A Newark man was remanded to the Hudson County Jail on $10,000 bail for allegedy stealing packages left on the doorsteps of Kearny homes, Kearny police reported.
The suspect, Valentino Rogers, 27, was arrested Feb. 19 by Officer John Fabula, who had responded to a 2 p.m. report of a man taking items that had been delivered to the 200 block of Devon St. Fabula canvassed the neighborhood and saw Rogers, who fit the thief’s description, walking on Boyd St., carrying a large bag over his shoulder, police said.
The office confirmed that Rogers was wanted on a $250 Kearny warrant, and a search incident to arrest on that revealed three packages and a crack pipe, police said. (The crack pipe had not been among the deliveries.) Rogers allegedly was also in possession of a credit card bearing a woman’s name.
He was charged with three counts of theft, and one count each of theft of property lost or stolen (the card) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said they recovered a $70 jacket, stolen from the 200 block of Devon St.; soap and specialty coffee, taken from the 300 block of Devon; and baby items, from the 100 block of Laurel Ave.
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Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following:
At 5:30 p.m., Officer Jordenson Jean pulled over a Chevy TrailBlazer for an illegal turn and failure to yield to pedestrians at Kearny Ave. and the Belleville Pike. Police said driver Jose Lameda, 42, of Lyndhurst, was arrested on an outstanding $500 warrant out of Bound Brook and was released after posting the bail.
It was disorder at the Kearny Municipal Court at 11:15 a.m., when Officer Jack Grimm heard a “loud and boisterous” individual in the lobby. Grimm went out to the hallway and cautioned the man, identified as Vanquan Rush, 30, of Jersey City, about causing a disturbance. A short time later, police said, Rush began loudly playing a music video — containing profane language — on his cell phone. Grimm returned to the hall and again warned him. Strike three, police said, came when Rush, apparently arguing with his girlfriend, began loudly spewing the F word. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
At 3:30 p.m., Officers Jay Ward and Philip Finch responded to Kmart on the report of a shoplifter fleeing the store on foot. Ward spotted the suspect running from the lot and into heavy Sunday-afternoon traffic on Passaic Ave. Police said that after the officer blocked him with the radio car, the suspect began flailing at Ward in the street, a fight ensued, Finch joined the fray, and Santino Zaccardo, 20, of Belleville, was forced to the ground and cuffed. A search incident to arrest reportedly produced a glassine envelope of heroin, stamped “Out of Stock.”
Zaccardo was charged with possession of the drug and paraphernalia, robbery and resisting arrest. Store security reportedly had seen him removing the tags from boxes of Oxytrol (which, in case you are curious, is an overthe- counter treatment for an overactive bladder).
Officer Daniel Esteves, on patrol at Passaic and Johnston Aves. at 4 p.m., stopped a 2001 Buick for a headlight violation and saw that driver Ramon Leston’s license was suspended, police said. He reportedly also saw a plastic bag containing white powder in the center console. Leston, 55, of West Orange, was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle while in possession of a CDS, failure to surrender a suspended license, and failure to maintain lamps (i.e., headlights).
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Officer Jean recognized Richard Stevens, 29, of Kearny, walking on Elm St. near the Pike at 5:30 p.m., and confirmed that he was the subject of several warrants: a $700 DWI from Stafford Township; $100 for a Newark traffic offense, and a $5,000 one, also from Newark, for “wandering in a known drug area,” police said. He was taken into custody and turned over to the Newark PD.
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At 8:30 p.m., Officer Fabula stopped a 2002 BMW that had been in the left-turn-only lane at Bergen and Harrison Aves. but then failed to turn. Police said a warrant inquiry revealed that driver Victor Mendez, 28, of Kearny, had a $1,000 drug-related warrant out of Newark. He was charged on that and given a summons for the traffic violation.
After stopping a 2006 BMW at Schuyler and Arlington Aves. at 1 a.m., Officer Christian Medina confirmed that passenger Herve Chavez, 24, of Kearny, had a $500 warrant from Belleville, police said. As identification, Chavez reportedly produced a suspended driver’s license and was charged with its possession and failure to surrender it.
– Karen Zautyk