BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police reported this week that a resident of Irving Place who left their vehicle briefly to ask a family member for assistance in carrying a heavy bag reportedly had a work laptop and other work supplies stolen.

According to this week's police blotter, the resident, who lives in the 100 block of Irving Place, reported to police that the items were apparently stolen from the parking lot where the resident's vehicle was parked at about 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

The resident told police that the bag containing the work supplies was heavy, so they left the bag placed against their vehicle in the parking lot as they went inside their home to ask a family member for assistance in carrying the bag.

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When the resident returned to retrieve the bag, it was no longer there, according to the police report. The laptop is the property of the Paterson School District and has an approximate value of $500, police said. 

Mexican cartel "hit man" deemed to be a scammer

Police also received a report at about 8:36 p.m. on Tuesday from a resident of the 90 block of Independence Drive saying they had been receiving texts messages from an unknown number which indicated a Mexican cartel, according to this week's police report.

The texts supposedly said a hit man named Juan Rivera and several of his associates were going to come and collect fines for the resident's usage of a “City Guide Girl” service. The resident received text messages as well as picture messages of gruesome acts of violence and a picture of a masked person holding a weapon, according to police.

Police said the resident was advised that this is likely another attempt by scammers who make such calls with claims that grandsons are being imprisoned in other states or countries, or individuals who claim to be calling from the IRS. Such calls are used to defraud unsuspecting recipients of the calls.

Pastries apparently stolen during break-in at Whistle Stop Cafe

A burglary and theft of approximately $25 worth of pastry cakes and muffins at the Whistle Stop Cafe was reported shortly before 6 a.m. on Jan. 24, police said.

Police said that an unknown suspect or suspects entered the café at 553 S. Finley Ave. sometime between 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 4:45 a.m. on Jan. 24.

Although a small glass square pane of a multi glass square pane window was broken, the susupect(s) was unable to enter through the window because windows are fixed shut and can not be opened, the report said. 

At this time the point of entry remains unknown, as all doors were reported to have been closed and locked, police said. There are no suspects currently, and police are asking to be contacted with any leads.

This week's police blotter also said that charges of alleged possession of marijuana under 50 grams and of drug paraphernalia were filed against 18-year-old, Jonathan Peysen, of Ozone Park, New York, on Jan. 17, and 22-year-old, Malik Latin of Paterson on Jan. 25. Both men were released following arrest, according to police.

Police also reported that on Jan. 18, 59-year-old, Patrick Clare of Whitehouse Station was charged for allegedly driving under the influence after his vehicle was stopped for allegedly speeding on Martinsville Road, police said. Following sobriety tests at the scene, Clare reportedly consented to the taking of his breath samples at police headquarters, after which he was issued motor vehicle summonses for speeding and driving under the influence, according to the police report.