Police Blotter: burglary in Brandon Farms, car window smashed at shopping center, noise complaint

The following is information provided by the Hopewell Township Police Department, which serves Hopewell Township and Hopewell Borough:

Alleged shoplifters arrested
On January 24, 2023 Officer Blake DeMeter concluded an investigation into a shoplifting incident at the ShopRite of Pennington which took place on January 10, 2023. Officer DeMeter charged two parties in the incident. Two individuals with Trenton addresses were charged with shoplifting. Both parties were identified through investigative efforts by Officer DeMeter. The matter is scheduled to be heard in Municipal Court. 

Computer scam leads to theft by deception 
On January 21, 2023 Officer Mandy Grey met with the victim at police headquarters in reference to a theft by deception incident. The victim advised that while on his home computer, he received a notification that his bank account was compromised. The notification contained a phone number, which the victim then called. The victim was instructed to go to various stores and purchase gift cards, each worth $1,000. The victim provided the provided the card number over the phone as they were purchased. In total, the victim suffered a loss $4,000.  

Parked car near UPS store burglarized
On January 24, 2023 at 2:01pm, Officer Michael Crincoli was dispatched to the 800 Denow Road in Pennington for a reported vehicle burglary. The victim reportedly parked their car and went inside the UPS store. Upon leaving the store, the victim found the passenger side window was smashed and items were stolen from inside the car. The victim suffered a loss of $3,650 in items. The incident is under investigation. 

Jewels stolen in Brandon Farms residential burglary
On January 24, 2023 officers were dispatched to a Carey Street address in Pennington for a residential burglary. The home was found by the victim to have been forcibly entered and numerous items were missing from the residence. Various jewelry was stolen from the residence. The total value of stolen items was reported as $18,300. The investigation is ongoing headed by investigating Officer James Klesney.

Front licence plate stolen
On January 26, 2023 at 4:00pm Officer George Peterson was dispatched to police headquarters for a walk-in report of theft. The victim reported that the front license plate of their vehicle was stolen. The victim believes the theft occurred between January 18 and January 19 of 2023. The investigation is ongoing.

$200+ in meat stolen from ShopRite
On January 28, 2023 at approximately 10:51am, Officer Arthur Juba was dispatched to the ShopRite of Pennington for a reported shoplifting incident. Loss prevention reported that on January 25, 2023 at 7:39pm, an unidentified male stole various meat products from the store totaling $245.22. The incident was captured on in-store surveillance. The investigation is ongoing. 

Noise complaint in Penn View
On January 28, 2023 at 10:06pm, Officer DeMeter was dispatched to a Jamieson Drive residence for a report of a noise complaint in regards to a loud party. The homeowner, identified as resident of Jamieson drive, was charged with maintaining a nuisance. The matter is scheduled to be heard in Municipal Court. 

Catalytic converter stolen from parked car at Capital Health ER
On January 31, 2023 at approximately 3:30pm, Officer Peterson was dispatched Capital Health – Hopewell Campus for a reported theft of a catalytic converter from the victim’s vehicle. The victim reported that their vehicle was parked in the emergency room parking lot when the theft occurred. The investigation is ongoing. 

Use of false government documents
On February 3, 2023 at approximately 2:44pm, Officer Peterson stopped a 2007 Mercury Montego bearing a temporary New Jersey license plate. The plate was found to be fictitious. The driver was identified and arrested for the offense. The individual was also issued motor vehicle summonses for other traffic offenses. The matter is scheduled to be heard in Superior Court. 

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