How I Spent My Summer Vacation: In a Squad Car
Also this week in OMGs from NJ PD, an alleged serial car burglar doesn't let a breakfast-time arrest sway him from lunchtime crimes.
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.”
Quality Family Time: Parents are squeezing in the last few precious days of summer fun with the kids before school starts. Swimming! Amusement parks! Shoplifting! Er, maybe that’s just (allegedly) one New York woman. Millburn Police say the Brooklyn woman took the kiddies along for the ride when she five-finger discounted 14 items from Bloomingdale's in Short Hills. The kids’ “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essays won’t include seeing mom in cuffs, at least, as police allowed her to remain unrestrained on the way to the station.
If at First You Don’t Succeed: A Toms River’s man didn’t let a little thing like an arrest stop him when he allegedly resumed a car burglary spree interrupted only by his hours in custody. Toms River Police first picked up the 22-year-old at 8:30 a.m. on charges of breaking into cars. By lunchtime, the man was back on the streets and, police say, back to his old tricks. (And maybe hungry, too—he was outside a Red Lobster). After inexplicably tearing off his shirt, police say the man fled into the woods, where he was re-arrested, slapped with a $75,000 bail and denied Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
“Fun” Gets a New Meaning: Police are used to detaining unwilling suspects, but it’s a special arrestee who announces his intentions and then goes to town. Meet this 45-year-old from Hopatcong. He reportedly fought police so aggressively at the scene that two officers suffered rib and back injuries. Not content with that, the man allegedly asked police at the station, “Are you ready for fun?” and recreated his freak out. This time, it took five officers to get him under control before getting cuffed to a bench finally put this “fun” to rest.
Your Beef Is with Julius Caesar: Harumph. Unreasonable cops, not buying your story just because you give a birth date that doesn’t exist. If the excessive speed or the open bottle of booze didn’t tip the scales against a 42-year-old man from Paterson, then perhaps it was the date of birth he gave Wyckoff Police: Feb. 31, 1970. Unfortunately for this man, that hasn’t been a legitimate date since, oh, at least 46 BC when the Julian calendar was created. Maybe the providing false information to police charge will help the man remember which day to blow out the candles next year.
Here We Go Again: OMGs from NJ PD is one step away from setting up a 24-hour vigil at the poor Watchung Avenue overpass in Chatham Borough. At first, we just rolled our eyes when the bridge was assaulted in quick succession by a couple of tall trucks. Now, we’re concerned. The overpass just survived its sixth encounter with a truck in the past two months. The bridge always comes out on top, and the truck drivers always come away with citations, but what does a poor overpass have to do for truckers to respect its height limit?
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