An investigation by Hopewell Township Police Department has led to charges for a burglary that occurred last November in the parking lot of the Hopewell Crossing Shopping Center.

On November 29, 2014 at approximately 11:20 PM, Officer Nicholas Sparaco responded to the Hopewell Crossing Shopping Center for the report of a car burglary. It was reported that sometime between 10:00 PM and 10:10 PM someone had entered an unlocked car in the parking lot. When the owner returned to the car, his cell phone and wallet were missing. The total loss was estimated to be over $600.00.

Further investigation by Detective Frank Tulko found that some of the victim’s personal items, including a credit card and an insurance card, were located in an Asbury neighborhood (Warren County) and had been turned into the Washington Township New Jersey State Police barracks on December 1, 2014. A copy of a criminal complaint with the perpetrator’s name on it was also turned in with the recovered property.

On February 19, 2015 Detective Tulko spoke with the suspect who was lodged at the Cumberland County Jail on an unrelated matter. After speaking, Detective Tulko charged him with burglary and theft.

The charges against the individual will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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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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