Friday, March 29, 2013
Green Brook police reports for March 22 through March 26.
The manager of Now Check Cashing filed complaints with Green Brook police March 25 after receiving five checks were returned for non-sufficient funds or other reasons. The police report said four of the checks were drawn on an account owned by RMN Packaging, of Passaic, and totaled $17,400. The checks were marked returned for reasons other than non-sufficient funds, while the fifth check returned was drawn on a Verona resident's account for $5,880 and was returned NSF. To view details on the reports, click on the markers on the map.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Three incidents reported between March 14 and March 18.
Green Brook Police reported receiving three harassment complaints between March 14 and March 18. One incident involved a man who reported a woman would not stop texting and emailing him after the two met through Facebook. To see the details of the police reports, click on one of the balloon markers.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Plainfield man says woman took a credit card, also.
A Plainfield resident reported his 2004 Toyota Camry had been stolen Mach 3, Green Brook Police said. The man came to the police headquarters at 1:44 p.m. March 3 to report the theft, which he said occurred at about 5 a.m. that day, after he spent the night at the Ivory Tower Motor Inn with a woman he'd met the evening before. According to the report, the man said he "befriended" a woman in Plainfield who went by the names Rebecca or "Cici." They went to the hotel and spent the night, but upon waking, the victim found his car—and a credit card—were gone, along with "Cici." Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Green Brook police investigate three thefts, criminal mischief.
A Tallwoods Lane resident was a victim of fas-acting thieves Feb. 15, according to Green Brook police. The resident reported discovering a cell phone and credit card stolen from her residence while she was out walking her dog for about 30 minutes. The victim called the credit card company upon realizing the credit card was gone, only to learn charges totaling more than $185 had already been made. The case was one of three theft reports and an incident of criminal mischief polcie investigated between Feb. 15 and Feb. 24. Details and aproximate locations of the incidents are marked on the interactive map with markers—click the marker for more details of the reports.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Woman doesn't fall for report of kidnapped husband.
When a Lenox Avenue, Green Brook, resident received a phone call claiming to be holding her husband Vincent hostage after a motor vehicle accident, with a threat to kill him if some money wasn't sent, she didn't panic. Instead, she told the voice on the other end of the line calling at about noon on Feb. 7 that she just needed moment to get her bank information together. That cool-headedness bought her enough time to tell her son what was happening—and for him to call Vincent and verify he was not in any trouble. According to Green Brook Police, the number has been a source of many such phony calls. Investigators say the scenario is always the same: the phone rings, and when answered, a voice on the other end says your husband, wife, son …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The ACLU says that many local police don't know the rules for residents to file complaints against them.
The system for citizens to file complaints against police "is riddled with problems," according to a report on WNYC.org. State law protects residents who make complaints over police behavior and allows for complaints to be made anonymously. New Jersey Public Radio and the ACLU found that many local police officers apparently do not know the rules for residents to file complaints, according to the report. The ACLU called 497 police departments in New Jersey and asked officers questions about filing complaints. More than half the departments answered at least one question incorrectly, according to the report. 51 departments did not get a single question right. A list of departments whose officers answered everything correctly is available …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Joseph Williams was reported missing in 2006.
After a year-long investigation, the New Jersey Medical Examiner's Office has identified the skeleton discovered near Warrenville Road as being the remains of Long Hill resident Joseph Williams, 50, according to a statement by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Stuart A. Buckman and Green Brook Township Chief of Police Martin Rasmussen. Williams was a resident of Woods End in the Gillette section of Long Hill Township, and was reported missing in 2006. His skeleton was found at about 6 p.m. Jan. 29, 2012, by two men hunting in the area along the border between Green Brook and Warren townships, west of Warrenville Road. Detectives assigned to the Green Brook Township …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Also, dealership's stolen temporary plates spotted—on Turnpike camera images.
A Green Brook business reported the theft of a specialized piece of equipment valued at $10,000 from a company vehicle on Jan. 11. NDC Communications said the Anritsu 533ID cable and antenna analyzer was taken from an unlocked company-owned Chevrolet Blazer sometime between midnight and 10 a.m. Jan. 11. Green Brook police are investigating the theft. Police also received a report from Crystal Auto Mall noting a set of temporary dealer's license plates that had last been used on Dec. 26 were found—or at least spotted. The dealership reported receiving EZ Pass camera images of a Nissan Maxima sporting the plates traveling through the 18W Toll Plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike on Jan. 4 and Jan. 8.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
At least two people believed involved in plan to defraud credit union.
Green Brook, Hillsborough and East Orange Police are investigating a check kiting scam that defrauded Affinity Federal Credit Union of $567 between Jan. 9 and Jan. 30, according to police reports. According to a report field by a loss control officer with the credit union, a woman opened savings an checking accounts at the Hillsborough branch of Affinity on Jan. 9. On two subsequent occasions in the next five days, a man deposit checks to the checking account—including a $2,500 deposit made in Green Brook on Jan. 14. Eight minutes after making that deposit, a withdrawal was made at an ATM in Dunellen, according to the bank, even though the checks deposited had not cleared issuing banks. The deposited checks were later returned due to …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Tractor trailer accident in Middlesex Borough caused power outages and took out power to traffic lights along Route 22.
Power has been restored to Green Brook residents after a tractor trailer knocked down several utility poles and took out a transformer. At 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, a truck crashed at 1200 Mountain Ave. in Middlesex Borough, taking down all of the utility poles on the property and a transformer, Middlesex Police said. There were no injuries reported in the crash, according to Middlesex Police. PSE&G officials reported that 3,800 people were without power after the crash, which also took our power to traffic lights along Route 22. As of 8 p.m., just one hour after the crash, police reported that power was restored to both Green Brook and Middlesex, including the traffic lights along Route 22. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.