Here’s What’s Happening in Franklin Township, Police Blotter

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Franklin Township Police Department has released the following police blotter reports for police-involved incidents that occurred in recent days.

06/19/2022

A Somerset, NJ resident reported an attempted burglary to his unoccupied residence during the overnight hours. The unknown suspect(s) were unable to make entry but caused approximately $100.00 worth of damage during their attempt.

A dumpster fire was reported in the area of Majesty Ln. Local fire departments extinguished it without incident. The cause was believed to be discarded BBQ ashes.

06/20/2022

A Somerset, NJ resident was the victim of e-mail fraud, which resulted in a loss of $25,000 worth of purchased gift cards. Limited information is known about the suspect at time of report. NOTE: Whenever someone demands to be paid with a gift card, that’s a scam. Gift cards are for gifts, not for payments. If someone convinced you to give them the numbers on a gift card or send them a photo, hang onto the card and your receipt, and report it to the card issuer right away. Please refer to the Federal Trade Commission’s website for consumer advice on gift card scams.

A Princeton, NJ resident reported the theft of his laptop while staying at a Somerset, NJ hotel on 06/17/2022. The suspect(s) was believed to be a hotel employee.

A business located on Hamilton St. reported a theft of $800.00 worth of cooking oil by an unknown suspect(s). A lock was damaged to the tank, which was located in the rear of the building. It was unknown when the theft occurred and by whom.

A business located on Somerset St. reported a $20.00 theft of drinks and snacks by three juvenile males. The males fled prior to police arrival.

Tashane Clarke, 19, of Somerset, NJ was arrested for a $1000.00 outstanding warrant out of our jurisdiction. He was later released to another jurisdiction on an unrelated matter. NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation, and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

06/21/2022

A Somerset, NJ resident reported criminal mischief to her vehicle by an unknown suspect(s). The damage occurred while parked near Franklin Blvd. on 06/16/2022.

Zahid Asghar, 57, of Somerset, NJ was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of our jurisdiction. He was transported to Somerset County Jail. NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation, and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

A Somerset, NJ resident reported the theft of his wallet from his home. The suspect may have been a handy man who had access to the residence.

A business located on Somerset St. reported the $150.00 theft of candy and snacks by several unknown juvenile males. The males fled prior to police arrival.

A Somerset, NJ resident reported the theft of her license plate. The theft occurred approximately two years ago.

06/22/2022

A Somerset, NJ resident reported the theft of his Apple Air Pods valued at $180.00. The suspect(s) is unknown.

A Somerset, NJ resident reported a burglary to her vehicle while parked in the area of Brookline Ave. The unknown suspect(s) shattered a window to gain entry. $35.00 was taken from the vehicle and the window damage was estimated to be $185.00.

06/23/2022

A Somerset, NJ resident reported a burglary to his unlocked vehicle in the area of Brookline Ave during the overnight hours. $500.00 cash was taken by the unknown suspect.

A business located on Easton Ave. reported a theft of $2500.00 worth of cooking oil by an unknown suspect(s). A lock was damaged to the tank, which was located in the rear of the building. It is unknown when the theft occurred and by whom.

A business located on Easton Ave. reported a theft of $1200.00 worth of cooking oil by an unknown suspect(s). A lock was damaged to the tank, which was located in the rear of the building. It is unknown when the theft occurred and by whom.

Paakofi Aborbi, 41, of Edison, NJ was arrested for DWI in the area of Lexington Rd. after a suspicious vehicle investigation. He was later released with a court date. NOTE: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation, and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

06/24/2022

A Somerset, NJ resident reported the attempted theft of a bicycle outside her residence on Koolidge Ct. during the overnight hours.

A business on Hamilton St. reported a shoplifting of $270.00 worth of grooming products by an unknown black male. The suspect fled the store prior to police arrival.

06/25/2022

A Somerset, NJ resident reported his vehicle stolen from his driveway on Bunkerhill Rd during the daytime hours. The key fob was in the vehicle when taken by the unknown suspect(s).

A Somerset, NJ resident reported a burglary to her vehicle while it was parked in the area of Fisher Dr. Property valued at $2020.00 was taken from the vehicle by unknown suspect(s).