Mansfield Township
Police Department

190-A Atlantic Ave.
PO Box 177
Columbus, NJ 08022

609-298-4411 Police Station
609-723-8300 Dispatch

Mansfield Police Department

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Warning About Door-To-Door Solicitations – 4/17/14

In the past week, we have noted a sudden increase in complaints regarding door-to-door solicitors approaching homes throughout the township. The individuals were offering residents a myriad of products and services, from window and siding installation, to magazine subscriptions, to aerial photographs of the property. This type of activity is prohibited by Chapter 24 of the Township Code unless the individuals have made application to the Township Clerk’s Office, had a background investigation performed by police, and been granted a permit by the Township. Residents are urged to be wary of anyone peddling products or services door-to-door, unless they have a permit. Residents are asked to contact police by calling 609-723-8300 to report any solicitors so an officer can respond to the area and direct the subject(s) that a permit is required. No matter how smooth talking an individual may seem, not everyone has your best interest in mind and nefarious motives may exist.

Police Blotter – 4/7/14

On Thursday, April 3rd at 2:19 a.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the vehicle owner had a suspended driver’s license. During the motor vehicle stop, a warrant check revealed the driver, Brandon Stein, 21 years old of Lumberton, was wanted on two warrants.  Stein was taken into custody and turned over to the Bordentown City Police Department.

During an investigation on Thursday, April 3rd at 01:35 p.m., of a suspicious circumstance at the Imperial Inn Motel, police discovered that Rudy Kelvy, 50 years old of Bordentown, was wanted on two warrants.  Kelvy was taken into custody and later released pending new court appearances.

Police stopped a motor vehicle on Monday, April 7th at 12:32 a.m. on Route 206 for a moving violation. During the motor vehicle stop, the officer learned that a passenger, Nina Randol, 27 of Browns Mills, was wanted on a warrant.  Randol was taken into custody for processing and was later released after posting bail.

On Monday, April 7th, police responded to a reported residential burglary within the Township. The incident occurred between approximately 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at a residence in the Landview Development off of Route 68. The suspect(s) made entry through an open window. This incident remains under investigation.

On Monday, April 7th at 8:57 p.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the vehicle’s registration was expired. During the motor vehicle stop, a check returned that the driver Vincent Messina, 41 years old of Bordentown, was wanted on two warrants and that his driver’s license was suspended.  Messina was then taken into custody for processing and was later released pending new court dates.

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Man Arrested For Theft While Working In Victim’s Home – 3/30/14

On Sunday, March 30th at approximately 1:15 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence in the Homestead development for a reported theft of jewelry. The homeowner reported that several pieces of jewelry were missing from her residence. Subsequent investigation revealed that Eric L. Yelowitz, 27 years old of Marlton, stole the items in question from the victim’s residence on March 29th. At the time of the theft Yelowitz was lawfully permitted in the residence to perform work on behalf of Comcast.

On April 3, 2014, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Yelowitz was taken into custody at police headquarters and charged with the above mentioned theft from the residence. At the completion of processing, Yelowitz was released after posting bail. Special thanks to the members of the Mount Laurel Township Police Department who assisted in this investigation.

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Police Blotter – 3/29/14

On Saturday, March 22nd at 12:45 p.m., police stopped Wilbert Chambers, 75 years old of Camden, for a speeding violation on West Main Street.  During the motor vehicle stop, a check revealed that Chambers was driving while suspended and wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant.  Chambers was taken into custody and processed at police headquarters.  Chambers was later released pending a court appearance and was issued summonses for the initial motor vehicle violations.

Police observed Scott Luhrman, 33 years old of Bordentown, walking on Rt. 206 on March 27th at 4:35 p.m.  The officer was aware that Luhrman was wanted on several criminal warrants and stopped him.  During the contact, the active warrants were confirmed and Luhrman was taken into custody. He was transported to the police station for processing and subsequently turned over to Cinnaminson Police Department to answer the warrants.

On Saturday, March 29th at 1:42 p.m., police were dispatched to the parking lot area of the Mapleton Recreation Park for a report of drug activity. Upon arrival, police located a white Cadillac parked in the lot which was occupied by three subjects. While making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, officers immediately detected the odor of burnt marijuana. Further investigation revealed that one of the subjects, identified as Nicholas D. Burnett, 22 years old of Hackensack, was in possession of suspected marijuana. Another subject, identified as Jasmine A. Morris, 21 years old of Columbus, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were arrested and transported to police headquarters. The third subject, who owned the vehicle but did not possess a valid driver’s license, was permitted to depart from the scene on foot. At police headquarters, Burnett was charged with possession of CDS and Morris was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  After the completion of their arrest processing, both subjects were released on their own recognizance, pending municipal court.

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Smash & Grab Burglary – 3/26/14

On Wednesday, March 26th between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, an individual forcibly entered the Liquor Mart located at the Mansfield Square shopping plaza off of Route 206 and White Pine Road. The suspect made off with an unspecified amount of money.

We are requesting assistance from anyone who was in the area of Mansfield Square or White Pine Road near Holly Drive during the time of the incident. If you observed a suspicious person or vehicle, please contact the Investigations unit at 609-298-4411 – Option 3.

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Police Blotter – 3/19/14

Police were dispatched to Princeton Tech, on Route 130, for a report of a theft on Thursday, March 6th at 8:22 a.m. While on scene, police had contact with Elsa Roman, 34 years old of Camden. While on scene it was learned that Roman was wanted on two traffic warrants and one criminal warrant.  Roman was then taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing.  Roman was later released pending a court appearance.

On Saturday, March 8th at 11:56 a.m., police observed Nancy Cristinzio, 52 years old of Bordentown, on Route 130. During the contact, the officer determined that Cristinzio was wanted on two traffic warrants and a criminal warrant. Cristinzio was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing, Cristinzio was transported to the Burlington County Jail where she was lodged on the outstanding warrants.

On Wednesday, March 12th at 9:49 a.m., police stopped Tyler Galloway, 21 years old of Lambertville, for a speeding violation on Columbus Road.  During the stop, a computer check revealed that Galloway was wanted on an outstanding warrant issued by Pennington Borough.  Galloway was taken into custody and processed at the station before being released pending a court appearance.

On Saturday, March 15th at 9:53 a.m., police observed Jason Ledford, 30 years old of Bordentown, walking along Route 130.  During the stop, the officer determined that Ledford was wanted on a criminal warrant.  Ledford was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing.  After processing, Ledford was released pending a court date.

On Wednesday, March 19th at 3:28 p.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the vehicle’s registered owner had an outstanding warrant. During the motor vehicle stop it was confirmed that the owner, Stephanie Morrison, 28 years old of Columbus, was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Morrison was taken into custody and later posted bail prior to being released pending court.

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Charges Filed Closing Two 2011 Burglary Investigations – 3/6/14

On Thursday, March 6th, two 2011 burglary investigations were closed with charges being filed against Daniel L. Ortiz, 33 years old of Collingswood.  The first case occurred on July 20th, 2011 when a watchful neighbor noticed a Hispanic male attempting to break into a residence on Locust Avenue in Columbus proper. The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival, but the witness was able to provide key information that aided the investigation. The second case involved a residential burglary to a home on Jacksonville Road on September 15th, 2011. In that case, the suspect entered through a bedroom window and stole several pieces of jewelry.

One count of Criminal Attempt was filed for the July 20th attempted burglary. Additional charges for Burglary and Theft were also issued in connection with the September 15th incident. The outcome of this case was made possible by efforts of our Criminal Investigations Unit and cooperation with other law enforcement agencies.

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Police Blotter – 3/5/14

On Wednesday, February 26th at 10:15 a.m., police observed Jinghong Chen, a 52 year old female from Flushing, NY, climb over the perimeter fence to gain access into Manheim Auto Auction.  Chen was quickly apprehended and transported to police headquarters where she was processed and charged with Trespassing.

Police observed Edward Kats, 42 of Bayside, NY, acting suspiciously at Manheim Auto Auction on February 26th at 2:00 p.m.  Kats then removed a license plate from a vehicle and concealed it under his arm while leaving the area. He was confronted by police and taken into custody.  Kats was charged with theft and released pending a court appearance.

On Wednesday, February 26th at 3:16 p.m., police observed Nauman Bashir, 41 of Ewing, was observed removing floor mats from a parked vehicle at Manheim Auto Auction.  Police then observed Bashir place the floor mats into his vehicle. Investigation revealed that Bashir did not own the property and he was taken into custody for theft.  Bashir was charged and released pending a court appearance.

On Saturday, March 1st at 5:21 p.m., police had contact with Anthony Haskins, 47 years old of Bordentown, on Route 206. During the encounter it was determined that Haskins was wanted on a criminal warrant and taken into custody.  Haskins was transported to police headquarters for processing and was later released pending a court date.

Police stopped a motor vehicle on Sunday, March 2nd at 10:19 p.m. on Rt. 68 for a speeding violation. During the motor vehicle stop, a check returned that the driver, Donovan Foster, 24 years old of Browns Mills, was wanted on a traffic warrant.  Foster was taken into custody for processing and later released pending a court appearance.

On Wednesday, March 5th at 11:43 a.m. police stopped a vehicle after a random check indicated that the vehicle owner had an outstanding traffic warrant. During the motor vehicle stop it was confirmed that the owner, Douglas Garzon, 45 years old of Bordentown, was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant from Eastampton Twp.  Garzon was taken into custody and turned over to the Eastampton Police Department.

On Wednesday, March 5th at 8:27 p.m. police observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Jacksonville Road and Old York Road.  Police made contact with the driver, a 17 year old female from Columbus, and detected the odor of marijuana. The driver turned the remaining marijuana over to police. She was subsequently charged with possession of marijuana and released to her parent pending court.

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NOTICE: Confirmed Case Of Rabies – 2/28/14

On Tuesday, February 25th, at 8:40 a.m., police were dispatched to Augusta Drive at Arlington Drive (Mapleton development) for a report of a raccoon acting abnormally. Upon arrival, the officer located the raccoon on Augusta Drive and noted it was foaming at the mouth and appeared to be rabid. After consultation with the Animal Control Officer (ACO), the animal was euthanized and submitted by the ACO for rabies testing.

This morning (2/28) police were notified the rabies test conducted on the raccoon came back positive. Additionally, the ACO explained that the raccoon had injuries indicating it was involved in a fight with another animal. Residents should be mindful of any animals (wild or domestic) that are behaving abnormally, as any animal(s) having contact with the infected raccoon could have contracted rabies. Contact police immediately at 609-723-8300 if you see an animal acting strangely, that seems disoriented, or is moving about at odd hours (e.g. nocturnal animals that are active during the daylight hours).

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Police Blotter – 2/25/14

On Saturday, February 15th at 08:06 p.m., police were dispatched to the Pine Motel, on Rt. 130, for a report of a disorderly person on the property.  Upon arrival, police observed Melveyen Scudder, 36 years old of Trenton, in the area.  During the encounter, the officer determined that Scudder was wanted on several outstanding criminal warrants and was also being sought as a wanted person by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Scudder was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing. Afterwards, he was taken to the Burlington County Jail to await transfer to Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

On Tuesday, February 18th, police were dispatched to a residence on Hilltop Court in the Homestead development for a report of criminal mischief. The homeowner reported that seven tires were slashed or punctured on two vehicles parked in his driveway. Another resident in the area reported hearing suspicious activity on February17th at 10:00 p.m. but was unable to identify the suspect(s) involved.  Anyone with any information regarding the criminal mischief please contact the Investigations Bureau at 609-298-4411 – Option 3.

On Wednesday, February 19th, at 3:30 p.m., police were working a special detail at the Manheim Auto Auction at 730 Route 68, when an officer observed Moustapha Fofana, 45 years old of Brooklyn, N.Y., urinating in the parking lot. After making contact with Fofana and obtaining his identification he was issued a summons for Prohibited Conduct.

Police were dispatched to South Jersey Eye Physicians, located in Homestead Plaza, on Thursday, February 20th for a theft.  It was reported that unknown suspect(s) removed numerous eyeglass frames from a display case.  The theft occurred sometime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. that day. Anyone with information regarding the theft, please contact police at 609-298-4411 – Option 3.

On Tuesday, February 25th at 08:02 a.m., police observed Michael Smith, 25 years old of Florence, on Route 130.  During the contact with Smith, the officer learned that he was wanted on a warrant issued by the Bordentown Township Municipal Court.  Smith was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters for processing.  Smith was later released pending a court appearance.