A 40-year-old Kearny man, who police say has a rap sheet dating to June 1992 — for an alleged vehicle theft in Newark — was in custody again last week, charged with three counts of criminal attempted burglary to motor vehicles.
Kearny Police Chief John Dowie said it marked the 17th adult arrest for the suspect, Daniel Schrier.
The latest saga started at 4 p.m., Sept. 25, after a concerned citizen called HQ to report that someone was trying car-door handles on the 700 block of Kearny Ave. Police responded and questioned a suspect, but because of a lack of witnesses, “he had to be let go,” Dowie said.
Later, similar complaints, with a similar suspect description, were received from the 800 block. This time, the chief said, there were witnesses, including a civilian employee of the North Arlington Police Department.
Officer Dave Rakowski and Sgt. Anthony Limite located the suspect, Schrier, on the Belleville Pike and, after viewing area security videos that reportedly “clearly showed him attempting to enter three parked vehicles,” placed him under arrest.
He was sent to the Hudson County Jail in lieu on $7,500 bail.
Dowie noted that in March 2006, Schrier had been sentenced to four years in state prison for a Bergen County felony, resisting arrest. But by April 2009, he was out, and was arrested in Newark for alleged bail jumping and on a drug charge, the chief said.
According to Dowie, records show that Schrier’s subsequent arrests included the following charges:
June 23, 2011 — Assault, North Arlington.
June 25, 2011 — Aggravated assault on a police officer, Jersey City.
July 14, 2011 — Filing a fictitious police report, Belleville.
July 21, 2011 — Shoplifting, North Arlington.
Oct. 31, 2011 — Burglary, North Arlington. (Found guilty and given probation.)
March 30, 2012 — Drug possession, Belleville. (Fined and placed on a year’s probation.)
December 2012 –Theft, North Arlington.
Sept. 13, 2013 — Criminal attempted burglary, Harrison.
Aside from the North Arlington burglary and the Belleville drug possession, final disposition of the cases is not known.
– Karen Zautyk