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West Windsor Police Reports (8/5/2012)

Aug 5

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WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
20 Municipal Drive * P.O. Box 38
West Windsor, New Jersey 08550

JOSEPH M. PICA, JR., Chief of Police

(609) 799-1222
Records Fax (609) 799-6338 * Fax (609) 897-9010
DB Fax (609) 799-6515 * Dispatch Fax (609) 799-3516

PRESS INFORMATION

Daytime Residential Burglars Nabbed as Patrol and Traffic Units Converge on Get-Away Vehicle
INCIDENT: Daytime Burglary, Attempted Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Possession of CDS Case # 2102 - 20898 & 20899

DATE & TIME OCCURRED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 1:44pm

LOCATION OCCURRED: Cambridge Way, Wellesley Court

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)

Accused #1: Michael A. Thoma, 22 years of age

Accused #2: Christina J. Guerra, 20 years of age

OFFICERS: Traffic Sgt. Thomas Tarr, Ptl. Brian Geraghty, Ptl. Melissa Nagy, Traffic Motorcycle Officer Dan Mohr

DETAILS: On the above date and time, police received a phone call from a Cambridge Way resident reporting that someone was breaking into her home. The resident further related the male individual who had attempted to break into her home was now entering the passenger side of a white Mercedes Benz and leaving the neighborhood. Sgt. Tarr, Ptl. Geraghty, Ptl. Nagy, and Ptl. Mohr responded to the area and converged on the white Mercedes Benz, stopping it on Amherst Way. Both occupants, later identified as Michael A. Thoma (passenger) and Christina J. Guerra (Driver), were placed under arrest. At this time police received a second call from a Wellesley Court resident related that his wife had returned home and found a back window forcibly opened. Ptl. Knox responded and investigated, discovering that approximately $15,000.00 in gold jewelry was missing.
Thoma and Guerra were taken to headquarters and processed for their arrests.

A later search of the white Mercedes Benz revealed the approximately $15,000.00 in gold jewelry, burglar tools, over 30 Oxycodone pills, Heroin, and Synthetic marijuana.

Thoma was issued criminal complaints for Burglary, Attempted Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Possession of CDS, Possession of CDS (Oxycodone) in with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Burglar Tools. Guerra was issued criminal summonses for Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Burglary, Possession of CDS, and Burglary Tools. Thoma and Guerra were taken to the Mercer County Workhouse in lieu of bail.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE: Lt. William Bastedo

DATE OF RELEASE: 08-05-2012


INCIDENT: Shoplifting Case # 2012 - 20425

DATE & TIME OCCURRED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 approximately 4:07pm

LOCATION OCCURRED: Kohl's 200 Nassau Park

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)

Accused: Catherine G. Colehower, 19 years of age, Pennington, NJ

Juvenile Subject: 15 years of age

OFFICER: Ptl. Michael Mcmahon

DETAILS: On the above date and time, while assisting other officers with shoplifting incident at Kohl's, Ptl. McMahon was alerted by Loss Prevention of another shoplifting incident which was occurring at the time. Loss prevention had observed two females, later identified as Catherine G. Colehower and a Juvenile, conceal clothing and jewelry
and leave the store without paying. Once stopped out in the parking lot, Colehower and the juvenile were found to be in possession of $138.00 worth of clothing and $235.00 worth of jewelry respectively. Colehower was placed under arrest, taken to headquarters, and processed for the arrest. The juvenile was placed into protective custody, taken to headquarters, issued a juvenile petition for Shoplifting, and released to her father. Colehower was issued a criminal summons for Shoplifting, given a court date, and released ROR.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE: Lt. William Bastedo

DATE OF RELEASE: 08-05-2012

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INCIDENT: DWI Case # 2012 - 20524

DATE & TIME OCCURRED: Friday, July 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm

LOCATION OCCURRED: US Route 1 Northbound at Meadow Road

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)

Accused: Rakesh N. Patel, 50 years of age

OFFICER: Ptl. Brian Jany

DETAILS: On the above date and time, Ptl. Jany stopped a black Kia on US Route 1 at Meadow Road for multiple maintenance of lamps violations and for having a suspended registration. Upon speaking with the driver, later identified as Rakesh N. Patel, Ptl. Jany detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle and observed several other signs of impairment. Patel was requested to perform several field sobriety checks which he failed. Patel was placed under arrest, taken to headquarters, and processed for the arrest. Patel was issued traffic summonses for DWI, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lamps. He was given a court date and released ROR.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE: Lt. William Bastedo

DATE OF RELEASE: 08-05-2012

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INCIDENT: DWI Case # 2012 - 21045

DATE & TIME OCCURRED: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 10:34pm

LOCATION OCCURRED: US Route 1 Southbound at Meadow Road

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)

Accused: Rebecca J. Sawada, 39 years of age

OFFICER: Ptl. Brian Jany

DETAILS: On the above date and time, Ptl. Jany stopped a grey Mazda on US Route 1 at Meadow Road for failure to maintain a lane. Upon speaking with the driver, later identified as Rebecca J. Sawada, Ptl. Jany detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside of the vehicle and observed several other signs of impairment. Sawada was requested to perform several field sobriety tests which she failed. Sawada was placed under arrest, taken to headquarters and processed for the arrest. She was issued traffic summonses for DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain a Lane and Unlicensed Driver. Sawada was given a court date and released ROR.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE: Lt. William Bastedo

DATE OF RELEASE: 08-05-2012

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INCIDENT: DWI Case # 2012 - 21054

DATE & TIME OCCURRED: Friday, July 27, 2012 at 2:00am

LOCATION OCCURRED: Old Trenton Road at Village Road East

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)

Accused: Victorio Herrarte, 47 years of age

OFFICER: Ptl. Walter Silcox

DETAILS: On the above date and time, Ptl. Silcox stopped a red Nissan on Village Road East just East of Old Trenton Road for failure to maintain a lane and impedingly slow speeds. Upon speaking with the driver, later identified as Victorio Herrarte, Ptl. Silcox detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle and observed several other signs of impairment. Herrarte was requested to perform several field sobriety tests which he failed. Herrarte was placed under arrest, taken to headquarters, and processed for the arrest. He was issued traffic summonses for DWI, Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended, and Delaying Traffic. Herrarte was given a court date and released ROR.

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE: Lt. William Bastedo

DATE OF RELEASE: 08-05-2012

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INCIDENT: Aggravated Assault Case # 2012 - 21814

DATE & TIME OCCURRED: Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 2:41pm

LOCATION OCCURRED: Wessex Place

WHO: (ARRESTED, INJURED, DRIVER, VICTIM, OTHER)

Victim: 19 year old male West Windsor Resident

OFFICER: Ptl. Melissa Nagy

DETAILS: On the above date and time, West Windsor Officers were dispatched to Wessex Place in response to the report of a male bleeding badly from his arm. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, who apparently suffered a knife wound to his arm, in need of medical attention. West Windsor Emergency Medical Services responded and transported the victim the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Reports indicated that the victim was in an altercation with two males in the parking lot and that one of the males stabbed the victim in the arm. The victim was unwilling to provide any information about the assailants.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Detective Marylou Dranchak at 609-799-1222

OFFICER PREPARING RELEASE: Lt. William Bastedo

DATE OF RELEASE: 08-05-2012

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