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On Wednesday January 21,Hopewell Township police arrested an individual trying to con local residents into paying for unwanted and unsolicited driveway paving services.

On January 16, a Flower Hill Terrace resident was approached by an individual and advised that his driveway should be resealed. The resident said that he didn’t want any work done on his driveway yet when he returned an hour later, without authorization, a substance was sprayed on the driveway and the perpetrator demanded payment from the resident.

The resident, feeling intimidated, gave a check to the individual and then contacted police.

On January 21, another Hopewell Township resident contacted police about an individual trying to intimidate him to do work on the driveway.

The perpetrator was arrested for “theft by deception, defiant trespass, and soliciting without a permit,” at location of the second crime, on Marshalls Corner Woodsville Road.

After being processed at police headquarters, the individual was later released after posting bail. This case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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