Kearny Police blotter: A trifecta

For a Kearny man, it was three strikes and you’re in– as in jail — after he was arrested three times within three days, police reported.

The saga began Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m., when P.O. Frank West responded to a report of a shoplifter at the Midtown Pharmacy at Kearny and Midland Aves. An individual fitting the description of the suspect, who allegedly had stolen some candy bars, was located in the area, arrested and taken to KPD headquarters for processing.

There, Police Chief John Dowie said, the man was searched and found to be in possession of “quite a few forms of property” — bank cards and charge cards — belonging to others. The chief said the suspect, 22-year-old Marc Prezioso, claimed he had found them. Nevertheless, he was charged with credit card theft and shoplifting and released on summonses.

On Monday, June 10, at 4 a.m., P.O. Ben Wuelfing responded to North Midland Ave. on the report of a suspicious individual lurking near parked cars. Wuelfing found the man and asked for his identification. While he was producing same, the officer noted he was also in possession of ID — a debit card and a driver’s license — that apparently did not belong to him, police said. “Again, he said he had found it,” Dowie reported.

“Again,” because the suspect was the same Marc Prezioso taken into custody on the 8th.

Arrested on a charge of being in possession of lost or mislaid property, Prezioso was searched and this time allegedly found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle, resulting in another charge. After booking, he was released on a summons at about 7 a.m.

Two hours later, at 9 a.m., P.O. Tom Bannon went to an Oakwood Ave. residence on a report of an individual in a parked vehicle, who, according to the car’s owner, was not authorized to be in the car. Arrested on a charge of criminal trespass was . . . Marc Prezioso.

This time, a judge, advised that Prezioso had been nabbed three times in less than 48 hours, and set bail at $2,500. “And then he was packed off to the Hudson County Jail,” Dowie said.

Other recent reports from the KPD blotter included the following:

June 8

At 9:15 p.m., P.O. Chris Levchak went to the Wawa on Harrison Ave. on the report of a suspicious individual. Levchak reportedly found a man fitting the description sitting on the curb and in “a semi- conscious state.” The officer also reportedly saw a syringe sticking out of the man’s pocket. Charged with alleged possession of a hypodermic needle was 30- year-old Kearny resident Matthew Genovesi. 

June 10

P.O. Giovanni Rodriguez responded to the Chase Bank on Kearny Ave. at 3:30 p.m. on a report of a potential customer attempting to open a checking account with phony identification.

When the officer arrived, she was told the suspect had fled, but she obtained a description, checked the area on foot, and found a female fitting that description in a nearby parking lot, police said.

Charged with identity theft, having a false government document and fraudulent use of a credit card was 31-yearold Brooklyn resident Jeanette Sahadeo.

June 11

At 10:15 a.m., P.O. Adriano Marques was dispatched to the 590 Tract, an industrial area off the Belleville Pike, where an Elizabeth resident claimed to have found his boat and trailer that has been stolen from Linden on June 5.

The owner said he had received information that his property might be in Kearny, and he located the 2001 28-foot HSX sport boat (named Jessica) in a locked, fenced-in area.

Sgt. Paul Bershefski contacted the owner of the site, who unlocked the gate, allowing police to confirm it was the Elizabeth man’s boat, Dowie reported. Police said the boat owner was able to describe specific items left in the vessel and, although the Jessica had been painted over since the theft, the serial number and hull number were confirmed, and the property was returned to him.

Dowie said the owner of the site where the Jessica was found is cooperating in the follow-up investigation to determine how and when the boat was put there.

June 13

At 11 p.m., P.O. Dean Gasser went to the Walmart store to effect the arrest of an employee accused of theft. According to the KPD, store security advised the officer that a cashier had twice, in the guise of giving change to a customer (who appeared to be an acquaintance), instead handed over “very large sums” of money.

The first incident reportedly occurred June 6, and at the end of the cashier’s shift, her till was found to be short by $1,144, police said. A few days later, she allegedly came up short by $2,769.

When she arrived at work on the 13th, she was confronted by store security, who reportedly had evidence on surveillance video.

Arrested was Jennifer Bautista, 24, of Newark, charged with theft and conspiracy.

The KPD Detective Bureau is working with Walmart security to identify the individual who was given the cash.

– Karen Zautyk

The Observer Staff