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Police Blotter: Prostitution Suspect Nabbed at Red Roof

Here's a roundup of notable police activity in Lawrence Township from Oct. 4 through Oct. 9.

Prostitution

Qiaoling Yang, 43, of Flushing, N.Y. was arrested about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 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 Red Roof Inn in the 3200 block of Brunswick Pike (Route 1), according to Lawrence Township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.

He said the undercover officer, in response to a suspicious advertisement that police found online, arranged to meet the suspect at the motel. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, he added.

Similar arrests took place recently at the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge, in the 2900 block of Brunswick Pike, on Sept. 20, Sept. 11 and July 12.

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Traffic Accident

A 22-year-old North Brunswick man escaped with only a minor complaint of pain after car he was driving crashed and flipped over several times in the northbound lanes of the Trenton Freeway (Route 1), north of Whitehead Road but prior to the merge with Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1), about 9:10 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, Ubry said.

The car came to rest upright, back on its wheels, and the driver declined an ambulance ride to the hospital. Ubry said police are investigating if a second vehicle – which did not stop at the scene – had anything to do with the crash.

Northbound traffic was stopped for about a half-hour while firefighters from Slackwood Volunteer Fire Co. attended to a minor spill of automotive fluids from the car and the wreckage was removed by a tow truck.   

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Theft

All four tires and rims – worth a total of about $1,400 – were stolen from a 2010 Honda Insight sometime during the evening of Friday, Oct. 5, or the morning of Saturday, Oct. 6, while it was parked outside Building 5 of the Avalon Run apartment complex on Town Court South, Ubry said, noting that the owner called police after finding the vehicle resting on blocks.

A “suspicious” white van was seen in the area around that time. Ubry asked anyone with information about that vehicle or the crime itself to call police at (609) 896-1111.  

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Theft

Police are working to identify a man who allegedly stole items from the Dollar General store in the 2000 block of Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1) and the CVS Pharmacy in the 1900 block of Brunswick Pike on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Ubry said the suspect – described as a black male wearing a black-and-white checkered flannel shirt, a baseball cap, and tan pants, carrying an umbrella and a black backpack – allegedly stole three watches worth a total of $60 from the CVS about 1 p.m. and an employee’s laptop computer (valued at $1,000) and an unknown quantity of toothpaste from the Dollar General about 1:30 p.m.

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Theft

Police were called to the Lukoil gas station at the corner of Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1) and Texas Avenue at 8:28 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, after an unidentified man drove away without paying for $40 worth of gasoline that had been pumped into his Ford, Ubry said. The vehicle bore a Pennsylvania license plate.

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Criminal Mischief

During the overnight hours of Sunday, Oct. 7, into Monday, Oct. 8, someone threw a rock through the driver’s side window of a Ford Econoline van parked outside Carlo’s Auto Repair in the 1700 block of Princeton Avenue, Ubry said. Damage was said to be about $150; nothing was stolen from inside the van.

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Criminal Mischief

A construction worker from Trenton reported to police that sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 – while he was busy working at Quaker Bridge Mall – someone damaged his GMC Envoy in the mall’s parking lot, Ubry said, noting that the vehicle was scratched and its antenna bent. Damage was estimated at under $200.

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Criminal Mischief

Police officers and firefighters discovered an act of criminal mischief when they responded to check a fire alarm that was reported to be going off in the recreation center of the Avalon Run apartment complex on Town Court North just after 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. Ubry said someone used toilet paper to clog the drains of a shower in the building and turned on the hot water, causing the room to flood and steam to set off the fire alarm system.

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Criminal Mischief

A resident of Freedom Boulevard reported to police that someone deflated both driver’s side tires on his Hyundai Accent while it was parked outside his residence sometime between 11:40 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, and 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

 

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, Oct. 4, through Tuesday, Oct. 9, 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.

 

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