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Hawthorne PD: 70-Year-Old Homeless Heroin User Leaves Works On Bench Outside Dunkin' Donuts

Hawthorne police said they found a syringe, rubber bands and other drug paraphernalia on a bench outside the Dunkin' Donuts at 84 Goffle Road.
Hawthorne police said they found a syringe, rubber bands and other drug paraphernalia on a bench outside the Dunkin' Donuts at 84 Goffle Road. Photo Credit: Googlemaps

A 70-year-old homeless heroin user left his works on a bench outside a Hawthorne Dunkin' Donuts, said police who found him sleeping inside the shop.

Police called to the Goffle Road shop near the Paterson border just after 7 a.m. Sunday found a syringe, rubber bands, and other drug paraphernalia on a bench outside, Detective Sgt. Matthew Hoogmoed said.

They found Peter Vanderweit inside the shop, sleeping, he said.

Vanderweit at first refused to cooperate then admitted that the items found outside were his, Hoogmoed said.

He was taken into custody, processed and released pending a Municipal Court hearing on charges of discarding a syringe in a public area, loitering to commit a drug offense, being under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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