BEDMINSTER, N.J. – A 26-year-old New Jersey man has been charged with causing more than $20,000 in damage to Trump National Golf Course by doing donuts near two different putting greens, just days after he allegedly broke into one of singer Taylor Swift’s home.
Richard J. McEwan of Holland Township was taken into custody Tuesday, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Bedminster Police Chief Karl M. Rock said in a release. McEwan was charged with criminal mischief.
The prosecutor office confirmed McEwan also was recently charged with breaking into Swift’s beachfront mansion in Rhode Island. He apparently took off his shoes in the home because he wanted to be polite, according to an Associated Press story.
McEwan has been charged with breaking and entering and willful trespassing in the Taylor Swift case. Police said no one was home when the break-in occurred.
On Sept. 3., Bedminster police received a call reporting property damage to the Trump National course in Bedminster.
Arriving officers learned that around 5:30 p.m., a course employee reported seeing a vehicle doing donuts on the 11th hole, the release states.
The employee told police he was standing on the fairway when he heard loud music playing, turned and spotted a Ford sedan occupied by one person vandalizing the hole. The damage to the grounds was estimated at more than $10,000, the release states.
Around 3:36 p.m. Sunday, Bedminster police responded to the course again for a report of a vehicle doing donuts on the 13th green, which caused damage estimated to be between $7,000 and $9,000, the release states.
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When police arrived, witnesses reported a blue Ford compact car with a Rutgers sticker was seen being driven by a young white male. Police obtained a partial license plate of the vehicle, according to the release.
An investigation led to the identity of the vehicle as a 2006 Ford Focus belonging to McEwan, the release states.
On Tuesday, assisted by the Holland Township Police Department, McEwan was located at his home, taken into custody and charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree crime, and released pending a future court date, the release states.
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