Dima Dibb, 27, of Paterson, was issued a summons for shoplifting after police said security personnel at the ShopRite on New York Ave. detained Dibb, at 4:18 p.m., for allegedly placing $37 worth of probiotic in a handbag and attempting to leave without paying. Dibb was released pending a court date.
At 11:33 p.m., police spotted a vehicle parked in the drive-thru of the Burger King on Park Ave. with the driver asleep at the wheel. Police said that when an officer tapped on the window, the driver responded by driving out of the drive-thru and across the street into a parking lot where he was arrested. Taquill Ferrell, 33, of Lyndhurst, was charged with DWI and eluding. He was released after posting bail, pending a court appearance.
At 8:26 a.m., police received a report of theft from a Terminal Road location. Police said three batteries were reported stolen from a 1996 Peterbilt truck from Elizabeth. The batteries were valued at $95 each, police said.
At 9 a.m., police responded to a call about an erratic driver whose vehicle was pursued to the driveway of a residence in the 500 block of Fern Ave. Police said the motor was still running and the driver appeared to be sleeping. Police charged the driver, Rafal Rynkiewicz, 45, of Lyndhurst, with DWI and no insurance or registration.
At 11 a.m., police received a report that someone removed a pair of truck wheels left in a residential driveway in the 400 block of Riverside Ave. The wheels, valued at $1,800, were believed to have been taken sometime overnight, police said.
At 8:42 p.m., a Belleville man called police to report a theft from the Kings Court Health & Sports Club on Riverside Ave. The victim told police he’d left his wallet in a secured locker and when he returned, he found the lock disabled and his wallet gone. Police said the wallet contained $200 and the man’s driver’s license and credit cards.
An attempted burglary on Post Ave. may have been thwarted by a house pet, police said. A resident in the 100 block called police at 8:50 p.m. to report that when they went into the backyard, they found a small table and chair positioned under their first-floor window. Police said the window had been left open to allow ventilation for a dog inside. A screen in the window was found to be intact, police said. Police surmise that the would-be intruder may have been scared away by the dog.
Police are investigating a report of a theft from JPR Cycle in the 100 block of Park Ave. The incident was logged at 6:52 p.m. Police said a man and woman, later joined by two other men, apparently distracted a store employee with questions about certain merchandise and, after they left, the employee discovered that several motorcycle video cameras valued at $1,200 were missing, along with other items. Police said they are reviewing the store’s surveillance videotape for possible leads to the suspects who were described as Hispanic, between 25 and 35.
– Ron Leir