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Identity scams and stolen candles plague Hopewell Township Police

by Mary Galioto

Fraudulent tickets lead to indemnity theft scare 
A resident reported to Officer Christopher Vaccarino at the Hopewell Township Police Department on October 16 that she was the target of an identity theft scam involving downloadable tickets. The victim said that she opened an email containing a link to download tickets that she purchased however, upon clicking the link the tickets could not be downloaded. The victim contacted the phone number listed in the email for customer service and later discovered that the email was fraudulent when numerous unauthorized transactions were found on her bank account. The victim did not suffer any financial loss, as the transactions were found while still pending. Nothing further to report at this time. 

Registration toll evasion at GW Bridge
On October 19, Officer James Klesney responded to a Stanford Road East address at Four Seasons in Brandon Farms for a report of fraud. The victim reported that their temporary New Jersey registration was used to avoid toll fees by an unknown individual. The victim reported that an unknown party used their temporary registration for tolls at the George Washington Bridge. There was no monetary loss reported in this case. 

Hundreds worth of fragrance faves stolen in Yankee Candle caper
On October 19, Officer Klesney responded to the Stop & Shop on Denow Rd for a reported shoplifting. Loss prevention reported that two subjects entered the store at approximately 4:05pm and took 15 Yankee Candles from the store. The subjects hid the candles in shopping bags and exited the store without payment. The subject left the parking lot in an older model gold GMZ Envoy. The total loss reported by the store was $382.35. The investigation is ongoing.

Cell phone missing from delivery packaging
On October 21, at 2:40pm, Officer Paul Alvaro met with the victim of theft at the HTPD lobby. The victim reported that she ordered a Google Pixel 8 cell phone, due to be delivered on October 13. On that date, the package arrived but the phone was missing. The victim reportedly paid $700 for the phone. The investigation is ongoing. 

Victim reports unauthorized AT&T charges
On October 26, Officer Arthur Juba met with the victim of identity theft in the HTPD lobby. The victim reported that $2,656.74 in charges were made to their AT&T account. The victim further reported that their husband’s information was used to make various purchases on the account. The purchases included two iPhone 15 cell phones and a pair of Air Pods Pro. The investigation is ongoing.  

DUI arrest on Pennington Road
On October 27, Sgt Nicholas Sparaco responded to a disabled vehicle on Pennington Road near Pennington Lawrenceville Road, just south of Pennington Borough. Sgt Sparaco made contact with the driver of the vehicle, who was found to have operated the vehicle under the influence after field sobriety testing. The individual was arrested on the scene and transported to HTPD for processing. They were later released from custody. The matter will be heard in municipal court. 

This police blotter is based on information provided by the Hopewell Township Police Department, which serves Hopewell Township and Hopewell Borough.

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