Police Blotter: business fraud on Aunt Molly, fence damage, and multiple identity theft cases

The following was submitted by the Hopewell Township Police Department, which serves Hopewell Township and Hopewell Borough:

Theft and terroristic threats in Hopewell Borough
On November 20, at approximately 1:54am, Officer Arthur Juba was detailed to a Princeton Avenue address in Hopewell Borough for a disorderly person complaint. Through the investigation, Officer Juba learned that an involved party directed threatening statements towards the complainant in addition to stealing two (2) cell phones. While on scene, Officer Juba observed the actor and identified them as a resident of Hopewell Borough, placed the individual under arrest, and transported them police headquarters for processing. The individual was charged with theft and terroristic threats and later released from custody on a summons. The case will be heard in Superior Court.

Structure fire ruled accidental
Officer Neil Hunt was detailed to a Washington Crossing Pennington Road address for a structure fire on November 20. The Fire Department arrived on scene prior to police arrival and extinguished the fire. The immediate response from the fire company minimized the damage and the residence remained habitable. The initial investigation revealed the fire was accidental. 

Forgery and business fraud on Aunt Molly Road
Detective Adam Adam Liotta investigated a fraud complaint for a business on Aunt Molly Road that occurred in August 2022. The initial report involved multiple checks that were issued from a business account without authorization. The investigation led to the arrests of the five (5) adults, all with Trenton addresses. The involved actors were charged with forgery and receiving stolen property. The matter will be heard in Superior Court.

Multiple identity theft and fraud complaints
On November 14, Officer Steven Ciosek was detailed to a Village Square address for a report of fraud. The complainant reported that an unknown individual fraudulently filed an unemployment claim in their name. Investigation is ongoing.

On November 15, Officer Christopher Collins was detailed to the police department for a report of fraud. The complainant reported that an unknown individual attempted to open a bank account with their information on November 11. Investigation is ongoing.

Officer Collins was detailed to a Fanning Way address for a report of fraud on November 19. The complainant reported they were contacted by their bank in reference to fraudulent attempt to open an account with their information. There was no monetary loss sustained by the complainant. Investigation is ongoing.

Officer James Klesney was detailed to a Woolsey Court address for a fraud complaint.  The complainant reported they were advised by their bank of a fraudulent charge of $1,800 from their account on November 21. The investigation is ongoing.

License plate stolen from vehicle
Officer Brian Dendis was detailed to the police department for a theft complaint on November 14. The complainant reported that a license plate was stolen from their vehicle on November 12. The estimated value of the property was less than $100. The investigation is ongoing.

Fence damaged by criminal mischief
Officer Maria Gavdanovich was detailed to an Elm Ridge Road address for a report of criminal mischief on November 19, 2022. The complainant reported that an unknown actor(s) caused damage their fence.The damage was estimated at less than $1,000. The investigation is ongoing.

Harassment complaint on Bull Run Road
Officer Steven Ciosek was detailed to a Bull Run Road address for a harassment complaint on November 23. The complainant reported that he was confronted by a known individual who directed a harassing statement towards him. There have been no complaints signed by the involved parties.

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