Woman allegedly involved in multiple residential burglaries arrested

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Allison Nasta, 28, of Manchester, N.H.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - A New Hampshire woman who was criminally charged for her role in a Tuesday, Aug. 28 car accident in Pleasantville in which her husband died was arrested again on Wednesday, Aug. 29 on several theft charges by Egg Harbor Township Police during a follow-up investigation into the car accident.

Allison Hawks Nasta, 28, of Manchester, N.H. was arrested and charged for being in possession of thousands of dollars worth of stolen property that has since been associated with at least eight recent residential burglaries in Atlantic County.  

Officer Jonathan D’Augustine and Sgt. Steven Swankoski were assisting the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office in investigating the fatal accident when they visited the Nasta's room at the Hampton Motor Lodge in the West Atlantic City section of Egg Harbor Township and found numerous pieces of jewelry, computers and other electronics, safes, collectibles, cameras and personal identification belonging to other people. 

Township Detectives Reynold Theriault and Heather Stumpf responded to the room.  A subsequent investigation linked the stolen property to eight residential burglaries, in three Atlantic County towns: Mullica, Galloway and Linwood. 

The township police shared the information with other towns' police departments and turned the stolen property over to their detectives.

The police have identified the owners of most of the property that was recovered, however they are still in possession of several pieces of costume jewelry and cameras that are believed to have been stolen sometime over the past few weeks in Atlantic County.    

According to Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain, Nasta has also been criminally charged in connection with her husband's death Tuesday as well.

She was charged with hindering apprehension, obstruction of the administration of law, driving while having a suspended driverʼs license (and being involved in a fatal accident) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nasta has also been charged with numerous motor vehicle violations. 

According to police, Nasta was operating the vehicle when it collided with a utility pole, killing her husband William Nasta, 34, who was riding in the front passenger seat.  

While traveling westbound on the Black Horse Pike, she lost control of the vehicle between Chestnut Avenue and Route 9 in Pleasantville, resulting in the vehicle crossing lanes of traffic and colliding with a pole on the passengerʼs side.  

The coupleʼs two daughters, a 5-year-old and a 3-month-old, who was in a car seat, were seated in the rear of the vehicle at the time of the crash. The children and driver sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where Nasta was later arrested by the Prosectutor's Office. She had been processed and released on summons to appear in court, but is now being held at the Gerald L. Gormely Justice Facility on $150,000 cash bail.  

These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the 

form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at (609) 652-1234 or (800) 658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.    

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