Security Cameras Help Montgomery Police to Catch Alleged Porch Pirate; Fire Destroys a Skillman Home
By Barbara A. Preston | Posted February 24, 2023
Residents of five homes, located on Juniper Street, East Hartwick Drive, and Village Drive, reported to Montgomery Township police that packages were stolen from their doorsteps on February 9 and 10.
Security footage captured by home surveillance systems aided Montgomery police in finding the culprit. In each case, the videos depicted the same woman taking the packages from the doorstep and exiting in a red Toyota, according to Montgomery Police Lt. Tom Frascella.
One resident captured the Toyota's registration number on a home surveillance system.
Montgomery detectives were able to identify the suspect using this information and arrested
Fartun Aden, 19, of New Brunswick on February 14.
Montgomery detectives shared intelligence related to this crime, which assisted other law enforcement agencies in the region with additional package-theft investigations that allegedly involved Aden.
Police charged Aden with five counts of theft of movable property for the Montgomery Township incidents and released on her own recognizance pending an appearance in Montgomery Municipal Court.
Fire Destroys a Skillman Home
Flames roared through the roof of a six-bedroom single-family home on Rolling Hill Road in Skillman during the early morning hours on Thursday, February 23. The house, which police say was vacant at the time of the fire, is now boarded up and roofless.
The 5,146-square-foot Colonial-style home at 131 Rolling Hill Road had just sold for $895,000 on January 26, according to realtor.com.
Located on one of Skillman's most elegant roads, the home had previously belonged to insurance executive Charles Roome Parmele III, who died at the age of 87 in 2012, and his wife Jacquelyn White Parmele, who died in September 2022 at the age of 92. Jacquelyn, an expert tennis player, had been ranked #9 in the United States in her younger years, and was a long-time member of the Blawenburg Church, according to her obituary.
Montgomery Township first responders attempted a forced entry through the front door at 3:47 am, but police say they encountered heavy smoke and flames. Montgomery 45 Fire, Montgomery 46 Fire, and Rocky Hill Fire Department arrived on location and began to battle the blaze.
Fire Command requested additional units to the scene and received mutual aid from Hillsborough Fire Co. No 1, Hillsborough Woods Road Fire No. 3, Griggstown Volunteer Fire Company Station 35, and Princeton Fire Department. Montgomery EMS 47 also responded to the scene.
The fire caused heavy damage to the second floor and roof of the residence. Montgomery detectives and fire Inspectors are investigating the cause of the fire.
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Driver Crashes into Telephone Pole on Cherry Valley Road
Montgomery police responded to an accident on Cherry Valley Road, and found Xiangrong Min, 68, of Oakland Gardens, NY, had crashed into a utility pole near Province Line Road on February 21 at 4:18 pm.
Min, who was driving a 2017 Subaru, advised officers that she may have fallen asleep after feeling fatigued. An investigation determined Min was going westbound on Cherry Valley Road, when her vehicle ran off the road to the right, impacting the pole. Traffic was delayed for an hour during the crash investigation. Police ticketed Min for careless driving, and she is due to appear in Montgomery Municipal Court.
Rocky Hill Fire Department Announces Its New Logo
The Rocky Hill Volunteer Fire Department has a new logo, which will be displayed on its recently ordered Engine 53, as well as on its current Squad 53 vehicle.
The design pays tribute to Rocky Hill’s historical significance, specifically as a thorough way. Before roads were improved and people traveled by automobile, the area was known as “The Devil’s Featherbed” because it was difficult to travel the rocky terrain by horse and wagon.
Although comical in nature, the logo helps build morale within the organization by presenting a fun representation of elements of history. Rocky Hill firefighters thank Job Town Graphics for turning the department's vision into reality.