Police Blotter: Jewelry Taken in Van Kirk Road Burglary
Here's a roundup of notable police activity in Lawrence Township from July 30 through Aug. 5.
Assorted jewelry worth “several thousand” dollars was stolen during a residential burglary on Van Kirk Road on Thursday, Aug. 2, according to Lawrence Township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.
A resident called police at 6:26 p.m. after discovering her property missing, Ubry said. He said police believe the burglar got into the house by cutting the screen on a first-floor window, possibly between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. that day.
He said Officer Iwona Smith and Detective Todd Caruso are leading the investigation.
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At 2:53 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, police were notified of a burglary at the Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge in the 2900 block of Brunswick Pike (Route 1).
Two contractors who had rented a first-floor room at the motel because they are working in the area told police that they fell asleep around 1 a.m., having left their motel room door ajar, and when they awoke about 2:40 a.m. they discovered that someone had entered the room and stolen a cell phone and laptop computer, Ubry said.
The stolen items were worth a total of about $550. Officer Chris Schuster and Detective Kevin Reading Jr. are investigating.
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Five unlocked vehicles were entered and property stolen from all but one of them during the past weekend, Ubry said.
It was 7:02 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, when police were notified that three vehicles belonging to the same family in the 300 block of Eggerts Crossing Road had been entered sometime after midnight. Stolen from those autos, he said, were about $50 in loose change and cash and a wallet containing identification and other personal items.
At 2:58 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, a Gainsboro Road resident called police to report that an unidentified man had just stolen a small amount of cash from his vehicle, Ubry said. He said the resident told police he happened to look outside and saw that his vehicle’s interior light was on and that a man he did not recognize was moving around inside the auto. The thief ran off as soon as the resident went outside to see what was going on.
And at 4:28 a.m. on Sunday police learned that a vehicle parked on neighboring Gedney Road had been entered. The interior of that auto was ransacked but nothing of value appeared to have been stolen, according to Ubry.
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Pablo Ramos, 26, of Trenton, was arrested at the Red Roof Inn about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, and charged with multiple drug offenses, Ubry said.
He said police went to the motel in the 3200 block of Brunswick Pike (Route 1) after learning that Ramos – who was wanted in connection with an outstanding warrant from Bucks County, Pa. – was staying in one of the rooms there.
After being allowed into the room by Ramos’ female companion, Sgt. Tim Drew, Officer Richard Laird III and Detective Dave Burns allegedly caught Ramos trying to flush drugs down the toilet, according to Ubry. He said quantities of marijuana and a variety of prescription medications including xanax – all allegedly belonging to Ramos – were found in the room.
Ubry said Ramos was arrested in connection with the Bucks County warrant and also charged with possession of prescription medications without having valid prescriptions, possession of prescription medications with intent to distribute, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.
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Christopher Sanicki, 22, of Perrineville, was arrested about 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, according to Ubry. Officer Erini Papafilipakis, while checking a complaint about a suspicious vehicle in the area, spotted Sanicki and two other men in an auto on Quince Court. While investigating further, Ubry said, she found a quantity of marijuana in the vehicle that allegedly belonged to Sanicki.
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Management of Able Medical Transportation Inc., located in the 2300 block of Lawrence Road (Route 206), called police at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, to report that sometime between 6:30 p.m. on July 26 and 3 p.m. on July 31 someone broke into one of their ambulances and stole several hundred dollars worth of medical equipment, Ubry said.
He said it was on July 31 that staff discovered the interior of the ambulance ransacked and that evening drove the vehicle to the company’s facility in Farmingdale so that an inventory could be performed. Once it was determined what equipment was missing, the company notified police of the crime. Officer Matt Grossi is investigating.
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At 1:25 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, police were notified that three vehicles parked on Enterprise Avenue had been damaged. Ubry said a brick or similar object was used to smash the windshields of two vehicles and the rear window of the third auto. The vehicles belong to Janneh’s Transportation of Trenton, he said.
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Officer Robert Loveless is investigating who threw a rock through the window of a home on Craigie Avenue and damaged the same home’s mailbox, Ubry said. The crime was reported at 9:29 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5.
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 Monday, July 30, through Sunday, Aug. 5, 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.