RARITAN, NJ - A Piscataway man was arrested for defiant trespass after being found living in a garage on Bell Avenue June 24, according to reports from Raritan Borough Police.

Joelito Ayala, 45, was arrested after being found living in the garage at the Bell Avenue property. According to police, he had previously lived at a residence on the property, but became homeless after leaving the address.

After being released, police said, Ayala was assisted in finding living arrangements.

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The incident was investigated by Sgt. James Raniere.

Raritan police made several other arrests for drug possession and more in the last week of June.

  • Amber Vanallen, 19, of Somerville, was arrested June 25 for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin, oxycontin and alprazolam), underage possession of alcohol and driving while intoxicated after a motor vehicle stop on Old York Road. In addition, according to the report, a 17-year-old female from Bridgewater, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was also arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Officer Christopher Wren investigated the incident.
  • Three 15-year-old juveniles from Raritan, Bridgewater and Somerville were arrested June 25 for possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and underage possession of alcohol following extra patrols in Canal Street Park. According to police, the extra patrols were held because the department has received a number of complaints regarding drug use, alcohol use and littering in the park. Officer Everett Holt investigated the incident.
  • Madison Thompson, 18, of Florence, was arrested June 29 on an active warrant out of Delran Municipal Court following a motor vehicle stop on Route 202. Thompson posted bail and was released. Wren investigated the incident.
  • Raritan police are investigating the theft of two BMW sedans from Central Jersey Auto Group in the early morning hours of June 24. According to the report, four men entered the parking lot of the business and found two BMWs, both of which were unlocked and contained the key to the vehicle. Pictures and video will be released when they are obtained from the business. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Steven Bonczek at 908-725-6700, ext. 18, or Wren at ext. 19.