A Trenton woman was the victim of a scam involving auto body repairs to her car at Target in the Nassau Park Shopping Center on Jan. 14. West Windsor Police Sgt. Mark Lee said, the victim was in store’s parking lot when she was approached by two men who told her that they do mobile auto body repairs and noticed scrapes on her car.
They agreed to make repairs for $200 then applied a treatment that they said the victim needed to keep on the car for 3 to 5 days before washing. They then followed to victim to Chase Bank in Mercer Mall, where she made a withdrawal to pay the men in cash. The following day, the victim learned that the scratches had been covered with buffer paste or wax. When it was wiped off, it was revealed that the scratches had not been repaired.
Police said both men are of Indian origin. One is described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, with a thin build and long black hair just below his ears and tucked behind. The other man is in his 30s or early 40s, with a stocky build, receding hairline, with some graying hair in the front and on the sides.
Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for the men, and to contact the police at (609) 799-1222 if they see the men or have any information that would assist in their apprehension.
Drug arrests. Damien Robinson, 28, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, was arrested Jan. 22 on a drug possession charge. Police said that Robinson was stopped at 2:04 a.m. on Scotts Corner Road for improper use of high beams and an obstructed view and the odor of burning marijuana was detected coming from his car. A search revealed Robinson to be in possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said.
Shariff T. Levine, 18, and Darian D. Puentes, 19, both of North Brunswick were arrested at 10:40 a.m. on Jan. 25 on drug possession charges. Police said they were investigating a report of suspicious activity in the parking lot of the Plainsboro Municipal Building and discovered Levine and Puentes smoking marijuana in a parked 2017 Hyundai. Police said a search of the vehicle revealed marijuana under 50 grams and 30 multi-colored gummy candies believed to be laced with Xanax. Both men were charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and Levine was charged with possession of a Schedule 2 narcotic.
Charles Acuna, 19, of Hampshire Drive was arrested on a drug possession charge on Jan. 25. Police said that Acuna was in a car with two other passengers allegedly smoking marijuana in an SUV in a parking lot in Hunters Glen. A search of the car revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia, which Acuna admitted was his, police said. The passengers, Naseem Carter and Daniel Puma, both 19, of Princeton, were both charged with ordinance violations for causing a nuisance, police said.
Deja A. Walden, 18, of Plainfield was arrested Jan. 31 on a drug possession charge. Police said that Walden was stopped on Route 1 north for speeding and the odor of burning marijuana was detected coming from his vehicle. Police said a search of Walden’s car revealed suspected marijuana and various paraphernalia .
Shoplifting. Aaron L. Walker, 29, of Trenton was arrested Jan. 16 on a shoplifting charge. Ptl. Brian Mahon said that Walker was arrested after trying to steal merchandise valued at $92.05 from WalMart in the Nassau Park Shopping Center. It was also discovered that he was wanted on a $428 warrant out of Lawrence Township and a $1,069 warrant out of Trenton.
Daniel E. McKenna, 34, of Levittown, Pennsylvania, was arrested Jan. 24 at Target in the Nassau Park Shopping Center on a shoplifting charge. Police said that McKenna attempted to steal two boxes of Crest Whitening Strips valued at $98.98 by hiding them in his pants and leaving the store without paying.
Harassment. George R. Munzing II, 46, of Piscataway was arrested Jan. 25 on a harassment charge. Police said that they received a report from a township woman who said that someone drove up alongside her in a van while she was walking and held up a sign with a lewd message. Police said that four similar incidents involving the same van and driver had been reported in the township going back to Oct. 19. Munzing was located by police after a brief investigation and he was found to be in possession of a “vulgar and salacious sign,” police said.
Drug arrests. Alison M. Houseman, 34, of Hamilton was arrested Jan. 13 on drug possession charges. Police said that Houseman was found with her disabled vehicle in the parking lot at 707 Alexander Road. A computer check revealed she was wanted on an outstanding $209 warrant out of Lawrence Township. She was found to be in possession of heroin, Xanax in a plastic bag, and marijuana, police said.
Conor P. Maciuta-Boland, 24, of Hamilton was arrested Feb. 6 on a drug possession charge. Police said that Maciuta-Boland was stopped on Route 1 south near Nassau Park Boulevard for an unspecified reason and was found to be in possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. Police said they also found a glass bong containing marijuana residue and a silver metal grinder containing marijuana residue.