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Police Allegation: Married, Carrying Heroin, Robbing a Gas Station

A couple from Little Egg Harbor Township is charged in the robbery of a White Horse Pike gas station.

A husband and wife were arrested on Saturday night in Galloway Township and are accused of attacking a gas station attendant and taking $900.

According to a news release from the Galloway Township Police Department, police responded at 7:59 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 3) to a report from the Atlantic Fuel Gas Station (345 E. White Horse Pike) about the alleged robbery.

Officer Jacqueline Crocker and Officer Matthew Worth were able to identify Jesse Lacey, 30, of Little Egg Harbor Township, as a suspect. Police were also able to identify Lacey’s wife, Brittany Benedetto-Lacey, as the alleged getaway driver and to identify the vehicle they used in the alleged robbery.

About two hours later, Detective Ryan Goehringer and Officer Ronald Gorneau found the suspects in their vehicle at The Taffy Motel in Absecon. With assistance from the Absecon Police Department, the two suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Jesse Lacey is charged with burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine.  He is lodged in the Atlantic County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Brittany Benedetto-Lacey is charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine.  She is lodged in the Atlantic County Jail on $50,000 bail.

tintonfallsretiree August 04, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Burglarizing (robbing) a gas station to get money to buy drugs. The way that these drugs have invaded the township is appalling. Finally, a great effort from the GTPD. Now, if only they could now find the dealers which would prevent all of this.
amlorello August 05, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Was this a burglary or a robbery? The headline says robbery but the charges only state it was a burglary. It sounds like it was only a burglary as every other news outlet states that it was only that.

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