Police Blotter: Jewelry theft in Hopewell Hunt, illegal dumping at post office, two DUIs

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

Return to sender, boxes dumped at post office
On April 22, Detective Adam Liotta responded to the Hopewell Post Office for a reported illegal dumping. An employee reported that the dumpster located on the property was overflowing with boxes that did not come from the post office. The involved party was identified by the address and label on the boxes in the dumpster. Detective Liotta was able to make contact with the individual who made arrangements for removal. 

Shoplifting for beauty supplies
On April 17, Officer Ryan Ludwig responded to the Stop & Shop on Denow Road for a reported shoplifting. Upon arrival, Ludwig made contact with security staff who advised that an unidentified male was observed entering the store and removing multiple items from the beauty isle. The male left the store without paying. The total value of stolen items was $114.18. The investigation is ongoing. 

Jeep drives off Valley Road, DUI
On April 22, Officer Paul Alvaro was dispatched to Valley Road near Woodens Lane for a reported motor vehicle complaint involving a Black Jeep Wrangler that was driving off of the roadway. Upon arrival, Alvaro made observation of the vehicle in question and made contact with the driver. The vehicle, although stopped, was still in drive. The driver showed obvious signs of impairment and after refusal to perform any sobriety testing, he was placed under arrest for DUI. The individual was taken into custody and transported to the Hopewell Township Police Department for processing. They were later released from custody to a family member. The individual was issued numerous motor vehicle summonses including DUI, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing, and Driving while Suspended. 

Over 10K of jewelry stolen in Hopewell Hunt
On April 24, at approximately 7:26pm Officer Landon Zagacki was dispatched to a Brinley Drive address for a reported burglary. There was nobody home at the residence at the time of the burglary, however the home was not forcibly entered. The victim’s suffered a loss of approximately $13,575.00 in cash and jewelry. The investigation is ongoing. 

Repeat caller misuses 9-1-1 System

On April 25, Hopewell Township Police Dispatch received multiple calls to the 9-1-1 system from an individual identified as as resident of Newtown PA, who was at Hopewell Township Municipal Court for an unrelated matter. The individual was advised by officers to cease any further non-emergency calls to the dispatch center using 9-1-1. After continuous and repeated non-emergent calls to 9-1-1, the individual was charged with knowingly placing a call to a 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System without purpose of reporting the need for such services. The charges were placed on a warrant, and the defendant will be processed upon arrest. 

Driver reports stolen license plate
On April 29, at 1235 hours Officer Jonathan Pauciullo was detailed to the HTPD lobby for a walk-in report of theft. The victim reported that their front license plate was stolen off of their vehicle. The victim was unsure of where the vehicle was exactly when the license plate was stolen, but stated that he had the vehicle in Bordentown for most of the day. The incident is under investigation. 

Theft on Denow, Car and items in home stolen 
On April 30, Officer Neil Hunt responded to a Denow Road address for a reported theft. The victim reported that their vehicle and other items from their residence were stolen. The victim reported a suspect to police on scene and stated that the vehicle was a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The other items stolen were described as a cell phone, credit cards, and personal identification. The vehicle has been entered in NCIC as stolen. The investigation is ongoing.

TV sales scam leaves local out of $100
On April 25, at approximately 2pm, Officer Blake DeMeter responded to a Pennington Rocky Hill Road Address for a reported theft. The victim reported that they tried to purchase a television on Facebook marketplace. Contact was made with the seller and a $100 deposit was paid to secure the television. The victim attempted to make further contact to finish the transaction and make the purchase, but was blocked by the seller. The victim has been unable to complete the purchase or receive the $100 back from the seller to date. The incident is under investigation. 

Catalytic converter stolen at Capital Health parking lot
On April 26, Officer Arthur Juba responded to 1 Capital Way (CHS Hopewell) for a reported theft of a catalytic converter. The victim reported that the catalytic converter was stolen off of their vehicle while they were working. The vehicle was parked in lot D of the campus and the catalytic converter was taken during her shift between 12:50pm and 10pm. The catalytic converter was clearly cut off of the vehicle, which is the most common means in these types of thefts. The investigation is ongoing. 

DUI on Route 31
On April 26, Detective Adam Liotta responded to the area of Route 31and Mine Road for a reported possible drunk driver. The vehicle was traveling southbound on Route 31 and Liotta observed the vehicle near Route 31 and Ingleside Ave. A motor vehicle stop was conducted and contact was made with the driver Due to signs of intoxication, the individual was instructed to complete roadside sobriety testing and was arrested for DUI and Narcotics offenses. The individual was transported to HTPD for processing. He was later released. The matter will be heard in Municipal Court. 

Four reports of identity theft

On April 24, Officer DeMeter responded HTPD for a walk-in report of fraud and identity theft. The victim reported that their name and identity were used to open a credit card account. There has been no financial loss to date, however the victim’s credit score was effected. The incident is under investigation. 

On April 25, Officer Pauciullo met with the victim of identity theft at police headquarters. The victim reported that their name and identity were used to open a business online. The victim was concerned that her personal address was listed on the website as well. The incident is under investigation. 

On April 25, Officer Pauciullo met with the victim of identity theft in the HTPD lobby. The victim reported that their name and identity were used to open a credit card. They were advised of the activity by their credit score app. The victim has not suffered any financial loss to date. The incident is under investigation.

On April 27, Sgt Mark Panzano met with the victim of identity theft in the HTPD lobby. The victim reported that their identity was used to open a Chase bank account and a Bank of America bank account. The victim was notified of these accounts opening through her e-mail account. There has be no financial loss to date. The incident is under investigation. 

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