East Windsor Blotter: Theft, Burglary, and Drunken Driving

The following arrest information was supplied by the police department of East Windsor Township. It does not indicate a conviction.

Theft at CVS Pharmacy

Laurie Van Deusen, 43, of Dennison Drive, was caught shoplifting at CVS Pharmacy on Abbington Drive on Dec. 12 at 1:33 p.m., according to police.

Police said they responded to the store after receiving a report that Van Deusen had left the store after she realized that she was being watched and subsequently discarded the items in the store restroom. 

Store personnel provided police with a description of the suspect and her vehicle, and Van Deusen was located on Dennison Drive and arrested, police said. She was later released to Manalapan Police Department on an outstanding warrant pending court action. 


Auto Theft at Princeton Arms West

Ali Rahin, 21, of Plainsboro, was arrested on Dec. 14 for stealing a vehicle from a Princeton Arms West parking lot.

At 6:28 a.m., Police responded to the apartments for a report of an auto theft, which had just occurred while the vehicle was being run to warm up in the parking lot. 

A description was broadcast to neighboring jurisdictions and the vehicle was located by Cranbury Police, who apprehended the suspect after a foot pursuit through the area. 

The suspect was charged with theft and left in the custody of Cranbury Police on their charges related to this incident.


Drunken Driving Charges for Philadelphia Man

Rakeshkumar Patel, 40, of Philadelphia, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving, delaying traffic, failure to observe signal, failure to maintain lane, and open container in vehicle after police observed Patel traveling west on Mercer Street on Dec. 16 at an unusually slow speed of 16 mph.

Police said at 1:58 p.m. they stopped as it turned onto Route 130. Patel was reportedly observed to have an odor of an alcoholic beverage and bloodshot, watery eyes. He was given field sobriety tests, arrested, and later released pending court action. 


Theft at American Legion

Between 1:30 and 2 a.m. on Dec. 16, the purse of a partygoer at the American Legion was stolen.

Police said the complainant had left her purse unattended at a party at the American Legion, and it was stolen along with her cellular phone, $2000 cash, and assorted personal papers.


Burglary at Exxon

Between 10:40 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 7:29 a.m. on Dec. 16, the Exxon Station on Route 130 was burglarized.

Police said Exxon personnel reported a window was broken and 20 cartons of cigarettes worth approximately $1,500, two boxes of cigars worth $110, and approximately $50 in cash were stolen. 

The incident is under investigation.


Tire and Wheel Theft at Princeton Arms North

Between 2 and 9:22 a.m. on Dec. 16, all four wheels and tires were stolen from a vehicle parked in the Princeton Arms North 2 parking lot.

Police said the vehicle was found by the complainant resting on concrete clocks. In addition, various parts were stolen from the vehicle. The value of the theft was estimated at $1,480.  

The incident is under investigation.


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MH December 27, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Why would you leave $2000 in cash in a handbag?!! Then not have it in your hand at all times?
whatever41 December 27, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I second the question,,, not too smart.
Leslie Bianczik December 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
More cars being left on blocks??? How do people not notice a car losing all 4 wheels...in an apartment complex?
john December 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM
All i got to say is DONT beleave everthing the east windsor & hightstown police say they lie
Thomas April 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM
With this news and few more recent ones, it is just right to be more vigilant, especially with theft and burglary. I remember once at the dealership, the store staff managed to apprehend and catch a person who was trying to pose as a friend of one of the valued clients. He was trying to negotiate for a few car parts to be delivered to his place because the client was just going to pick it up from there. However, one of the staff spotted some inconsistency of his story and eventually confirmed that the client did not know the guy. We realized then that he has been stuffing his bag with a few auto parts and was caught under surveillance. - http://www.carid.com


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