HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Three individuals have been arrested in an early morning burglary at an auto service according to the Hamilton Township Police Division. At approximately, 1:58 am on Tuesday, April 6, Officer Jordan Kostoplis was near Sylvan Avenue and Graffam Avenue in Hamilton when he heard the sound of a loud power tool that appeared to be coming from the parking lot of Marrazzo’s Auto Service located at 1538 South Olden Ave.
Kostoplis saw a white Acura idling on Sylvan Avenue behind Marazzo's with its lights turned off. He then observed the white vehicle leaving the area and enter the parking lot of the Exxon gas station on South Olden Avenue which is approximately a block away. The same vehicle then returned to Sylvan Avenue again stoppin behind Marrazzo’s.
The vehicle then backed up towards Kostoplis's vehicle when the officer observed two males hop the fence from Marrazzo’s and enter the white vehicle which left the scene.
Additional police officers responding to the area stopped the vehicle on South Olden Avenue and allegedly located a Milwaukee battery powered saw in plain view on the backseat. Further investigation revealed the two males who entered the vehicle allegedly attempted to cut off a catalytic converter from a van parked in Marrazzo’s lot.
All three of the car occupants were placed under arrest at that time and identified as Lizbeth Crespo, 26, Xavier Zayas, 38, and Rafael Laureanofuentes, 23, all of Trenton.
The trio have been charged with burglary, criminal attempt theft, criminal mischief, and possession of burglar’s tools. Zayas also was charged with possession of suboxone and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Laureanofuentes was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section Detective Pat Quick at (609) 581-4111 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.
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