BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police were continuing to respond to the aftermath of Tuesday's storm damage throughout the week, but also reported an incident of an alleged IRS agent managing to obtain a resident's Social Security number during a scam phone call and more.
Police reported on Thursday that due to Tropical Storm Isaias the following roads remained closed as of that afternoon: Madisonville Road to the Harding Township line, Deer Ridge Road, Childs Road, South Finley Avenue and Lake Road, Liberty Corner Road, Cross Road. Haas Road near Pond Hill Road, Ellis Drive, Bullion Road, Lexington Road, Culberson Road between Spencer Road and South Alward Avenue, Forest Trail and Old Farm Road.
Police ask residents to not drive around barricades and/or cones. Downed wires and trees are very dangerous, police reminded. Damage following the storm was extensive, township police said.
Also in this week's police report:
On July 31, a resident of South Finely Avenue reported to police that he had given up his Social Security number during a phone call from an alleged IRS "agent" who falsely told him that a vehicle registered to him had supposedly been stopped at the U.S. border with Mexico. The "IRS agent" said that border agents had discovered 20 kilos of cocaine inside the vehicle, police said.
The caller, “David,” and IRS agent, allegedly provided two case numbers to the victim to obtain information such as the resident's Social Security number, according to police. Unfortunately, the victim realized too late that if there was an investigation of this type that was actually taking place, the IRS would most likely already have his Social Security information, police said, but after he had provided the number to “David." The resident apparently realized the call had been a scam. However, as of Thursday, police said that the victim had not suffered any monetary loss.
Small fire reported at Stop and Shop in Lyons
Also this week:
On Aug. 1, police said a fire was reported at the Stop and Shop located at 553 S. Finley Road. Apparently, a smell of smoke had been coming from the back of one of the meat cases, police said. However, the issue was reportedly resolved prior to the fire department's arrival, according to police.
Bernards Township police also said that on Aug. 2, a simple assault between two juvenile students was reported at Bonnie Brae school. Further details were not available.
Township police also said that two traffic accidents described as minor had taken place between July 31 and August 6.