Civilian Service Award

Vincent Heiry

From January to July of 2018, East Brunswick experienced a crime spree which was ultimately tied to one township resident. This subject committed offenses ranging from the strong armed robbery of two citizens, the theft of two vehicles, burglarizing multiple vehicles and credit card fraud.

Several days after the second victim was robbed by the suspect, resident Vincent Heiry, observed the suspect walking in his neighborhood and alerted the East Brunswick Police via the 911 system. Mr. Heiry maintained visual contact with the suspect providing constant updates of his location and clothing description until units arrived and ultimately took him into custody.

For his alertness, keen observations and willingness to assist the East Brunswick Police Department, which led to the arrest of a dangerous subject who preyed on victims in multiple jurisdictions, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Mr. Vincent Heiry with this Civilian Service Award.

Megan Galla & Areli Aguilar-Torres

On February 15, 2018, three subjects were responsible for committing several bank frauds in towns nearby to East Brunswick. The suspects, who were part of the Felony Lane Gang, would break into vehicles, remove personal belongings and disguise women to fraudulently drain victim's bank accounts by using their stolen checkbooks. As a result of these crimes, an alert was sent throughout the Provident Bank network describing the suspects.

A short time after the information was broadcast, observant bank employees, Megan Galla and Areli Aguilar-Torres, recognized a drive through customer and her vehicle matching the description. While Ms. Galla stalled the transaction, Ms. Aguilar-Torres exited the bank and recorded the vehicle's license plate. Although police units immediately responded, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. East Brunswick Police units successfully apprehended the suspect a short time later after the vehicle became disabled as a result of being pursued.

For their alertness, keen observations and willingness to assist the East Brunswick Police Department, which led to the arrest of a dangerous subject who preyed on victims in multiple jurisdictions, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Ms. Megan Galla and Ms. Areli Aguilar-Torres with this Civilian Service Award.