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New Providence Police Blotter for August 6-12, 2017


The information provided herein may not represent the total scope of police activity. Anyone charged as a result of a police investigation is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

THEFT: On August 7, 2017 a resident of Murray Hill Square reported a theft from their residence. The theft was recorded on video surveillance. Detective Michael Hand subsequently identified Frank G. Capece of Cranford, New Jersey as the suspect in a series of thefts from this residence. Mr. Capece was charged with two counts of theft, two counts of criminal trespass, and two counts of harassment. He was released with a mandatory court date.

FRAUD: On August 7, 2017 a resident reported they were the victim of a “spoofing scam”. The resident was contacted via text message by an individual purporting to be a friend of theirs and requested they help purchase iTunes gift cards. The victim purchased a total of $3,100.00 in iTunes gift cards before realizing it was not their friend who had contacted them and they were “spoofed”. The matter is under investigation by the Detective Bureau.

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HIT AND RUN CRASH: On August 7, 2017 Corporal Steven Opalewski investigated a hit and run motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Diamond Hill Road and Mountain Avenue. The license plate belonging to the suspect vehicle was located at the scene and the driver was identified as Rosa M. Rivera of North Plainfield, New Jersey. Ms. Rivera was eventually located and responded to police headquarters where she was issued a summons for failing to report a motor vehicle crash. A mandatory appearance in New Providence Municipal Court was given.

IDENTITY THEFT: On August 8, 2017 a resident reported they were a victim of identity theft. The victim found that two separate credit cards were opened in their name by unknown persons. The matter is under investigation by the Detective Bureau.

DWI ARREST: On August 11, 2017 David M. Robson of New Providence, New Jersey was arrested by Patrolman T.J. Hoppe for driving while intoxicated. The arrest stemmed from Patrolman Hoppe observing Mr. Robson operating his vehicle in a careless manner on South Street. Mr. Robson was transported to the police department and processed. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving, failure to follow marked traffic lanes, delaying traffic, and failure to obey a traffic signal. Mr. Robson was issued a mandatory court appearance and subsequently released to a family member.

CDS ARREST: On August 12, 2017 Patrolman Nicholas Guerriero arrested Jennifer L. Koch of Newark, New Jersey for possession of CDS/marijuana. The arrest stems from a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue. Ms. Koch was transported to the police department where she was processed, charged with possession of CDS/marijuana, and 2 released pending a mandatory court appearance.

From August 6, 2017 through August 12, 2017, the police department responded to or initiated 401 calls for service. These calls included but are not limited to, 21 medical service calls, 2 fire calls, 141 property checks, and 27 traffic enforcement details.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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