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HTPD responds to frauds, scams, checks stolen from mailbox, DUI, reckless driver

by Mary Galioto

Two Wells Fargo bank customers victims of fraud
On November 17, Sgt Mark Panzano met with the victim of fraud at Hopewell Township Police Department (HTPD) headquarters. The victim advised that $484.62 was taken from their Wells Fargo account and transferred to a sports betting platform. Wells Fargo has reimbursed the account. At this time, the victim suffered no monetary loss. 

On the same day, November 17, Sgt Panzano met with the victim of fraud at HTPD headquarters. The victim reported that an unknown subject gained access to their Wells Fargo Bank account, and $200 was taken from his account. Wells Fargo has reimbursed the account. At this time, the victim suffered no monetary loss. 

Records stolen at Hopewell Valley Car Wash
On November 18, Officer Paul Alvaro was dispatched to the Hopewell Valley Car Wash on North Route 31 for a reported shoplifting. Store management reported that a male suspect stole 10 record albums from inside the store. Officer Alvaro was able to review surveillance footage which assisted in his investigation. Through Alvaro’s investigation, he was able to identify the subject involved in the incident. The suspect was charged on a summons for shoplifting and the matter will be heard in municipal court.

Package stolen from doorstep
On November 20, Sgt Lincoln Karnoff met with the victim of theft at HTPD. The victim reported that a package was stolen from their doorstep between November 18 and 20. The victim reported that a delivery was made on an ordered package, however when they came home the package was missing from the doorstep. The victim contacted the vendor, who stated their record showed the package was delivered successfully. The total value of the stolen package was listed as $270.

Hostage scam raises alerts
On November 21, Officer Neil Hunt met with the victim of attempted fraud in the HTPD lobby. The victim reported that they received calls and text messages from an unknown party requesting the victim provide them funds or their family would be in danger. The perpetrator attempted to convince the victim to send $3,000. The victim ultimately did not send any money to the unknown party. Residents are reminded to use caution and not release any personal identifying information when dealing with any unknown person(s) online or on the phone.

Fraudulent checks cashed
On November 21, Officer Hunt met with the victim of fraud in the HTPD lobby. The victim reported that two fraudulent checks were cashed using her account information. The victim was notified of the transactions on November 21. The checks were for $1088.46 and $1658.12. Information regarding the transactions was provided to Officer Hunt. The investigation is ongoing.

Checks stolen from Titusville mail and fraudulently cashed
On November 22, Officer Alvaro responded to a River Road, Titusville address for a reported theft and fraud case. The victim reported that multiple checks were stolen and cashed on her account. The check numbers were accurate to checks that she mailed out for different payments. However, it appears as though the checks may have been stolen from the mail and never reached their destination. The amounts on the checks were also altered by the unknown subject(s). The total amount reported as lost was approximately $7,000. The investigation is ongoing.

DUI with UPS truck in Titusville
On November 24, Officer George Peterson responded to a motor vehicle crash on Patterson Avenue in Titusville involving a vehicle and a UPS truck. During Officer Peterson’s on-scene investigation, the driver of the vehicle was found to be under the influence. After conducting field sobriety tests on the scene, the driver of the vehicle was placed under arrest for DUI and transported to HTPD for processing. They were later released from custody. The matter will be heard in municipal court. 

Reckless driver resists arrest through multiple jurisdictions
On November 21, Officer Vincent Amabile along with officers from HTPD and other jurisdictions attempted to stop a motor vehicle that was driving recklessly endangering the public. The call was originally transferred from Hunterdon County Communications. The vehicle refused to stop through multiple jurisdictions and finally came to a stop on I-295 near the Scotch Road ramp. The driver, from Easton PA, was arrested on contact, transported to HTPD for processing, and was charged with Resisting Arrest by Eluding with a Motor Vehicle, along with numerous motor vehicle citations. The matter will be heard in Superior Court. 

This information was provided by the Hopewell Township Police Department, which serves the municipalities of Hopewell Township and Hopewell Borough.

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