Yesterday, Mansfield Township realized our first confirmed case of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to heed the guidance being provided by the CDC and follow the spirit of the stay at home mandate issued by the governor. The Mansfield Township community has been supportive, understanding, and cooperative with our officers throughout this week. We appreciate your continued assistance in that respect.
You’ll find our officers maintaining their distance if you have contact with them, possibly asking to meet with you outside instead of in a building or closed area. We have restricted access to the police station and non-sworn personnel are reporting on a limited basis when necessary. Some incidents will be handled via phone, but officers will respond to emergencies at any time. All of these measures are intended to promote the health and longevity of our officers in order to maintain police services for the community.
On Thursday, December 5th the Mansfield Township Police Department welcomed Assistant Prosecutor Brian Faulk of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office to Homestead at Mansfield for a presentation on elder fraud. The presentation was part of a new effort by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office to combat the growing victimization of senior citizens. The information provided aimed to expose the various tactics used by fraudsters and educate our residents on how they can protect themselves. We want to thank A.P. Faulk and BCPO for providing the information to our community.
Here are some important points to remember:
- Never give personal information over the phone, especially if they contacted you first.
- Routinely review bank statements and credit reports for unusual transactions or activity.
- If you aren’t sure a solicitation or call is legitimate, discuss it with someone you trust or contact local police.
- Stay up to date on new scams by visiting the Federal Trade Commission’s website: www.ftc.gov and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs website: www.njconsumeraffairs.gov
- If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
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, September 25th, a resident of Kinkora Road reported a burglary to their residence. The incident occurred between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Police continue to investigate this case and ask anyone who noted anything suspicious on Kinkora Road or in the Hedding area yesterday to report it by calling 609-298-4411 or emailing us at email@example.com
Residents are reminded to secure the windows and doors of their homes, garages, and vehicles to avoid being an easy target.
Residents of the Four Seasons development may have noticed a significant police presence in the area earlier this evening. Police were searching for an individual who was reported missing by family members. The subject has been located and returned home. We want to reassure the community that there is was no danger to public safety and the incident has been resolved.
On Friday, September 13th at approximately 7:45 PM, police were dispatched to Boyd’s Pharmacy in Homestead Plaza II on Columbus Road for a reported armed robbery. A black male armed with a knife entered the business and demanded employees give him prescription narcotics. The suspect was wearing a black Nike hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and wore white sneakers. Another distinguishing characteristic was that the suspect had bandages on his face. If anyone can identify this person or provide information that may assist in this investigation, please contact the Mansfield Township Police Department at 609-298-4411 to speak to an officer.
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.