Zakiyah Spence, 21, of Hamilton, was arrested Jan. 1 on a drug possession charge. Officer Justin Kowalczyk said he stopped Spence, who was driving a silver Chevrolet Impala, on Route 1 south for erratic driving. Officer Kowalczyk said that during the stop, he detected the odor of burnt and raw marijuana from inside the vehicle.
A search revealed Spence to be in possession of marijuana and prescription drugs, police said. He was charged with failure to maintain lane control, careless driving, failure to exhibit proof of insurance, operating a motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance and operating a motor vehicle while in possession of an open container of alcohol.
Gift card scam
A resident of Tamarron Drive was the victim of a theft on Jan. 3. Police said someone tricked the victim into paying for $2,250 in iTunes gift cards.
Drunk driving arrest
Robert Jenkins, 37, of Trenton, was arrested Dec. 23 on a drunk driving charge. Officer Bruce Stankiewicz said he stopped Jenkins, who was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Impala, on Route 1 north shortly after midnight for erratic driving.
Investigation revealed Jenkins to be intoxicated, police said. Jenkins was also charged with reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and uninsured driving.
A Fox Run resident was the victim of a theft of $5 in change from her car on Jan. 3 at about 5 p.m. Police did not report the means of entry to the vehicle.
Robbery suspect sought
Police are searching for a man who shoplifted and assaulted an employee at Home Depot in Nassau Park Shopping Center on Nov. 29.
According to Sgt. Kevin Loretucci, the man was observed by store employees filling his shopping cart with Milwaukee power tools and concealing some of them into a tote at about 6:10 p.m. The suspect is described as being in his 20s, with a thin build, low cut hair and wearing a green jacket with a fur trimmed hood and khaki pants.
The suspect waited near the registers and then suddenly ran out of the store pushing the shopping cart full of merchandise. Two employees confronted the suspect outside, but he refused to stop. When a female employee ran up and knocked over the cart he was pushing, he took her iPhone.
The suspect then offered to give the phone back if she let him go with the merchandise, but she refused. The suspect then grabbed her by the hair, struck her in the chest and pulled her to the ground. He then pushed the cart to a tan-colored sports utility vehicle, loaded approximately $2,000 worth of power tools into his vehicle and fled the scene prior to the arrival of the police.
Angela M. Scott, 22, of Titusville was arrested after allegedly vandalizing a car in the parking lot at Wegmans in the Nassau Park Shopping Center at about 11:55 a.m. on Nov. 27.
Office Sean Van Ness said that the victim was driving her 2017 Dodge SUV around the lot and then parked in a space near the supermarket. He said that after she got out of her car, Scott cursed at the victim and yelled at her to slow down.
Officer Van Ness said that later, while the victim was still shopping, Scott walked out of the store with groceries, went to the victim’s car and scratched the paint on the victim’s driver’s side and rear trunk. Scott then loaded her own car with groceries, and then allegedly went back to the victim’s vehicle and rammed her shopping cart into the side of it.
Scott was identified after an investigation by Det. Jason Jones and charged with criminal mischief on Dec. 5.
Nathaniel M. Booker, 36, of Trenton was arrested Nov. 28 on a shoplifting charge at Target in the Nassau Park Shopping Center.
Officer Justin Insalaco said that Booker was observed by store asset protection selecting a backpack, and then filling it full of various beauty supplies valued at almost $600.
Booker then allegedly attempted to leave the store without paying, at which point he was detained and then turned over to police. Booker was also wanted on warrants out of West Windsor and Princeton and four from Trenton.
A house in the Windsor Hunt development was burglarized sometime overnight Dec. 1 or 2.
Officer Melissa Nagy said that while the residents were sleeping, someone cut a small hole into a window screen at the rear of the house and removed it. The burglar then entered the home through the unlocked window and stole an Apple Macbook Pro and case, a Samsung tablet and a smartwatch from the TV room.
The victims’ unlocked vehicle was also entered and searched, but nothing was taken from inside.
Package theft. A resident of Princeton Terrace was the victim of a theft on Dec. 3. Officer Nathan Cuomo said someone stole two packages that had been delivered and left outside the doorway of the apartment. The delivery occurred around noon, and the packages were discovered to have been stolen at 3 p.m. by the victim.
Four cars parked outside Orangetheory Fitness in the Nassau Park Shopping Center were broken-into on Dec. 4.
Between 5:20 and 6:45 p.m., one or more thieves smashed windows on the four cars and stole purses and other property from inside.
Officer Peter Buchanan said that based on information gathered from previous burglaries at Orangetheory locations in the area, he was dispatched to the location at 352 Princeton-Hightstown Road to surveil the parking lot.
Officer Buchanan said that upon arrival, he observed a white 2018 Infiniti Q50 with dark tinted windows and a Florida registration back into a parking space and turn its lights out.
No one exited the vehicle while it was parked. Approximately two minutes later, the vehicle began driving around the parking lot with its lights out.
As soon as Officer Buchanan pulled up behind the vehicle, it sped away at a high rate of speed, went through a red light and onto Princeton-Hightstown Road. The officer pursued the vehicle with lights and sirens activated, but the vehicle would not stop. The officer ultimately cut off the chase after deeming it was proceeding at an unsafe rate of speed.
A car was burglarized in the parking lot of the tennis center in Mercer County Park on Dec. 6.
Officer Nathan Cuomo said that sometime between 3:15 and 3:50 p.m., someone smashed the window on the victim’s car and stole her purse from inside while she was walking her dog through the park.
Fake ID arrest
Yaritza M. Sanchez-Peralta, 26, of Somerset, was charged with possession of a fake insurance card on Dec. 8.
Officer Brian Mahon said that Sanchez-Peralta came to police headquarters to attempt to have her vehicle released from impound, and presented the dispatcher with an insurance card that appeared to be a fake. Officer Mahon said that he was able determine that the card was fraudulent and arrested the woman.
Erick C. Veliz, 24, of West Windsor was arrested Dec. 8 on a drunk driving charge. Officer Ted Hojnacki said he stopped Veliz, who was driving a white Ford pickup, at about 11 p.m. on Clarksville Road near Hawk Drive for allegedly driving too slow and swerving in and out of his lane of travel. The officer said he determined Veliz to be intoxicated.
Joey B. Thomas, 30, of Trenton was arrested Dec. 12 on charges that he was drunk driving and driving with a suspended license. Officer Ted Hojnacki said he stopped Thomas, who was driving a silver 2005 Ford Mustang, at about 2:52 a.m. for speeding 84 mph on Route 1 near Varsity Avenue.
During the stop, Thomas was found to be to be driving intoxicated. A computer check revealed that he was wanted by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and also had on five outstanding warrants out of Trenton.
It was also found that his license had been suspended as a result of a previous DWI charge. He was processed and then sent to the Mercer County Adult Correction Center.