NAPD: Nearly $8K in transmitter batteries stolen from T-Mobile’s Ridge Road store

On Nov. 3 at 6:20 a.m., North Arlington police responded to a T-Mobile equipment room on Ridge Road. There, a T-Mobile employee reported they were alerted to a service outage at 6:20 a.m. At 6:50, he was assigned to inspect the wireless outage, where he observed the batteries powering their transmitters missing.

A total of 24 batteries, valued at $7,800 were taken.

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in the investigation.

On Nov. 6 at 1:05 p.m., a resident of Eighth Street reported an Amazon delivery was stolen from her front porch. The package was valued at $53.50.

On Nov 6 at 12:40 a.m., a North Arlington officer observed a vehicle travel through a red light at the Belleville Turnpike and Ridge Road. During a subsequent stop of the vehicle, the odor of alcoholic beverage was detected on the driver, which led to field-sobriety testing. As a result, the driver was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters and processed.  The driver, Alvin Zhang, 28, of Hoboken, was issued summonses and released to a responsible party.

On Nov. 8 at 7:55 a.m., North Arlington police were dispatched to the area of Belmont Avenue and Bond Place on a suspicious vehicle call. While on scene, it was determined the vehicle was stolen out of New York, City.

As a result, Paige Scritchfield, 22, of North Arlington, was placed under arrest. She was also found in possession of a driver’s license, a check book and multiple credit cards, a Porsche and BMW key fobs, all belonging to other potential victims. Scritchfield was also found to have two outstanding warrants out of California totaling $45,000, but the issuing agencies declined to extradite.

Scritchfield was charged accordingly and released on a summons.

The passenger, Andre Devolder, 36, of Newark, was found to be in possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was charged accordingly and released on a summons.

On Nov. 8 at 6:32 p.m., North Arlington police were dispatched to Retro Fitness, 170 Schuyler Ave., on a report of an automobile theft. The victim stated upon entering the gym, he put his keys on a keyboard. When he was finished with his workout, he observed his key was missing from the board. Video surveillance showed a black male wearing a face mask enter the gym and remove the victim’s keys from the keyboard.

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Lt. Michael Horton | North Arlington Police Department