Naughty Santas, Drunken Rescues, Grave-kit Robbers
Also, what possessed this guy during a repossession?
Each week, Patch takes a peek at some of the more surprising, shocking, stunning and occasionally silly police-related incidents reported throughout New Jersey for "OMGs from NJ PDs."
Some of this week's reports:
Feeling Possessive: The right way to dispute a vehicle repossession is to take it up with the creditor, or even legal authorities if you think the creditor's out of line. But the wrong way is to make a getaway with the car and run over the repo man's foot. Toms River police say a resident chose poorly when faced with that particular set of options.
Ho Ho Ho? Against a backdrop of Christmas music piped in from the downtown public address system, Collingswood police detectives and officers from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office executed a search warrant on Zheng Salon, where they took two people into custody because of alleged prostitution at the business. Zheng offered massage, waxing and nails services, but police say customers got a lot more.
One Too Many: There's drunk, and then there's drunk. Glen Rock police say they found a couple of the decidedly italicized type of drunk in a car unconscious and covered in their own ... well, pretty much everything gross of their own that they could be covered in. Hit the link if you want specifics. The woman in the driver's seat was charged with drunk driving in a school zone, careless driving, refusal to submit to a breath test and failure to wear a seat belt. The passenger wasn't charged, but he was still taken to a hospital because of his level of intoxication, police said.
Down to Earth: It's bad enough stealing from a parish. But it's hard to imagine what a thief wanted with the $6,000 worth of burial materials—grass carpets, a casket lowering device, chairs and tents—taken in a van stolen from the St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery in Toms River. From ashes to ashes, from dust to dust, and, if police have their way, from the parking lot of St. Mary's Cemetery to the jail.
Check, Please: We don't endorse dining and dashing. And we certainly don't endorse leading police on a high-speed chase, crashing the car, abandoning the friend who's with you and getting another to cover for you. But some people just don't take our advice seriously, DailyRecord.com reports.
Stand by Your Woman, Sober: If you're a devoted husband, and your wife is in trouble, you likely don't hesitate at all to run to her side. But if she's in trouble for alleged drunk driving, and you're pretty sloshed, and the only way you have of getting to her side (which, like the rest of her, is at police HQ) is to drive ... well, hesitate. Wyckoff police say a husband might have been better off taking a nap before trying to help. Ultimately, both husband and wife were released to a decidedly more sober friend, police said.
Two Santas Walk into a Cab: If you can't trust St. Nick, especially this time of year, whom can you trust? Hoboken police say two drunk men dressed as Santa cut in line to get into a cab, then got into an argument with the woman already in the car. The woman threw one of the Santas' hats out the window—so the less-than-jolly cabmate tried to grab her purse, police said. When the cab stopped, the Santa pulled the woman out of the car by her purse—she was still holding on, police said. He reportedly finally wrestled it loose and threw it over a fence. No arrests have been made, but there's an APB out for a reindeer with a glowing nose.