Police Blotter / News

From the desk of Chief Michael Owens:

Third Quarterly Report:

     During the summer and fall months Cranbury Police Officers continue to shine with exemplary service to our community. Our Officers investigated 100 crash investigations since July 1st. Our motor vehicle stops within the village are at record pace, resulting in less crashes within the downtown area. We will continue our efforts of traffic enforcement within the village area with the purpose to decrease motor vehicle crashes that result in injury and death.

     Most of our officers embarked on state mandated training these last few months. Our officers took part in Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) training and Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics (ICAT) training. ABLE training is for all New Jersey law enforcement officers to successfully intervene to prevent harm and to create a law enforcement culture that supports peer intervention. The ICAT training program will provide NJ law enforcement officers with the tools, skills and options they need to successfully and safely defuse a range of critical incidents.

     This training is part of the continuing education our Officers partake in throughout the year. NJ Police officers maintain some of the highest standards of training in the country. The ICAT training proved useful for a recent call of service involving a suicidal individual with a knife. Our officer was able to utilized some skills developed in the course to help resolve the situation without any injury to the person in crisis or the Officer.

     For upcoming events, Cranbury Police is proud to join with Cranbury Fire and Cranbury First Aid in the closure of Main Street to provide a safe zone for Halloween trick or treaters this year. Last year’s event with the Cranbury Emergency services was successful and we hope to replicate the same this year. Cranbury OEM will provide extra lighting for the event as well.

     For the next several weeks, we will also be conducting concentrated enforcement of cell phone violations. Warning signage will be posted in various areas and enforcement will be heavy. Stay off your cell phones when you drive.

     Also, look for our Drug take back day on October 23rd, 2021. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Our police lobby will be open from 10am until 2:00. Residents are encouraged to drop off expired or unused medication, to be disposed of. Please note that we cannot accept any liquid, glass or sharps. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Officer Spotlight:

Detective Ray Wetzel has served our department for 23 years and has been assigned in the Detective bureau since 2010. Part of his work assignment in the detective bureau included a brief role with the Middlesex County Prosecutors’ Drug task force. Wetzel’s work assignments include all firearm applications and permit background investigations. Prior to working in Cranbury, Det. Wetzel was employed Helmetta Police department for 2 years. Det. Wetzel continues to serve our department and this community with professionalism, integrity, and courage.

     A look back in history: 10 – 20 – 30 years ago:
“The more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future”, Theodore Roosevelt

     April, 2010 – A hit and run motor vehicle crash investigated by Ofc. Paul Lindenfeld resulted in an extensive investigation into one of the vehicles involved. The vehicle involved in the crash was found to contain bullet proof doors and windows and was suspected to be involved in other illicit activities. Det. Sgt. Zeigler assisted further with the investigation.

     June, 2002 – Sgt. Dominick Giacalone investigated a report of theft from the Toll Brother’s construction site on Shady Brook Lane. Fifty sheets of ¾ inch plywood valued at $13,500 were reported stolen.

     November, 1991 – A motor vehicle stop conducted by Ptl. Peter Ziegler and Ptl. Bill Simkin resulted in the arrest of two men. Both men were charged with possession of CDS with intent to distribute after Ptl. Ziegler discovered several glassine baggies containing cocaine.

     In conclusion:
     During the approaching holidays, protect yourself and your families from falling victim to crime by taking certain precautions:

     - Be aware of phone and computer scams. Do not give personal information to people over the phone or computer. Watch out for “computer support” calls, “IRS” calls, or utility company calls demanding instant payments. Watch for “Amazon” support calling or emailing to confirm delivery. Watch for the “grand child scam” where you have to post bail for their release. Bail agents / Police will not arrive to your house to collect bail.

     - Lock all car doors and close all garage doors at night. Remove the spare key fob from your vehicle. Don’t keep purses / wallets in plain view within your car at any time.

     Report all suspicious activities to the police, that’s what we are here for!

     Be Safe,     

     Michael Owens
     Chief of Police / OEM Coordinator


Internal Affairs Complaint Summary – 2021

Internal Affairs Complaints Received from the 3rd Quarter           =      1

Internal Affairs Complaints Disposition from the 3rd Quarter       =      Pending

Internal Affairs Complaints Disposition from the 2nd Quarter      =      4

                                                                                       Sustained     =      1

                                                                                       Unfounded   =      2

                                                                                       Exonerated  =      2

(1 Complaint consisted of two different types of Complaints)


Major Discipline 2020   (No Occurrences to Report)                      =      0