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Hopewell Township Police Investigates Series of Vehicle Burglaries, Thefts, and Fraud Incidents

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Multiple Vehicle Burglaries on East Shore Drive, Over $3,000 in Items Stolen

On June 3, Officer James Stanton responded to the area of East Shore Drive and Honey Lake Drive for multiple vehicle burglaries that occurred overnight between June 2 and June 3. Victims reported that their vehicles were entered and items were stolen from inside. The total value of items stolen during the burglaries was approximately $3113. The investigations are active. Anyone with information or video footage that may be useful to the investigation is directed to contact Detective Makwinski 609-737-3100 Ext 5740.

Attempted $90,000 Fraud Thwarted on Coburn Road

On June 3, Officer Stanton responded to a Coburn Road address for a reported attempted theft. The victim reported that a pop-up window came up on her laptop while she was using it. The pop-up contained a phone number and advised her to contact the number due to a security breach on her computer. The victim contacted the number and was deceived into mailing a check for $90,000 to an address in Arkansas. Fortunately, the check was able to be canceled and no loss of funds was incurred. The investigation is ongoing.

Shed Break-In Attempt on Beechtree Lane

On June 3, Officer Ryan Finnegan responded to a Beechtree Lane address for a reported attempted burglary. The victim reported that their shed is secured by a padlock. The victim stated that when he went out to the shed that same afternoon and found the padlock on the ground and that it had been cut by bolt cutters. No items were missing from inside the shed and no reported loss, other than the damage to the padlock. The investigation is ongoing.

$65,000 Skid Steer Loader Stolen from Buy Rite Liquors Construction Site

On June 4, Officer Stanton responded to the construction site of the new Buy Rite Liquors off of the Pennington Circle at 1 Washington Crossing Pennington Road for a reported theft of a skid steer loader. The foreman reported that the skid steer was last seen on June 3 at approximately 4pm. When the crew came back to the site on 6/4/2024 at 9am the skid steer was missing from the property. The total value of the skid steer was reported as $65,000. The investigation is ongoing.

$400 Scam on Gentry Court After False “Microsoft” Alert

On June 5, Officer Finnegan responded to a Gentry Court address for a reported fraud. The victim reported that they received an alert on their home computer from “Microsoft”. The alert contained a phone number. The victim made contact with an unidentified party who directed the victim to purchase four $100 gift cards. The victim complied and reported the information back to the unidentified party. The total loss on the incident was reported as $400.

Checks Stolen from Palmer Road Mailbox

On June 6, Officer Arthur Juba responded to a Palmer Road address for a reported theft. The victim reported that three checks were stolen from their mailbox between 9:30am and 12:30pm on the same date. The victim was able to contact the bank, cancel the checks, and create new accounts to avoid any loss of funds. The investigation is ongoing.

Vehicle Burglary on Voorhees Court, $730 in Valuables Stolen

On June 6, Officer James Klesney responded to a Voorhees Court address for a reported vehicle burglary and theft. The victim reported that their vehicle was entered during the overnight hours between June 4 and June 5, 2024. The victim stated that a backpack was taken from inside the vehicle. The backpack contained cash and gift cards totaling $730. The investigation is ongoing.

Bicycle Stolen and Recovered from Shed on Alta Vista

On June 7, Officer Stanton responded to an Alta Vista address for a reported burglary into their shed. The victim reported that someone entered their shed between June 2 and June 3. The suspect removed a bicycle from the shed. The bike was ultimately found discarded and left in a bush on the property. There was no monetary or property loss reported in this incident.

This was submitted by the Hopewell Township Police Department. For more information and the HTPD website, please see this link: https://www.hopewellpolicenj.gov

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