Highlights from the Lyndhurst Police blotter

Aug. 22

At 1:29 a.m., Joseph San Filippo, 50, of Lyndhurst, was stopped by police as he was driving his 2002 Lexus at Riverside and Stuyvesant Aves. He was issued tickets charging him with DWI, unregistered driver and driving with a suspended license.

Aug. 21

Store security personnel detained Joseph Rivers, 36, of Lyndhurst, at the ShopRite on New York Ave., at 3:40 p.m., after Rivers allegedly tried to walk out the store with a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, priced at $13, concealed in his waistband. Police said Rivers was issued a summons for shoplifting and was held at Bergen County Jail, Hackensack, on an outstanding $419 warrant from Lyndhurst.

Aug. 20

At 10:15 a.m., police received a report of criminal mischief to an auto involving a 2003 Mercedes parked in the 500 block of Third Ave. Police said someone broke the passenger side rear view mirror, shattering the glass in the process.

Aug. 19

Police said they stopped a 1999 Ford Taurus at Ridge Road and New Jersey Ave., at 10:10 p.m., after determining that the driver, David Borsky, 28, of Randolph, had an expired registration. Borsky was charged with that violation and was also charged with DWI, possession of drugs (suspected marijuana) in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia (glass pipe and rolling papers).

At 2:36 a.m., police observed several individuals pushing a disabled 1994 Toyota minivan on Polito Ave. After investigating, police charged the driver, Vicente Mota Gamez, 38, of Cliffside Park, with careless driving, DWI and refusal to take an Alcotest. Mota Gamez was released to a responsible party pending a court date.

Aug. 17

At 12:21 a.m., police received a report of a theft from a vehicle parked in the shopping center plaza lot off Valley Brook Ave. Police said someone removed a cellular phone valued at $150 and keys from a 2012 Nissan registered to a Lyndhurst resident.

Aug. 15

The Lyndhurst owner of a 1997 Pontiac called police at 1:46 p.m. to report that someone had taken a cellular phone from their 1997 Pontiac while it was parked in the lot of the Valley Brook Ave. shopping plaza. Police said the vehicle was unlocked and its windows were down.

Aug. 12

At 3:16 p.m., police received a report of the theft of a trailer from a property on Clay Ave. owned by NTE. Police said the trailer contained $6,000 worth of copier equipment. According to NTE logs, the trailer was apparently hauled from the property by a yellow trailer at 10:55 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Aug. 11

Michael Mergel, 45, of Brick, was charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct at 10:19 p.m. after police said he broke the mirror off a 2003 Acura parked at Green and Valley Brook Aves. Police said Mergel was visiting family in Lyndhurst when he got involved in an argument.

At 10:46 a.m., Joy Dempsey, 48, of Lyndhurst, was issued a summons charging him with shoplifting after police say Dempsey walked out of the Rite-Aid on Valley Brook Ave. with $9 worth of drinks concealed in her purse. Store security detained Dempsey until police arrived.

At 8:45 a.m., police received a report of a residential burglary and theft in the 200 block of Court Ave. Police said the occupant reported that someone removed a metal box containing $650 sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 10.

Aug. 9

At 7:14 p.m., police received a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The vehicle’s owner told police someone removed $30 in coins from the glove box of their 2012 Nissan while it was parked in their driveway in the 600 block of Page Ave. Police said they found no sign of forced entry.

At 7:05 p.m., the owner of a 1997 Honda told police someone stole an iPhone charger and a GPS, both valued at $250, while it was parked in the 600 block of Page Ave. Police said they found no sign of forced entry.

A residential burglary of two family dwelling in the 200 block of Mountain Way was reported to police at 4:09 p.m. Police said a $1,200 laptop and an $800 i- Pad were listed as missing from a first-floor apartment and a jewelry box and dresser drawer were ransacked in a second floor apartment. Detectives from Bergen County BCI were investigating.

– Ron Leir

The Observer Staff