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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.

Arrest Made

On October 10, 2021, Yubing Li, a 58 year old female from Flushing, NY, was arrested by the Mansfield Township Police Department for Engaging in Prostitution. The arrest came as a result of an investigation that was started after a local business owner complained that Apple Spa, a business that was closed by an order issued from the zoning department of Mansfield Township, was still operating in violation of the order and offering prostitution related services. An undercover police officer entered Apple Spa posing as a client and was offered sexual acts in exchange for money by Li. Li was taken into custody, processed, and released on a summons. A similar arrest was made by Mansfield Police of an employee of Apple Spa in January of 2020.

Police Activity at Homestead Plaza II – 08/28/21

10:18 A.M. – UPDATE: The area of Homestead Plaza II has been reopened to normal traffic. Police activity at Investors Bank is concluding.

9:57 A.M. – There is police activity in the area of Homestead Plaza II on Columbus Road. An incident at the Investors Bank is being investigated. Please avoid the area.

Domestic Violence Response Team Volunteers Needed

Burlington County is looking to grow its Domestic Violence Response Team. The team consists of volunteers who work with Providence House, Domestic Violence Services and local police departments to help people who experience domestic violence by empowering and advocating for victims. If you would like to volunteer, click here for additional information on contacts and class availability.

Suspicious Activity Reported

On Sunday, June 27, 2021, at approximately 3:30 A.M., a resident of Waverly Drive in The Meadows at Mansfield development, captured video of an unknown, suspicious male, on his property. We are seeking the help of the public in attempting to identify the male depicted. Police have limited information as to the motive of the male, but residents are reminded to lock your homes, cars, and secure your belongings. If anyone has video of any suspicious activity on or around the time and date of the incident, please report it by contacting the non-emergency number at 609-298-4411, Option 1. If you have an emergency or observe a crime in progress, contact 911.

New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run 2021

Members of the Mansfield Township Police Department and PBA Local 370 showed their support for the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games. Our group of runners carried the torch along a two mile stretch of State Highway Route 130. It was our honor to participate and we wish the best to the athletes during the 2021 Summer Games!
Check out the Special Olympics New Jersey website at www.sonj.org for more information and details on how you can support this great organization.

Crime Alert-Theft of Catalytic Converters

The Mansfield Township Police Department is investigating the theft of several catalytic converters from vehicles parked in the rear of Homestead Plaza II. The thefts occurred on Saturday, May 29, 2021, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. With the assistance of local businesses and the management of the plaza, a vehicle of interest has been identified. It is a white GMC Savana van, with a company name displayed, no front license plate, tinted windows, roof rack and several dents on the hood. The suspicious vehicle was observed between 11:55 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. in the area of the vehicles that had been tampered with. We are investigating this vehicle, but we are not releasing the name of that business at this time.

Any resident with information that may be of assistance in this investigation can contact the Mansfield Township Police Department. Should you become a victim of a theft of a catalytic converter, you urged to report the crime to the police. You will know if your catalytic converter has been removed, because your vehicle will be extremely loud and that noise will increase when the gas pedal is depressed. In addition to the noise, you may notice a rotten egg type smell.

Law Enforcement agencies across the region are working to combat this increasing type of crime.  Click here to review the press release provided by the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. with ways to “Combat Catalytic Converter Thefts”.

Residents should continue to report suspicious activity or person(s) by calling the Mansfield Township Police Department at (609) 298-4411, or, if an emergency, 911.

Body Worn Cameras

The Mansfield Township Police Department implemented the use of body cameras as of January 27, 2021. In addition to in-car video cameras in every patrol vehicle, our officers are equipped with a body worn camera system as depicted below.