A stolen bicycle in Asbury Park was recovered after quick- thinking by Police Officers Michael Treadway and Anthony Fiorentino.
The incident began when Treadway was flagged down on Sat., July 18 at about 9 p.m. by a woman who said her bicycle, which had been secured to a bike rack, was missing.
Just prior to Treadway taking this report, Fiorentino saw someone traveling with two bicycles in the 500 block of Main Street.
This person was observed riding one bicycle while holding onto and balancing another bicycle alongside the other.
Due to the recent increase in the amount of reported bicycle thefts, Fiorentino deemed this activity suspicious and conducted a field inquiry.
The man was identified as Eddie Martin, a 53 year-old city resident.
While Fiorentino was conducting this inquiry, Officer radioed a description of the stolen bicycle involved in his report.
One of the two bicycles Martin was traveling with matched the description.
The victim was taken to the 500 block of Main Street and positively identified her bicycle.
Martin was arrested for receiving stolen property and was also found to be in possession of bolt cutters and controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia (crack pipe).
Martin was transported to headquarters for processing.
While processing and completing reports for this incident, another man called headquarters to report his bicycle stolen from the 200 block of Bond Street.
The bicycle description the man provided matched the description of the second bike Martin was in possession of.
The man responded to headquarters and positively identified his bicycle.
Martin was charged with a second count of receiving stolen property. He was transported to and lodged at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility
Another incident, involving Martin occurred a week later on Mon., July 27 at about 4:30 pm.
While on patrol in the area of Fourth and Ocean avenues Special Officer Cole Emmons saw a man, later identified as Martin, using bolt cutters to try to cut a lock off of a secured bicycle.
Alerted by the officer’s presence, Martin attempted to conceal the bolt cutters in his pants and flee from the area.
Emmons was able to stop the subject and identify him as Eddie Martin.
Special Officer Chris Henry responded to the area and assisted with the investigation.
Based on Officer Emmons observations, Martin was arrested and charged with Criminal Attempt, Theft and Burglary tools. Martin was transported to headquarters for processing.
He was then taken to and lodged at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility.