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Suspicious Activity Reported in Mapleton Development – 3/8/19

On 03/08/19 at approximately 3:30 p.m., police received a report of suspicious circumstances involving a juvenile being alarmed by a subject in a vehicle. The incident occurred on Arlington Drive in the Mapleton development. As the juvenile female was walking home, she noticed a white Toyota Corolla or Camry, which she described as dirty and having tinted windows, was driving slowly behind her. She reported that the vehicle pulled alongside of her, stopped, and the driver’s door opened slightly. She noted that the vehicle was being driven by a black male with a beard down to his chest. The man was wearing a black beanie and a heavy brown jacket. The male never spoke to the juvenile or exited the car, but the juvenile reported he stared at her as she walked by. The vehicle made a u-turn and was last seen turning onto Birmingham Drive.

Although the subject didn’t speak to the juvenile, his actions were alarming to her and police want to speak to him. We are asking anyone who has information that might help us identify the vehicle and driver to contact police at 609-298-4411 – Option 1 for police dispatch. Any residents in that area who have video cameras on their homes are asked to check for footage of the vehicle between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today.

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment – 3/4/19

The Mansfield Township Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of its program to maintain accredited status by verifying that it meets recognized professional best law enforcement practices.

Administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 609-362-6850 on Monday, March 11, 2019, between the hours of 9:00AM – 11:00AM.  The assessment team will take comments.  Email comments can be sent to the police department at (info@mansfieldpd.org).

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Mansfield Township Police Department, 3135 Route 206, Suite 3, Columbus, NJ 08022.  Please contact Lieutenant Eric Campbell at 609-298-4411.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Mansfield Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by email to Harry J Delgado, Accreditation Program Manager, hdelgado@njsacop.org, by phone 856-334-8943, or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, NJ 08053.

Ambulance Corps Building Vandalized Overnight – 02/09/19

Mansfield Township Police are seeking the assistance of the public pertaining to an act of Criminal Mischief to public property. On Saturday, February 9th, 2019, between the hours of 2:30 am and 4:00 am, unknown perpetrator(s) entered the enclosed vestibule of the Mansfield Township Ambulance Corps building, located at 41 Fieldcrest Drive, and smashed two windows and damaged the security door. This crime was committed while EMS personnel were on a call for service.

Investigators are requesting residents and business owners in the Country Walk Development and Homestead Plaza II sections of the township to check their surveillance video footage for any unusual activity, person(s) or vehicle(s) that may have been recorded between the times of interest. Any tips from the public or citizens willing to share their surveillance footage should contact the Mansfield Township Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau at 609-298-4411 and speak with a detective.

 

 

Burglary Suspects Sought – 12/30/18

On Thursday, December 27, 2018, at approximately 1:15 a.m., two suspects forcibly entered a residence on Dickens Drive in the Mapleton development. While in the home, the suspects were confronted by the resident and then fled on foot in the direction of Greenbrook Drive. As a part of the investigation, we contacted the New Jersey State Police Forensic Artist Unit and two composite sketches were completed using the descriptions given by the victim. We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying these subjects.

Suspect 1 Suspect 2

Black male, 18-20 years old, approximately 6’1″ tall, 150 pounds, slim build, last seen wearing all black.

Black male, 18-20 years old, approximately 5’10” tall, 150 pounds, stocky build, last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt with a hood, black track type pants.

Any residents in the Mapleton development who have surveillance cameras are asked to check their recordings for any unusual activity around the approximate time frame between 1:00 a.m.-1:35 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2018. Anyone who is willing to share their video is urged to contact police and not post the footage on social media sites. Police have increased patrols in the area since the incident and ask the community to report any suspicious activity immediately.

Anyone with information about this incident or who believes they recognize the suspects depicted are asked to call police dispatch at 609-723-8300.

Warning About Holiday Scams – 11/19/18

The following information is provided by the Better Business Bureau in effort to educate individuals about popular scams that you could encounter during the holiday season. Consumers are encouraged to be cautious about any scenarios that resemble those listed below.

Bear Sighting Reported to Police – 11/3/18

Today police received a report from a township resident who encountered a black bear earlier this week while walking on a segment of the Kinkora Trail, which connects Island Road and Mansfield Community Park off of East Main Street. Visits by black bears have become somewhat of a regular occurrence in our township over the last few years. Since we haven’t had a bear visit us in a several months, we are reminding the community that they should exercise caution if they see a bear. You can review the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Bear Safety Tips HERE.

Any bear sightings can be reported to police by calling the dispatch center at 609-723-8300. Additionally, sightings, black bear damage, or nuisance behavior can be reported to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s 24-hour hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).

Curfew Reminder – 10/28 thru 10/31

This is a reminder that a curfew was established under Chapter 28 of the Mansfield Township Code.

The curfew applies to any person under 18 years old and is in effect on:

  • October 28th, 29th, & 30th from 8:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next day.
  • October 31st from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next day.

There are limited exceptions to the curfew. The full text of the ordinance can be reviewed on the online code book.