GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - Two people were arrested and charged with burglary after allegedly stealing about $900 from a local gas station.

Police received a call just before 8 p.m. reporting that the a man had attacked the gas station attendant at the  Atlantic Fuel Gas Station, 345 E. White Horse Pike, taken about $900.

Officer Jacqueline Crocker and Officer Matthew Worth were able to identify the male suspect as Jesse Lacey, 30,of Little Egg Harbor, and a second suspect,  Lacey’s wife, Brittany Benedetto-Lacey, as the getaway driver. Police also located  the vehicle  used in the robbery.

Two hours later Detective Ryan Goehringer and Officer Ronald Gorneau found the couple in their vehicle at The Taffy Motel in Absecon.  With assistance from the Absecon Police Department, Jesse Lacey and Brittany Benedetto-Lacey were taken into custody without incident.

Jesse Lacey was charged with burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine.  He was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Brittany Benedetto-Lacey was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine.  She was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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