TRENTON – A city resident is accusing a campaign worker of stealing a check from his mailbox while distributing flyers for Kathy McBride’s mayoral campaign.
On Thursday around 2:12 p.m. the resident contacted the police to report a theft in progress. The victim was following the individual as he told police the suspect had stolen a check from his mailbox on Fairmount Avenue.
When Officer Yajaira Torres and Detective Samuel Gonzalez arrived at the area of Lyndale Avenue and Liberty Street, they were stopped by the resident who notified them that the accused was walking down Melrose Avenue handing out flyers for the campaign of Kathy McBride for Mayor accompanied by two women. The victim described the suspect as a Black man, with a black skull cap, black bubble coat, black jeans, and Timberlands.
Once arriving at Melrose, Gonzalez spotted an individual who fit the description of the victim. The man, identified by police as James H. Womack, was detained and searched. Cops found an $840.00 check made out to the resident who made the initial call and a Columbian passport issued to another man. The resident, who was also on the scene at the time of the detainment, identified Wommack as the man who stole his check.
The victim shared footage from his Ring doorbell with officers which allegedly showed Womack walking onto the victim’s front porch and leaving a campaign flyer on the screen door. Womack begins to rattle with a Chewy package on the porch, picks it up, opens the screen door, and places the package between the front door and the screen door. After setting down the package, Womack takes the envelope taped to the front door containing the check for the victim.
After seeing the video footage, cops took Womack to Trenton Police Headquarters for processing.
Council President Kathy McBride was contacted for comment about the incident where she said, “Most of my volunteers come from the Rescue Mission or the soup kitchen.”
McBride hopes to help the city of Trenton in any way possible including the homeless.
“I want to make them feel like they are a part of Trenton. It’s sad for me but it’s also sad for other volunteers because it puts a black eye or sour taste in your mouth for volunteers. I do not want this to affect the other volunteers from the rescue mission or for them to be looked at as criminals or people who can’t be trusted. They are not all like that and shouldn’t be painted with the same brush.”