Several individuals are facing charges related to theft after South Brunswick Police made a series of arrests over the last week. The alleged crimes are unrelated and appear to be in connection with suspects stealing items to buy narcotics, according to police.
On July 10, police charged Sherman Johnson, 29, of New Brunswick, and Dawn Feldner, 31, of Highlands, for allegedly stealing an iPad from a guest at the Hotel Vincenza on Route 1.
The guests, who are from Texas, were unloading their vehicle and had placed the iPad on the side of their car, police said. The suspects then allegedly stole the iPad and sold it in North Brunswick, according to police. Investigators were able to track the iPad down and returned it to the victims. Both suspects were charged with theft.
On July 10, Chris Olsen, 21, was charged with stealing a brass horse, brass lobster, brass elephant and ring from a from a Brookside Mobile Home Park residence. The items were later recovered from a scrap yard, police said. Olsen was issued a summons for theft and was released.
On July 11, Joshua Kitson, 19, of South Brunswick, was charged with burglarizing two residences in the township. Kitson was charged in connection to two break-ins of homes on Lime Street and Plum Street during the first week of July.
Detectives were able to recover several of the stolen items during the course of the investigation. Kitson is currently lodged at the Middlesex County Correction Center in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Yesterday, police charged Melanie Hansen, 21, with stealing power tools from an Avenue F home. Hansen then allegedly sold the items in the New Brunswick area. She was charged with theft and was given a future court date.
"We will continue to target those people who look to victimize members of our community," said Chief Raymond Hayducka. "In several cases, investigators’ quick actions led to the recovery of the stolen items and capture of the suspects. Our efforts will continue to identify other people connected to these individuals."