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Police Log: July 2 – July 6, 2014

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Thomas A. Romano of Scotch Plains told police that his car struck a parked car owned by Hector Perez of Plainfield as Romano was backing out of a parking spot in a Memorial Drive lot.

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John Cardoso of  Union was backing his car out of a spot on Hamilton Street when his vehicle hit a parked car owned by Carlos Maldonado of Somerset.

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Erika Tavarez of Somerset was backing out of a parking space in a Route 27 parking lot when her car hit one driven by Robert Gallo of Whippany. Tavarez said she did not see Gallo’s car.

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Jay Asrani of North Brunswick told police that he was driving down School House Road when the vehicle ahead of his made a sudden left turn into the Franklin Commons shopping center. Asrani said he had to swerve to the right to avoid a collision, but his car went off the road and struck a traffic detour sign.

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Morad Fairoz of North Brunswick was cited for careless driving after he told police that he may have fallen asleep behind the wheel before his car rear-ended one driven on Route 518 by Valerie Hum of Hillsborough. Hum said she was starting to turn into a driveway when her car was hit.

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July 3

A fire at Brook Warehousing, 8 Heller Park Lane, damaged a Dumpster before it was extinguished, police said. Police said a company employee told them he responded to a fire alarm activation and arrived to find the dumpster on fire, as well as an area around the warehouse’s front door. Elizabeth Avenue Fire Co. was called and knocked down the fire. Police said it appeared the fire was start by a cigarette.

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Maise Harrison of New Brunswick was backing out of a parking space on Norma Avenue when her car hit one driven by Shamar White of Middlesex. White’s car was stopped at the time, police said.

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Rica Acunia-Tamayo of Hopewell was driving down Route 518 during the rain storm when a tree fell on her car.She told police that she was driving slowly because of the rain.

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July 4

A laptop computer valued at $1,400 was stolen from the car of a Gallop Lane resident. The victim told police that she parked her car the night before and, when she returned to it the next morning, noticed that items had been thrown around inside the cabin. The victim told police she was not sure if she’d locked the car.

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Someone egged a Ridings Parkway house between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. The owner told police there was no damage, and she was able to wash the eggs off her door.

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Princess Mayo of Somerset was backing her car out of a driveway on Parkside Street when she struck a parked car owned by Domingo Jaquez, also of Somerset.

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Jose Peralta of Somerset was backing out of a parking space in a Hamilton Street lot when his car hit a parked car owned by Veronica Gardner of Bound Brook.

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July 6

About $200 worth of damage was done to the hubcap of a 2011 Nissan Altima owned by a Hempstead Drive resident, police said. The hubcap had damage consistent with someone trying to pry it off, police said.

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A Nook electronic reader was stolen from an employee’s locker at Stop and Shop, Easton Avenue. The employee told police she placed the item in her locker and locked it prior to her shift. When she returned about five hours later, she said, the locker was open and the Nook was gone. The item was valued at $400.

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Severed electrical lines apparently started a small brush fire near a utility pole on Clyde Road, police said. The fire was extinguished without incident.

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Cash, a purse and personal papers were stolen from a Hillview Avenue home. Police said the owner said she was working in the yard and left the side door open. The victim said she thought someone entered the door and stole a red, orange and yellow purse, valued at $50, $100 in cash and credit cards.

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