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Scotch Plains Police Blotter

Arrests for possession and outstanding warrants top the list of recent criminal activity in Scotch Plains.

 Burglary

On January 30, an East Second Street business was burglarized. The manager of the store stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter his store. The burglars fled the scene when the alarm was activated. The unknown suspect(s) damaged the front window which set off the alarm. 

Theft

On February 2, a theft occurred at the Union County Vo-Tech school. A student stated that he left his phone, valued at $200 in his bag during class and when he returned the phone was gone.

On February 2, a theft occurred outside a Plainfield Avenue business. The business owner on stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle which was parked in his lot through an unlocked door. Once inside the suspect(s) removed  several pieces of equipment worth approximately $4,000.

Fraud 

On January 30, a Plainfield Avenue resident reported an act of fraud. The victim stated that he received a check from a customer and when he went to cash it, the bank informed him that the account was closed.

On January 30, a Gamble Road reported an act of fraud. The victim stated that unknown suspect(s) withdrew approximately $3,000 from her bank account without her authorization.

Harassment

On February 2, a Canterbury Drive resident reported being victim of Harassment. The victim stated that an ex-employee calls him several times a day and yells because the victim fired him.   

Arrests

 Julian Perez, 27, and Alexander Alexis-Rios, 25, both of Scotch Plains, were arrested on February 4, for possession of marijuana. Officer Luciano stopped the defendants for a motor vehicle violation on Grand Street observed the marijuana while speaking with the two. Perez and Alexis-Rios were arrested, transported to Police Headquarters, processed and released. 

James Rodgers, 24, of Irvington, was arrested on February 5, for possession of marijuana.  Officer Pearson stopped Rodgers for a motor vehicle violation on Plainfield Avenue and observed the marijuana while speaking with the defendant. Rodgers was placed under arrest, transported to Police Headquarters, processed and released.

Desmond Pratt, 24, of Plainfield, was arrested on February 2, for a $1,709 outstanding warrant issued by the Scotch Plains court. Officer Bruschetti stopped Pratt for motor vehicle violation on Park Avenue and discovered the warrant. Pratt was transported to Police Headquarters, processed and then transported to the Union County Jail.

Taj Wright, 22, Piscataway, was arrested on February 3, for a $189 outstanding warrant issued by the Woodbridge court. Officer Luciano stopped Wright for a motor vehicle violation on Route 22 and discovered the warrant. Wright was transported to Police Headquarters, processed and released. 

Calvin Hammock, 23, of Newark, was arrested on February 4, for a $181 outstanding warrant issued by the Irvington court. Officer Pearson stopped Hammock for a motor vehicle violation on Westfield Avenue and discovered the warrant. Hammock was transported to Police Headquarters, processed and released.

Alexis Carter, 19, of Plainfield, was arrested on February 4, for a $1,114 outstanding warrant issued by the Middlesex court. Officer Mahoney stopped Carter for motor vehicle violation on Terrill Road and discovered the warrant.  Carter was transported to Police Headquarters, processed and released.

Jose Rivera, 27, of West New York, N.J. was arrested on February 5, for a $750 outstanding warrant issued by the Garfield court. Officer Belford stopped Rivera for a motor vehicle violation on Martine Ave. and discovered the warrant. Rivera was transported to Police Headquarters, processed and released.                    

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