Princeton Police Blotter: Gift card scams, stolen e-bike, strangers rifling through unlocked cars

A resident of Redding Circle reported to police on April 6 that she had met a man online and he sent her a check for $14 000. He then asked her to reimburse him for $4,900 of the money via CashApp and Google Play gift cards. The woman said she did so, and then realized that the check never cleared.

A man was shopping in a store on the 300 block of Nassau Street during lunchtime on April 6 and left a beige canvas bag briefly unattended inside a shopping cart. The bag was stolen. The man believes the bag may have been stolen by a man he saw leaving the scene on a bicycle. The man estimated that the value of items lost in the canvas bag was about $510.

A Bunn Drive resident reported to police April 7 that some time within a five-day window, his Panasonic electric bicycle was stolen from a parking garage near his apartment complex. The bicycle was later located and recovered by the Westampton Police Department.

Residents of Nassau Street, Mercer Street, and Parkside Drive reported that cars parked in driveways or open garages on their properties were entered by strangers at various times on the nights of April 10 and 11. In some cases, money and other items were stolen from vehicles. None of the vehicles had been locked.

A Jefferson Road resident reported to police on April 11 that she had been sending emails back and forth to someone online she believed to be her best friend. The person was in fact a stranger. The person asked the woman to send gift cards via email and the victim did so. Once she realized that the person was not her best friend, she had already sent the stranger gift cards totaling $2,950.