BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Three Chevy vehicles were destroyed in a structure fire that broke out at 180 Somerville Road the day following Thanksgiving, Bernards Township police reported in this week's police blotter.
Police said that the homeowner reported to police on Nov. 29 that a fire inside the garage was discovered by the home's occupants when they came out of their residence intending to leave. The homeowner reported told police that the garage door was open, but the vehicles inside were not running.
Police said the homeowner attempted to put the fire out first by using a fire extinguisher, but was unable to do so and called 911.
Along with the residence being damaged, three vehicles inside, A 2008 Cadillac, a 1963 Chevy Corvette and a Chevy truck, were also destroyed as a result, the police report said. The total estimated damage is unknown at this time, according to the police report issued on Dec. 9.
Police also said that on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, a resident of the 15 block of Benedict Crescent reported the theft of baby clothes which had allegedly been delivered to the residence. Police said they were told that a notification that the package of ordered items had been delivered on at approximately 7:10 p.m. on Nov. 26. When the resident went to retrieve the item the next day at about 2:49 p.m. on Nov. 27, the package was not there, according to the police report. The value of the clothes was approximately $100, the report said.
Police issue warning
Residents are strongly urged to retrieve packages as soon as possible once they are delivered, according to police.
With the holiday season approaching, residents should make every attempt to have items being delivered to their residences at a time when they are home so that packages aren’t piling up on the front steps, police suggested. If possible, police advised asking a family, friend or neighbor to retrieve the packages, or else set a delivery date when home.
"Packages that sit on the front porch are easy prey for “porch pirates” who come and snatch them off the front steps and it also lets burglars know that the house is empty and easily burglarized," the police report said.
Also in this week's police blotter:
Daniel E. Mcclanahan Jr., 28, of Martins Creek, Pa. was arrested on charges of possession of crack cocaine and heroin at almost 9 p.m. on Nov. 27, according to police. Officer Zolnierowski reportedly stopped Mcclanahan Jr. in a 2010 blue Ford Fusion with a Pa. registration on King George Road because a light was out. Upon speaking with the driver, Mcclanahan, Officer Zolnierowski allegedly observed in plain view items consistent with drug usage. A search of both Mcclanahan's person and vehicle allegedly produced crack cocaine and heroin consistent with personal usage, according to the police report.
'A win' in attempted phone scam
Police said that at about 9:45 a.m. on Dec. a resident of Hardscrabble Road received a phone call from an individual claiming to be her grandson. The caller reportedly told the woman that he needed money for a friend who had been in a car crash in Florida. The resident, although having a grandson by the same name the caller was using, recognized that the voice did not sound like her grandson, according to police. "The resident hung up the phone and did not send any money. It is a win," police said in the report.
Police said that at about 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, Stop and Shop supermarket at 445 S. Finley Ave. reported an unknown older black male in his mid 50’s with buzzed short black hair, a graying beard, average height and average build wearing a black jacket and black pants walked into the store, and using a shopping cart, left without paying for 22 cans of baby formula valued at $274.35. The suspect is unknown at this time, according to police.