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Police Log: Sept. 18 – 23, 2014

Sept. 18

A MacBook Air laptop worth $1,000 and $40 in cash was stolen from a car owned by a Jonathan Place resident. The owner said he thought the car was unlocked.

Sept. 19

Durairaj Pachamuthu of Monmouth Junction was cited for careless driving after his car rear-ended a car driven by Rupesh Narkar of Newprt News, Va. on South Middlebush Road. Pachamuthu said he accidentally stepped on the gas pedal when he meant to apply his brakes.

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Maribel Roldan of Somerset was resuming driving on Route 27 after having let another car onto the road when her car collided with one driven by Tefera Gezmu of New Brunswick. Gezmu’s car was passing Roldan’s on the right, in the shoulder.

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Pradeep Jaganathan of Somerset was cited for careless driving after his car struck the Exxon station building on Easton Avenue. Jaganathan said his foot got stuck on the accelerator and he could not apply his brakes.

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A car driven by Gyula Fejes of Monmouth Junction rear-ended a car driven by David Matthews of East Orange in the exit of the Somerset Village Shopping Center on Easton Avenue. Matthews said he’d stopped for traffic when his car was hit.

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John Connolly of Princeton was traveling down Bunker Hill Road when a deer entered the road from the left side and the two collided.

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Sept. 20

The side window of a Kingsberry Drive home was broken. Police said nothing was stolen from the house.

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Cars driven by John Connolly of Somerset and Jane Shapiro of Belle Mead collided at Amwell and South Middlebush Roads. Connolly was turning left onto South Middlebush while Shapiro was entering the intersection. Connolly said he did not see Shapiro’s car.

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Roberto Policarpio of Franklin Park was driving through a Route 27 parking lot when he noticed a car driven by Gregory Lee of Kendall Park backing out of a parking spot. Policarpio said he sounded his horn, but Lee continued to back up, striking his car. Police said Lee was hearing-impaired.

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Cars driven by Aayd Copprue-Howard of Plainsboro and Jasmine Marcial of Somerset collided as they were backing out of parking spaces in a Route 27 lot. Both drivers said they did not see the other.

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Maurice Ingram of Montclair was driving down Hamilton Street when he was distracted by a bug. Ingram did not see that a car ahead of his, driven by Susan Ocloo of East Brunswick, was stopped, and his rear-ended it.

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Sept. 21

Kerry Lindstra of Bridgewater was cited for careless driving after the car she was driving rear-ended a car driven on Easton Avenue by Tammy You of Somerville. The impact pushed You’s car into one driven by Verleea McDonald of Highland Park.

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A car driven by Ralph Lecessi of Kendall Park was stopped for a light at Hamiltpon Street and Highland Avenue when it was rear-ended by a car driven by Judith Mitzner of Somerset. Mitzner said she thought she had more time to stop.

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Sept. 22

Someone threw a rock through a window of a bus as it was traveling down Hamilton Street. The window was valued at $150.

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Someone stole a sewer catch basin grate from a spot on School House Road. The grate was valued at $250.

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Jawon Tyus of New Brunswick was driving down Franklin Boulevard when, as he entered the Ellent Street intersection, a car driven by Marlene Figueroa of New Brunswick pulled out and they collided. Figueroa said she did not see on-coming traffic.

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Milton Rodriguez-Soza of Somerset was backing his car out of a driveway on Hamilton Street when it collided with a car driven by Deanna Mercurio of Skillman.  Mercurio said she could not avoid the accident.

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Sept. 23

Someone stole $1,000 in U.S. cash and 2,000 Chinese Yen (worth about $18) from a room at the Comfort Suites on Davidson Avenue. The victim told police that he’d gone to the hotel lobby to have breakfast at about 7 a.m. and returned a half-hour later to discover the theft.

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Josephine Melendez of Somerset told police that she was on a hands-free cell phone while driving down Cedar Grove Lane and was not paying attention when her car rear-ended one driven by Jennifer Tesman of Union.

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Samantha Silva of Plainsboro was changing from the left to the right lane on Somerset Street when her car collided with one driven by Louis Kimmel of Cranford. Silva said she did not see Kimmel’s car.

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