Burglar nabbed on warrant after release from Essex Jail, KPD says

Note: In an attempt to keep some things that are “regular,” here’s this week’s Kearny Police Blotter, with thanks to Capt. Tim Wagner.

The Kearny Police Department arrested a man last week who was reportedly involved in a series of burglaries in a host of towns in the area, the Kearny Police Department’s Public Information Officer Capt. Timothy Wagner said last week.

Wagner said on March 18 at 11 a.m., Officers Ryan Stickno and Vic Girdwood arrested Anthony Myers, 57, of Newark, upon his release from the Essex County Jail, on a Kearny warrant issued Nov. 12, charging him with burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

The warrant had been issued as a result of a “smash and grab” burglary to the 25-Seven Food Mart at 345 Kearny Ave., for which Myers was identified as the suspect. The burglary occurred Oct. 13, 2019, at approximately 9:52 p.m.

Det. Dan Esteves worked with detectives from the Maplewood and Belleville police departments to make the identification of Myers, who was alleged to have committed similar crimes in those towns. Myers was also wanted by North Arlington police on a burglary charge.

Myers was remanded to the Hudson County Jail, South Kearny, to await court on his charges.

Police say they were unsure of whether Myers got sprung as part of a Coronavirus release.

Meanwhile, the Kearny PD also released the following reports of incidents that took place between March 18 and March 27:

  • On March 18 at 4:03 p.m., Dets. Mike Andrews and Dave Bush were surveilling the lower end of Devon Street for narcotics activity when they say they observed Raymond A. Yorczak Jr., 36, of Harrison, double-park a grey Honda Civic. The detectives then say they observed Daniel E. Brown, 37, of Harrison, approach the Honda on foot and allegedly engage with Yorczak in a hand-to-hand drug transaction before walking away.

Det. Andrews stopped Brown, finding he had allegedly purchased two small bags of cocaine from Yorczak. Det. Andrews seized the cocaine and arrested Brown. Det. Bush arrested Yorczak, seizing two $50 bills from his pocket and an additional $114 cash from his wallet as alleged drug sale proceeds.

Police say Brown was charged on a summons with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia and was later released on his own recognizance.

Yorczak was charged on a summons with possession of cocaine, distribution of cocaine, distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and 500 feet of a park and possession of drug paraphernalia. Yorczak was also cited for double parking and possession of CDS in a vehicle.

He, too, was later released on his own recognizance.

  • On March 22 at 12:19 a.m., Officer Anthony Oliveira and several back-up officers responded to Terrace Place on a report of a man who had been trying car9door handles and who may have entered a parked vehicle. Officers say they found the man walking on the sidewalk, who then ran into and through backyards upon their approach.

Officer Oliveira found the man, later identified as Albert P. Arnone Jr., 53, of East Newark, hiding in a shed in a North Midland Avenue backyard. Arnone allegedly refused the officer’s commands to exit the shed at gunpoint and had to be dragged out by Oliveira and other officers. He was found to be in possession of Ziploc bags full of coins and four $1 bills.

After speaking with witnesses and reviewing area surveillance videos, Arnone was charged with five counts of criminal-attempted burglary, obstructing the administration of law and resisting arrest. He was remanded to the Hudson County Jail.

  • On March 25 at 12 noon, Officer Mina Ekladious was dispatched to Walgreens at 248 Kearny Ave., whose staff reported a man had just shoplifted and fled the store. Store personnel said the man used a “master key” to gain access to over-the-counter medications that were locked behind a security glass. The suspect then allegedly left the store without paying. Store personnel recognized the man as a person who was suspected of similar thefts to other area Walgreens stores.

Minutes later, Officer John Fearon located the suspect nearby at Quick Chek. He was later identified as Maurice G. Mills, 28, of Brooklyn. Incident to his arrest, officers say they recovered four keys, $2,165.76 in cash, two iPhones, three Abreva medication packages, four Zegerid medication packages and four Nexium medication packages. The medications were believed to have been stolen from Walgreens.

Mills was charged on a warrant with shoplifting and possession of burglar’s tools and was later released on his own recognizance.

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