According to New Jersey American Water representatives, a water main break occurred around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, which has caused an interruption in service to their customers throughout Mansfield Township. At this time, crews are working to repair the break, but they are reporting it will be a few hours before water service is restored. Additionally, American Water has issued a boil water advisory for customers effected by this outage. Click HERE to view the advisory on their website. Please contact New Jersey American Water at 1-800-272-1325 with concerns or for additional information.
Members of the Mansfield Township Police Department offered their support for the SONJ Summer Games by carrying the torch through the township along State Highway Route 130 yesterday afternoon. Our members received the torch from Florence Township Police Department and passed it to officers from the Bordentown Township Police Department. We were honored to participate and wish the best for all of the athletes and their families who are at the Summer Games this weekend!
You can make a donation in support of the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics New Jersey HERE.
We are happy to announce that the police department has relocated to our new facility in a portion of the existing township building, located at 3135 Route 206, Suite 3. Our station is now in the same building with the township offices, the municipal court, and the Franklin Fire Department. We’ve been looking forward to this move for some time and we ask for your support and patience while we get settled. The public entrance to the police station is on the south side of the building, to the left of the court entrance. Although the location of our operations has changed, our phone and fax numbers will remain the same.
We have noted an increase in distraction burglaries in our area. What is a distraction burglary? It’s when a perpetrator seeks to draw a resident out of their house on a pretext. While the resident is being “distracted”, an accomplice enters the home and takes valuables such as money and jewelry. Another common practice is when an accomplice enters the home from a back or side door while the resident is “distracted” at the front door. Perpetrators use disguises such as utility worker, sales person, contractor, surveyor or a disabled motorist.
What can you do to protect yourself?
1) Keep all exterior doors secure.
2) Ask for identification to be shown through a window, this can be faked, so contact the utility company to verify the person’s identity. Do not call a number provided by the unknown person.
3) Do not leave jewelry, a wallet or purse out in the open, such as on a front entry table.
4) Keep valuables in a safe.
5) Know the law. Mansfield Township ordinance prohibits door to door soliciting without a permit issued by the Township. If someone who is soliciting won’t display their permit or if you are unsure if a permit is legitimate, don’t hesitate to contact police to investigate the matter. The non-emergency number for police dispatch is 609-723-8300.
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.
On Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 a raccoon attacked a small child along Axe Factory Road. The child was playing in the yard when the animal attacked without provocation. The child’s father fended off the raccoon with a pocket knife, killing it. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment and is recuperating at home. The township’s animal control officer submitted the raccoon to the lab for testing, which revealed it had rabies. Residents are asked to report any wild animals that are not behaving normally or exhibit aggressive behavior. Anyone who believes they had contact with a rabid animal should seek out medical testing and treatment.
On October 17, 2016, Marius Sugar, 29 years old of Queens, NY, and Radu Balazs, 33 years old of Queens, NY, were charged in relation to an incident from August 13, 2016, involving fraudulent ATM withdrawals and an ATM skimming device being placed on the ATM at the Columbus branch of Investors Bank in Homestead Plaza II. The two suspects were identified using surveillance footage taken from the ATM with assistance from the East Brunswick Police Department and the New York City Police Department. Both suspects were charged with Unauthorized Use of a Scanning Device, Credit Card Fraud, Identity Theft and Computer Criminal Activity. Both suspects are being held at the Vernon C. Bain Correctional Facility in New York on separate charges out of New York City and face extradition on $50,000 warrants. The outcome of this investigation would not have been possible without the efforts of the Ptl. K. Allen, the investigating officer on the case.
On Friday, August 26, 2016, the Mansfield Township Police, along with security personnel from Investors Bank, began investigating a case of an installed skimming device on an outside ATM of the Investors Bank, located in Homestead Plaza II at 23201 Columbus Road. With the cooperation of Investors Bank, it was determined that the device was installed on Sunday, August 14, 2016 and removed by the perpetrator on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Customers who used the ATM at that branch during the time period noted are asked to monitor their bank statements and report fraudulent ATM withdrawals to their bank and police.
The following information from the New Jersey Division of Banking and Insurance is provided to assist the public in protecting themselves from falling victim to car skimming devices.