At 8:08 p.m., police responded to a report of criminal mischief to an auto parked in the 500 block of Valley Brook Ave. Police said the owner of a 2007 Toyota told them his vehicle had been defaced by someone shooting a paintball gun.
A Lyndhurst resident called police at 8:49 p.m. to report a theft at Spa Lady on Stuyvesant Ave. The resident told police that she placed her $600 cellular phone in her jacket which she hung up in the spa’s coat room and that when she returned, the phone was gone.
The owner of a 2012 Kia called police to report that when they returned to their vehicle, parked in the 300 block of New York Ave., at 7 p.m., they found its windows down and that someone had apparently gone through the car’s interior. Nothing was missing, however, police said.
At 1:15 p.m., police received a report of a theft from a vehicle. Police said someone took two batteries, valued at $160 each, from excavation equipment, owned by a Ringwood company, while the excavator was parked in the 600 block of Riverside Ave.
Police stopped the driver of a 2002 GMC SUV traveling south on Stuyvesant Ave. near Second Ave., at 2:04 a.m., after radar clocked him doing 39 mph in a 25 mph zone. Jeffrey Vasquez, 38, of Lyndhurst, was charged with speeding, DWI and refusal to take an Alcotest. He was released to a family member pending a court date. Jan. 16 Police charged Glenn Ruggiero, 51, of Lyndhurst, with shoplifting at the ShopRite on New York Ave. At 5:05 p.m., police said they were called to the supermarket by store security who told police they spotted Ruggiero placing aspirin and cold medications valued at $25 in his coat pocket.
Police responded to two separate criminal incidents at the ShopRite on New York Ave. during the morning. In the first, at 8:42 a.m., a witness told police they saw a man, about 30, loading ShopRite shopping carts, valued at $200 apiece, into a gold mini-van in the ShopRite parking lot and drive away along New York Ave. Then, at 11 a.m., police picked up James Manieri, 41, of Rutherford, after store security had detained him and charged him with shoplifting. Security personnel told police Manieri entered the supermarket with a ShopRite shopping bag which he proceeded to fill with $63 worth of filet mignons from the meat department and took them to the courtesy counter where he allegedly tried to get a refund without having paid for them.
At 8:30 a.m., police responded to Frank’s GMC Truck Center on Orient Way on a report of theft. Someone removed a battery and battery cables from a 2007 Freightliner truck parked at the facility.
– Ron Leir