Galloway Man Charged With Assaulting Police Officer During Burglary Investigation

Joseph Brandenberger, 28, was also charged with narcotics possession.

A Galloway Township man was arrested after assaulting a police officer while police were investigating a burglary at his home on Wednesday, police announced on Thursday morning.

Police also discovered numerous amounts of marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, oxycodone pills and amphetamines in the home belonging to Joseph Brandenberger, 28.

Brandenberger was charged with numerous possession and distribution of CDS charges as well as assaulting a police officer and obstruction of justice.

Police responded to his home on Federal Court Wednesday night at 9:03 p.m. in response to an activated burglar alarm. They saw the front door had been forced open, and Brandenberger confirmed several items were missing, including a laptop computer.

During the investigation, Brandenberger assaulted a police officer. Police didn’t provide a reason for the assault in the release.

Police also discovered narcotics in the home and obtained a search warrant. Police officers searched the residence with the assistance of K-9 officers, and additional narcotics were discovered.

Brandenberger was lodged in The Atlantic County Justice Facility on $100,000 bail.

L.ofgalloway February 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Could someone shed some light on why cameras, and/or surveillance is not installed in these high crime apartment/condo areas? Is it a civil right issue? Because if there were security equipment installed it would have tremendous effect on drug/crime traffic.
galloway7757 February 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Cameras being installed is a matter of whether the condo or homeowners association wants to budget and therefore pay for it. That and there has to be someone who has to monitor them 24/7. Many associations do not want to do that with the exception of Mattix Crossing. Instead, these associations turn to neighborhood watch groups who don't have a good working relationship with the Galloway Township Police Department. I hope this clarifies your question which is very important.
L.ofgalloway February 25, 2014 at 04:14 AM
Thanks for above info, I've often wondered about surveillance being an option. Living here in Galloway this past year has really shaken me up, having lived previously for 20 years in a really safe place. Quite frankly I wished more research would have been done on my part before purchasing my home. After getting a divorce I landed here because it seemed logical to be closer to work. But every week its guns, drugs. How is this happening? If the authorities know relative local of these crime areas, then why is it still a problem? One more question galloway7757 since you seem to know your stuff -- if a person has a criminal record in New Jersey, are they still eligible for any government assistance? Although with the money made from selling drugs most wouldn't need nor care I guess about that.


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