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Bayville Man Arrested After Incident At Spirits Unlimited In Berkeley Plaza


by Patricia A. Miller


A Bayville man is facing weapons charges after an altercation at the Spirits Unlimited store in Berkeley Plaza recently, Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele said.

Patrolmen Jon Sperber and Al Foca responded to the store at 4 p.m. on Jan. 11 on a report of an armed male who had just shoplifted, the chief said.

There they found Albert Blair, 45, in possession of a knife. Blair also yelled at the officers that he had a gun, DiMichele said.

"After repeated orders to drop the weapons, Blair let go of the knife, at which time he began to fight with the officers," the chief said.

 The officers were able to subdue Blair, handcuff him and arrest him. The gun was later determined to be a simulated revolver, DiMichele said.

Blair was also found to be in possession of a quantity of prescription pills which were not prescribed to him, she said. 

Blair was charged with resisting arrest, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.  His bail was set at $25,000, with no ten percent option. He was taken to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River, DiMichele said.


John Cobb January 17, 2014 at 04:33 AM
Another Bayville low-life doin' his thing.
Paint January 17, 2014 at 07:11 AM
No doubt mently sick he will get off with a wrist slap and treatment the tax payers will pay
Cindi Jo Casazza Pantano January 17, 2014 at 07:28 PM
He better thank his lucky stars that he didn't injure any of the employees!
John Walton January 17, 2014 at 08:31 PM
That shows incredible restraint on the part of the officers. So many stories from all over the country about officers using thier weapons first instead of the skills they have been trained to use. The police officers handled the situation very well.
Robert Costello January 21, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Once again the Bayville Police acted with professionalism and saved the day. Thank you.
Concerned citizen January 23, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Great job Bayville PD.
Amanda Kimmerle January 27, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Let me just start off my saying this was my uncle. He is not a bayville low life and the pills were prescribed to him. He's a good man and some of you people need to know someone before you judge them!
John Cobb January 28, 2014 at 04:47 AM
There is always some ignorant person ready to come on here and defend a friend or relative that commits a crime. "He's such a good person", they lament. Well Uncle Albert had a knife and simulated revolver (which you know can get you killed) so I would judge him as a low-life. Amanda, maybe you'd best keep your uncle off the streets when he's on his meds.
Amanda Kimmerle January 29, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Well john unfortunately I can't control what he does. He is my family and I will defend he is a good man irregardless of what you think of him.
Mister Matt February 01, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Well done BTPD.

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