Princeton Police Blotter: iPad Thefts, Drug Possession and More

A Trenton man was arrested for shoplifting from a store on the 100 block of Nassau Street just before 4 p.m. on May 19. Joseph Rabatie was charged with shoplifting after he fled the store and was located by police. He allegedly stole items from other Nassau Street stores and had a $500 active warrant from the Trenton Municipal Court. The stolen items, valued at $94.50, were recovered, police said.

A motor vehicle stop by police just after 3 a.m. May 18 on North Harrison Street revealed that Nakhil Oak, 27, of St. Charles, Illinois had consumed alcoholic beverages prior to driving his vehicle, police said. Oak was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Police responded to an argument at a home on the first block of Greenland Court just after noon on May 18 and when they arrived, the people who were fighting fled to a wooded area off of Edgerstoune Road. Police searched the area and located Cornelius Toma Jr., 36, of Princeton and Lindsay Mackay, 27, of Trenton. Police said both men were under the influence of drugs. Both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Toma, Jr. was additionally charged with possession of a controlled and dangerous substance police said they believe to be heroin. Mackay had $6,500 in active warrants outstanding from the Trenton Municipal Court.

A resident on the 400 block of Riverside Drive reported on the morning of May 18 that several items were missing when they moved into their new home, including an iPad valued at $680 and credit card information that led to the illegal purchase of $3,000 worth of merchandise.

An employee of a store at the Princeton Shopping Center reported just after 7 a.m. May 17 that a window had been broken at the ACE Hardware store in the shopping center. A police investigation determined that someone had entered the store and removed $150 from inside.

A student reported that some time between 1 and 3 p.m. on May 16th, her Macbook Pro was stolen from the coatroom at a campus eating club on the first block of Prospect Avenue. The computer and case are valued at $530.

Police responded to a disturbance at a home on the 100 block of Linden Lane on the afternoon of May 16 and allegedly discovered that Rodrigo Trinta, 34, of North Plainfield, was in possession of a controlled dangerous substance believed to be methamphetamine. Trinta was charged with possession of the drug as well as being under the influence of a controlled and dangerous substance and was taken to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro for treatment and observation.