Highlights from Harrison Police blotter

Jan. 21

At 7:40 a.m., police were sent to the 200 block of Dey St. on a report of a theft from a vehicle. The owner of a black 2012 Infinity G37 told police that she’d parked the car at 10 p.m. on Jan. 20, locked it, and returned in the morning to discover that someone had broken into the car and taken a pair of black sunglasses valued at $100 and two iPhone 5 car charging devices worth $60. Police said the thief apparently disabled the front driver side door handle locking mechanism by “punching it out” with an unknown burglary tool.

Jan. 23

At 1:15 p.m., police were dispatched to the Harrison Public Library on a report of a fight in progress. When officers arrived, people at the scene pointed to a man with a gray sweatshirt crossing Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. and said he was involved in an argument inside the library and was now trying to get away. Police said they stopped the man as he was walking on Jersey St. near S. Third St. After the man identified himself as Chester Corbett of Irvington, police said they learned that Corbett was wanted on a Harrison warrant for which he was arrested, then released pending a new court date.

Jan. 24

At 11:57 p.m., police went to the 600 block of Davis Ave. on a report of a motor vehicle accident where a 2013 black Ford Escape had struck and knocked down a utility pole. Police said the driver, Kimberly Rego, 37, of Newark, was operating the car while intoxicated. Rego was arrested on charges of DWI, reckless driving and damaging town property.

Jan. 25

At 11:23 p.m., police were sent to the Washington St. Municipal Lot on a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle. Police said the vehicle, a black 1999 Honda Civic parked near the west side of the lot, had a broken passenger window, its steering column and ignition were damaged and the driver’s side mirror pulled off and thrown against the lot’s west wall. Police said the contents of the car’s glove box and center console were rifled through. Police said they recovered some property that likely belonged to the car’s owner. Police towed the vehicle for safekeeping until they could notify the owner. A patron and a bartender in a nearby restaurant told police a Latino man, between 28 and 30, wearing a green jacket and black hooded sweatshirt, had previously walked in and borrowed a screwdriver from the bartender after stating he’d locked his keys in his car. The bartender told police the man returned with the screwdriver a few minutes later, claiming he needed a flathead screwdriver, not a Phillips head, and also took a napkin but never came back with either screwdriver. Police said they found a white linen restaurant style napkin near the burglarized vehicle.

– Ron Leir

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