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SP Police Investigate Two Park Avenue Burglaries

Two Park Avenue businesses were burglarized on March 10. Recent criminal activity in Scotch Plains also includes reports of fraud, theft, and criminal mischief.

Burglary

On March 10, a Park Avenue business was burglarized. The business owner stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) entered her business. Once inside the suspect(s) removed several hundred dollars in cash. Entrance was gained by smashing the front glass door.  

On March, 10, a second Park Avenue business was burglarized. The business owner stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) entered his business. Once inside the suspect(s) removed several hundred dollars in cash.  Entrance was gained by smashing the front glass door.

Fraud

On March 6, a Locust Avenue resident reported an act of fraud. The victim stated that sometime last week unknown suspect(s) made approximately $1,000 in purchases using his debit card without his authorization.

On March 6, a Graymill Drive resident reported an act of fraud. The victim stated that he received a call from his bank stating that unknown suspect(s) have been depositing fraudulent checks in his account and then attempted to withdraw the money.

Criminal Mischief

On March 7, a Morse Avenue resident reported an act of criminal mischief. The victim stated that sometime during the last few weeks unknown suspect(s) damaged the screen from the front window of her residence.

Theft

On March 7, a theft occurred at a Lamberts Mill Road business. The victim stated that she left her purse in her bag while she was in the business and when she returned the purse was gone. The purse was valued at approximately $200 contained $100 in cash.

Arrests

Jerome Waites, 27, of Rahway, was arrested on March 11, for a $1,188 outstanding warrant issued by the Scotch Plains court. Officer Richie stopped Waites for motor vehicle violation on Raritan Road and discovered the warrant.  Waites was transported to police headquarters, processed and released.

Jason Grissom, 33, of Plainfield, was arrested on March 11 for a $365 outstanding warrant issued by the Plainfield court. Officer Citarella stopped Grissom for a motor vehicle violation on Martine Avenue and discovered the warrant.  Grisson was transported to police headquarters, processed and released.

Jackelmin Valdivia, 39, of Linden, was arrested on March 11, for a $500 outstanding warrant issued by the Scotch Plains court. Officer Silva stopped Valdivia for a motor vehicle violation on East Second Street and discovered the warrant.  Valdivia was transported to police headquarters, processed and released.

SPLifer78 March 15, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Does it seem strange to anyone else that the front glass doors of two Park Ave. businesses were smashed and the establishments burglarized on the evening of the same day, literally yards away from township police headquarters and a parking lot full of squad cars - and no one observed or heard anything unusal?
SP Resident March 15, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I feel for the business owners...but don't they have burgler alarms which would alert the police and the shop owner?
MLTKV13 March 15, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The Scotch Plains Times reported 3 businesses were broken into. Also named them..which is true?
Dee March 15, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Alfonso's pizzeria, Main Star Chinese restaurant and a nail salon were all robbed the same night.
Townieville March 17, 2012 at 05:14 PM
burglarized, not robbed.

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