Mansfield Police Department

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Motor Vehicle Crash with Injuries – 05/20/22

On Friday, May 20th at 6:30 p.m., police were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash with injuries on Mount Pleasant Road west of Gaunts Bridge Road. The investigation revealed that a 6 year old boy was riding a mini dirt bike on a property on Mount Pleasant Road. The juvenile rode into the roadway and collided with a passing truck with horse trailer traveling east on Mount Pleasant Road. The driver of the truck reportedly swerved, but was unable to avoid striking the juvenile. The rear passenger side fender of the trailer struck the boy/motorbike causing him to be thrown off the motorbike. The child sustained injuries and was treated on the scene by emergency medical services before being transported to Helene Fuld Hospital in Trenton. The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Black Bear Sighting – 5/2/22

It’s that time of year again where we have black bear sightings in the township. Our first sighting this year occurred Monday night on Jacksonville Road between Old York Road & Mill Lane. Black bears tend to migrate through our area, but historically don’t stick around long term. These visits are nothing new and have been occurring for nearly a decade. Nonetheless, encountering a bear unexpectedly can be an unnerving experience, but certain common sense steps can be taken to mitigate any potential hazard. According to the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, the most common bear problem New Jersey’s residents experience is black bears getting into their garbage. We encourage you to take a few minutes to see what you can do to reduce the chance you might attract bears to your property by checking out these Bear Facts For Homeowners.

Any bear sightings can be reported to police by calling the dispatch center at 609-298-4411 Option 1. Additionally, black bear damage or nuisance behavior can be reported to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s 24-hour hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).

Coffee With A Cop Event Scheduled for April 26th

Come and join us on April 26th at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Homestead Plaza 2 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

Vehicle Burglaries Reported – Hedding Area – 03/01/22

During the last two weeks, police have received multiple reports of a suspicious subject in the Hedding area of the township (photo provided). Additionally, multiple vehicles have been entered and ransacked. In one case, cash was reported stolen from the vehicle, but in several other instances, the suspect left coins and other valuables untouched. So far, all the vehicles have been unlocked, allowing the suspect easy access to the interior. Residents are urged to lock their vehicles and homes. Additionally, remove valuables from your vehicles to mitigate potential losses.

If anyone has information about the suspect in the photo or sees someone matching the photo roaming the area, please contact police so we can investigate.  Anyone with information or additional security camera video of the suspect is asked to contact police at 609-298-4411.

Attempted Residential Burglary – 02/16/22

On Wednesday, February 16th at approximately 3:00 A.M., police responded to an attempted burglary on Millennium Drive. A dark colored sedan with tinted windows, and a loud exhaust, parked on the street in front of the victim’s residence. Two suspects approached the home and attempted to gain entry through the garage door. Before entry could be gained, the suspects were scared off by the homeowner and fled the area.

Anyone with information or video they believe to be related to this incident can contact the detective bureau at 609-298-4411 Ext. 3.

Residents are urged to be vigilant in locking your doors, windows, and vehicles. Also, consider removing from your vehicle(s) any garage door opener remote that will operate the door without the vehicle being started. This is a method of entry the suspects have been leveraging.

Hiring Notice – Police Records Clerk

The Mansfield Township Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of full- time Police Records Clerk. Full details and eligibility requirements can be found HERE.

Mansfield Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Residential Burglary – 01/27/22

During the overnight hours of Wednesday, January 26th, police were dispatched to a residence on Sherwood Lane for a report of a residential burglary. The residence was accessed by using the garage door opener in an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway. Several suspects entered the garage and rummaged through the vehicles parked within before fleeing the scene. The residents  were inside their home at the time of the incident, which increases our concerns for this type of situation.

Please lock your vehicles and be aware of the potential access your garage door remote may offer to criminals (especially if it operates the garage door without the vehicle running). If you have an alarm, consider using it and if something seems suspicious, call police to investigate.

Social Media Post – 12/16/21

The Mansfield Township Police Department is aware of social media posts circulating on TikTok concerning a potential school shooting on Friday, December 17th. At this time, the Mansfield Township Police Department has been in contact with State and County partners who have assessed the threat and made us aware that there is no credible information to suggest this threat is specific to any of the schools in our township or any school in New Jersey.  Furthermore, we will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate all relevant information to the schools.

Our department, along with the school administration of the local and regional districts, are committed to the safety and well being of all the students and staff.  If you see anything of concern, please report it immediately to the police.

Fatal Crash – 11/09/21

On November 9, 2021 at 4:17 p.m., police were dispatched to a two vehicle crash at Route 206 in the area of the Mansfield Square shopping center. Upon arrival, officers found the crash involved a Ford Transit van and a Ducati motorcycle. The operator of the motorcycle, identified as Juan Fajardo – 41 years old of Columbus was attended to by law enforcement and EMS at the scene, but he sustained fatal injuries. The other driver was evaluated by EMS at the scene and refused further treatment. The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or events leading to the crash is asked to contact us at 609-298-4411, Option 3.

Police Investigate Early Morning Shooting Incident – 10/29/21

We are currently investigating an early morning incident that occurred on Cherry Lane involving two vehicles and the occupant of one of the vehicles shooting at the other. All information available to us indicates that the involved parties fled the area in their respective vehicles and are no longer in the vicinity. Officers discovered evidence of the incident at the scene, but no reports of injuries to anyone. There is no indication of any immediate danger to the community related to this incident.

Police are asking anyone who resides on East Main Street, Cherry Lane, Locust Avenue or in Columbus proper who has CCTV or a doorbell video camera and is willing to share recordings from this morning between 6:00AM – 7:00AM to please contact us at 609-298-4411 Option 1 to reach our dispatch center.