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 – 10/5/13

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On Wednesday, October 2nd at 12:12 p.m., police working at the Manheim New Jersey auto auction on Route 68 witnessed a subject remove a center cap off the rim of a BMW 750 sedan. Officers approached the individual, identified as Johnny M. Gomez, 34 years old of Huntington Station, NY, and recovered the stolen item. Gomez was taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing on the theft charge. Gomez was later released pending a court appearance.

On the same date and time as the above incident, police were also detailed to another location in the Sale Lot at Manheim New Jersey auto auction for a theft that was interrupted by the on-site security staff. Police investigation revealed that the suspect, Muideen Dauda, 42 years old of Newark, had stolen a battery from another vehicle at the auction. Dauda was arrested at the scene for theft and processed prior to being released with a scheduled court appearance.

On Friday, October 4th at 2:44 a.m. police stopped a vehicle on Mansfield Road East after being observed speeding on Holly Drive. During the stop, police learned that the driver, Joevandie LaTorre, 35 years old of Stroudsburg, PA, was wanted on a warrant out of Perth Amboy Municipal Court. LaTorre was taken to the police station and processed. He was cited for the speeding offense and later released on his own recognizance on the warrant with a new court date.

Police arrested Alan J. Gross, Jr., 33 years old of Browns Mills, during a motor vehicle stop at 2:14 a.m. on Saturday, October 5th. Gross was stopped for a motor vehicle violation, but during the stop the officer determined there was an active warrant issued by Bordentown City Municipal Court for his arrest. Gross was taken into custody and processed at the station, where he posted bail and was released after being issued several motor vehicle violations, including driving with a suspended license.

On October 5th at 8:51 p.m. police responded to a residence on Island Road for reported property damage. Police met with the complainant who explained that he heard a noise and looked outside to find his mailbox had been vandalized. A vehicle was observed leaving the area.