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Highlights from the Lyndhurst Police blotter

A township man stands accused of stealing jewelry from a neighbor’s apartment.

Shane Beddard, 38, was arrested last Tuesday, Oct. 1, on charges of burglary, theft and possession of burglar tools.

Police gave this account of the incident that led to the collar:

On Monday, Sept. 30, police were called to the 400 block of Fern Ave. on a report of a residential burglary within a multi-family dwelling where officers interviewed a 53-yearold woman who told them that when she came home, she found a man whom she recognized as a neighbor, standing in her kitchen.

When she asked him what he was doing there, the man reportedly told her he had chased an intruder out of her apartment. When the woman informed him she was going to call the police, the man ran from the apartment.

Acting on the suspicion that the man had retreated to his second-floor apartment, responding officers set up a perimeter around the building and then conducted a search, to no avail, police said.

By the following day, however, police said Det. Lt. Patrick Devlin and Det. Vincent Auteri had tracked the suspect – who police identified as Beddard – to a location in Belleville where he was taken into custody.

Police said the woman who’d found Beddard in her apartment told them that $3,700 worth of jewelry was missing and detectives later tracked the missing gems to a New York City pawn shop where the stuff had already been melted down.

Beddard was ordered held at Bergen County Jail after he was unable to make $15,000 cash only bail.

In other incidents logged by Lyndhurst P.D. during the past week:

Oct. 3

At 7:16 p.m., police were called to the 300 block of Watson Ave. where the 19-yearold Lyndhurst owner of a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck reported that someone had entered his vehicle while it was parked in that location and removed his wallet containing his license and credits. Police said the vehicle had been left unlocked.

At 6:15 p.m., police received a report from a 47-year-old Lyndhurst resident that someone had taken a portable DVD player from his 2011 Mazda while it was parked in the 100 block of Summit Ave. The owner told police he may have left the car unlocked.

At 3:10 p.m., police issued a summons to Gayle Racanati, 52, of Rutherford, charging her with shoplifting. Police said Racanati had been detained by store security at the ShopRite on New York Ave. after the woman had allegedly tried to walk out the store with various items she had concealed in a ShopRite bag without paying.

Oct. 2

At 9:52 p.m., police approached a man loitering around some parked cars in the 700 block of Second Ave. and asked him what he was doing there. The man told them he was waiting for someone. Becoming suspicious of his account, police searched the man and found a hypodermic needle and eight tablets of amitriptyline. The man, identified as Ronald Kaduscwicz, 34, of Kearny, was charged with possession of a hypo and possession of prescription legend drugs.

Sept. 28

At 3:13 p.m., police responded to the parking lot of the Kings Court health club on Riverside Ave. where the 68-year-old Paterson owner of a 2005 Honda told them that someone had removed $250 in cash, a cellular phone and his wallet with a credit card from the center console. He told police he’d left the car locked but police said they found no sign of forced entry.

At 10:53 a.m., police responded to the grounds of Lyndhurst High School on a report that someone was sick. Upon arrival, police said they found two individuals being treated by Lyndhurst EMS personnel. One told officers they had been “huffing” fumes from a dust removal spray can. Police charged Endeavor Warrick, 19, and his 14-year-old companion, both of Lyndhurst, with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

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