Police Blotter

On December 19, 2019, Officer George Peterson responded to the intersection of Routes 579 and 546 for a single vehicle motor vehicle crash. Further investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle, a resident of Colorado, was found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The driver was transported to the hospital with injuries and released after an evaluation. She was later transported to Hopewell Township Police Department for processing. She was charged with DWI and multiple motor vehicle summonses and released to a family member with a summons. This case will be heard in municipal court.

Officer Lincoln Karnoff responded to a West Broad Street address for the report of a theft of property on December 20.  The victim reported that sometime between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM on December 18, an unknown individual took the contents of an Amazon package that had been delivered to the residence. The loss was estimated at $20.00. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact the police department. 

Officer Robert Voorhees responded to a Bayberry Road address for the report of a car burglary on December 23. Sometime between 2:07 PM and 3:09 PM someone entered an unlocked vehicle in the driveway of a residence and removed a purse containing cash and other items. The loss was estimated at $300.00. 

Police Officer Maria Gavdanovich responded to Burd Road address on December 24 for a report of a suspicious male outside of a vehicle in the roadway. Officer Gavdanovich located the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who had an odor of alcohol on his breath. Further investigation revealed that he was the operator of the vehicle.  After performing field sobriety tests, the suspect was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing he was released on a summons to a family member. This case will be heard in municipal court.

On December 27, Township police responded to a number of incidents: 

Officer Robert Sparano responded to a business on Pennington Hopewell Road for the report of a theft. At approximately 10:24 PM on December 12, someone allegedly took multiple wooden pallets from the property. Video surveillance showed a maroon colored pickup truck on the property at the time of this theft. The loss was estimated at approximately $90.00. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact the police department.  Officer Sparano will conduct the follow up investigation.

Later that day, Officer Sparano responded to a business on State Highway 31 in reference to a theft of merchandise.  The business reported that an unknown male used a fraudulent credit to purchase alcohol. The value of the merchandise was approximately $671.00.  The business provided surveillance video and documentation to assist in identifying the suspect. Officer Sparano conducted further investigation which identified the actor, who was charged with theft by deception. This case will be heard in superior court.

On the same day,  Officer Nicholas Sparaco observed a motor vehicle violation on Pennington Rd. The officer conducted a motor vehicle stop and was provided with a false name by the driver.  Officer Sparaco obtained the driver’s correct name and then learned that the driver had an active warrant from the City of Trenton. The driver was asked to exit from the vehicle at which time she attempted to walk away from the officer.  Officer Sparaco gained control of the suspect and she was taken into custody. She was transported to the Hopewell Township Police Department where she was processed and then released from custody on a summons and provided with a municipal court date.

Also on December 27, Officer Adam Liotta initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed traffic violation on State Highway 29. Further investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle was found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Hopewell Township Police Department where he was processed and released with a summons. This case will be heard in Municipal Court.

The following day, Officer Maria Gavdanovich was conducting a DWI enforcement patrol when she observed a traffic violation on State Highway 29. Further investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle was found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The passenger in the vehicle was the registered owner of the vehicle and was arrested for allowing the driver to operate the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Both individuals were arrested and transported to the Hopewell Township Police Department where they were processed and released on a summons. This case will be heard in Municipal Court.

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