Hopewell Township Police Department Blotter for March 4: BMW stolen from resident’s garage

A BMW X3M was stolen from a home on Hart Court just before 3:45 a.m. on Feb. 23. The residents of the home were out of state at the time of the theft, but were alerted by home security to movement in the residence. Surveillance footage showed that the suspects entered the home through a first-floor window, found a vehicle key fob inside, and stole the BMW that was inside the garage at the home. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the car theft should call Det. Makwinski @ 609-737-3100 ext. 5740.

A 2014 Volkswagon Jetta was vandalized in the Mercer Meadows parking lot on Blackwell Road on Feb. 19. A woman left the Jetta in the parking lot while she walked the trails. She left her car at 4:15 p.m. and when she returned at 5 p.m., she discovered that someone had smashed the driver’s side window. Belongings valued at $310.79 worth of items were stolen, including her wallet, cash, keyfob, and credit cards. An investigation is ongoing.

On the night of Feb. 24, a Trenton man who was at the Capital Health Medical
Center’s Hopewell campus allegedly spit on two hospital staff members. The man was also found to have an active NCIC warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and was transported to Mercer County Correctional Center on the NCIC Warrant.

On Feb. 20, a Rosedale Road resident crashed her car on Dunwald Lane just before 5 p.m. Officers arrived and conducted a field sobriety test because the driver appeared to be intoxicated. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to the police department for processing. She was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and failure to maintain a lane. She was released from custody after processing was complete.

Twice in the same week, a Denow Road resident was arrested for trespassing on the same property at a complex on Denow Road. On Feb. 24, police responded to 700 Denow Road for a report that someone was trespassing. The resident had already been notified by the property manager and law enforcement to no longer return to the property after he was found knocking on numerous windows in the complex, causing alarm and repetitive disruption to the residents. The man was located and arrested for criminal trespass. He was transported to the police department for processing and was later released. He was arrested again on Feb. 28 for trespassing at the complex again.

A Morristown resident was pulled over for a traffic violation Harbourton Rocktown Road just after 8 p.m. on March 3. The driver was found to have an
active warrant for his arrest out of Kenilworth Borough Municipal Court for $650. He was arrested on the scene and transported to the police department for
processing. He was later released on his own recognizance and was provided with a new court date.

Shoplifting at Stop & Shop

On Feb. 19, police responded to the Stop & Shop on Denow Road for a reported shoplifting. The suspect, a Trenton resident, was found in front of the Starbucks in the plaza. Surveillance footage showed that he entered the Stop&Shop and stole $491.09 worth of merchandise. The items were returned to the store. The man was arrested on the scene and transported to the police station for processing. He was charged with shoplifting and later released.

On Feb. 26, police investigated another shoplifting incident at the Stop & Shop. On Feb. 25 at about 6 p.m, a man stole $379.29 worth of seafood from the store without paying for the food. The incident is under investigation.

On March 2, police responded to the Stop & Shop again to investigate another shoplifting incident. At 5:45 p.m. a woman stole $111.03 in various items from the store. Footage of the suspect and her vehicle were supplied to officers. The investigation is ongoing.