The Mansfield Township Police Department is investigating the theft of several catalytic converters from vehicles parked in the rear of Homestead Plaza II. The thefts occurred on Saturday, May 29, 2021, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. With the assistance of local businesses and the management of the plaza, a vehicle of interest has been identified. It is a white GMC Savana van, with a company name displayed, no front license plate, tinted windows, roof rack and several dents on the hood. The suspicious vehicle was observed between 11:55 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. in the area of the vehicles that had been tampered with. We are investigating this vehicle, but we are not releasing the name of that business at this time.
Any resident with information that may be of assistance in this investigation can contact the Mansfield Township Police Department. Should you become a victim of a theft of a catalytic converter, you urged to report the crime to the police. You will know if your catalytic converter has been removed, because your vehicle will be extremely loud and that noise will increase when the gas pedal is depressed. In addition to the noise, you may notice a rotten egg type smell.
Law Enforcement agencies across the region are working to combat this increasing type of crime. Click here to review the press release provided by the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. with ways to “Combat Catalytic Converter Thefts”.
Residents should continue to report suspicious activity or person(s) by calling the Mansfield Township Police Department at (609) 298-4411, or, if an emergency, 911.
The Mansfield Township Police Department implemented the use of body cameras as of January 27, 2021. In addition to in-car video cameras in every patrol vehicle, our officers are equipped with a body worn camera system as depicted below.
We are starting a selection process in preparation for retirements expected in 2021. All eligible candidates are invited to apply.
During the morning hours of Thursday, October 29th, police were dispatched several calls in the area of Hockey Drive, Millennium Drive, Sherwood Drive and White Pine Road for reports of overnight burglaries to vehicles. Police investigation revealed that the majority of the vehicles entered were unlocked and the burglaries occurred overnight in the early morning hours. Anyone with information or security footage is asked to contact police at 609-298-4411.
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Visits by black bears are a regular occurrence in our township and today we have confirmation of another one paying a visit. The bear was observed in the last hour on Mill Lane, then on Manchester Court off of Hedding Road, and moments ago crossing Route 206 onto New York Avenue. Since this was the first sighting of the year, 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. Residents are urged to move bird feeders indoors to avoid attracting bears. Notification is being made to the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife.
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).
The Mansfield Township Police Department is saddened to announce the passing of Retired Officer William “Bill” Stricker, Badge# 3351. Officer Stricker gave 28 years of service to the community as a special law enforcement officer with the police department. In addition, he was a volunteer member of the Franklin Fire Department and the Mansfield Township Ambulance Corps. for many years.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.