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Cyber-Harassment, Shoplifting, Marijuana in Raritan Township Police Arrests


RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here released details on a number of arrests.

  • Chase J. Merone, 18, of the township and Alex DiGiovanni, 19, of Readington, were each arrested and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a motor vehicle stop around 12:06 a.m. yesterday.

Police said Sgt. Robert Landolina stopped Merone on Leeds Road for having a headlight out. Both were released.

  • Patrol Officer Dustin Pflug arrested Darius J. Griffin, 19, of Gibsonton, Fla. and De John Anthony Thomas, 20 of Riverview, Fla. and charged each with multiple offenses after a motor vehicle stop on South Main Street around 3:14 p.m. Oct. 20. Griffin was initially stopped for having an obstructed view, police said.

Griffin was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, credit card theft and possession of fireworks, and issued motor vehicle summonses for failure to exhibit documents, unsafe tires, driving with a suspended driver’s license and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

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Thomas was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, exhibiting a document which falsely purports to be a driver’s license, possession of fireworks and resisting arrest.

Both were turned over to the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Department to be lodged in Somerset County Jail.

  • Jeremy M. Burgos, 18, of the township was arrested by Det. Brian Sutherland around 3:19 p.m. Oct. 26 and charged with cyberharassment.

Police said they began an investigation after they were alerted to a threatening video message that was posted on Snapchat My Story. Burgos was released.

  • Xavier J. Rainey, 18 and Reginald L. Polk, age 27, both of Willingboro, were arrested by Patrol Officer Ismael Mendez around 2:01 a.m. Oct. 27.

Each were charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a motor vehicle stop on Route 31. Rainey was initially stopped for failure to maintain lane control, police said, and charged with that and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both were released.

  • Michael J. Dyda, 38, of Flemington, was arrested by Sgt. Robert Landolina around 6:25 a.m. Oct. 27.

Dyda was charged with shoplifting from the 7-11 store on Route 202-31 after police were dispatched to the store on a report of a shoplifting in progress. An investigation on the scene revealed Dyda concealed a pack of cigarettes in his pants pocket in an attempt to leave the store without paying for them, police said. He was released.

  • Charles B. Rauschert, 54, of Stockton, was arrested by Patrol Officer Brett Szatkowski and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (suspected cocaine) after a motor vehicle stop on Route 202-31around 12:18 a.m. Oct. 28.

Police said Szatkowski stopped Rauschert after a random license plate inquiry revealed that his driver’s license was suspended.

During the stop, police found an active $550 traffic warrant for Rauschert’s arrest from Raritan Township Municipal Court.

He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while suspended, obstructed view, failure to wear seatbelt, failure to inspect and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Rauschert posted bail on the warrant and was released.




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