also, pickpocket arrested by Hammonton Police Department


A medical stroller was stolen on the 100 block of Bellevue Avenue downtown at 7:11 p.m. on May 10 and reported to police on May 17, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said. (THG/Kristin Guglietti)

HAMMONTON—A medical stroller was stolen on the 100 block of Bellevue Avenue downtown at 7:11 p.m. on May 10 and reported to police on May 17, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.


The subject was arrested on June 8, Friel said.


“It was a red pediatric medical stroller taken from behind a business on the 100 block of Bellevue Avenue,” Friel said.


Based on surveillance cameras, the subject was identified as Michael Petersen, 49, of Hammonton, Friel said.


“He was charged with the theft and released pending a court appearance in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court,” Friel said.


Officer John Amendolia was the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.


In other police news, at 5:50 p.m. on June 7, there was a report of a pickpocket on Front and 12th Streets, Friel said.


The victim stated that about 30 minutes prior, an unknown person took his wallet from his pocket, ran toward 12th Street, got on a bicycle and left the area, Friel said.


According to Friel, the suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s wearing a maroon in color shirt, Friel said.


Police located Juan Lopez-Perez, 52, of Hammonton, who was confirmed by the victim as the accused, Friel said.


He was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters and charged with pickpocketing, Friel said.


Friel said the wallet was located on the sidewalk across from Stockton University’s Kramer Hall. The currency from the wallet was found on Lopez-Perez’s person, Friel said, adding that he was released pending a court appearance in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court.


Officer John Amendolia was the investigating and arresting officer, Friel said.


Also, Friel said police made driving while under the influence (DWI) arrests last week, including the following:


• On June 11 at 12:49 a.m. at the intersection of 14th Street and N. Egg Harbor Road, Officer Travis Hoffman observed a vehicle operating westbound in the opposite lane of travel, Friel said.


Kelvin Rivera, 26, of Hammonton, was operating the vehicle, Friel said.


“Mr. Rivera had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his person,” Friel said.


He was transported to police headquarters for processing, and charged with the following motor vehicle offenses: driving while under the influence, reckless driving, careless driving and failure to maintain lane of travel. He was released as per John’s Law pending a court date in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said.


Friel said Hoffman was the arresting and charging officer.


• On June 11 at 10:23 p.m. at the intersection of Weymouth and First Roads, police received a call of an erratic driver traveling northbound on Weymouth Road, Friel said.


Officer Dalton Verderame responded and observed the accused vehicle heading northbound failing to maintain a lane of travel, Friel said.


He conducted a motor vehicle stop and the operator of the vehicle, Tiesha Campbell, 34, of Brooklyn, had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath and person, Friel said.


Campbell was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters for processing and charged with the following motor vehicle violations: driving while under the influence, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane of travel, cell phone in use while operating a motor vehicle and driver’s license required, Friel said.


She was released as per John’s Law pending a court appearance in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said.


Friel said Verderame was the arresting and charging officer.


• On June 12 at 7:45 a.m. on the 400 block of Oak Road, police received a check well-being of a male occupant slumped over the steering wheel, Friel said.


“Cpl. Jay Pinto arrived on the scene and found a male subject in a blue Ford Expedition, with his foot on the brake pedal and the vehicle in drive,” Friel said.


The subject was Oscar Rosasanaya, 46, of Hammonton, Friel said.


The vehicle was secured and the subject was placed under arrest for driving while under the influence (DWI), and the following motor vehicle violations: refusal to submit to breath testing, failure to wear a seat belt, improper safety glass, open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, delaying traffic and unlicensed driver, Friel said.


Friel said Rosasanaya was released as per John’s Law pending a court date in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court, Friel said.


Friel said Pinto was the arresting officer.



This report is comprised of arrests and investigations made by the men and women of local enforcement. All suspects and arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.