Press Release

Man Arrested For Fight at Local Convenience Store

Avalon Police have charged a Pennsylvania man with Aggravated Assault following a fight that occurred a local convenience store earlier this month.

On Saturday, August 3rd at 2:14 am, police responded to a fight in progress at a Wawa store located at 2701 Ocean Drive.  When officers arrived, both the victim and suspect had fled the area.  After an on scene investigation, the suspect was discovered in a nearby house.  The victim was found several blocks away and sustained significant injuries including: a broken orbital socket, broken nose and a large cut above his eye.

Police have charged Joseph Bristow, 42, of Philadelphia, PA with Aggravated Assault.  He was released on his own recognizance.

Avalon Police Charge Massachusettes Man With Assault, Other Offenses

The Avalon Police Department arrested a Massachusetts man following an incident that began at a local business and continued at police headquarters.

On Saturday, August 3rd, at 12:29am, Sgt. Jeff Christopher and Ptlm. Sam Hoffman responded to a fight in progress at the Whitebriar Restaurant located at 260 20th Street.  At the scene, a highly intoxicated Joseph McGlone, 32, of Rehoboth MA, was taken into custody for assaulting members of the Whitebriar staff.  While at police headquarters, McGlone became more aggressive and assaulted an officer.  McGlone was also found to be in possession of illegal narcotics.  He was charged with Aggravated Assault on Police, Simple Assault, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Disorderly Conduct.

He was taken to the Cape May County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail.

Avalon Police Arrest Individuals for Bicycle Thefts

The Avalon Police Department have made five recent arrests of suspects who stole police-owned bicycles in the Borough.  Police have recently conducted three separate bait bicycle operations where a bicycle was placed at 27th Street and Ocean Drive in Avalon.  During each operation, police successfully made arrests on charges of Theft of Moveable Property.

Those arrested and charged were:

-Patrick McCusker, 18, of Westfield, NJ on Sunday, August 4th, at 11:38pm by Special Officers Michael Solomon and Joseph Duda.

-Christopher Romo, 23, of Avalon, NJ on Monday, August 5th, at 1:43am by Special Officers Joseph Duda and Scott Beroldi.

-Matthew Marcinek, 28, of Blue Bell, PA and Benjamin Bevan, 21, of Stafford PA were arrested in three separate incidents over a four-hour period.

Each suspect was each charged with Theft of Movable Property on scene and released with a court appearance required.

The Avalon Police Department continues to make an effort to crack down on bicycle thefts within the Borough.  They will arrest and charge individuals who take bikes that do not belong to them.  The police department reminds residents and visitors that bike thefts are crimes of opportunity and to always lock your bike, or keep it in a secured building when not in use.

Avalon Police Charge Pennsylvania Man With Theft Relating To Popular Kite Girl Statue

The Avalon Police Department has arrested a Pennsylvania man with theft and other offenses after he allegedly stole part of a bronze sculpture from a well-known Borough streetscape. The statue entitled “Girl” was cast by local artist Gary Jacketti in 1991 and depicts a young girl flying a kite. She has greeted millions of visitors as they have entered Avalon over the years at 30th Street and Ocean Drive. The kite portion of the life size work was reported missing on July 16, 2013.

Bruno Talvacchia, age 19 from Narberth, PA was arrested at his rental residence in the 700 block of 21st Street later that day, where the kite was recovered. Talvacchia was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief after police located a pay stub he dropped at the scene. The theft and receiving stolen property charges are third degree crimes and the criminal mischief is a fourth degree crime as damage is estimated to be over $500.00.  Investigating officers were Det. Sgt. Joseph Gaughan and Ptlm. Sam Hoffman.

Talvacchia was transferred to the Cape May County Correctional Facility after failing to post $10,000 full cash bail set by the Hon. George Neidig of the Avalon Municipal Court.

Avalon Police Charge Woman With Theft Following Bicycle Sting Operation

Avalon Police have formally charged a 27 year old Philadelphia woman with Theft of Movable Property following a bicycle theft sting operation in the Borough.

On Friday, July 12th at approximately 1:43am, Special Officers Scott Bertoldi and Michael Mangiaracina conducted a bicycle theft sting operation on Ocean Drive in Avalon.  The officers spotted Maura Heenan walking southbound on Ocean Drive.  Ms. Heenan allegedly stopped at the “bait” bicycle, picked it up, and began riding away.  Officers stopped Ms. Heenan several blocks away and charged her at the scene with Theft of Movable Property.  She was processed and released on her own recognizance.

The Avalon Police Department continues to crack down on all thefts and mischief throughout the community.  Police will continue to arrest and charge individuals who take or deface any property that does not belong to them.  Police remind residents and visitors that thefts are crimes of opportunity and easily avoided with locks and or proper storage in secure buildings.

Avalon Police Charge Two With Theft Following Investigation

 The Avalon Police Department has charged two Dennis Township residents with theft and receiving stolen property after police obtained information they were attempting to sell a Jet Ski dock to a local business. Middle Township and Avalon Police found the two in possession of the dock which was later determined to have been taken from an Ocean Drive address in Avalon. A second jet ski dock was also reported missing from the property by the victim. The loss was estimated to be $3600.00.

Police charged Leonard Verity, age 32 and Justin Doyle, 30 with theft and stolen property and were released after posting $2500.00 cash bail set by the Hon. George Neidig of the Avalon Municipal Court. The case was investigated by Ptlm. Charles Hewitt and Detective Sergeant Joseph Gaughan.

The matter is pending review by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

Borough Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Avalon Police Department at 967-3411 or by dialing 9-1-1.

County To Begin Work On Road To Townsend’s Inlet Bridge Monday, April 15th

The County of Cape May’s construction of a temporary road that will service the Avalon portion of Ocean Drive leading to the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge will begin on Monday, April 15th.  The county anticipates the construction of the temporary road will conclude on or about Friday, April 26th.

Avalon Police Chief William McCormick attended a meeting on Friday, April 12th that provided details of the project.  Chief McCormick advises residents and visitors that both pedestrians and individuals on bicycles will be prohibited from the work area for safety reasons due to heavy trucks and equipment.  The hours of construction on some days may begin as early as 6:00am and end at 6pm, or later, if required.

Avalon Police Hold “Take Back” Medication Day Saturday, April 27

Take Back Logo 2013

On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Avalon Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Avalon Police Department at 3000 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Avalon Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

The Avalon Police Department also accepts unwanted medication throughout the year. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook,


The Avalon Police Department announced that it is participating in a new distracted driver education campaign.  Avalon Police will join other police departments around the state with the new initiative called “Turn the Phone Off” which is designed to help educate motorists about the dangers involved with texting and talking on a hand-held cellular phone.

“Distracted driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents throughout the State”, said Avalon Police Chief William McCormick.  “This new campaign allows us to enforce the laws that prohibit texting and talking while driving while also providing a very important education program for the motoring public”.

The “Turn the Phone Off” campaign was launched by the South Jersey Traffic Alliance.  As a participant in the campaign, Avalon Police will issue special warnings and informational fliers to any motorist who is stopped for texting or talking on a hand-held cellular phone.  The motorist will be instructed to go to a special website to watch a video that details the dangers of distracted driving.  If the motorist watches the video and fills out necessary information on the website, a summons will be avoided.  If the motorist does not comply, a summons will be issued.  New Jersey law prohibits the operation of a hand-held cellular phone while driving; violators are subject to substantial fines.

The video was created by AT&T and features police officers, offenders, family members and others recounting tearful stories about the consequences of texting and driving.

The United States National Highway Traffic Administration estimates that one quarter of all police-reported motor vehicle accidents are a result of distracted driving.

The Avalon Police Department will participate in this program from April 1st through September 3rd, 2013.   The public can view the educational video anytime at