Police Blotter: Burglaries, Prostitution, DUI and More...
Here's a roundup of notable police activity in Lawrence Township from Sept. 13 through Sept. 23.
A burglary that took place at Yielded Vessels Fellowship, a house of worship located in the 600 block of Whitehead Road in Lawrence Township, remains under investigation by township police, according to police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.
He said the break-in occurred between 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, and noon on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The burglar entered the building by breaking the lower panel on a glass door. Stolen were about $350 worth of property, including a television, DVD player, video game console and assorted game discs, he said.
Detective Robert Potter and Officer Robert Loveless are leading the investigation.
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An office was ransacked and a small amount of cash stolen by someone who burglarized the AAMCO Transmissions facility in the 1700 block of Princeton Avenue in Lawrence Township sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, according to Lawrence Township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.
The burglar gained entry to the building by breaking a ground-floor window, he said, noting that the crime is under investigation by Detective Robert Potter and Officer Robert Loveless.
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Myungja Lee, a 39-year-old resident of Flushing, N.Y., was arrested about 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, and charged with engaging in prostitution and promoting prostitution after she allegedly offered an undercover officer sex in exchange for money in a room at the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge in the 2900 block of Brunswick Pike (Route 1), Ubry said.
He explained that the undercover officer, in response to a suspicious advertisement that police found online, arranged to meet the suspect at the motel. A similar arrest of a 43-year-old woman from Newark took place at Howard Johnson’s on Sept. 11.
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Caitlin C. Danielski, 22, of Reeger Avenue, Hamilton Township, and Emily A. Dickerson, 28, from Route 130, Bordentown, were arrested and each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after they were allegedly caught with crack pipes and other items in their room at the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge about 2:40 p.m. by detectives who were at the Route 1 motel investigating another matter, according to Ubry. Both women were also found to be wanted in connection with outstanding warrants from other municipalities, he added.
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Driving Under the Influence
Eric D. Menzzopane, 30, of Forge Court, Jackson Township, was charged with driving under the influence and four related offenses after his Chevrolet Malibu was stopped along Lawrence Road (Route 206) near Fairfield Avenue about 2:10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, Ubry said. He said Officer Chris DiMeglio initiated the traffic stop after observing Menzzopane allegedly driving in an “erratic” manner.
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At 10:33 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, a woman called police to report that someone had ransacked the interior of her vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of her home on Pilgrim Avenue, Ubry said, noting that nothing of value appeared to have been stolen. He said there was no sign of forced entry found on the vehicle, and the crime is believed to have happened sometime after 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Detective James Smith and Officer Mark Harmon are investigating.
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Sometime between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, someone stole a black and gray mountain bike from the yard of a Jill Lane residence. The bicycle, which belonged to the property owner’s son, was valued at $125. Found near where the stolen bike had been, Ubry said, was a red mountain bike that had apparently been used and then abandoned by the thief.
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At 9:58 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, a 20-year-old woman reported to police that someone had stolen her $300 cell phone. Ubry said the woman told police she accidentally left the phone in a restroom of the Lucky 7 Deli in the 1900 block of Princeton Avenue. The phone was gone when she returned to the restroom sometime later to look for the device.
Anyone with information about any of the above crimes is asked to call Lawrence Township police at (609) 896-1111.
A copy of Lawrence Township's police dispatch log for Thursday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, can be viewed from the PDF box above. This log lists all significant calls for service and incidents for which officers filed a written report. Routine administrative assignments are omitted. Some data has been redacted to protect the identity of crime victims.
- Sept. 25: “Police Investigating Incident as an Attempted Abduction”
- Sept. 25: “Police: Lawrence Man Assaulted EMT, Resisted Arrest”
- Sept. 19: “Car Dealership Burglarized”
- Sept. 18: “New Details in Case of Missing Lawrenceville Man”
- Sept. 18: “Missing Lawrenceville Man Found”
- Sept. 18: “Man Arrested for Posing as a CIA Agent”
- Sept. 17: “Police Still Searching for Missing Elderly Man”