Lyndhurst PD: Street demon’s motorcycle was stolen

If you’re going to be a menace on the streets, maybe it would be wise not to do so on a stolen motorcycle.

On May 23, 2024, at approximately 12:58 p.m., Officer Michael LeStrange was conducting traffic control duties in the area of Ridge Road and New York Avenue when he observed a motorcycle pass numerous vehicles on the right side as they were stopped at a red traffic light.

Additionally, the motorcycle was not affixed with a license plate.

Officer LeStrange then pursued the motorcycle which immediately attempted to accelerate along Ridge Road. As the motorcycle proceeded north along Ridge Road, it began to maneuver in and out of traffic.

The motorcycle then crossed over the Route 3 overpass at Ridge Road and proceeded into Rutherford. Officer LeStrange followed the motorcycle through several residential streets in Rutherford before finally coming to a stop near Woodland Avenue.

Officer Lestrange identified the motorcycle operator as Rozario Ymeraj, 18, of Lyndhurst.  During the course of his investigation, Officer LeStrange determined the motorcycle had been stolen out of Suffolk County, New York, on April 10,

Ymeraj was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property and eluding. He was also issued summonses for 21 moving and equipment violations. Ymeraji, despite all this, was released from police custody pending a court appearance in Bergen County Superior Court, Hackensack.

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