Special Crime Alert

On February 14, 2018, at approximately 12:30 am, police patrol units responded to the Scotchwood Diner located at 1934 Route 22 East on a report of a Carjacking. Upon arrival patrol units met the victim, a 43-year-old male who stated he was approached in the parking lot by two white males who then assaulted him. A third male entered the victim’s vehicle, described as a 2001 Toyota Camry, which the victim had running in the parking lot. The suspects who assaulted the victim then ran to a tan colored vehicle which was parked on the property next door and fled the area. The victim reported that his and the suspect's vehicles fled on Route 22 East. A broadcast went out to surrounding towns, and the victim's vehicle was located a short time later on Lawrence Avenue in Westfield. Union County K-9 was brought in to search for the suspects but were unable to track them. The victim suffered minor lacerations to his hands and face. The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad responded to treat the victim who declined transport to the hospital.

The incident is currently under active investigation, and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to please contact Det. Mark Lynch at 908-322-7100 extension 112 or Det./Sgt. Donnell Joyce at 908-322-7100 extension 113.

On May 24, 2017, at approximately 04:00 am, detectives from the Scotch Plains Police Department, the Union County Prosecutors Office Narcotics Strike Force, and the Union County Special Weapons and Tactics Team executed a search warrant at 518 Forepaugh Avenue in Scotch Plains. The search warrant came as the result of a months-long investigation conducted by Investigator B. Belford of the Scotch Plains Police Department.

During the search, detectives located approximately 14 ounces of Heroin with an approximate street value of $40,000, over 5 ounces of Cocaine with an approximate street value of $9000 and over 8 ounces of Ecstasy/MDMA(Molly) with an estimated street value of $15,000. Also located during the search was a Glock 10mm handgun, an extended round magazine, and hollow point bullets.

Arrested during the investigation was Malik A. Canty, age 38 of 518 Forepaugh Avenue Scotch Plains. Canty was charged with first-degree possession of Heroin, manufacturing / dispensing Heroin, maintaining a manufacturing facility for Heroin. First-degree possession of Cocaine, manufacturing/dispensing cocaine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1000 feet of a school. Possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a minor. Possession of a firearm while committing a drug offense, possession of hollow point bullets, possession of a large capacity magazine. Possession of Ecstasy/MDMA, manufacturing Ecstasy/MDMA, possession of Marijuana and certain persons not to possess a firearm. Canty was transported to headquarters, processed and held in the Union County Jail in Elizabeth N.J.

Also arrested during the investigation was Rasheedah Canty, age 40 of 518 Forepaugh Avenue Scotch Plains. Rasheedah Canty was charged with possession of Heroin, possession of Marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor. Canty was transported to headquarters, processed and released on a summons.

On 18 May 2017 at 10:30 PM, the Scotch Plains Police received a call of an armed robbery in progress at the Sunoco Gas Station, located on the 1700 block of Route 22 East. There were two suspects; one was described by a witness as a black male wearing a hood, ski mask, and gray sweat pants and armed with a long black firearm. The only description of the second suspect was that he was wearing gloves and armed with a black handgun. Both suspects fled the scene on foot heading westbound on Route 22 with an undetermined amount of cash. If anyone has any information on this incident, please call Detective Lt. Jeff Briel, (908) 322-7100 extension 101.

On 18 May 2017 at 1:30 AM the Scotch Plain Police received a call of a burglary in the 1200 block of Sunnyfield Lane. The resident said that she awoke and found a suspect inside her residence. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of Scotch Plains patrol units. The Patrol units and a K-9 unit checked the area, but the suspect was not located. Patrol units have increased patrols in the area. If anyone has any information on this incident, please call Detective Lt. Jeff Briel, (908) 322-7100 extension 101.


Neighborhood Watch-Crime Prevention

Security Tips

1. Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves are also quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three inch screws. All windows should have window locks.

2. Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts. These will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.

3. Always lock the door to an attached garage. Do not rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.

4. Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios and TV's. Making your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home, will deter criminals.

5. Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted. Installing low voltage outdoor lighting is a cost-effective way to discourage intruders, as well as highlight a house.

6. Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail and newspapers while you are away so delivered items do not accumulate.

7. Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways.