Police Blotter: Shoplifting from Shop Rite to the Golden Nugget

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

Traffic stops uncover fictitious licenses
On December 11, at approximately 12:12pm, Officer Jonathan Zagacki conducted a motor vehicle stop on a white colored Toyota on Route 579 for a motor vehicle violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified and found to be operating the vehicle with a fictitious temporary registration. The individual was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. The individual was charged with possessing fraudulent government documents and later released. The case will be heard in Superior Court. 

On December 20, at approximately 7:13am, Officer Neil Hunt conducted a motor vehicle stop on a red colored Nissan on Route 579 for a motor vehicle violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified and was found to be operating the vehicle with a fictitious temporary registration. The individual was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing and was charged with possessing fraudulent government document and was later released. The case will be heard in Superior Court. 

Jewelry shoplifted at Golden Nugget
Officer Josef Pauciullo was detailed to the Golden Nugget Flea Market for a theft complaint on December 11. The complainant reported that an unidentified individual(s) stole jewelry from a glass jewelry case inside the store. The jewelry was valued at under $1,150 dollars. Investigation is ongoing. The suspect was identified as an individual from Philadelphia, PA, who has been charged with shoplifting. The charge was placed on a summons. The matter will be heard in Superior Court

Fraud, theft and extortion
Officer Zagacki was detailed to a Woosamonsa Road address for a fraud / theft complaint on December 7. The victim reported that a fraudulent check was deposited into an unidentified account. The victim reported a loss of $2,962.11. The investigation is ongoing. 

Officer Zagacki was detailed to a North Greenwood Avenue address for a fraud / theft complaint on December 7.  The victim reported that a fraudulent check was deposited into an unidentified account. The victim reported a loss of $900.00. The investigation is ongoing. 

On December 15, Officer DeMeter was detailed to HTPD for a report of theft. The victim reported that they were extorted and suffered a total loss of $395.00. The extortion took place over social media. The investigation is ongoing. 

Shoplifting at Shop Rite
Officer Ryan Ludwig was detailed to the Shop-Rite of Pennington for a shoplifting complaint. The complainant reported an unknown male entered the store on December 12 and took various items from the grocery store, and left without paying. The value of the items taken was estimated at approximately $491.20 dollars. Investigation is ongoing.

On December 19, Officer Christopher Collins responded to the Shop-Rite of Pennington for a report of shoplifting. Multiple subjects were reported to have shoplifted approximately $600 in merchandise from the grocery store. The investigation is ongoing. 

Computer stolen
Officer James Hoffman was detailed to HTPD for a theft complaint on November 30. The complainant reported that they ordered an Apple Macbook Pro. The item was signed for by an unknown party and was never delivered, however the victim suffered a loss of $820. The investigation is ongoing.

Refusal to leave property leaves to discovery of active warrants
On December 13, Sgt Nicolas Sparaco was detailed to Capital Way for a Security complaint of a party refusing to leave the property. Further investigation of the subject resulted in the discovery of multiple active warrants out of Trenton, Hamilton, and Monroe Township for the subject’s arrest. The subject was taken into custody for the warrants and later turned over to Hamilton Township Police Department. 

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