At 7:26 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, residents of the 2600 block of Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1) called police to report they had just returned home to find that someone had broken into their residence and stolen over $2,000 worth of cash and property, including a television and jewelry, Lawrence Township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry said.
He said the burglar(s) gained entry by smashing a window adjacent to the home’s front door. The break-in took place sometime during the preceding 24 hours while the residents were away from the home, he said.
The crime is being investigated by Detective Todd Caruso, he said.
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A Honda CR80 motorcycle and a Yamaha all-terrain vehicle – with a combined value of about $3,000 – were stolen from a shed of a property in the 2100 block of Princeton Pike sometime between 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, and about 6 a.m. on Monday, June 25, Ubry said. He said someone broke into the shed by removing a window screen.
Ubry said the lock on a utility trailer on the same property was also cut away, but nothing appeared to have been taken from the trailer. Three bicycles believed to have been used by the burglars were found abandoned nearby, he said.
Detective William Chester is investigating, he said.
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Donna Majeski, 32, of Trenton was arrested on July 6 by Detective Todd Caruso and charged with robbery and theft in connection with an incident that allegedly took place at Quaker Bridge Mall a few days earlier, Ubry said.
While inside the J.C. Penney department store at the mall about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, Majeski allegedly concealed about $400 worth of merchandise in a bag she was carrying and then left the store without paying, Ubry said.
Ubry said a store loss prevention personnel followed Majeski into the parking lot and caught up with her as she was getting into a vehicle. Majeski allegedly hit and shoved the store employee – causing a minor wrist injury to the female security guard – and fled the scene in the vehicle, he said.
She was identified as a suspect and later located by Caruso, Ubry said, noting that the alleged use of force by Majeski during her getaway elevated the crime from a shoplifting to a robbery.
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Xi Yan Hui, 30, of Flushing, N.Y., was arrested about 4:25 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, at the Red Roof Inn in the 3200 block of Brunswick Pike (Route 1) and charged with prostitution, Ubry said.
Ubry said an undercover officer met the woman at the motel after responding to a suspicious advertisement police discovered online. During that meeting, the woman allegedly offered the undercover officer sex for money, at which time she was taken into custody, he said.
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On Thursday, June 28, a resident of Town Court North notified police that someone had stolen his 2011 Suzuki motorcycle – worth $5,000 – from outside his apartment sometime between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. that morning, Ubry said.
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Two Lawrence Township boys – one 17 years old, the other 16 – were arrested about 7 p.m. on Friday, July 6, and each charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams after Officer Erini Papafilipakis approached their vehicle because it was illegally parked in a fire lane on Cliveden Court, Ubry said.
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Two Lawrence Township residents – Judith Belisle, 20, and Matthew Smith, 18 – were arrested about 3:40 p.m. on Monday, June 25, and each charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, Ubry said.
Ubry said the two were taken into custody by Officer Hector Nieves who responded to Rickard Court in the Lawrence Square Village complex to investigate a “suspicious vehicle.” Smith was found to be the driver of the auto, he said.
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A 17-year-old Lawrence Township boy was arrested and charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana after Officer Shaun Sexton stopped a vehicle in the 2200 block of Lawrence Road (Route 206) shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, for an equipment violation, Ubry said, noting that the vehicle’s rear license plate light was out. He said the 17-year-old suspect was riding as a passenger in the vehicle, which was driven by another 17-year-old male.
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Samuel Guenther, 45, of the Browns Mills section of Pemberton Township was arrested and charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana following a routine traffic stop by police at 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, Ubry said.
He said Guenther was also charged with driving with a revoked license after his vehicle was stopped in the 500 block of Lawrence Road (Route 206) by Officer Sean Kerins.
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, June 21, and Tuesday, July 10, 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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