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

Police Blotter – 10/31/13

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On Wednesday, October 16th police stopped a vehicle being operated by Tom Tolis, 37 years old of Huntington Valley, PA, for speeding on Route 68. During the stop, a check of the Tolis’ driver’s license revealed there were multiple active warrants for his arrest. The warrants were issued by the municipal courts in Atlantic City, Gloucester Township, and Hamilton Township (Atlantic County). Tolis was arrested and taken to police headquarters for processing where he posted bail and was released with a summons for the initial traffic violation he committed in Mansfield Township.

Police responded to a reported theft on Old York Road near the Bordentown Township line on Monday, October 21st at approximately 10:40 a.m. The property owner reported seeing a dark green SUV-type vehicle drive onto the property and to an area where a set of vehicle rims was stored. The suspect, a black male, approximately 40 years old, loaded the rims into his vehicle before fleeing the area when the property owner approached him. This case remains under investigation.

On Monday, October 21st at 8:33 p.m. police conducted an investigative motor vehicle stop on Old York Road, near the boundary of Florence Township.  The vehicle was being operated by a male subject who was later identified as Justin D. McHugh, 29 years old of Burlington. Investigation revealed several warrants for McHugh’s arrest, which were issued by Camden City Municipal Court.  A search of McHugh incident to his arrest revealed that he was in possession of a hypodermic needle.  A subsequent consent search of the vehicle led to the discovery that McHugh was also in possession of two additional needles; several wax paper folds, some of which contained suspected heroin; and a glassine baggie containing suspected crack-cocaine.  McHugh was transported to police headquarters, where he was charged with possession of CDS paraphernalia, possession of the hypodermic syringes, and two counts of possession of CDS.  After the processing of his arrest, McHugh was transported to Burlington County Jail where he was lodged in lieu of $27,500.00 total bail.

On Tuesday, October 22nd at 8:00 a.m., police responded to the Riverfront Motel on Route 130 for a report that the occupant was wanted on an active warrant issued by Pemberton Township Municipal Court. Upon arriving at the motel and going to the room where the subject was reportedly staying, the officers were met by Laura Morris, 33 years old of Mansfield, who readily identified herself and noted that she was wanted on a warrant. Morris was taken into custody and transported to the police station. After processing, Morris was turned over to Pemberton Township Police when she was unable to post bail.

On Friday, October 25th at 7:40 p.m. police stopped a motorist for speeding on Route 206. During the stop, police determined that the driver, Derek Williams, 57 years old of Rockdale Village, NY, was wanted on an active warrant issued by the Springfield Township (Burlington County) Municipal Court and was driving with a suspended license. Williams was taken into custody and transported to the police station where he posted bail and was issued a motor vehicle summons prior to being released pending court.

On Tuesday, October 29th at approximately 6:15 p.m., police attempted to serve a court order at a home on Birmingham Drive (Mapleton development).  After making contact with named individual, Devin L. Terry, 19 years old of Columbus, he repeatedly ignored the officer’s verbal commands and attempted to leave the residence.  Terry acted in an aggressive manner toward police, while yelling profanities at officers on scene. He was subsequently taken into custody, without further incident.  Terry was transported to police headquarters for processing and charged with obstructing administration of law and released pending a court appearance in the Mansfield Township Municipal Court.

On Thursday, October 31st at approximately 12:00 a.m., police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Mount Pleasant Road, in the area of Gaunts Bridge Road.  The vehicle was being operated by a male subject who was later identified as Joshua T. Filor, 20 years old of Wrightstown.  A subsequent consent search of the vehicle revealed that Filor was in possession of CDS paraphernalia.  Filor was arrested and transported to police headquarters where additional contraband was discovered on his person.  Filor was charged with possession of CDS paraphernalia and other motor vehicle offenses.  After the processing of his arrest, Filor was released from custody pending a court appearance in the Mansfield Township Municipal Court.

At 11:37 a.m. on October 31st, police encountered Matthew Ortiz, 21 years old of Columbus, walking on the shoulder of Route 206. Ortiz was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued by Mansfield Township Municipal Court and taken to the police station for processing. Ortiz was later released after bail was posted on his behalf.

On October 31st at 7:21 p.m. police were dispatched to a criminal mischief call on Augusta Drive in the Mapleton development. Upon arriving, police met with the victim who reported that the windshield of her vehicle had been damaged with a rock by unknown suspect(s). The victim reported that the damage occurred sometime between 6:35 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.