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Posted on: April 13, 2021

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Investigation by BHPD Leads to Arrest of Suspects Involved in North Road Residential Burglary

On the night of March 27, 2021 a residential burglary occurred on North Road near Emerson Lane. While BHPD Detectives were processing the scene, an iPhone was recovered that did not belong to the homeowner. Detectives applied for a search warrant to examine the device.  After obtaining the warrant, the device was examined by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Task Force. Information obtained from the iPhone was critical to what became a significant multi-jurisdictional burglary investigation. The investigation ultimately led to the arrest of Keith Perry, 38, of Teaneck; Kay Brown, 23, of Paterson; Porsche Brown, 29, of Lodi; and Gregory Lewis, 37 of Teaneck.  All suspects have been arrested; Perry was located and arrested in North Carolina.

Information provided herein may not represent the full scope of police activity. Charges as a result of police investigations are accusations, and any defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Missing Persons, Brush Fire & 'Coffee With a Cop'

On April 22 Berkeley Heights Police received a report of a missing adult suffering from Alzheimer’s who had left home in his vehicle and did not return. A town-wide SMART 9- 1-1 message and social media alerts were issued. Detective Frank Mea successfully located the individual in Elizabeth with the assistance of NJ State Police and he returned home safely.  

On April 23 a BHPD Officer working a detail observed a brush fire on the property of 300 Connell Drive. The fire spread quickly over more than an acre of brush beyond the capability of police equipment. The Berkeley Heights Fire Department was dispatched and extinguished the fire.

On April 24 a business owner in the Springfield Avenue business district reported illegal dumping of debris on his property. Officers were able to develop a suspect utilizing vehicle descriptors and charges are pending.

The Berkeley Heights Police Department’s Traffic/Safety unit will be increasing enforcement of the 25 MPH speed limit on Murray Hill Boulevard due to resident complaints. Motorists are reminded that residential neighborhoods are always 25 mph unless otherwise posted.

The BHPD Community Policing Unit will be continuing the popular “Coffee with a Cop” program next Thursday May 11th 2:00 pm on Lenape Lane. Stop by and meet us!

Keep Your Doors, Windows Locked

SuspectsOn April 28, 2021 Berkeley Heights Police responded to a report of a stolen BMW X5 from a driveway on Lee Lane. Utilizing residential video, Investigators were able to determine that a vehicle let a passenger/suspect out on the property at approximately 5:30 AM. The suspect pushed up an unlocked window and entered the home, taking a purse containing the key fob.

The modus operandi is similar to recent incidents in other communities in which suspects have entered homes seeking key fobs. Residents are encouraged to lock all doors and windows and report suspicious activity to police.

Berkeley Heights Detectives ultimately recovered the BMW in North Brunswick along with a Porsche stolen separately out of Long Branch. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with further information please contact the Berkeley Heights Police Department at (908) 464-1111.

Suspect photos and video link here


Traffic Stop by BHPD Reveals Suspected Stolen iPhones in Berkeley Heights 

On 3/31/2021, Berkeley Heights Police Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle following a delivery truck. Shortly after officers received the information, Officer Daniel Schafer observed a vehicle matching the description and conducted a motor vehicle stop. After conducting a brief investigation with detectives, the three suspects were found to be in possession of multiple stolen iPhones. These phones were in their original shipping boxes and had been delivered to the porches of their owners. The occupants were subsequently arrested for Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of False Government Documents. 

The information provided herein may not represent the total scope of police activity. Any charges as a result of a police investigation are merely accusations, and any defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  

On 04/01/2021 Khidhar Woodard of Plainfield, NJ was arrested for unlawful possession of a handgun. His arrest was the result of an investigation lead by Detective Sergeant Frank Mea.  During the course of the investigation, DSG. Mea recovered a stolen handgun that Woodard had unlawfully possessed. The handgun recovered had been reported stolen in the state of Georgia.  Woodard was transported to the Union County Jail where he awaits a hearing.

The information provided herein may not represent the total scope of police activity. Any charges as a result of a police investigation are merely accusations, and any defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  

 

Berkeley Heights Man Arrested for Criminal Sexual Contact and Endangering Welfare of a Child

On Thursday, March 18, 2021 Berkeley Heights Police Detectives arrested Jason Hunter, 35, of Berkeley Heights after a thorough investigation. Hunter was charged with Criminal Sexual Contact and Endangering the welfare of a child. 

After being taken into custody, Hunter was transported to the Union County Jail to await a first appearance and detention hearing scheduled to take place in Union County Superior Court. 

The information provided herein may not represent the total scope of police activity. Any charges as a result of a police investigation are merely accusations, and any defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  


 

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