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Hightstown Police Blotter: Theft, Drunken Driving, and Suspicious Person

The following information was provided by the Hightstown Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Driving While Suspended

Jeffrey Boyer, 49, of Somers Point, NJ, was arrested on Dec. 6 at 11:38 p.m. on East Ward Street for with driving while suspended, driving while suspended in a school zone, reckless driving, and careless driving. 

Officer observed the driver operating the vehicle in an erratic manner and subsequently stopped the vehicle. The driver had signs of intoxication, was given field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. The driver was later released to a friend with pending court action.

 

Tire and Rim Theft at Mill Run West

On Dec. 7 at 4:30 a.m., police responded to Mill Run West on a report of theft. 

All four tires and rims were stolen from the parked vehicle of a Mill Run West resident.

Police said the vehicle was found by the complainant resting on concrete clocks.  The value of the theft was estimated at $3,600.  

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

 

DWI and Drug Charges for East Windsor Man

Qwanza Harper, 20, of Madison Drive, East Windsor, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, possession of a prescription legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving, and failure to signal on Dec. 8. 

Police stopped Harper at 11:56 p.m. on Stockton Street for various motor vehicle infractions, and he reportedly exhibited signs of intoxication. He was given field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. 

Police said Harper was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a prescription pill not in a valid container. 

He was later released to a family member with pending court action.

 

Tire and Rim Theft at Mill Run East

On Dec. 10 at 4:51 a.m., police responded to Mill Run East on a report of burglary and theft. 

The victim reported that an unknown subject entered the vehicle and removed an Ipod valued at $200. 

Police said there were no signs of forced entry and the victim reported that the vehicle was left unsecured. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

 

Burglary of Vehicle on Manlove Avenue

Between 9:00 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 7:53 a.m. on Dec. 10 a motor vehicle on Manlove Avenue was burgled. 

According to police, the victim reported that an unknown subject had entered the vehicle and removed eleven gift cards with a total value of approximately $400.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry and the vehicle was reported to have been left unsecured. 

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

 

Burglary of Vehicle on Manlove Avenue

Between 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 7:53 a.m. on Dec. 10 a motor vehicle on Manlove Avenue was burgled. 

Police said the victim reported that an unknown subject had entered the vehicle and removed a GPS system of unknown value. 

According to police, there were no signs of forced entry and the victim reported that the vehicle was left unsecured. 

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

 

Burglary of Vehicle on Dennis Court

Between 10:00 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 6:45 a.m. on Dec. 10 a motor vehicle on Dennis Court was burgled.

According to police, the vehicle’s owner reported that an unknown subject entered the vehicle and removed a set of keys of unknown value. 

Police said there were no signs of forced entry and the victim did not recall if the vehicle was left unlocked. 

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

 

Establishment on Mercer Street Burgled

Between 8:00 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 6:00 a.m. on Dec. 13 an establishment on the 100 block of Mercer Street was burgled. 

Upon arrival, officers found a window was broken out, which allowed the suspect(s) to gain entry and remove several items from the establishment, police said. 

The approximate total of items taken was $2,500. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

 

DWI Charge for Area Woman

Barbara Paulikas, 53, of Hamilton, NJ, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane on Mercer Street on Dec. 15. 

At 12:26 a.m., police stopped Paulikas for a motor vehicle infraction and reportedly detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage. 

Police said she was given field sobriety tests, which she failed, and was taken into custody. Paulikas was later released with several summonses and turned over to the custody of a family member with pending court action.

 

Burglary on Bennett Place

Between 1:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Dec. 16, a residence on the 100 block of Bennett Place was burgled. 

Police said unknown subject(s) entered the residence and took several electronic devices totaling approximately $850. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

 

Criminal Mischief on Bennett Place

On Dec. 16 at 10:06 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Bennett Place on a report of criminal mischief that had occurred overnight. 

Police said unknown subject(s) removed Christmas lights from a fence line and ripped the strand of lights in half. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

 

Theft on Lincoln Avenue

Between 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 7:00 a.m. on Dec. 16, money was stolen from a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. 

Police said the unknown subject(s) entered the vehicle, which was unsecured, and took $5 from the glove box of the vehicle. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

 

Suspicious Person on Morrison Avenue

Police responded to the 200 block of Morrison Avenue on a report of a suspicious person at 6:56 p.m. on Dec. 16. 

According to police, a neighbor contacted police after observing an unknown subject peering through the window of their neighbor’s residence. 

The neighbor yelled out to the subject, scaring the subject off prior to police arrival, police said. 

The suspect was described as a male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with a dark colored neoprene-style mask.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hightstown Borough Police Department.

 

Drug Charges for East Windsor Man

Ramon Ortega-Rosas, 34, of Gardenview Terrace, East Windsor was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, driving while suspended, and speeding on Dec. 18 at 9:41 p.m. on North Main Street. 

Police said Ortega-Rosas was stopped for traveling 44 mph in a 25 mph speed zone and was found to be a suspended driver.  During the motor vehicle stop, the officer reportedly observed several prescription bottles, found not to belong to the driver.  One of the containers contained 27 Oxycodone pills. 

Ortega-Rosas was taken into custody and later released on a summons complaint with pending court action.

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B.Bennett December 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM
What a wonderful town Hightstown is....(yes, sarcasm) - have to be afraid to live here and it is time to move with the incidents around here and the property taxes we pay for what? Again nothing gets started or completed in this town....
Tracy Carroll December 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Hightstown is a wonderful town... (no sarcasm). Nothing comes without effort. If there is a problem consider being part of the solution instead of spreading negativity.
Denis Healy December 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I agree with Tracy...whiny sarcasm is not the answer for Hightstown. We all need to take more responsibility to keep our eyes open in our own neighborhoods. Twice in the past couple of months we have called the HPD non-emergency number to report suspicious cars on my street. Within seconds they were all over the situation making sure things were good. If we all did this I am sure there would be a lot less morning calls of cars up on concrete blocks!! Step up Hightstown!!
B.Bennett December 20, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Never said anything bad about the HPD. They are great and we have called them many times and they were here immediately.
Christina Marie December 20, 2012 at 02:15 PM
what the heck is going on here in Hightstown...crime rate is zooming let's start with cleaning up downtown....I won't even entertain going to most of the stores down there (a)...not much worthwhile and (b) I don't like the crowds that hang around the doorfronts ...actually starting to be afraid....not a good thing.
Lee Stults December 20, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Hightstown always has been and always will be a wonderful town as long as the people who live and/or work here continue to support it and believe in it. If keeping an extra eye open is required, then so be it. That's what neighbors are supposed to do for eachother anyway. The police have been helpful in reporting what's going on and how to best prevent it so let's help them do their job by reporting suspicious activity. Let's all enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.
Rachel Gillett December 20, 2012 at 04:52 PM
It may be worthwhile to note something Police Director James Le Tellier said in his letter to the editor back in July: "The reason that people are seeing an increase in crime is because it is my policy to inform you. I have instituted a policy of increasing press releases thus, keeping you informed and educated." http://eastwindsor.patch.com/articles/hightstown-police-director-responds-to-crime-concerns Additionally, according to a news release from the police department reported earlier on Patch, the Hightstown Borough Police Department has increased patrols in the area as a result of the rash of vehicle burglaries and suspicious incidents. Police have also asked residents to be alert and take precautions with their vehicles and residences. http://eastwindsor.patch.com/articles/police-be-aware-of-suspicious-incidents-in-hightstown
Leslie Bianczik December 20, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Between the Hightstown and East Windsor police blotters this week there were 3 cars that were found with the wheels stolen and on blocks. Maybe we should be on the lookout for a truck carrying a load of concrete blocks and a floor jack.
B.Bennett December 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM
How does anyone have enough time to place a car on blocks and steal the wheels without someone noticing?
Dave Bell December 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM
People have enough time to do these crimes because neighbors don't watch out for each other. Economy is bad so property crime is up every where, it's not a "Hightstown thing". And maybe just maybe try locking your car so these low lifes can't just open your door.
B December 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM
With enough people and the right tools you can have a car up and the wheels off in about 3 to 5 minutes. If are worried about this do yourself a favor and buy a set of locking lug nuts. Problem solved!
Caroline Hawkins December 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
More then one person working.
Caroline Hawkins December 27, 2012 at 06:37 PM
you are right.
Pamela Baur January 01, 2013 at 12:07 PM
4 of these burglaries could have been prevented if people simply locked their car doors.

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