Alleged Robber Picks a Bad Time to Phone Home
Also this week in wacky New Jersey police news, holy stupidity, Batman! A 'superhero' causes a stir at a Home Depot.
Each week, Patch combs through the more shocking, surprising and often absurd alleged criminal acts and police-related incidents that unfold throughout New Jersey. Here’s what went on this week for “OMGs from NJ PD.”
Can You Arrest Me Now? Good: In Part 1 of Criminals Making It Easy for Cops, we take you to Hackettstown. Before a 20-year-old man allegedly tried to rob a gas station there, he had a very pressing phone call to make. To his own home. Using the gas station’s phone. You can guess where this is going. Police used reverse dialing to find the man's home and arrested him there.
Champagne Wishes and Jail Cell Dreams: Part 2 Criminals Making It Easy for Cops takes us to Lakehurst, where a convenience store employee showed some excellent quick thinking. After realizing the 20-year-old man was allegedly trying to cash in stolen lottery tickets, the clerk asked him to fill out a claim form, which the man happily did, even leaving a copy of his license. Police tracked down the man at his home, where he was hiding in a closet.
She Fought the Law, Guess Who Won: Good idea—listen when a cop tells you to do something, even something as mundane as using crosswalks. Bad idea—getting in the cop’s face when your friends don’t follow instructions. Morristown Police called a Warren Township woman's bluff when she allegedly told an officer to “arrest me” after arguing with the officer over jaywalking tickets being issued to her friends. The end result shouldn’t be a surprise: her friends were ticketed and the 23-year-old woman got a ride to the station in the back of a cruiser and an obstruction charge to boot.
‘Superhero’ Makes Super Bad Judgment Call: A Mansfield man said he was just trying to bring “hope” to people by offering help at a local Home Depot. What he did instead was scare them. The 23-year-old dressed up as his own version of a superhero, complete with Batman mask, to do his good deeds. Considering his outfit—tactical pants, elbow and arm pads and a bulletproof vest—was reminiscent of accused Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter James Holmes, this superhero’s strength is clearly not common sense.
Citizen Sleuth: A 19-year-old Green Brook woman is hot on the trail of her missing iPhone. After the woman’s phone was taken, she didn’t just track it on her computer—she started knocking on doors near its location. The gumshoe even questioned possible suspects before admitting defeat and turning the matter over to Green Book Police, who haven’t solved the case yet.
Not Time to Make the Donuts: It’s unclear what prompted a Blackwood teen to do “donuts” on a local playing field at 1:30 in the morning. But, unfortunately for the 19-year-old, his license plate was crystal clear on the complex’s surveillance video. The man was released with criminal mischief and reckless driving charges and, presumably, a life lesson about acting out The Fast and the Furious fantasies on a football field.
Unlucky Overpass Takes a Beating: Wedging your truck underneath an overpass won’t necessarily get you a place in OMGs. But something must be in the water when the same Chatham Borough overpass falls victim to too-tall trucks four times in three weeks. So far, the trucks seem to be losing the apparent battle to bring down this overpass.
Madison Police to the Animal Rescue: Madison first responders are developing quite the humane reputation toward our furry friends. Already this summer, they reunited a trapped baby deer with its mom. Now, the police department can add bunny rescue to the list. Sgt. John Keymer saved the bunny (emphatically not the Rabbit of Caerbannog) from a pool skimmer and sent it happily hopping away.