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Police Blotter: Hopewell Borough hit by catalytic converter theft spree, Brandon Farms house egged, and more

by Mary Galioto

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

Car window smashed in Hopewell Borough
On May 19, Officer Arthur Juba responded to a Hart Avenue, Hopewell Borough address in response to a report that a vehicle’s rear window was smashed overnight. There did not appear to be any items inside or around the vehicle that may have caused the damage. The investigation into criminal mischief is ongoing.

Hopewell Borough hit by catalytic converter theft spree
On May 23, Hopewell Township Police Department received three separate calls for service in Hopewell Borough for thefts of catalytic converters. The incidents occurred on East Broad Street, Cook Place, and Model Avenue. The vehicles were identified as a Honda Accord, Nissan NV2, and Honda Element. The incidents are believed to be related to other catalytic converter thefts in other jurisdictions throughout the State. Local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies are investigating the incidents.

Locals return from vacation to find $21,000 worth of items stolen
On May 19, Detective Michael Makwinski responded to a Harbourton-Rocktown address for a reported burglary. The victim reported that they returned home from vacation and found numerous items missing from their residence. The items included cash, jewelry, and coins. The total estimated value of lost items was $21,000. The investigation is ongoing.

Identity theft scare on West Shore Drive
On May 19, Officer Crincoli responded to a West Shore Drive address for a reported fraud. The victim reported that their American Express credit card was used to make an unauthorized purchase. The victim also noted a number of fraudulent attempts to change their Apple ID credentials. The victim suffered no financial loss, and they were reimbursed for the fraudulent transactions. The investigation is ongoing. 

Victim Reports Identity Theft, Fraudulent Bank Account Opened with Bank of America
On May 19, Officer Juba met with the victim of fraud at police headquarters. The victim reported that a bank account was opened fraudulently in their name with Bank of America. The victim reported a number of deposits into the account, but the victim did not suffer any financial loss. The investigation is ongoing. 

Brandon Farms house egged
On May 20, Officer Adam Liotta responded to a Manley Drive address for a reported criminal mischief. The victim reported that their house was egged. The incident occurred overnight. There was no financial loss or damages reported. Nothing further to report.  

Mailbox hit and run on Pennington Titusville
On May 25, Officer Michael Crincoli responded to a Pennington Titusville Road address for a reported criminal mischief / property damage. The victim reported that their mailbox was damaged overnight. Tire marks and a rear view mirror were found on scene, appearing to be a hit and run motor vehicle crash. The damage to the mailbox was estimated as $150. The investigation is ongoing.  

Mailbox damage strikes again, this time on Hallett Drive
On May 28, Officer Vincent Amabile responded to a Hallett Drive address for a reported property damage / criminal mischief. Upon arrival, the victim reported that his mailbox was damaged by a vehicle. Officer Amabile made observation of the scene, which was indicative of a motor vehicle crash. The estimated amount of damage was not yet totaled. The incident is under investigation. 

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