FBI AND ATF NOW INVOLVED IN ATTEMPTED BURNING OF TEWKSBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT $1000 reward offered

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, and Tewksbury Township Police Chief Thomas Holmes announced today that Federal Authorities are lending assistance in apprehending the person(s) responsible for attempting to burn down the Tewksbury Police Department and Municipal Offices. Additionally, Hunterdon County Crime Stoppers is offering to provide up to $1000 Dollars for a reward that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Federal Agent(s) from the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) working in partnership with the Hunterdon County Arson Task Force responded to Monday’s incident to lend technical assistance. The ATF specializes in arson and explosive investigations for more about this Federal Agency go to https://www.atf.gov/ Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III states, “We are fortunate to have the ATF available to lend their expertise along with our partners at the FBI. I am also grateful for Hunterdon County Crime Stoppers who have joined our efforts to seek justice in this matter. The Tewksbury Police Department along with its Municipal Offices provides the community essential services including 24 hour police coverage. Regardless of the intent of those responsible for this act, they failed in their effort to destroy a building that provides a place for Democracy, Law, Order and the safety to our community. On Monday, May 18, 2015 at approximately 5:38AM, Hunterdon County’s 911 Center received an alert that fire alarms were activated at the Township Police Department located on County Route 517 On-duty police officers arrived shortly thereafter and observed smoke. The Fairmount & Oldwick Fire Departments along with the Tewksbury Rescue Squad was dispatched to Police Department and extinguished the fire. Hunterdon County Detectives along with Tewksbury Police and ATF are investigating an intentional act to burn the police department which is housed along with other governmental offices. In Monday’s Statement Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III said “The police department could be occupied at any given time by the officers that were on-duty. This appears to be an intentional act that could have had the potential to engulf the entire structure and trap occupants. The prompt response by all involved prevented the loss of a building that provides essential services to the residents of Tewksbury. The potential for death or serious injury was averted. I commend the first responders and the officers for their quick response. This continues to be a fluid investigation and further details may be released when they become available.” Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-321-0010 or by going to www.crimestoppershunterdon.com, or text messaging “HCTIPS” plus your tip message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters can also download the free mobile app “Tipsubmit” and select Hunterdon County to submit anonymous tips via text messaging. All tips are anonymous and kept confidential. For current events on the go, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/HunterdonCoPros