Belleville Blotter

On February 2 at 4:33 p.m., units were dispatched to Pathmark at 115 Belmont Ave. on a shoplifting call. Store detectives gave police a description of a woman who had left the store without paying for her purchases. A woman fitting the description was spotted on Jeraldo St. and transported to the store for identification. After being identified by store detectives as the woman who had moved through the self-checkout line without paying, the woman said, “Look, I paid for my goods” and produced a receipt for $6.10. Since the receipt didn’t match the $56.96 worth of goods that the woman was seen leaving with, police arrested 42-year-old Aracelis Yamuca on a shoplifting charge. It was subsequently discovered that Yamuca had two outstanding warrants; one from Newark for $750, and another out of Belleville for $250. She was transported to the county jail and held in lieu of $1000 bail.


On February 2 at 5:09 p.m., units responded to a Liberty Ave. address on a sick person call. Police entered the house and found Anibal Rodriquez, 37, of Newark unconscious. They also found a syringe commonly used for narcotics. The man was taken to Clara Maass Hospital and charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe. He was released on his own recognizance.


On February 2, a vehicle was reported stolen from the 300 Block of Little St. The man said that he parked his car at 4 a.m. and when he returned at 7: a.m. it was gone. The missing vehicle is a 2001 Mercury Marquis color silver.


On February 2 a 15-year-old Belleville youth was apprehended on a stolen car charge at Belleville High School. The youth said that he “found the keys (to the car) on the sidewalk” and took the car for a joyride.  The juvenile was arrested for motor vehicle theft and released to his mother.


On February 2 at 10:42 p.m., police responded to an apartment complex at 16 Bellevue Ct. on a report of a man spotted with a handgun.  Once there, they encountered four males but couldn’t locate a weapon. While running an I.D. check, one man stated that his identification was in his car. Police escorted him to the vehicle and found a black bag containing a flashlight and greenish vegetation – possibly marijuana. A K-9 unit was summoned and the dog “hit” for narcotics. The vegetation was later identified as marijuana. The car’s owner, Jose Martinez, 26, of N. Arlington was arrested for possession of marijuana over 50 grams and possession of marijuana over 50 grams with intent to distribute. His bail was set at $50, 000 and he was transported to the county jail. Joseph Geraldo, 22, of Nutley was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Wayne, for $264, and another from Nutley for $250. He posted $514 bail and was released.


On January 31 at 9:47 p.m., a plainclothes detective went to the 500 block of Union Ave. to serve a warrant. When he arrived at the residence, he spoke with a man and asked him if he was the man that he was looking for.  The man answered, “He’s upstairs.” When the detective checked out the second floor, he discovered a lit joint and paraphernalia usually used for the distribution of marijuana. He also found a white powdery substance thought to be cocaine (which was later confirmed), small plastic bags and a money ledger. The three males present in the home were arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine within 1000’ of a school, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The men are: Angel Santiago, 30, of Belleville, who also carried a warrant for $500 out of Belleville; Eduardo Ortega, 25, of Belleville, and Javier Illera, 26, of Newark who carried a $1000 warrant from Belleville.  No bail was set.


On January 31 at 7:40 p.m., a Belleville High student reported that his car had been vandalized. The student said that he parked the car at 7:45 a.m. that day. When he returned after school, he noticed that a blue line had been scribbled on his 20007 white Ford Focus from “bumper to bumper.” Police are investigating.


On January 30 at 10:34 p.m., an undercover unit responded to Overhill Ave. and Celia Terrace on a report of a suspicious vehicle circling the area. They stopped a Mercury Marquis that fir the description. Inside the vehicle, they uncovered a large amount of pills that they tentatively identified as Xanax, clear baggies and a total of $1,197 in cash. Neither occupant had a prescription for the pills. 18-year-old Marc Senatore, of Nutley, and 20-year-old Robert Thiele, also of Nutley were arrested for possession of a C.D.S., possession of a C.D.S. with intent to distribute, and possession of a C.D.S. within 1000’ of a school zone. Both parties were held at county jail in lieu of bail.


On January 28 at 8:40 p.m., narcotics officers driving on Rt. 21 observed a silver BMW traveling very slowly in the center lane near mile-marker 7.2. When they stopped the car to investigate, they noticed that the female driver was dropping small objects wrapped in rubber bands on the floor. The items were identified as wax folds that are commonly used to package heroin. The folds later tested positive for the substance. Cynthia Barroso, 26, of N. Bergen was arrested for possession of C.D.S. and released on her own recognizance.


On January 28 at 1:01 a.m., an anticrime unit spotted an individual acting suspiciously while looking inside vehicles at the 40 block of Belmont Ave. The man, Vernon Koslow, 29, of Sussex was found with wax folds that are often used to package heroin. The folds later tested positive for heroin. In addition to a possession of C.D.S. charge, Koslow was found to have two outstanding warrants – a “no bail” warrant out of Kinnelon and an $858 warrant out of Newark.

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