We are investigating several fraudulent phone calls (spoof calls) requesting social security numbers from residents. During the calls, the perpetrator has tried to convince the victims that there is a warrant for their arrest. They attempt to frighten victims by claiming that they have received multiple complaints associated with their social security number. If the victim questions the veracity of the call, the suspect has offered to have the local police call them to verify the claim. That is when a call is placed to the victim using a spoofed number that appears on caller ID to be coming from the Mansfield Township Police Department. In the latest case, the suspect conned the victim to make payment in cryptocurrency and gift cards.
The Mansfield Township Police will never call you requesting personal information like your social security number or your date of birth. We will never demand payment, let alone in cryptocurrency or gift cards.
If you receive a suspicious call, do the following:
- Do not provide any personal information.
- Hang up the phone.
- Immediately call police to report the incident.
The fraudulent calls are currently under investigation, but there is no further information available for release at this time.
This morning we were alerted of white nationalist propaganda posters that were displayed along West Main Street in Columbus. The items were apparently posted by a group in an effort to spread their message along the route of the Field Day parade that occurred Saturday. We recognize the concern this type of message causes the community and want residents to know we have removed the signs and are continuing to investigate the incident. Similar incidents have occurred throughout the state and we have been in communication with other law enforcement agencies as part of the investigation. We ask the community to immediately report any similar postings or displays to us by calling 609-298-4411 – Option 1.
*** UPDATE: This juvenile was located today (6/4/19) and is not in any danger. His family has been notified of his whereabouts. Out of respect for the family we are not providing further details at this time. Thank you for your concern and assistance with this situation.
The Mansfield Township Police Department is working to locate a missing juvenile, identified as Damani Earl Henry-Bryant. Damani is 17 years old, approximately 5’6″ tall and weighing 120 pounds. He was last seen Saturday, May 18th at his home in Mansfield Township. Investigation has revealed that Damani could be in the area of Edgewater Park or Wrightstown, NJ. If anyone has any further information that could help us locate him, please contact the Mansfield Township Police Department at 609-298-4411 and request to speak with an officer. Damani’s family is concerned about him and wants him to return home safely.
The Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society will be held at Northern Burlington County Regional School District campus on Saturday, May 18th starting at 6PM through Sunday morning at 6AM. Don’t be alarmed by the overnight activity on the campus. There may be some additional music/noise in the area, but the organizers are mindful of the neighbors and will make every effort to not disturb anyone. We wish all those involved a successful event for a great cause.
We have received notice from the paving contractor handling the Route 206 pavement preservation project for NJDOT that there will be several ramp / intersection closures overnight tonight (Thursday, May 2nd into the early morning hours of Friday, May 3rd) to allow work to be done to further the project. The following schedule has been provided by the contractor:
- 206 Northbound @ New York Avenue: 10PM – 12AM
- 206 Northbound @ Hedding Road: 12AM – 2AM
- 206 Southbound @ Exit Ramp to West Main Street (C.R. 543): 2AM – 4AM
- Entrance Ramp from West Main Street (C.R. 543) @ 206 Southbound: 2AM – 4AM
- 206 Southbound @ Railroad Avenue: 4AM – 6AM
Detours will be posted for each closure when it occurs to assist motorists. Detours will be removed (i.e. detour signs will be covered) once the respective intersection is reopened to traffic. Thank you in advance for your patience during this phase of the project.
A road resurfacing project is expected to begin on Monday, April 15th, 2019. The work will occur on Mount Pleasant Road (County Route 543) between Island Road and Gaunts Bridge Road. Eastbound traffic will be permitted to flow through the work zone during the project, however, westbound traffic will be detoured. Closures will occur at 7:30 a.m. and continue until approximately 4:00 p.m. All work is weather dependent and is planned to take four days. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this project.
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.