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  • Crime Blotter 6.20.07
    Posted 2007-06-20



    On June 11, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a Colts Neck resident said he parked his Mack tractor at Paradigm Packaging at 202 Washington Ave. on June 8 and upon returning on June 11, it was found stolen. The tractor truck was valued at $15,000.

    On June 10, a patron of Stiletto at 325 Paterson Plank Road reported that she had her purse stolen while frequenting the business the previous night. The complainant told police that she had left her Louis Vuitton purse in her vehicle while valet was parking it. Upon returning to the vehicle, she said the purse, a wallet, a Chase Master Card, social security card and digital camera were all missing.


    On June 14, a Milton Avenue resident reported a burglary to the residence. The complainant reported various pieces of jewelry and electronics stolen from the residence. No value was placed on the items.


    On June 9, at approximately 12 p.m., a man on Addison Avenue reported unknown persons had entered his apartment and removed cash, jewelry and other items totaling $2,000. Police found no signs of forced entry. The man believes the burglars may have climbed up the fire escape and entered through an open bedroom window.

    On June 9, at approximately 1 p.m., a woman at the Renaissance Hotel reported unknown persons had broken into her vehicle, taking a flat-screen radio and GPS system and a video game/DVD player. She was unable to estimate the value of the stolen items.

    On June 9, at approximately 8:15 p.m., a man parked his red GT mountain bike outside the 7-Eleven on Jackson Avenue and went inside. When he came out, he found the bicycle was gone. The man estimated the bike’s value at $275.

    On June 14, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a woman on Riverside Avenue reported her 2003 Mercedes Benz had been stolen. The woman said she had lent the car to her boyfriend, who paid a Paterson resident named "Jose" $250 to repair the vehicle. The subject picked the vehicle up, but had not been heard from for several days.

    North Arlington

    On June 9, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a victim reported the theft of his T-Mobile Blackberry Pearl mobile phone, valued at $300, and $20 cash from an unlocked locker at Elite Fitness at 574 Ridge Road between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.



    On June 12, at approximately 10 p.m., police received a report of a black male in a basketball jersey walking up and down streets looking into yards. Officers located the subject and another man in the Kip Garage, where they reportedly appeared intoxicated. Officers located two folded pieces of foil containing white powder at the men’s feet. They arrested Rutherford residents James Swift, 19, and Johnny Rembert, 34, on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Both were issued summonses and released.

    On June 13, at approximately 9 p.m., police responded to a medical aid call on Feronia way after a woman reported her ex-boyfriend had called her and said he was dying. When questioned, the man denied having said anything about dying. While inside the residence, officers reportedly noticed hypodermic needles and marijuana in plain sight. They arrested 29-year-old Rutherford resident Charles Holland on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle and unlawful possession of a prescription drug. He was issued a summons and released.

    On June 14, a police detective conducted a traffic stop in Lyndhurst. While he was questioning the two subjects, he reportedly located marijuana. Twenty-three-year-old Wallington resident Jason Trestka was arrested on charges of possessing marijuana. A juvenile from Rutherford was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a prescription drug. Both were issued summonses and released.

    North Arlington

    On June 14, at approximately 12:57 a.m., officers on patrol saw a blue BMW traveling north on Ridge Road. A license plate check revealed that the driver, 18-year-old David Podwyszynski of River Edge, had an $81 traffic warrant out of Fair Lawn. He was placed under arrest. Police observed a bag of marijuana in plain view in the center console of the car and detected a strong odor of marijuana. A further search revealed an additional bag of marijuana, separated into four smaller bags, in the glove compartment. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police also found a fraudulent driver’s license on the floor of the vehicle and charged him with that. Bail was set at $5,000 with a 10 percent option and he was released after posting $500 cash bail.

    Criminal Mischief


    On June 12, two residents between the 400 and 800-block of 8th Street reported having eggs thrown at their cars. The first resident reported that her vehicle had been struck, but has also witnessed the event in past months as well to her husband’s vehicle. The second resident reported eggs smashed on the side door of his Chevy Trailblazer.

    On June 11, at approximately 6:25 p.m., a complainant at the Waterfront Cafe, located at 56 Paterson Ave. reported extensive damage to his camper trailer. The complainant said the trailer suffered nine dents, one broken window and one hole in its exterior in the act of criminal mischief.

    East Rutherford

    On June 10, at approximately 4:26 p.m., a man reported that his car was broken into while it was parked at Landmark Catering off Route 17 South sometime between noon and the time of the report. Someone forced entry into the vehicle, damaging the driver’s side door lock in the process. Nothing was stolen and nothing else appeared to be damaged.



    On June 9, at approximately 9:35 p.m., an officer observed a Pontiac Grand Am on Route 17 North rapidly changing lanes and speeding as it exited off of Route 120. The officer clocked the vehicle going 66 mph and subsequently pulled it over for speeding. Upon further investigation and a subsequent sobriety test, 46-year-old Michael Persaud of South Richmond Hill, NY was arrested and charged with DWI.

    North Arlington

    On June 9, at approximately 3:19 p.m., police received a report of an intoxicated driver entering the Food Town parking lot on Schuyler Avenue near the Belleville Turnpike. Police stopped the blue Mercury Marquee for driving erratically and spoke to the driver, 49-year-old Michael Sielski of Kearny. He was speaking incoherently and police detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Police also found him to be in possession of four Vicodin tablets.

    On June 11, at approximately 2:09 a.m., officers observed the driver of a black Toyota beeping his horn for no reason. Police stopped the driver, 30-year-old Gerald Bustamente of Caldwell and detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

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