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Police Blotter: Shoplifting, cell phone fraud and theft

by Mary Galioto

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

Supermarket shoplifter nabs two cart-loads
On February 26, at approximately 3:57pm, Officer James Klesney was dispatched to the Stop & Shop on Denow Road in Pennington for a report of shoplifting that occurred the prior day. Loss prevention reported that a male subject was seen on surveillance in the store at 4:03pm leaving with a shopping cart of Tide detergent. The male then returned again at 4:17pm and left the store with various grocery items in a shopping cart without paying. The total loss was reported as $653.32. The investigation is ongoing. 

Shoplifter flees and is later identified
On March 3, at approximately 1:30pm, Officer Maria Gavdanovich was dispatched to the ShopRite of Pennington for a reported shoplifting. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival. Gavdanovich’s investigation revealed that the suspect filled her shopping cart with numerous items in the store and attempted to leave without paying, utilizing a false receipt of purchase. The individual was charged on a summons with shoplifting, but has not yet been brought into custody. The matter will be heard in Hopewell Township Municipal Court. 

Victim foots fraudster’s cell phone and service bill for over a year
On February 28, at approximately 11:39am, Officer Blake DeMeter met with the victim of a fraud at police headquarters. The victim reported that they found an iPhone that they did not own listed on their Verizon billing statement. The iPhone had been on the account for approximately 14 months. It was discovered that the phone was purchased using the victim’s personal information and the victim had been paying for service to the phone as well. The victim suffered a loss of $700. The investigation is ongoing. 

Cell phone stolen at popular Borough luncheonette 
On March 2, at approximately 5:09pm, Officer Arthur Juba was dispatched to Rose and Chubby’s on Railroad Place in Hopewell Borough for a report of a stolen cell phone. The victim reported their phone was stolen from inside the restaurant between 11:30am and 1:00pm. The value of the phone was reported as $850. The investigation is ongoing. 

Traffic stop leads to arrest for contempt of court
On March 3, at approximately 7:23pm, Officer Neil Hunt conducted a motor vehicle stop on West Broad Street in Hopewell Borough. A passenger of the grey Nissan Murano was found to have an active warrant for their arrest out of Ewing Township Municipal Court for $1,000. The individual was taken into custody for processing and later released from custody. The matter is scheduled to be heard in Ewing Township Municipal Court.

Wallet stolen at Capital Health-Hopewell
On March 5, Officer Vincent Amabile met with the victim at HTPD for a reported theft of their wallet at Capital Health Systems – Hopewell Campus. The victim was in the hospital between March 2 and March 3 of 2023, during which time, the victim’s wallet was reportedly stolen. The victim suffered a total loss of approximately $433. The investigation is ongoing. 

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