September 5, 2023
ABSECON, NJ — The Absecon Police Department, in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), New Jersey State Police, and Galloway Township Police has successfully apprehended a suspect involved in a series of drone-related incidents causing damage to property in the Absecon and Galloway area.
On August 13th, Absecon Police received a call from a concerned homeowner on Upland Avenue, who reported suspicious activity involving a drone hovering over their pool. To the homeowner’s dismay, a substance was dropped from the drone, turning the pool water an alarming shade of green. Following this incident, similar reports emerged from various other locations, including the Quality Inn in Galloway Township, where the concrete pool base suffered damage due to the dye.
Working diligently alongside the FAA, New Jersey State Police, and Galloway Township Police, Absecon Police conducted a thorough investigation, leading them to detect the drone in flight over the Quality Inn on Friday, September 1st. Authorities tracked the drone’s path back to Comfort Solutions Heating and Cooling, a business located at 345 E. White Horse Pike in Galloway Township.
Upon arrival at Comfort Solutions Heating and Cooling, law enforcement officers encountered and subsequently arrested Patrick Spina 4th, the business owner, who has been identified as the individual responsible for the ongoing incidents of criminal mischief. Spina is facing multiple counts of criminal mischief for his involvement in these unlawful acts.
Further investigation revealed that the substance dropped from the drone into the pools was Sea Dye, a material commonly utilized by sea rescue services. The use of such a material in this context was not only illicit but also caused damage to the affected pools.
Patrick Spina 4th, 45, of Absecon has since been released on a summons pending court proceedings. Absecon and Galloway Police are urging any residents who may have fallen victim to similar activities to come forward and contact their local police agency to aid in ongoing investigations.
The Absecon Police Department extends its gratitude to the FAA, New Jersey State Police, Galloway Township Police, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, and all other agencies involved for their invaluable assistance in bringing this case to a swift resolution. We remain committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the community.
Incidents should be reported to the following:
For Absecon contact Det. Neal Galletta #857 at (609) 641-0667 ext. 216.
For Galloway contact DSFC. Jason Kiamos #77 at (609) 652-3705 ext. 331.
Otherwise, contact your local police department for assistance.