Plainsboro Police are investigating a rash of wallet thefts that occurred at township businesses during January.

In addition, police arrested someone in connection with a wallet theft that took place late last year.

On Jan. 8, between 1:20 p.m. and 3 p.m., someone stole a wallet from the purse of a Plainsboro resident who was eating lunch at the Panera Bread in Plainsboro Village Center, said Officer William Atkinson. The wallet contained cash, multiple credit and debit cards, driver’s license, and her social security card.

On Jan. 11, three employees in offices on Windrows Drive were the victims of wallet thefts. Officer Arthur Gant said someone removed a wallet from the purse of a worker at 5000 Windrows Drive. Later that day, someone stole two wallets from employees’ purses at 2000 Windrows Drive.

In all four instances, the victims’ debit and credit cards were used to make multiple illegal purchases.

Meanwhile, following an investigation, police arrested a 24-year-old resident of Bowie, Maryland, on charges that he stole wallets on Nov. 14 at Plainsboro Fitness and Wellness Center, said Det. Robert Urie.

The accused allegedly broke into several lockers, stole wallets and then used credit cards to make more than $6,000 in fraudulent purchases, said Det. Urie. Clements was charged with burglary and theft.

Plainsboro

Assault arrest

A nursing assistant working at The Atrium Health and Senior Living Center was arrested on an assault charge on Jan. 22.

Det. Robert Urie said that the accused, a 22-year old Sayreville resident, was charged with aggravated assault for an incident involving a patient at the facility.

Det. Urie said that the 80-year-old victim reported that he was awakened at about 5:45 a.m. by the nurse, who allegedly punched him in the face multiple times. Further investigation led to Kwarteng’s arrest.

Cell phone stolen. A patron of the Crowne Plaza Hotel reported that his iPhone 5s, valued about $100, was stolen after he left it unattended in the bar area of the hotel on Jan. 18. The theft happened sometime during 2 and 3 a.m.

Burglary arrest

A 32-year-old Palmyra male was charged on Jan. 25 in connection with a theft from a Pheasant Hollow Drive home in 2018.

Det. Daniel Kanaley said that the accused was arrested following an investigation that revealed he had allegedly stolen $3,500 worth of jewelry. He was in the victim’s home to make repairs, said police.

Theft by deception. A Tamarron drive resident was the victim of a theft at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3. Officer Bruce Stankiewicz said that a scammer duped the victim into buying $2,250 worth of gift cards while the victim was attempting to get a refund for a purchase made on iTunes.

DWI arrests

A Hunters Glen Drive male, 23, was arrested Jan. 19 on a drunk driving charge. Officer Jeffrey Puckett said he stopped the man on Plainsboro Road near Center Drive at 2:25 a.m. for speeding, failure to maintain a lane and making an unsafe lane change. The accused, who was driving a black 2017 Nissan Altima, was found to be intoxicated, said Officer Puckett.

A 32-year-old Plainsboro male was arrested Jan. 27 on a drunk driving charge. Officer Brandon Ullom said he stopped the driver at 12:12 a.m. on Sycamore Drive for erratic driving and found him to be intoxicated. He was also charged with reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and a cell phone violation.

A Princeton woman, 45, was arrested Jan. 27 on a drunk driving charge. Officer Michael Krol said he stopped the woman, who was driving a red 2007 Mazda 3, on Route 1 north near College Road East at 1:22 a.m.

The officer said that he stopped the accused for speeding and found her to be intoxicated. She was also issued violations for reckless driving, careless driving, speeding, failure to maintain a lane and improper use of high beams.

A 29-year-old Philadelphia man was stopped on Jan. 27 at 3:33 a.m. and charged with drunk driving. Officer Brandon Ullom said he stopped the man on Route 1 south for erratic driving and found him to be intoxicated.

The accused was also charged with reckless driving, careless driving, speeding, failure to maintain a lane and improper use of high beams.

A 60-year-old Plainsboro man was arrested for drunk driving after a motor vehicle stop on Jan. 27 at 10:01 p.m. Officer Brandon Ullom said he stopped the accused on Schalks Crossing Road for erratic driving and found him to be intoxicated. He was also issued violations for reckless driving, careless driving, obstructing the passage of other vehicles and delaying traffic.

Arrested on a drunk driving charge was a 37-year-old Trenton man at about midnight on Dec. 23. Officer Bruce Stankiewicz said he stopped the man, who was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Impala, on Route 1 north for erratic driving and found him to be intoxicated. The accused was also charged with reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain a lane and uninsured vehicle.

Auto theft

A resident of Princeton Landing was the victim of an auto theft between 5:20 and 5:40 a.m. on Jan. 22. Officer Nick LaRocca said that someone stole a white 2015 Nissan Altima from in front of the victim’s Sayre Drive residence.

Vandalism

A car owned by a Pheasant Hollow Drive resident was vandalized on Jan. 23 between 7 a.m. and 12;43 p.m. Officer Patrick Miller said someone used an unknown object to scratch the car. Paint damage was estimated at $450.

A Tamarron Drive resident’s car was vandalized on Jan. 31 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sgt. Scott Seitz said someone scratched the paint on all four sides of the victim’s 2016 Honda Odyssey, causing damage estimated at $1,000.

Auto Burglary

A parkgoer at the dog park in Plainsboro Community Park was the victim of a theft on Jan. 28 between noon and 1 p.m.

Officer Justin Kowalczyk said someone smashed the driver’s side rear window on the victim’s car and stole her purse from inside.

A resident of Fox Run Drive was the victim of an auto burglary on Jan. 3. Officer Bruce Stankiewicz said that someone entered the victim’s car and stole $5 in coins.

West Windsor

DWI arrest

A 53-year-old Lawrence Township woman was arrested Jan. 1 on a drunk driving charge. Officer Peter Buchanan said he stopped the woman, who was driving a 2009 Honda sedan, at 3:33 a.m. on Route 1 south at Alexander Road for speeding. The officer said he found her to be intoxicated.

Wallet stolen

A Trenton resident was the victim of a wallet theft at 4:15 p.m. at Walmart on Jan. 2. Officer Campbell Knox said someone stole the wallet from the victim’s cart while she was tending to her husband, who was possibly suffering from a stroke.

Shoplifting arrests

A 27-year-old Long Beach woman was arrested Jan. 2 at Target in Nassau Park shopping center on a shoplifting charge. Officer Alison Pollini said asset protection personnel at the store detained the accused after she allegedly removed various small electronic items and accessories from their packaging, concealed them in her pockets, and then left the store without paying for them.

A 27-year-old Southampton woman was arrested at Target on a shoplifting charge on Jan. 11 at 7:45 p.m.

Officer James Collins said he was dispatched to the store to investigate a report of a shoplifter who was being detained by asset protection.

The officer said that investigation revealed that a store employee allegedly saw the accused select several articles of women’s clothing, conceal the items in her purse and attempt to leave the store without paying.

When officers arrived to take her into custody, she provided a false name and someone else’s information, said Officer Collins. She continued to use the assumed identity throughout processing at police headquarters, until a check of her fingerprints revealed her true identity, police said.

She was also charged with hindering apprehension, obstructing the administration of law, unsworn falsification and identity theft.

Package stolen

A resident of Princeton Terrace was the victim of a theft on Jan. 4 between 10:55 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Officer Sean VanNess said the victim received notification that a package from Sephora had been delivered to the front of his apartment.

When he got home, he was unable to find the package. The following day, he found it in front of his garage door. It had been opened and resealed, and two items were missing from inside.

Attempted burglary

Dextro Software Systems, 14 Washington Road, was the scene of an attempted illegal entry between Jan. 4 and 7.

Officer Justin Insalico said that someone used an unknown tool to try and cut a hole in a window near the latch to unlock the window. When that failed, a rock was used to smash the window, but only a small portion of the window was broken out. No entry was made into the business.

A South Mill Road resident was the victim of an attempted house burglary at 4:03 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Officer Brian Mahon said the victim awoke to find that she had received two alerts from her web-based security system. Video showed that an unknown man had walked up her driveway to her car where he pulled on the door handle, but he could not get in since the car was locked.

The suspect then walked to the back of the house, opened the screen door, and found that the back door was also locked. He then left the area.

Police describe the suspect as having a medium build and wearing a light colored sweatshirt, khaki pants, winter hat and black gloves.

House burglary

A home in Windsor Hunt was broken into on Jan. 9 between 2 and 5:15 a.m. Officer Kyle LaForge said that while the residents were asleep, someone entered the home by cutting a screen window, opening the unlocked window behind it, and crawling through.

Money was taken from both a purse that was on the kitchen tab le and a wallet on the living room table. A Sony PlayStation and accessories were taken from the living room.