Princeton police blotter: Vehicle break-ins continue, thief cashes business checks, online extortion attempt successful

A woman on Winant Road reported to police on March 16 that her vehicle was burglarized some time between 7:50 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. The vehicle was unlocked in her driveway. The make and model of the vehicle were not provided in the police blotter information. Nothing was reported stolen.

On March 16, a resident of Campbelton Road reported that two people tried to break into the person’s garage through an unsecured window. They rummaged through a cabinet, but stole no property. Video surveillance footage showed that one person entered the resident’s vehicle through an unsecured front passenger side door and rummaged through it. The police blotter information provided by police did not list the make and model of the vehicle. Both of the people who broke in fled in vehicles heading northbound on Stockton Street.

A resident of Hodge Road reported that on March 3, their vehicles were burglarized while they were
parked, unsecured, in their driveway. About $3,250 worth of valuables were stolen from one of the vehicles.

On March 17, a business owner on North Palmer Square reported that someone forged and successfully cashed two business checks totalling $4,220.97.

On March 18, a person was walking north along Bunn Drive when someone wearing dark clothing and riding a bicycle rode up behind him and stole his backpack while he was carrying it over his shoulder. The backpack contained approxima $660 worth of valuables, police said.

A resident of Carnahan Place reported on March 19 that someone posed as a 31-year-woman and extorted $390 from him after he sent her explicit photos of himself. The incident is similar to a Feb. 28 attempt to extort $200 from a Stonecliff Road resident after he sent someone posing as a 48-year-old woman explicit photos and videos of himself.

On March 16, a resident of North Stanworth Lane reported that someone wrote two offensive words on a fence and dumpster nearby, causing the resident to feel harassed. The detective bureau is investigating the bias incident. The offensive words were not included in the police blotter information.

A resident of Cherry Valley Road reported that she received a phone call from someone posing as a PSE&G representative who threatened to turn her house electricity off if she did not pay him immediately. The woman paid the man $1,286.99 via a direct transfer from her bank through Zelle.

Multiple people reported that on the evening of March 19, someone driving in a silver sedan struck them with what seemed like pellets from an unknown object as they were walking on Spring Street. There were no reported injuries.

A man reported on March 20 that someone punctured the front and rear passenger side tires of his vehicle, which was parked on Mountain Avenue. A similar incident happened on March 9, when a woman reporterd that someone punctured three tires of her vehicle while it was parked in a parking lot.

On March 11, a Cleveland Lane resident reported that someone unsuccessfully attempted to
fraudulently open a line of credit in her name. The victim did not lose any money.

Patrol units responded to a retail store on State Road just after 9:30 p.m. on March 13 to investigate a
shoplifting complaint. The store representative reported that two men shoplifted $779.67 worth of merchandise and exited the store without paying. The suspects left the area on foot. A check of the area failed to locate the suspects, police said. The police blotter did not identify the store or block of State Road where the shoplifting incident occurred.

A 44-year-old New Brunswick man was arrested March 15 for having several outstanding criminal warrants out of the Princeton Municipal Court. He turned himself in at the New Brunswick Police Department, was then turned over to Princeton Police, was processed and was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Facility.

Just before 2 a.m. on March 19, police stopped a driver on North Harrison Street and determined that he was driving while intoxicated. The 23-year-old Franklin Park resident was transported to police headquarters, processed, charged, and later released to a sober adult.

A 24-year-old Princeton reisdent was arrested and charged with lewdness on March 8 after he exposed his genitals in a public area on Witherspoon Street. He was processed and released with a complaint summons.

On March 3, a resident reported that a black GOtrex XR Elite Electric Scooter was stolen from its secured location on Prospect Avenue.