BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police said that on May 4, they received a report from a resident of Crabtree Court that he had been contacted by a company called Evaluation Edge and was asked to be a 'secret shopper.' The resident went along with the arrangement and reportedly ended up as a victim of fraud, according to this week's police report.

Police said the victim was instructed to purchase Google Play cards in the amount of $500 apiece at various Walmart stores.

The victim was then instructed to provide the information on the cards and evaluate his shopping experience, according to police, before receiving a fraudulent check. The resident was contacted by the company to do more shopping, and provide further "evaluation," police said.

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After having lost a total of $1,500, the resident apparently realized that the whole set-up was a scam, according to police.

Police warned residents contacted with such proposals that "if it sounds too good to be true it probably is."

Thefts reported from local vehicles

Also in this week's police blotter:

On May 9, in the early morning hours, two unlocked vehicles were entered by suspect(s) on Wallnut Circle, and one other vehicle was entered on Riggs Court, according to police.

Items taken from all the vehicles include a wallet containing a NJ driver’s license, credit cards, money, and other miscellaneous items, police reported. 

Police have long been urging residents to lock vehicles in the aftermath of numerous vehicle break-ins and thefts. 

Officers responded to a residential home on Vail Terrace on May 7 following an allegation of institutional abuse, police reported. An adult male was allegedly struck with a metal spatula, police said. The injury was minor and the suspect although unknown at this time apparently is a member of the staff, the report said. Police are investigating the incident.