Criminal Mischief. Someone shattered the front window of the Chuck E. Cheese on Nassau Park Boulevard on July 30 around 11:25 p.m. Officer Michael McMahon said he responded to the store to meet with the manager on duty, who told him the business closed at 11 p.m. Several employees remained setting up for the next day, when they heard a window shatter at the front of the store, followed by a second. They immediately called police, he said. Two landscaping bricks, removed from a nearby business, had been thrown through the windows, McMahon said. The two panes of glass were worth approximately $2,000. A video game inside, as well as the carpet, were also damaged.
Theft. Bicycle thefts were reported on July 7 and 9. Police said the first bike, a blue Trek worth $100, had been locked in the bicycle rack on the northbound side of the tracks at the Princeton Junction train station. The combination lock was also stolen. The second bike, a child’s 20-inch black Mongoose with blue handle bars and black pegs, also worth over $100, was stolen from the bicycle rack of building 1 on Wessex Place. The bicycle had been locked with a Bell coil lock, and the broken lock was found at the scene.
Police were called to the Wal-Mart parking lot at 9:49 p.m. on Sunday, August 1 for a report that two men were attempting to break into a car. Officer Michael McMahon said witnesses said the men were seen driving an older model, dark-colored Honda Accord. McMahon said he spoke to the owner of a Honda Pilot, which had been parked in the lot since 9:30 p.m., which had a shattered passenger-side front window and had been broken into. McMahon said the suspects used a small tool to shatter the window and then rummaged through the car, although nothing was stolen.
BT Bistro Restaurant was the victim of theft sometime between 12:30 and 9:30 p.m. on July 24. Officer Nicholas LaRocca said that the general manager of the restaurant reported that someone stole an undetermined amount of cash from the cash register. The register was not tampered with, and only a limited number of employees are granted access, the manager reported. Police are investigating.
Shoplifting.Wendell Williams, 47, of Trenton was charged July 23 with shoplifting at Target. Officer Frank Sabatino said Target store detectives saw Williams selecting items and putting them in his pants pocket. They said they saw him walk out of the store without paying, apprehended him, and called police.
Drug Arrests. Rahjahn K. Brown, 21, of Lawrenceville, was charged August 1 with possession of heroin with intent to distribute after police allegedly found heroin being transported inside his baby’s diaper bag.
Officer Jason Jones said he was patrolling Quakerbridge Road when he saw a Ford Explorer run a red light at the intersection at Clarksville Road. He said he stopped the car, being driven by Brown’s girlfriend, and found that Brown and his young child were passengers. When he conducted a routine look-up of both adults, he found that Brown had two outstanding warrants out of Hamilton and Lawrence.
Jones said he arrested Brown and that when he went to explain the arrest to his girlfriend, he “made several observations” that led him to believe drugs were being transported inside the vehicle. Jones said he found two bags of heroin — one of which was located in the child’s diaper bag. In total, over 700 bags of heroin, with a street value of an estimated $7,500, were seized. Along with the heroin, Jones also found over $1,700, which were seized as drug proceeds.
Police established that the drugs and cash were Brown’s and transported him to headquarters, where he was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to the Mercer County Detention Center. Bail was set at $150,000.
Baseem S. Cylear, 20, of Hamilton, was charged August 1 with possession of marijuana. Officer Lee Brodowski said he stopped him on Route 1 South near Meadow Road for an equipment violation and found evidence of marijuana use inside the car. Brodowski said that upon further investigation, he found the marijuana inside the vehicle. Cylear was also charged with motor vehicle summonses.
Jared R. Giovannetti, 37, of Fairless Hills, PA, was charged July 28 with possession of marijuana in the baseball field parking lot at Mercer County Park. Officer Frank Sabatino said he was patrolling the park near the baseball fields and saw his SUV with Pennsylvania license plates. He said he could not see inside, so he approached the vehicle and saw Giovannetti, and the marijuana, inside the car.
Robert K. Ulmer, 20, of Philadelphia, was charged July 28 with possession of marijuana. Officer Lee Brodowski said he stopped him on Route 1 South near Nassau Park Boulevard for an equipment violation and found evidence that marijuana was being smoked in the car. He searched and found a bag of marijuana.
DWI Arrests. Carl Slater Jr., 25, of Cheltenham, PA, was charged June 27 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Nathan Cuomo said he saw him swerving on U.S. 1 south and driving excessively slow. He said he stopped him and found him to be intoxicated. He was also charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane.
Stephen C. Presseau, 43, of Hamilton was charged July 27 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Campbell Knox said he received reports that an SUV matching his vehicle’s description was driving erratically and subsequently located him on Route 571 at the intersection with Clarksville Road. He said he stopped him and suspected he was under the influence of drugs. He said he conducted field sobriety tests and found him to be driving while impaired. He was also charged with reckless driving.
Russell W. Hanford, 63, of Swarthmore, PA, was charged July 24 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Nathan Cuomo said he saw him drive through the Stop Sign from Emmons Drive onto Route 1 South before stopping halfway into the right lane of the highway. He said Hanford blocked the lane for some time, but finally getting back onto the highway, heading south. Cuomo said he followed and stopped him near Nassau Park Boulevard and found he was intoxicated. He was also charged with failure to stop, reckless driving, refusal to submit to breath tests, and failure to maintain a lane.
Sarah L. Vandervort, 26, of West Windsor, was charged July 21 with driving while intoxicated. Officer Walter Silcox said he saw her swerving from left to right on Route 1 northbound near Carnegie Center Boulevard, stopped her, and found she was intoxicated. She was also charged with failing to maintain a lane and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.