James Meggison detective
Arrested trio believed part of larceny ring By CAROL A. PERKIN Courier-News Staff Writer PISCATAWAY - Police have arrested three Brooklyn men for trying to steal $7,200 in calculators from a local warehouse, and in the process they say they've uncovered a small larceny ring that has allegedly stolen about $136,815 in goods from the firm. Police said Kevin O'Brien, 20, one of the three, has admitted taking electrical goods from the Neison International Transport Corp. on Circle Drive since November 1977, when a friend of bis, William Teller, 20, started working for the firm. Teller also was arrested in connection with Tuesday night's attempted calculators theft. Police said they are still investigating the case and expect to make more arrests today. The three men are being held in the Middlesex County Jail in New Brunswick under $5,000 bail each, pending arraignment in Piscataway Municipal Court today. Here's what happened, according to police. O'Brien was discovered with Thomas James Hoffman, 20, that night while allegedly trying to pick up two boxes of what he thought were calculators left outside the Neison building. The boxes were allegedly left by Teller, who has been charged with three counts of larceny and three counts of conspiracy to commit larceny. Teller had allegedly left the boxes containing 240 calculators outside the building earlier in the afternoon and then went home and told O'Brien where to pick up the merchandise. However, the boxes had been discovered missing during a daily inventory, Piscataway Detective James Meggison said. A plant manager called police who re-packed the boxes with papers and other worthless materials and placed them where the original ones had been left. At about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meggison said that he and his partner. Detective James Maxwell, watched Hoffman drive a Buick station wagon into the parking lot of American Standard next door to Neison. When O'Brien allegedly tried to take the boxes. Meggison ran out to arrest him. O'Brien ran back to the station wagon and Hoffman drove toward Route 287. They were stopped by another patrol car less than a mile away on Old New Brunswick Road, police said. Police charged O'Brien with attempted larceny, conspiracy to commit a crime and with aiding and abetting and inducing another to commit a crime. He was also charged with two counts of larceny and two counts of conspiracy. Hoffman was charged with attempted larceny, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and possession of narcotics. Hoffman was carrying a knife and 125 grams of marijuana, police said. Candidates to speak NORTH PLAINFIELD - The North Plainfield League of Women Voters will hold its Board of Education candidates' night on March 29, at 8 p.m. at Stony Brook School. Jack Fowler will moderate the presentations by board candidates Judith A. Bromberg, James P. Freeman, L. Steven Pessin, Nancy Quackenbush, Brian D. Schwartz, and Martin Snyder. A question and answer period will be included in the program.