Patrol officer Alex Bennett stopped the black Mazda 3 after noticing this vehicle leaving the area of the closed businesses. After a brief investigation, stolen jewelry was located inside that vehicle.
Eventually a search warrant was obtained and executed on the suspect’s hotel room at the Casino Inn in Absecon City which lead to further evidence and recovered stolen property. The two arrested individuals are as follows:
Nicholas Provencher, 36 year-old male from Cheshire, Connecticut
Stella Vassiliou, 31 year old-female from Waterbury, Connecticut
Both suspects were charged with four (4) counts of burglary, theft and for being in possession of burglary tools.
These two individuals have been charged with breaking into the following Galloway Township businesses:
-The Athenian Garden on 10/19/15
-All Seasons Salon on 10/20/15
-The Jewelry Box on 10/21/15
-Jo Jo’s Pizza on 10/21/15
Both suspects were lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $50,000 full cash bail. Additional charges against these suspects are pending further investigation.
Police are advising that they believe that these suspects are only responsible for some of the Township’s recent business burglaries. Police believe that there are other individual(s) that are still on the loose that are responsible for several other unsolved burglaries.
Residents and business owners are reminded to remain vigilant.
Anyone with any further information on any of these burglaries or any of the unsolved burglaries to please call Detective Baerman of the Galloway Township Police Department at (609) 652-3705 ext. 320.
Tips may also be left anonymously through Atlantic County Crime Stoppers (609) 652-1234 or through the Galloway Township Police Department Facebook page.