At 6:17 a.m., police were called to Schuyler and Page Aves. on a report of theft from a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, the Clifton owner of a 2011 Freightliner tractor trailer told police someone had stolen four batteries from his truck while it was parked in that location. At 8:06 a.m., police returned to the site where the Garfield owner of a Volkswagen truck told police someone had taken four batteries from his vehicle. And, at 12:53 p.m., police said that someone had broken into another Freightliner trailer and removed two batteries.
Police responded to the ShopRite on New York Ave., at 3:43 p.m., on a shoplifting report. Police said store security detained Veronica Oduro- Abonyi, 36, of Bloomfield, after she allegedly tried to walk out of the store with $23 in miscellaneous items concealed in her jacket pockets. She was released after police gave her a summons charging her with shoplifting.
Police were called to Kings Court Health & Sports Club on Riverside Ave., at 7:28 p.m., on a report of a lost wallet. Police said the victim, a 76-year-old Woodland Park man, told them he’d placed the wallet in his locker but, upon returning, it was missing. Police said the wallet was later recovered in a stairwell in the building but $70 had been removed. While they were there, police said another patron told them that he found his locker had been damaged but no entry gained.
A resident of the 100 block of Riverside Ave. called police at 4 p.m. to report that someone had stolen four koi fish, a type of carp, from their backyard pond. Police said the resident told them the koi were between 18 and 24 inches in length and valued at $1,100 apiece. Police said they had no leads at this time.
Police responded to Pennsylvania and Newark Aves., at 11:25 p.m., where they said the driver of a 2003 Ford traveling east on Pennsylvania had struck a parked 1995 Ford pickup, wedging their car under the parked vehicle. Police said the driver then continued driving, dragging the other car an estimated 100 feet in the process, until both vehicles ended up at Newark Ave. At that point, police said, the driver got out and began walking away. The driver, Fernanda Gomez, 29, of Lyndhurst, was charged with DWI, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident.
Police responded to the Meadowlands Athletic Club on Chubb Ave., at 5:27 p.m., on a report of theft. Police said the victim, a 68-year-old Lyndhurst man, told them his locker had been broken into and his wallet, containing $300 and credit cards, was gone. Police said no damage to the locker was reported.
At 10:30 a.m., police received a report of a theft from a motor vehicle at Franks GMC on Orient Way. Upon arrival, police learned that someone had removed batteries from two tractor-trailer trucks parked at that location.
Police said they tried to stop a motor vehicle traveling at an excessive rate of speed at Riverside and Harding Aves. at 2:30 a.m. but they said the driver continued south into North Arlington before the vehicle was finally halted at Veterans’ Place. The operator, Erick Coaguila, 21, was charged with speeding (45 mph in a 35 mph zone), careless driving, and eluding.
Nikhil Patel, 24, of Jersey City, was ticketed for DWI and obstructing passage of other vehicles after police said Patel proceeded into the intersection of Polito and Rutherford Aves. while trying to stop for a red light there at 2:19 a.m.
David Flores, 24, of the Bronx, N.Y., was stopped by police on Garland Way, at 11:50 p.m., after police said he was traveling at a high rate of speed. Police said Flores gave them a false name because he had accumulated numerous points on his license. Flores was charged with giving false information, careless driving, no license in his possession, having an open container of alcohol (cognac) in a motor vehicle, and no seat belt.
– Ron Leir