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Police Blotter: DUI, shoplifting, trail cameras stolen

by Mary Galioto

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

Motor stop in Hopewell Borough leads to arrest
On March 31, Officer Nicholas DeMeter observed a silver Honda sedan traveling on East Broad Street in Hopewell Borough with an expired registration. DeMeter conducted a motor vehicle stop and found the driver was also driving with a suspended license. Upon further investigation, it was also discovered that the driver had multiple traffic warrants active for his arrest. Warrants were active from multiple jurisdictions, with Sayreville being the highest amount at $550. The individual was arrested, processed, and later turned over to Sayreville Police Department in default of bail. The individual was issued multiple traffic summonses as well. This matter will be heard in Municipal Court. 

Unauthorized funds missing from bank account
On March 23, Officer Landon Zagacki responded to police headquarters for a walk-in report of suspected fraud. The victim reported that he found an unauthorized transaction on his credit card account for $1,991.14. The victim had notified Chase Bank and there was no monetary loss ultimately reported. The investigation is ongoing. 

Trail cameras and tools stolen on Province Line
On March 22, Officer James Klesney responded to a Province Line Road address for a reported burglary and theft. The victim stated that two subjects entered the property, which is unoccupied due to renovations, and stole two trail cameras that were posted on the property for security purposes. The subjects also stole approximately $1,000 worth of tools from the property. The incident was reported to have taken place on March 21, 2023. The investigation is ongoing. 

Motor stop leads to arrest 
On March 23 at approximately 4:10pm, Officer Neil Hunt observed a 2005 Nissan sedan traveling on Washington Crossing-Pennington Road with a temporary license plate that was unclear and illegible. Officer Hunt conducted a motor vehicle stop on Scotch Road. The driver was found to have active warrants out of Lawrence Township and East Windsor. The individual was arrested and processed at police headquarters. They were later released on their own recognizance with new court dates for both jurisdictions. This matter will be heard in Municipal Court.

DUI arrest on Washington Crossing – Pennington Road
On March 23, Officer Maria Gavdanovich observed a White BMW sedan speeding on Washington Crossing Pennington Road near Fabrow Drive. Gavdanovich conducted a motor vehicle stop in the same location. The driver was found to be driving under the influence. The individual was arrested and transported to Hopewell Township Police headquarters for processing. They were charged with DUI and later released. The matter is scheduled to be heard in Municipal Court. 

Shoplifting at Stop & Shop
On March 26, 2023 Officer Paul Alvaro responded to the Stop & Shop on Denow Road for a reported attempted shoplifting. Upon arrival, Alvaro made contact with asset protection who advised that two male subjects attempted to flee the store with approximately $313.16 worth of goods. The suspects reportedly left the store with the goods inside their shopping cart. However, they were approached by store security staff. The subjects then left the goods in the cart and fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing. 

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