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On June 24, 2015 at approximately 2:40pm, Ewing Police received a 9-1-1 call from a resident on Corey Drive in Ewing, indicating that the resident heard someone banging on her door. The resident fled to her basement where she further informed the dispatchers that she now heard someone in her house.

Chief Stemler, Police Officer Nemes and Police Officer Ruiz were the first officers to arrive at the scene. As they approached the residence’s side gate to access the rear of the residence, they observed someone attempting to exit the yard at the same gate. Justin Kearns was taken into custody without incident and was found to have jewelry, jewelry box and family photos from the burglary on his person.

An investigation revealed that Kearns had parked his 2005 Ford F150 grey pickup truck bearing a Pennsylvania license in the neighbor’s driveway. Kearns proceeded to the victim’s residence where he first knocked on the door and range the doorbell to ascertain if anyone was home. The victim did not answer the door. A short time later, Kearns returned to the residence striking an exterior door and forcing open two doors to gain entry to the residence.

Kearns was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters, processed and taken to the Mercer County Correctional Center after he was unable to post bail. Kearns was charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglar tools.

The female victim was shaken by the incident but not physically harmed. The Ewing Police offers that the victim is commended for her brave actions which led to the perpetrator’s arrest.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Detective Bill Wolverton at 609-882-1313 x5577 or the Tip Line at 609-882-7530.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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