These 10 stories were the most-read articles on Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch in February.
10. Police: Morganville Man Conceals Lord & Taylor Watch in Shirt. Jesse A. Jecas, 21, of Sussex Road, was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 13. According to his complaint warrant, Jecas attempted to leave Lord & Taylor while concealing a watch inside his shirt. The watch was valued at $250.
9. Colts Neck Mobile Dentists Rinsed Out by State. New Jersey dentists were indicted on charges of fraud in early February after a lengthy investigation led to the arrest of seven dentists, working from a mobile dental company based in Colts Neck.
8. Colts Neck PD: Burglar Took Jewelry and Cash Before Interrupted by Homeowner. Police said suspects jumped a gated property and entered through the front door, stealing cash and jewelry before being interrupted by the homeowner. A K-9 Unit was requested to the scene, but suspects were not found.
7. Manalapan Man Charged With Theft of Several Vehicles in Marlboro and Freehold. Chris Cavallo, 32 of Manalapan was arrested last week and charged with the alleged theft of six vehicles in Marlboro Township during the month of January.
6. Morganville Financial Planner Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Clients Out of $1.5 Million. Jordan L. Zemlock, 50, of the Morganville section of Marlboro Township, pleaded guilty to a count of theft by failure to make the required disposition of property received, and he admitted cheating his clients out of their investments between Aug. 2009 and March 2012.
5. State Asks Marlboro Ethics Board to Look Closer at Marder Decision. The Local Finance Board of the Department of Community Affairs has asked the Marlboro Ethics Board to reconsider its original ethics decision, stating Councilwoman Randi Marder's husband conducting business with the township is a perceived impropriety.
4. Billboard Complete at Ryan Road and Route 79. A billboard previously denied by the Marlboro Planning Board is now standing at Route 79 and Ryan Road, after a successful lawsuit by the applicant. The billboard stands on the property of astorage facility owned by Jason Beuge of Farmingdale and his brother.
3. Colts Neck Stock Trader Pleads Guilty to $28 Million Securities Fraud. Mark Allen Lefkowitz, 44 of Colts Neck was indicted in January after pleading guilty to securities fraud as a stock trader. According to FBI reports, Lefkowitz exploited "a little-known provision that allows companies to issue unregistered shares of stock to settle 'bona fide' debts."
2. . A fire in a School Road home early on Feb. 23 claimed the life of an 87-year-old resident. According to Charles Webster of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Marie Minns did not dispose of a cigarette correctly and accidentally set herself on fire.
1. PHOTO: Chase Bank in Colts Neck Robbed at Gunpoint. Chase Bank in Colts Neck was robbed at gunpoint on Feb. 21, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Police said a male at 5'11" with brown hair and glasses walked into the bank around 5 p.m. and pointed a gun at the bank teller, demanding money.