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Berkeley Heights Police Respond To Several Thefts

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Friday, January 10, 2014, Ptl. Jeanne-Marie Mocarski investigated a reported theft at Lifetime Fitness, 25 Connell Drive.  The victim reported that his wallet and belt were stolen from the locker room between the hours of 5pm and 9pm.  The total value of all items taken was $478.00.  The matter has been referred to the Investigations Division.

On Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm, Ptl. Ed Gaffney arrested Lynderia Mansfield, 42, of South Orange.  Mansfield was the operator of a 2005 Toyota and when stopped was found to hold an outstanding warrant out of Irvington in the amount of $284.00.  Mansfield was brought to police headquarters, processed and charged with driving while suspended.  Mansfield was then ROR and given a court date to appear in Berkeley Heights Municipal Court.

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm, Berkeley Heights officers responded to a Mountain Avenue address on a report of a burglary in progress.  Upon arrival the actor had fled the scene and from witness interviews, officers were able to determine that the suspect had fled west on Mountain Ave. from Sherbrook Drive, while operating a black SUV.  The suspect was described as a light skinned Hispanic male, in his mid 20s, balding and wearing a red jacket with white lettering.  The residence was processed by detectives and the matter is currently under investigation.  The Police Department is asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time and witnessed anything suspicious to contact Det. Sgt. Joseph Williams at 908-464-1111. 

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm, Berkeley Heights officers responded to a Plainfield Avenue home to investigate a reported theft.  Upon arrival a description of the suspect and vehicle was obtained and a short while later Ptl. Ron DeSimoni located and stopped the vehicle. The operator, Phillip Schoen, 23, of Berkeley Heights was subsequently questioned and upon further investigation was found to be in possession of various household items made of metal and copper valued at less than $200.00.  Schoen was placed under arrest and brought to police headquarters where he was processed and charged with theft by unlawful taking.  He was given a date to appear in Berkeley Heights Municipal Court.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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