Scotch Plains Blotter: Thefts of Bike, GPS and Decorations

The following information was provided by the Scotch Plains Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions.

The following information was provided by the Scotch Plains Police Department.

February 18, 2013:  
A resident of Lake Ave. reported being a victim of a Theft. He stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) removed a bicycle which was left in her driveway.  The bike was valued at approximately $200.

February 21, 2013: 
A resident of Clydesdale Rd. reported being a victim of a Burglary.  He stated sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle which was parked in the driveway.  Once inside the suspect(s) removed a GPS valued at $250.  Entrance was gained through an unlocked door.

February 23, 2013:
 A resident of Heather Court reported being a victim of a Theft. She stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) entered her yard and removed two decorations. The decorations were valued at approximately $90.


ralphwiggummm February 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM
All this is just "petty crime?" I think not. Scotch Plains and Fanwood is under siege by bands of brigands. Why don't our police do anything about it? Is it so hard to set a trap for these sub-humans who seem intent on destroying our way of life?
C February 26, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Yes.. it is that hard. And all of you fools think that this is new since the "Patch" is reporting on it however it has been going one for years and years just never reported on like this. What do you think when we live next to a town filled with "undesirables". Like i said in past posts be happy that is all that is going on, the police do a good job keeping them out of our town. You think they are stupid put thew know the next town over just walking distance away people have more money no guns and easy pickings. I would much rather a 100 bike get stolen then "hood rats" shooting our town up and what not. use your brain.... Then come at night because they know its slim chance of running in to a cop or anyone for that matter. They know that in the day Fanwood and SP are tight and they will go to jail. Look at the dam arrest record, 99% from Plainfield or similar towns. Everyone in those towns know to avoid fanwood and SP, but you fools think we should do more. I am 100% thankful being next to the town we are that there are not bigger worries. If i was a member of the police force i would let them come in to our town to show you "cats" for lack of a better term what will and could happen if the police did not do there job. And i would not be shocked if this fat lazy Ralph had multiple accounts to make it look as if this was a big deal. I once again give all respect to the police in both towns, and i am happy and thankful its different from the next town over.
C February 26, 2013 at 04:28 PM
If your so concerned do something about the "kids" who are in our schools destroying and polluting kids, when they don't even belong in the town. "OMG i am a racist" No i am not but look at the schools, look at the NJ transit bus stops after school and talk to your kids, i know for some of you that is asking a lot, but they will tell you our schools are being taken over and our children that we try to protect and pay high taxes for a better school are being taken over. Its a fact, "my grandma, aunt, uncle, brother from another mother" live in SP or FW and they use the address to attend school and all of the kids who truly live in town suffer. that's 100% fact, you can face it or pretend it does not happen but its 100% the truth. If you want change start there.!!!!!!!!!!!! SPFHS is a totally different place then when i attended and its truly a shame! I would surly not send my child to public schools in SP or FW, at the same time why live in a "good school district" and pay the taxes for one when i realty it is being taken over by inner city kids. Don't get me wrong not all inner city kids are trouble but it loos like the ones that sneak in to our school system are. Don't be mad at the truth!
sp resident February 26, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Who do you people think you are calling someone from Plainfield and neighboring towns undesirables and hood rats? Because you live in your little perfect towns and think that you people are the best give me a break? Yes ,mostly the people who steal and commit crimes are from the urban neighborhoods, but don't think you all are sooooo great! You may not do the hood crimes, but you all sure do your white collar crimes. So keep looking down on other people ,soon your kids will be hooked on drugs, stealing from you and your neighbors ! And the person who said about the schools being taken over by inner city kids, your little white kids are so mean, nasty, evil and are bullies. But I forgot , it's not what's in the inside , it's what you pretend to be in suburbia in the outside? I think you people have a personal problem with black people and their kids. I've had people from all races do things to me, but do I go and write stuff about them? And by the way, I will never believe that racism is dead, it is alive and all around every day!
FanRes February 26, 2013 at 05:08 PM
It's so much easier to just lock your car than to point fingers at an entire town or economic class of people. There are plenty of people from Scotch Plains, Fanwood and, yes, Westfield (gasp!) that commit crimes and get arrested. From grown men shooting rifles out their windows to poor-little-rich-girl teenagers getting grabbed with pot. And don't think there aren't plenty of phone calls being made to the local police station when a local child gets picked up. "Don't you know who I am?!" These aren't reports of meth labs and gang murders. People are stealing things from unlocked cars. It is petty crime. Lock your door. Common sense.
C February 26, 2013 at 06:00 PM
LOL i don't even live in town anymore, and yes "fake SP resident" i think all that will happen to the kids in SP and Fanwood is because of what i said. It does not matter where i live, i will not put my child in public school. Fine, you say white collar crimes, you can control those by being a good parent and teaching right from wrong, as far as drugs, its 100% impossible to stop that, but testing, experimenting is different from what inner city kids do. Example.... using drugs at a college party, or even high school ( that i still see wrong but no way to stop it) or selling drugs on the streets as a job with no regard for anyone else and plan to get money at ALL COST. I don't even want to get involved with this, but there is a difference. If you don't know there is, one of two things is going on; your incompetent or blind... or your one of those huge Hippocratic liberals that ALREADY send there kids to privet school and at the same time say heyyy..
C February 26, 2013 at 06:00 PM
public schools are fine and who cares if you pay crazy amounts of taxes to send your kids to a good public school and kids who should not be there are there, your a racist that's why you don't like that. No, how about its not right that some people pay a ton to avoid "other towns schools" then the kids from the "other towns" are in the same SCHOOL. OOOO ok liberals say kids are kids and all deserve the same schooling. OK fine, but if i find proof that one student in our town is from any surrounding town i want to pay the same taxes as where that "kid" comes from. Otherwise why live in a nice town? and if your really from sp why do you live in the town?? why i ask.... ill tell you, don't matter if you want to hear it or not, to stay away from lower class towns, and if you think not then please move to one of them and do your crying there, see where it gets ya!! People don't understand what they have, what people worked hard for. People worked hard and continue to work hard so they don't have to raise there kids in the ghetto, and people like you just want to let them in and give them a pass by saying listen your rich and don't like any one else! I am 100% not like that, but our town is our town we pay for something other towns don't provide. If your so fond of the towns that have a bad rep move to them, please all of you move!
ralphwiggummm February 26, 2013 at 06:35 PM
What an education we are getting!
Oi Oi Oi February 26, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Fanres, completely agree. If you don't want it stolen, secure it. People keep bleating on and on about how the police should be doing more. Don't create work for police by leaving you car unlocked or your pushbike sitting in the driveway for lite fingers to nab it when the opportunity arises. "Oh woe is me, I left my car unlocked and my GPS valued at $300 was stolen, come fix it Mr. Policeman!!" Idiot, you should be fined for wasting police resources. I once made the mistake of leaving my car unlocked and my GPS and iPod were stolen. Whilst I would have preferred the thieves to not steal my stuff, I did NOTHING to help myself. Help yourself and don't expect others to be looking out for you all the time! Sheesh!!
Holden MaGroin February 26, 2013 at 08:10 PM
I'm Holden MaGroin and I can't resist. I have a couple of questions for Mr. C. You said you're a graduate of SPF high school. What year did you graduate? What was the size of the bus that transported you to the school? You said you would surly not send your kids to the SPF schools. Based on your comments, I have to believe there is no other way for you to send them then by being surly. Do you really believe all liberal doctors are fat? Just cause they are hippocratic doesn't make them huge. Why are you picking on Westfield by calling them the town next to us that is filled with "undesirables"? Now that they have froyo, it's a great place to shop and eat. As a matter of fact, I bought my wife's hoodie-footie for Valentine's Day in Westfield.
Holden MaGroin February 26, 2013 at 09:51 PM
I'm Holden MaGroin and this is for Mr. C. Yes, it's your spelling that made me chuckle. But it's your mindset that has me cowering in a corner.
C February 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM
well man up cowering in a corner won't get you very far will it.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Hi all, I appreciate you commenting and interacting on Patch but please keep your remarks appropriate. I had to delete some comments already. Best, Nicole
Resident of SP February 27, 2013 at 04:53 AM
I also agree with you FanRes, if you have a $250 dollar gps sitting around in your car you should probably lock it. I mean would you just leave an $100 bill laying around and expect it not to be taken. Although SP is a wonderful town some of the things C said are very true. I have heard multiple people who come from towns such as Plainfield who attend SPFHS. I send my child to private because the education here has gone down tremendously in past years. Don't get me wrong, SPF still has a great school system... its just not what it used to be. I also know many kids from Plainfield who attend schools there and work their butts off to go to good colleges. I think we should all just be happy that some petty crime done by some high school kids is all that is happening especially in this day and age.
sp resident February 27, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I do live in Scotch Plains and my kids attend the public schools. But with people like you I do want to assiciate myself as a fellow suburbanite. Yes, I would be mad if a student from another town attended SPF schools with all my taxes being paid. But I am also mad that all my taxes are being paid for town salaries, medical, pension, vacations, sick leave, overtime the list goes on and on..... Your concern about out of town students didn't seem like a genuine concern, it seem more like a personal attack on a group of people and their race. And why do you care about what happens here when you do not live here? And yes, those students you mentioned probably are causing the school to go bad, but some white kids are also bad influences. They may not seem bad on the surface, but watch the news they are drinking, doing drugs , beating up kids, and lets not forget what happened at Newton? I am upset about a lot of things , but I don't go online and write personal things about a group of people. I could have written about the white kids who bullied and gossiped about my child. Anyway, there's more important things to fuss about in life. Hopefully this clears things up for you. Have a great day!
ralphwiggummm February 27, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Of course it would be wise to lock their car doors, but what about the people who recently lost their lawn ornaments? How far does it go? We have slid down the slippery slope of honesty to where we are blamed for the theft. You mentioned the $100 bill. People have their cars broken into for the change they use for tolls. Why not just leave your car unlocked so you don't have to pay for the broken glass that lapse of honesty caused. Of course, then you are accused of being stupid and causing the crime yourself. Law enforcement tells us to lock our cars they don't pay for the damage to the auto that this "petty" thievery caused. And you know, when it happen to you, the thievery is never "petty."
Resident of SP February 27, 2013 at 05:44 PM
My personal opinion which I know some will disagree with so calm down is that if you have that many coins for tolls in your car in plain site then you should get an ez-pass. If you have that much stuff of value in plain site then you should put your car in a garage. I also was wondering how the people above have taken a normal weekly article about petty theft and turned it into a full fledged argument about race?
ralphwiggummm February 27, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I guess we'll have to agree to disagreed about honesty. But I would be much happier living in my world than in yours. The logical end in your world would leave citizens digging holes in their backyards to put their valuables and boarding up their windows to make it appear that no one lives in their homes.
bgporter February 27, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I've heard that scenario referred to as 'the grim meathook future' -- has a nice ring about it, no? Also -- Holden -- I thought I saw someone who looks like you at the SP Library on Saturday. Was I mistaken?
neveragain3 February 27, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Also to Holden, does Mad Men, season 1, episode 2, "nom de phone" mean anything to you? And I thought you made up those clever names on your own. tsk tsk!


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