Sometime on Oct. 6 or 7, an unoccupied home in Grover’s Mill Estates was broken into. Officer Melissa Nagy said that someone pried the front panel off of a realtor lock box that was attached to the front door and then used the key to open the door.
The home was mostly vacant except for a few appliances. It was determined that a Samsung refrigerator in the kitchen had been stolen along with an Ariens snow blower that was in the garage. Gouge marks and scrapes were made on the hardwood floors when the refrigerator was dragged out of the house through the front door.
On the morning of Oct. 12, Sgt. Jeff Lai and Officer Doug Montgomery were dispatched to a home in Princeton Oaks that had been burglarized. Investigation revealed that sometime during the early morning hours, someone pried open a locked rear window using a screwdriver.
Once inside, a women’s Henri Bendel designer backpack containing cash, credit cards and other valuables was stolen off the kitchen table. Nothing else appeared to have been disturbed.
The residents said they recalled hearing a loud noise around 2 a.m., but thought it was thunder storms in the area. While Sgt. Lai investigated this burglary, Officer Montgomery canvassed the area and discovered that a second residence in Princeton Oaks had also been burglarized.
While the residents were asleep, someone entered the home through an unlocked rear door to the mudroom. A Dyson cordless V8 Absolute vacuum cleaner that was hanging from the wall of the room was taken, along with cash from a wallet left on the dining room table.
Cheryl Hickey, 60, of Fords, was arrested Nov. 4 on a drunk driving charge. Police said that Hickey, who was driving a red Toyota minivan, was stopped on Route 1 south at 10:21 p.m. for erratic driving and was found to be intoxicated. She was also issued tickets for failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, careless driving and unapproved color of lamps.
Lowe’s in the Nassau Park Shopping Center was the victim of a theft on Oct. 8. Officer Dominic Fiore said that sometime around 5 a.m., while the store was closed, two suspects driving a Home Depot rental truck stopped in front of the store where the outdoor grills were on display.
Two locks securing the grills together were cut, and four grills were loaded onto the truck. The suspects then fled the area as an employee was arriving at work and witnessed the incident.
Mohammed Faizel, 43, of Princeton, was arrested Oct. 15 on a shoplifting charge at Target in the Nassau Park Shopping Center.
According to Sgt. Robert Poskay, Faizel concealed $295.82 worth of merchandise in a large plastic storage bin. He then paid for the storage bin, but not for the merchandise inside and exited the store. He was apprehended by a Target asset protection officer.
Credit card crime
Larry D. Hicks, 28, of Euclid, Ohio, was charged with fraudulent use of credit cards, credit card theft, possession of an item containing personal information and receiving stolen property.
Officer Nathan Cuomo was dispatched to Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant on Route 1 to investigate a report by employees who believed Hicks was attempting to use a fraudulent credit card to pay for his meal.
Restaurant staff became suspicious of the transaction when the Mastercard used for payment displayed an account number for a Visa account when it was swiped on the payment processing system.
Officer Cuomo said investigation revealed that the Mastercard Hicks attempted to use was stolen in August of 2018, and the account information on the magnetic swipe strip (which did not match the numbers printed on the card) was also stolen. Two additional credit cards found in Hicks possession also had information on the magnetic strip that did not match what was printed on the cards, said Officer Hicks.
Gerald A. Peabody, 24, of Trenton, was arrested Oct. 12 on a drug possession charge. Officer Dominic Fiore said he stopped Peabody, who was driving a 2004 Infiniti sedan, on Route 1 at Carnegie Center Boulevard for making an unsafe lane change, weaving in and out of traffic, and for having dark tinted front windows.
The officer said that during the stop, he found Peabody to be in possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. Peabody was also wanted on a warrant out of Bordentown. He was processed and released after posting bail for the warrant.