PLEASANTVILLE — Police are once again crediting a resident’s tip with helping to get guns off the street — and a suspect into custody.
Christopher Tolbert, 22, of Absecon, was arrested Tuesday night after police received an anonymous call that a man was driving away from the area of North Third Street in Pleasantville in possession of two guns, Capt. Jose Ruiz said. The caller gave a description of the car, and police spotted and stopped the vehicle on the Atlantic City Expressway.
In the car, police found a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun, a loaded .22-caliber revolver that had been defaced and marijuana, Ruiz said.
Members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office assisted in the arrest, as part of its efforts to help fight the recent increase of violence the town has experienced. There have been more than 30 gun incidents in 2010 that have injured more than a dozen people.
Tolbert was charged with possession of a defaced firearm, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and two counts each of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
“I am confident that the arrest prevented additional gun violence,” county Prosecutor Ted Housel said.
It was not immediately clear whether Tolbert was related to Saleem Tolbert, 26, who was shot to death in Atlantic City on July 6, just yards from the latest killing in that town.
Housel said he has not yet been informed of any connection.
Ruiz said the recent arrests from residents’ tips should show those who are afraid of coming forward that police will listen, act and not identify any tipster.
The town also is targeting people drinking and loitering along Main Street in an effort to clean up the area, Ruiz said.
Anyone who has witnessed a crime or has information about criminal activity should contact the Pleasantville Police Department at 609-641-6100.
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