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Suitcases Filled With Shoplifted Clothing in Raritan Township Police Arrests

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Credits: Curtis Leeds / TAPinto Flemington-Raritan file photo
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 RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here recently released details on a number of unrelated arrests.

  • Emily Q. Gagliardi, 25, of Hillsborough, was arrested by Patrol Officer Adam Swiatek on Dec. 4.

Police said Gagliardi was stopped while driving on Route 202-31 around 11:12 p.m. for failure to maintain lamps and having an obstructed view.

Gagliardi was charged criminally with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also issued motor vehicle summonses for failure to maintain lamps and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. She was released.

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  • A report of loose dogs at Country Side Plaza on Route 31 around 12:12 p.m. Dec. 5 led Sgt. Robert Landolina to arrest Bruce B. Billger, Jr., 34, of Allentown, Pa.

Landolina didn’t find any loose dogs, but police said he identified a suspicious occupied vehicle with an expired registration in the parking lot.

A check of the vehicle identified Billger as the driver. Billger was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and was issued motor vehicle summonses for having an unregistered vehicle and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released.

  • Rashan M. Baker, 42, of North Plainfield, was stopped while driving on Route 202-31 around 3:49 p.m. Dec. 5 after a random vehicle inquiry revealed a suspended registration on the vehicle he was driving. Patrol Officer Anthony Moreno charged Baker with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and Baker was issued motor vehicle summonses charging him with having a suspended registration and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was released.
  • The report of shoplifting in progress at Burlington Coat Factory on Route 202 led Patrol Officer Ismael Mendez to arrest a Philadelphia couple around 11:18 a.m. Dec. 6.

The pair had fled the store with at least two suitcases filled with clothing and shoes, police said, but physical descriptions of two suspects and the vehicle they were in were provided.

After the description was broadcast over police radio, West Amwell Patrol Officer Cornelilus Flemming stopped the vehicle in his township.

Sterling K. Warren, 27, and Kimesha Speight, 32, were each charged with multiple offenses.

Warren was charged with shoplifting – value in excess of $500 but less than $75,000 – hindering his own apprehension and possession of an anti-shoplifting device. Speight was charged with shoplifting – value in excess of $500 but less than $75,000 – hindering her own apprehension, possession of an anti-shoplifting device and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Suboxone). Both were released.

  • A passenger in a vehicle that was initially stopped for failure to observe a red traffic signal around 11:29 a.m. Dec. 6 was arrested by Sgt. Robert Landolina around 11:29 a.m. Dec. 6.

Thomas C. Hansen, 23, of Perkasie, Pa., was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin) and possession of a hypodermic syringe. He was released.

 

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