Purse and power tools among summer’s steals

A theft and fraudulent debit card charge at the Library was reported on Tuesday, July 9 to Campus Police. The victim noticed his messenger bag and laptop missing and confronted the suspect outside the Library. The two struggled and the victim recovered his bag and laptop, noticing soon after that the suspect had left his cell phone in the bag. Campus Police, with the assistance of the N.J. State Police, used the cell phone to identify the suspect. Video and photo surveillance were retrieved by NJ Transit Police from the Trenton Transit Center, where the suspect had used the victim’s debit card to purchase a commuter train ticket. NJ Transit Police arrested the suspect several weeks later and brought him to the College for processing. Warrants were issued for burglary, theft, credit card theft, trespassing and possession of burglary tools and he was then transported to the Mercer County Jail.

Power tools totaling approximately $320 were reported stolen from Eickhoff Hall at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. A man told Campus Police that he had last seen the equipment on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 3:30 p.m. when he locked the room they were in and left. The tools, including a Dewalt Power Tool Kit and Irwin Drill Bits, had his initials on them.

A woman reported her purse stolen to Campus Police on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. The purse was taken from her that day between 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in the Education Building. She realized her purse was missing at 6:15 p.m. when she left the premises. A search was conducted but nothing was found. The total value of items stolen was $434.