By Jeff Bahr
While patrolling Belmont Ave. on July 31, Belleville Police officers were flagged down by a “visibly upset” woman who told them that a man, sitting in a car at Steven Crane Village, had just “exposed himself” in front of her. The woman explained that she could “see the man sitting in the driver’s seat with his penis exposed.” She also stated that she had recorded the incident on her cell phone before the man fled. The woman then escorted police back to the scene where, lo and behold, the vehicle drove by. After the victim made a positive identification of the man at the wheel, Frank J. Raimo, 55, of Bloomfield, was stopped by police at Washington Ave. and Cross St. and arrested for lewdness. He was later released.
In other Belleville Police happenings:
• A theft was reported at Lukoil, 389 Franklin Ave., at 6:51 p.m. The victim stated that, after picking up a friend, she stopped off at the gas station and walked inside. When she returned, her cell phone was missing and her friend was nowhere to be found. The suspect is described as Hispanic. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts and a green baseball cap. The missing iPhone is valued at $600.
• A burglary and theft was reported at 263 Fairway Ave. at 8:45 a.m. The victim claimed that he heard a noise in the middle of the night. Thinking it was his son, he went back to sleep. The man later discovered that $200 was missing from his wife’s handbag. There were no signs of forced entry. Police are investigating.
• Police were detailed to headquarters at 1:37 p.m. to talk to a man about a case of criminal mischief. The man, a supervisor for Comcast cable, stated that somewhere between midnight and 2 a.m. on July 26, several coaxial cables and phone lines had been cut along Celia Terrace. He also reported a similar occurrence at N. 8th St. Police are investigating.
• At 2:05 p.m., officers patrolling near 22 Lake St. observed a man riding a bicycle who appeared to be peering into parked cars. After watching him pull over to look inside one of the vehicles, officers stopped the man. As they did, police said he attempted to hide four glassine envelopes of suspected heroin behind his back. Jorge Rivera, 48, of Newark, was charged with possession of C.D.S. and later released.
• A burglary and theft was reported at 97 Continental Ave. at 8:57 a.m. The victim told police that she heard her door alarm chime four times while she was outside tending to her pool. Since this had occurred in the past as a result of wind moving the door, she wasn’t overly concerned. Later, however, she noticed that $262 in cash was missing from her purse which had been left in her kitchen. She also discovered that an additional $940 in cash and checks was missing from the purse. Police are investigating.
• A car was reported stolen from Columbus St. at 9:40 a.m. The victim said that she had parked her 2009 Cadillac in front of 14 Columbus St. at 7 a.m. When she returned at 8:30 a.m., the car was gone. Police are investigating.
• While patrolling the Washington Ave. area, officers said they observed a speeding vehicle that was making multiple lane changes. After stopping the vehicle at Washington Ave. and Van Houton St. at 10:35 p.m., police said they uncovered a large bag of suspected marijuana in the vehicle. Daniel Slamiak, 28, of Passaic was charged with possession of marijuana and issued a motor vehicle sum-