August 12, 2021
By: Tyler Eckel
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– On August 11, 2021 at approximately 5:10 AM, Officers were detailed to the parking lot of Hamilton Lanes located on the 1200 block of Kuser Road for a report of Burglary to Auto and Criminal Mischief. Upon arrival Officers located the calling party who stated he was notified by his vehicle tracker system that two of his tractor trailers were moving in the parking lot between 3:17 AM and 4:27 AM. Three tractor trailers had damage to them as well as spray paint on them. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the doors to the bowling alley had been spray painted as well. Officers located spray paint cans that matched the colors used in the graffiti on the outskirts of the property.
At approximately 6:27 AM Officers were detailed to the area of Kuser Road and Sundance Drive on a report of Criminal Mischief to several parked vehicles. Graffiti was written on the vehicles and additional graffiti was located on a sign, curb line, and planters/columns belonging to Dragonfly Farms. The graffiti contained racial slurs and images of male genitalia.
At approximately 8:35 AM, Detective Chris Pullen was following up in the area of the graffiti when he noticed three juvenile males and a juvenile female walking in and out of traffic on Kuser Road near Sundance Drive looking and pointing at the graffiti. Detective Pullen stopped the juveniles for their safety and developed information that the juveniles had information or may have been involved in the graffiti. Further investigation by Detective Pullen and Detective Matt Donovan revealed that three juvenile males were responsible for the graffiti and damage to the tractor trailers.
The three juveniles were placed under arrest and charged with two (2) counts of Burglary, nine (9) counts of Criminal Mischief, four (4) counts of Bias Intimidation and Unlawful Taking of a Means of Conveyance.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Chris Pullen of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4080, Detective Matt Donovan of the Hamilton Police Division’s Juvenile Section or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.