Accident. A 16-year-old resident and student at High School North drove his stepfather’s car into an apartment at 2705 Fox Run Drive on January 31.
Officer Joseph Dell Beni said the unlicensed teen was trying to park the car in a parking spot and pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake, propelling the car over a sidewalk and a small stretch of grass before striking the residence and causing moderate damage. Two residences of Building 27 had to be evacuated for the night.
The circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation, and traffic violation charges are pending.
Criminal Trespass. Michael W. Cantera, 53, and Donald M. Titus Jr., 48, both of Hainesport, were charged January 23 with criminal trespass. Corporal Robert Fleming said he was called to College Road East for a report of illegal hunting. When he arrived, he found Cantera hunting with a shotgun. He said Titus had several outstanding warrants totaling $4,524.
Cantera was charged with criminal trespassing, trespassing for the purpose of hunting, and hunting without wearing fluorescent orange. Titus was sent to the Middlesex County jail in lieu of $1,500 bail on the criminal trespass charge. The other outstanding warrants served as detainers.
Identity Theft. A resident of Lakeview Terrace was the victim of identity theft and credit card fraud in May of 2006. Sergeant Scott Seitz said the resident learned that someone opened a credit account with Raymour and Flanagan to purchase $9,294.56 worth of furniture utilizing the victim’s information. The victim was out of the country at the time of the purchase. The case is being investigated by the Detective Bureau.
A resident of Tamarron Drive was the victim of identity theft between January 19 and 20. Officer Richard Colucci said someone posed as the victim and tried to obtain additional credit cards by telephone on his existing accounts. The victim was contacted by two different banks after the suspicious activity was discovered. No new credit cards were issued.
Theft/Burglary. Someone stole a Sanyo split air conditioning unit, worth approximately $5,000, and two condenser units, worth $1,500 each, from a portion of 109 Morgan Lane, which is currently being renovated. Officer Jason Mandato said the theft occurred between noon on January 1 and 4 p.m. on January 13. The items belong to Property Maintenance and Development LLC, of Plainsboro and are worth a total $8,500.
Wanda I. Lopez, 34, of Trenton was charged with theft and tampering with records over a period of time between September 22 and December 3. Officer Mathieu Baumann said Compass Eurest Dining Services, of 800 Scudders Mill Road, filed a complaint against Lopez, who was a former employee. Baumann said through investigation, police found that Lopez had falsified daily financial records to conceal daily cash shortages and that she had stolen in excess of $12,000 from the company over the three-month period.
Lopez was charged at police headquarters on January 14 on a warrant and sent to the Middlesex County jail in default of $25,000 bail.
A resident of Elsie Drive was the victim of burglary, theft, and criminal mischief. Sergeant Scott Seitz said someone broke into the residence by smashing the rear sliding glass door. The suspect ransacked numerous rooms and stole a large amount of jewelry, a Wii game console, and $1,000 in cash. The value of the jewelry was not yet determined, but it is estimated to be several of thousands of dollars.
Someone stole miscellaneous food items from the township’s food pantry at the municipal building some time between 4:30 p.m. on January 4 and 8:30 a.m. on January 5, said Officer Tim McMahon. The stolen food was worth approximately $100.
DWI Arrests. Vyacheslav Salnikov, 24, of Sayre Drive was charged January 28 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Mathieu Baumann said he stopped him on Plainsboro Road for having a tail light out and found him to be intoxicated. He was also charged with reckless driving, maintenance of lamps, and failure to inspect.
Marin Rodriguez, 34, of Bloomfield was charged January 17 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Scott Beatty said he stopped him for speeding on Route 1 North and found he was intoxicated. He was also charged with reckless driving, speeding, driving while suspended, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Stephanie Rivers, 49, of Quail Ridge Drive, was charged January 23 with driving while intoxicated. Sergeant Scott Seitz said he stopped her on Schalks Crossing Road for failing to keep right and failing to maintain a lane and found she was intoxicated. She was also charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane, and failure to keep right.
Roy D. Drakeford, 28, of New Brunswick was charged January 23 with driving while intoxicated. Corporal Russell Finkelstein said he stopped him on Route 1 North for failing to maintain a lane and found him to be intoxicated. He was also charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane.
Mario L. Podesta, 34, of Fox Run Drive was charged January 24 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Thomas Larity said he stopped Podesta in the Plainsboro Plaza for an expired registration sticker and found him to be intoxicated. Podesta was also charged with reckless driving and failure to inspect his vehicle.
Jennifer A. Eadicicco, 22, of Staten Island was charged January 24 with driving while intoxicated. Sergeant Scott Seitz said he stopped her on College Road for failing to use headlights and found her to be intoxicated. Seitz said he also found that her passenger, Anthony A. Locascio, 22, also of Staten Island, was in possession of marijuana and had $1,055 in outstanding traffic warrants in Holmdel, Aberdeen, and Tinton Falls.
Eadicicco was also charged with reckless driving and failure to use headlights, while Locascio was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Locascio posted $500 bail on the Plainsboro charge and $642 on the Holmdel traffic warrant, but was turned over to Aberdeen for the $290 traffic warrant.