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If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at or submit a Web Tip .  You do not have to give your name.  CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $1000 and you can remain anonymous. 


12/1/2014 - HELP SOLVE A HOME INVASION IN OLD BRIDGE

Fifth home invasion investigated

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department announced today that police are investigating a home invasion in the township.

Police were called after an undisclosed number of men entered the home in Old Bridge, restrained family members, searched the home and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry on November 29, 2014.

Police were alerted to the home invasion at 8:51 p.m. The victims reported that armed individuals entered and searched the home at 7:20 p.m.

The home invasion was the fifth in the county in which the victims were of Asian Indian descent. Prior home invasions were committed in Old Bridge on October 20, 2014 and October 26, 2014, in South Plainfield on October 28, 2014, and in Edison on October 30, 2014..

No arrests have been made, but an investigation is active and is continuing with assistance from the New Jersey State Police, the FBI and the Edison, South Plainfield and Old Bridge police departments.

Prosecutor Carey advised residents to be vigilant, watch neighbors’ homes and call police regarding any suspicious activity. He also advised residents to make certain their homes are secure.

Anyone with information is urged to call their local police, or Agent John Selesky of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3439, or Detective John Marotta of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745- 3331.

 

In addition, Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc. is offering cash rewards to anyone who wants to provide information anonymously.

 

          The Crime Stoppers phone number is: 1-800-939-9600. Anyone with information may access the Crime Stoppers website at middlesextips.com. Text messages with information may also be sent to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword ‘’midtip’’ followed by a message.

 

Those who call will be given instructions on how to collect cash rewards by using a numerical code that will be recognized by a local bank, which will pay the rewards following approval by Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc.

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10/30/2014 - HOME INVASION - EDISON NJ
On October 30, 2014, Edison Police Department responded to a residence in the north end of the town for a home invasion robbery that occurred during the early evening hours.  The victim stated that several masked men armed with handguns forcibly entered the residence while he and his family were home.  The suspects proceeded to tie up the victims with duct tape.  It is unclear at this time if any valuables were taken from the residence. 

Old Bridge and South Plainfield have encountered similar type home invasion robberies.  It is not known at this time if the home invasions are related.   

The Edison Police Department, Old Bridge Police Department, South Plainfield Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor`s Office are conducting an aggressive investigation into these crimes.  Anyone with information should contact the Middlesex County Crime Stoppers at (800) 939-9600.  Tips can also be submitted online or by text.

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10/28/2014 - Help Solve Home Invasions in OLD BRIDGE AND SOUTH PLAINFIELD.

 

The Old Bridge Police Department is investigating two home invasion robberies that occurred in their township.  One occurred on October 20th, 2014 and the second occurred on October 26th, 2014.

The robberies occurred  in the Oakwood and Country Place sections of Old Bridge Township. During the late evening hours multiple suspects with handguns forced entry into the homes and demanded the residents provide cash and electronics.

The South Plainfield Police Department is investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred on 10/28/2014 in the early evening hours.  The suspects entered the rear door of the house and robbed a family.  The residence was on a corner lot in the township.  The suspects were described by the victim`s as two black males, one tall and one short.

The Old Bridge Police Department, the South Plainfield Police Department  and the Middlesex County Prosecutor`s Office are conducting an aggressive investigation into these crimes. Anyone with information shouldcontact the Middlesex County Crime Stoppers at (800) 939-9600. Tips can also be submitted online or by text.

NJ.COM article

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9/25/2014 - HELP SOLVE A BANK ROBBERY AT THE COLUMBIA BANK IN EDISON
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On 9/20/14 (Saturday) at approximately 9:05 AM a suspect entered the Columbia Bank located on Talmadge Rd. in Edison.  He demanded money from the tellers. The suspect took money from three tellers and fled in an unknown direction.  No vehicle description available. 

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30`s, between 6` to 6`-4" tall, receding hairline, athletic build, wearing goggles with dark sunglasses under the goggles/ mask covering the eyes with breathing holes or slots in the mouth area resembling a paintball mask, black or dark colored jacket, dark colored pants, white gloves on top with the palms black in color. 

September 26, 2014

 

  Paintball Bandit Sought by the FBI

 

NewarkThe Newark FBI and Edison Police Department are asking for the public`s help identifying the individual responsible for the bank robbery of the Columbia Bank at 245 Talmadge Road, Edison, New Jersey, on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  At approximately 9:06 a.m., the suspect entered the bank and verbally demanded money.  He then fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. 

The suspect is described as a black male, 6’4" tall, athletic build, wearing a paintball style mask, dark clothing, and white gloves.

It is believed this same individual may have robbed 5 additional banks in Somerset and Middlesex Counties.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information leading to the identification and arrest of this individual.  Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at 973-792-3000.   All calls are kept confidential.

        

                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7/10/2014 - TD Bank Robbery in Monroe Township Middlesex CountyIN CUSTODY

On Thursday July 10, 2014 at 8:47am the Monroe Township Police Department responded to the TD Bank located at 162 Prospect Plains Road for a reported Hold Up/Robbery. 

 

A white male subject described as being 5’6” tall with a thin build and olive skin wearing a dark colored baseball cap baring the New York Jets logo, an orange t-shirt with the Carhart logo on the left breast pocket over top of a long sleeve dark shirt and dark sweat pants with white stripes along the legs entered the bank and approached the teller.  He handed the teller a note and demanded money.  The teller complied, and after receiving an undetermined amount of cash, the subject fled the bank on foot heading west on Prospect Plains Road.  No weapon shown.

     Anyone with information is asked to contact the DSgt. Keith Saloom with the Monroe Township Police Department at 732-521-0222 ext. 178 or the Newark FBI at 973-792-3000 or leave a tip...

     Bank Robbery Suspect Photo TD Bank 7-10-14.pdf

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6/18/2014 - Theft of heavy equipment
The South Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Crime Stoppers program are posting a reward for information on a recent rash of thefts of construction equipment along the Exit 8A area. Since June 1st there have been a handful of thefts of construction machinery in the South Brunswick, Monroe, and Cranbury area off the New Jersey Turnpike Exit 8A. The suspects appear to be targeting large construction equipment such as excavators, front end loaders and steam rollers that are left unattended overnight at construction sites.

The South Brunswick theft occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday June 7, 2014. The suspects entered a construction site at Route 1 and Executive Drive and stole a 2010 John Deere Front End Loader. The investigation indicates the suspects parked a trailer on Executive Drive and loaded the machinery on to it. (See attached photo of stolen equipment)

South Brunswick Police are working to identify the Exit 8A theft crew to see where the stolen items are being taken and if they are being shipped out of the country. The reward is being posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible. Anyone with information can remain anonymous by calling Middlesex County Crime Stoppers tips line at 1-800-939-9600 or leave a tip.

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6/4/2014 - INFORMATION NEEDED ON PERSONS AIMING LASERS AT PLANES

There has been multiple incidents reported to law enforcement in Middlesex Countya as well as over the nation concering unknown persons  pointing lasers at commercial aircraft.

The FBI is offering a $10,000.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone who aims a hand held laser at an airplane.

Excerpt form the NJ.Com article posted June 3, 2014:

"It`s part of a national awareness program being run by the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration in conjunction with state and local officials to make the public aware of the dangers associated with pointing a laser light at a pilot.

The reward will be available for the next 90 days, the FBI said.

In northern New Jersey airspace, there have been 26 reported laser incidents in 2014 as of May 15, said Barbara Woodruff, a spokeswoman for the FBI`s Newark office.

The actual number is likely much higher, she emphasized, noting that media, rescue and law enforcement helicopters are common targets.

If you have any information please send a tip or contact your local FBI office.

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5/16/2014 - RECENT RASH OF RECENT BURGLARIES IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Middlesex County Crime Stoppers in conjunction with several localPolice Department are seeking information into a recent series of residential burglaries.

The South Brunswick Police Department is investigating a residential burglary which occurred sometime between 12:30PM and 4:30PM on Friday May 9, 2014.  The residence is in the Royal Oaks apartment complex which is in close proximity to Route 1.  It should also be noted that the victim is of Asian descent.  The suspect(s) entered through the front door, which was believed to have been locked, and ransacked the entire residence.

Plainsboro Township Police Department is investigating a residential burglary that occurred on Saturday, May 10, 2014 between 1200Hrs and 2240Hrs.The victims were of Pakistani decent. The victims were attending a wedding on Long Island during the time of the burglary. The suspect(s) tampered with four ground floor windows before prying out an entire window (frame intact) and making entry.   The residence was ransacked. 

On Tuesday May 13, 2014 the Cranbury Police responded to a residential burglary located on Orchardside Drive along the border with South Brunswick Twp. Orchardside Drive is located off Dey Road, approximately 2 miles off US Route 130. Area is extremely rural; home in heavily treed location. Burglary occurred sometime between 1000 and 1530 hours.

On May 13, 2014 at 0630 hours, the Plainsboro Police Department responded to a burglary that occurred to a residence between 0230 hours and 0630 hours, while the homeowners and their child were sleeping upstairs. The actor(s) made entry through an unlocked door at the rear of the residence.

The East Brunswick Police Department is investigating a Burglary that occurred on 04/17/14.  Forced entry was made through the rear kitchen window.  In addition, a chair was used to help enter the residence through the kitchen window.  The interior was ransacked and a total value of $13,030.00 in 22 karat gold jewelry was taken from the bedroom closet.

The Edison Police Department has been experiencing similar burglaires in their township as well.

Residents are asked to safeguard their homes when they are leaving for periods of time.  If you see any suspicious activities, please report them.  Middlesex County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the suspects responsible for the burglaries. Anyone with information can call 1-800-939-9600  or reply on this site. All tips are confidential and callers can remain anonymous.

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5/8/2014 - THEFT OF A BRONZE STATUE OF ATLAS FROM RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

CRIMESTOPPERS OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY AND RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ARE SEEKING YOUR HELP IN APPREHENDING THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR STEALING (AND HELPING TO RECOVER) A BRONZE STATUE OF "ATLAS" FROM THE RUTGERS UNIVERSITY CAMPUS.

A bronze statue of a sun dial "Atlas" was removed from its base sometime between April 4, 2014 and May 5, 2014 from College Hall (125 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ).  Bronze statue of Atlas

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3/17/2014 - Serial Bank Robber Wanted in connection with multi county crime spreeCAPTURED

The following Bank Robberies have been carried out by the same individual including two recent cases in Middlesex County:

Scotch Plains

On Monday, 04/28/2014 at approximately 1:05 PM, the PNC Bank located at 361 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey was robbed by a White male, with a beard and mustache, 5`7"-5`10" tall,  average build, wearing a blue jacket and two-tone baseball cap (blue or green and white with "A" emblem).

04/28/2014 Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Woodbridge

- On Saturday March 22, 2014 a suspect walked into the Rahway Savings Bank in the Colonia Section of Woodbridge and haded the teller a note demanding money.  The teller handed the suspect cash and the suspect then fled the bank on foot.  This appears to be the same suspect involved in the below described robberies.  The suspect is described as a white male, 5`10" tall, average build wearing a baseball cap with an "A" on the front..click on the links below for the most recent pictures.

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03/22/2014 Colonia, New Jersey03/22/2014 Colonia, New Jersey

Woodbridge

-On Saturday, 03/08/2014 the Capital One Bank located at 775 Route 1 South, Woodbridge, New Jersey was robbed by a White male 5`7" tall, in his forties, with a mustache, wearing a red cap, black winter jacket and dark pants.     This same subject is wanted in connection with the robberies of the Investors Savings Bank located at 51 South Broad Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey on 08/30/2013 and 10/30/2013, the PNC Bank located at 45 South Marine Avenue, Fanwood, New Jersey on 12/07/2013, the Capital One Bank located at 815 Route 22 , North Plainfield, New Jersey on 01/25/2014, and the PNC Bank located at 1730 OakTree Road, Edison, New Jersey on 03/01/2014.03/08/2014 Woodbridge, New Jersey03/08/2014 Woodbridge, New Jersey

Edison

-On Saturday, 03/01/14, at approximately 11:30 AM, the PNC Bank located at 1730 Oak Tree Road, Edison, New Jersey was robbed by a White male 5`7" tall, with a beard.He wore a camouflage colored cap, dark jacket and black gloves.  

03/01/2014 Edison, New Jersey03/01/2014 Edison, New Jersey

North Plainfield

On Saturday, 01/25/14, the Capital  One Bank located at 815 Route 22, North Plainfield, New Jersey,at approximately 12:40 PM was robbed by a White male 5`7" tall, with a beard. He wore a camouflage colored cap, tan jacket and black gloves and a black scarf.

    01/25/2014 North Plainfield, New Jersey

Fanwood

-On Saturday 12/07/2013, the PNC Bank  located at 45 South Martine Avenue in Fanwood, New Jersey was robbed by a White male,  5`7" tall, 200 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a red hat, black jacket, jeans, and a blue scarf.

   12/07/2013 Fanwood, New Jersey12/07/2013 Fanwood, New Jersey

Elizabeth

-On Wednesday, 10/30/2013, at approximately 4:00 PM, the Investors bank, located at 51 South Broad Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey was robbed by a White, male in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately  5`4` to 5`5" tall, and 160 lbs. He had a medium build, full beard, and auburn/red hair. He wore a red baseball cap, a red t-shirt, black pants and carried a black backpack. 

10/30/2013, Elizabeth, New Jersey10/30/2013, Elizabeth, New Jersey

  Elizabeth

- On 08/30/2013, the Investors Savings Bank located at 51 South Broad Street, in Elizabeth, New Jersey was robbed by a White male, 5`5" to  5`5" tall, medium build, clean shaven, wearing black sunglasses, a red hat, grey shirt and tan shorts. He was carrying a black book bag.

  08/30/2013 Elizabeth, New Jersey08/30/2013 Elizabeth, New Jersey

 

 

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