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Lambertville police blotter: hit-and-run, vending machine thefts, child struck by car sustains minor injuries


Lambertville Police Department

Case #16000101:

Carlos F. Sanchez-Garcia, 26, of Lambertville, has been charged with multiple violations stemming from an incident that occurred on Jan. 4 at 12:30 a.m.

On that date, Sgt. Memolo and Ptl. Bast responded to the area of South Union  and Swan streets for a reported hit-and-run motor vehicle collision. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Sanchez-Garcia had allegedly been the operator of the suspect vehicle.

Sanchez-Garcia was subsequently charged with hindering apprehension, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report accident, reckless driving, unlicensed driver, and driving while suspended. Sanchez-Garcia has a court date pending on all charges.

Case #16000230:

On Jan. 8 at 4:09 p.m., Sgt. Memolo responded to the area of 51 S. Main St. for a report of a child struck by a motor vehicle. Upon investigation, Sgt. Memolo determined that the child had run into the roadway to retrieve a basketball that had rolled into the street. The child did not see the oncoming vehicle, and was struck upon entering the roadway. The child was transported to Hunterdon Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Case #16000302:

Heber M. Hernandez, 33, of Lambertville, was arrested on Jan. 11 at 3:15 a.m. for an active warrant.

While on routine patrol, Sgt. Gramlich observed Hernandez’s vehicle parked and running in the public library parking lot. Subsequent to investigation, Hernandez was found to be in possession of an open container of alcohol, and had an active NCIC warrant from New Hope. Hernandez was placed under arrest, and processed for the warrant. Sgt. Gramlich charged Hernandez with possession of an alcoholic beverage in a public place and consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a public place. Hernandez was later released with a pending court date.

Case #16000385:

Patricia A. Nelson, 62, of Ringoes, N.J., was arrested on Jan. 14 at 12:13 a.m. for an active warrant.

While on routine patrol, Ptl. Pascoe conducted a random plate inquiry of Nelson’s vehicle. The lookup revealed Nelson to have a suspended driver’s license and an active ATS warrant issued from the Hillsborough Township Municipal Court in the amount of $500. In addition, Nelson had an active ATS warrant issued from Lumberton Municipal Court in the amount of $139. Nelson was placed under arrest, and processed for the warrants. Nelson was unable to post bail and later taken into custody by Hillsborough Police.

Case #16000454:

On Jan. 16 at 6:15 a.m., Raymond Palmer, an employee of the Lambertville Exxon station, reported the theft of money from three outdoor vending machines. Palmer stated that he observed the padlocks missing from the vending machines, and upon closer inspection, discovered money to be missing. Patrol recovered three padlocks that had been cut open from the scene. Ptl. Pascoe investigated.

(Information is provided by law enforcement officials, and is assumed accurate. All suspects and arrested persons are presumed not guilty unless proven guilty in a Court of Law or until such rights are waived by the accused.)

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