Police Blotter: scams, theft, and burglary in Hopewell Township

The following is information provided by the Hopewell Township Police Department:

Scammer tricks local into gift card hoax 
Officer Collins was detailed to the Hopewell Township Police Department for a fraud complaint on October 18, 2022. The complainant reported that they were contacted by an unknown individual via email requesting to purchase gift cards in the amount of $3,000 for online protection services.  The complainant was then directed to provide the gift card information to the accused.  The complainant realized the services were fraudulent when the accused attempted to obtain additional finances. The investigation is ongoing.

Business checks issued fraudulently
Officer Christopher Collins was detailed to the Hopewell Township Police Department to meet with a fraud victim on October 17, 2022. The complainant reported that an unknown individual issued a fraudulent check from their business account for  approximately $10,000.  Investigation is ongoing.

Local swindled in employment scam
Officer Mandy Grey was detailed to the Hopewell Township Police Department for a fraud complaint on October 28, 2022. The complainant stated that they were contacted by a company in regards to an employment opportunity.  As part of the employment, the complainant was instructed to purchase items with her personal credit card and the company would reimburse the expense after the purchases were made. The complainant purchased these items and was never compensated. The investigation is ongoing.

Cell phone scam and delivery theft
Officer Collins was detailed to the Hopewell Township Police Department for a theft complaint on October 21, 2022. The complainant reported that a cell phone was purchased on her wireless phone provider’s account without authorization. The phones were delivered to her address on October 20 and removed from the front porch by an unknown male on this date. The value of the stolen property was estimated at $1,200. The investigation is ongoing.

Burglary and criminal mischief in Titusville
Officer Paul Alvaro was detailed to a Park Lake Avenue address for a report of burglary on October 21, 2022. The complainant reported that earlier on this date, an unknown individual(s) forced entry into the residence and removed construction equipment. The value of the stolen property was not available. The investigation is ongoing.

Business equipment purchase leads to theft and fraud
Detective Adam Liotta was contacted by a representative from a business on Pennington Hopewell Road on October 24, 2022, with regard to a theft complaint. The complainant reported a purchase for equipment was submitted online and delivered to a storage company on October 4. An invoice for the property was provided and it was later learned the company represented in the order never placed the transaction. The value of the stolen property was estimated at $145,000. The investigation is ongoing.

Poor Farm Road residence damaged by criminal mischief
Officer Vincent Amabile was detailed to a Poor Farm Road address for a report of criminal mischief on October 20, 2022. The complainant reported that sometime this month, an unknown individual(s) entered their residence and damaged property inside the structure. The investigation is ongoing.

Excavator battery stolen from Carter Road property
Officer James Klesney was detailed to a Carter Road address for a theft complaint on October 25, 2022. The complainant reported that an unknown individual(s) accessed the property sometime this month and removed a battery from a Kubota excavator. The value of the stolen property was estimated at $195. The investigation is ongoing.

Burglary on Hopewell Wertsville Road
Officer Hunt was detailed to a Hopewell Wertsville Road address for a report of burglary. The complainant reported that on October 30, they observed an unknown male going through items in their garage. The complainant approached the male who stated that he thought there was a sale at the residence. The male was advised there was no sale and he left the property. It was later learned that camera equipment was missing from the garage. The value of the stolen property was not available. The investigation is ongoing.

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