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Former Employee Admits To Stealing $178K+ From Jersey Shore Engineering Firm: Prosecutors Former Employee Admits To Stealing $178K+ From Jersey Shore Engineering Firm: Prosecutors
Former Employee Admits To Stealing $178K+ From Jersey Shore Engineering Firm: Prosecutors A Manahawkin woman admitted to stealing nearly $180,000 from a Long Beach engineering firm, authorities said. Dona Carlo-Tanzola, 51, pleaded guilty on Monday, July 1 to theft, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a news release on Monday, July 8. She's a former administrative assistant at Horn, Tyson & Yoder, Inc. Long Beach Township police said Carlo-Tanzola deposited checks for the business into her personal bank accounts between May and November 2022. She also edited the business’s financial records and deleted paid invoices in client accounts. …
Two Men Broke Into Several Gas Stations To Swipe Vape Products: Somerset County Prosecutor Two Men Broke Into Several Gas Stations To Swipe Vape Products: Somerset County Prosecutor
Two Men Broke Into Several Gas Stations To Swipe Vape Products: Somerset County Prosecutor Two South Plainfield men were recently arrested and charged with burglarizing several gas stations on Route 22 in Somerset County in May, authorities said. On Thursday, May 2, at 3:16 a.m., Macario Wilchez, a 20-year-old South Plainfield resident wearing a hoodie, face mask and glove broke the glass in the front door of a gas station to gain entry and stole numerous vape products before fleeing the area, Somerset Prosecutor John McDonald said.  On Saturday, May 4, at 1:10 a.m., the gas station was burglarized again by Wilchez who broke the glass door to enter and stole vape products be…
Paterson Trio Stole Purses In 'Distract And Grab' Scheme At NJ Stores: Police Paterson Trio Stole Purses In 'Distract And Grab' Scheme At NJ Stores: Police
Paterson Trio Stole Purses In 'Distract And Grab' Scheme At NJ Stores: Police Three people from Paterson were accused of distracting shoppers in Brick Township and stealing from them, authorities said. Brick Township police arrested 35-year-old Oswaldo Uribe-Acosta, 27-year-old Salvia Beraun-Villanueva, and 58-year-old Oscar Lopez-Salcedo on Tuesday, June 11, the department said in a news release. Police received several reports in May from victims whose wallets or purses were taken from shopping carts.  Investigators said Beraun-Villanueva would distract a shopper and Uribe-Acosta or Lopez-Salcedo would steal a wallet or purse. The susp…
Man Admits To Stealing $100K+ As Treasurer Of Jersey Shore Fire Department: Prosecutors Man Admits To Stealing $100K+ As Treasurer Of Jersey Shore Fire Department: Prosecutors
Man Admits To Stealing $100K+ As Treasurer Of Jersey Shore Fire Department: Prosecutors A former official at an Ocean County volunteer fire department admitted to stealing more than $100,000, authorities said. Salvatore Umek, 46, of Point Pleasant Beach, pleaded guilty on Monday, June 10 to theft, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a news release. He was the treasurer for Point Pleasant Beach Fire Company No. 2. Investigators said Umek stole about $100,000 from the fire company's bank account to pay off personal credit card debt between February 2019 and November 2021. He also put money directly into his personal bank account for his own bene…
STICKY FINGERS: Crew Snatches $100G Worth Of Goods From American Dream Balenciaga STICKY FINGERS: Crew Snatches $100G Worth Of Goods From American Dream Balenciaga
Sticky Fingers: Crew Snatches $100G Worth Of Goods From American Dream Balenciaga One of shoplifters' favorite franchises was victimized again when an organized quartet of thieves fled the Balenciaga at the American Dream Meadowlands with what New Jersey State Police said was $100,000 worth of merchandise. It was shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, when two men and two women entered the luxury clothing store in the East Rutherford mall, NJSP Sgt. Jeffrey Lebron said. The crew "took numerous items and departed without paying," the sergeant said. Witnesses reported seeing the thieves flee in a black Dodge Durango with Pennsylvania license plates. ANYONE else who m…
Apartment Maintenance Worker Who Stole $4,500, Smartwatch In South Jersey Sentenced: Prosecutor Apartment Maintenance Worker Who Stole $4,500, Smartwatch In South Jersey Sentenced: Prosecutor
Apartment Maintenance Worker Who Stole $4,500, Smartwatch In South Jersey Sentenced: Prosecutor A maintenance worker will spend nearly a year in jail after he was convicted of stealing $4,500 and a smartwatch at an Ocean County apartment complex, authorities said. Troy Jones, 58, of Jackson Township, was sentenced on Friday, May 31 to 364 days in the Ocean County Jail as a condition of a three-year probation term, county prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a news release on Tuesday, June 4. A jury found him guilty on Wednesday, Mar. 20 after a nearly two-week trial. Jackson Township police responded to a reported theft at an apartment in The Ga…
Former Bookkeeper Admits To Stealing $357K From NJ Apartment Association: Prosecutors Former Bookkeeper Admits To Stealing $357K From NJ Apartment Association: Prosecutors
Former Bookkeeper Admits To Stealing $357K From NJ Apartment Association: Prosecutors A former bookkeeper admitted to stealing more than $350,000 from an advocacy group for New Jersey apartment building owners, authorities said. Karly Simon-Sapp, 50, of Plumsted Township, pleaded guilty to theft on Monday, May 13, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a news release on Thursday, May 23. She was a bookkeeper for the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA), which said on its website that it represents "all facets of the multifamily housing industry" in the Garden State. Investigators said Simon-Sapp forged the signatures of the NJAA's president and v…
Man Crashed Stolen Vehicle, Stabbed Another Man In Atlantic City Crime Spree: Police Man Crashed Stolen Vehicle, Stabbed Another Man In Atlantic City Crime Spree: Police
Man Crashed Stolen Vehicle, Stabbed Another Man In Atlantic City Crime Spree: Police An Atlantic City man was accused of stabbing another man and crashing a vehicle he stole from someone else, authorities said. Chreshull Rucker, 34, was arrested on Sunday, May 12, the Atlantic City Police Department said in a news release on Tuesday, May 14. Officers responded to the 1500 block of Atlantic Avenue at around 9:06 a.m. and a person said their vehicle was stolen when they left it running while going into a store. Police found Rucker driving the stolen vehicle but he sped away when an officer tried to stop him. Rucker then crashed into a vehicle when he ran a red light at t…
Thieves Throw Away 100+ Mayoral Campaign Signs In Howell Township: Police Thieves Throw Away 100+ Mayoral Campaign Signs In Howell Township: Police
Howell Township Mayoral Campaign Signs Stolen A mayoral candidate in a Monmouth County township had more than 100 campaign signs stolen from the ground and thrown away, authorities said. Howell Township police are investigating after about 130 signs for Republican mayoral candidate John Leggio were stolen, the department said in a news release on Thursday, May 9. The signs were taken on or around Tuesday, Apr. 23 and they were put in dumpsters behind Ramtown Plaza. Police shared two photos on Facebook of a 2018 to 2023 Toyota Camry suspected in the thefts. They also posted a 20-second video of a person taking a sign before being d…
Rare Louis Vuitton Trunk Among $300K In Merchandise Stolen In Robbery, Cape May Store Says Rare Louis Vuitton Trunk Among $300K In Merchandise Stolen In Robbery, Cape May Store Says
Rare Louis Vuitton Trunk Among $300K In Merchandise Stolen In Robbery, Cape May Store Says Thieves stole more than $300,000 of high-end handbags and other merchandise, a Cape May jewelry store said. Queen May posted surveillance video on Instagram showing two people breaking through a glass front door at around 2:59 a.m. on Sunday, May 5. The Washington Street store said a rare Louis Vuitton trunk with the name Jenny Hecht written on the side was among the stolen items. The store also said every bag has a serial number in a database with Entrupy, an authentication service for luxury accessories. "We are looking to the power of social media to catch these criminals," Qu…
Newark Teen Stole Vehicle Along Jersey Shore, More Suspects Wanted: Police Newark Teen Stole Vehicle Along Jersey Shore, More Suspects Wanted: Police
Newark Teen Stole Vehicle Along Jersey Shore, More Suspects Wanted: Police A teen from Newark was accused of stealing a vehicle in Ocean County, authorities said. Fazon Farrington, 19, was charged on Monday, Apr. 29 with theft of movable property and burglary. The Brick Township Police Department announced the charges in a news release on Tuesday, Apr. 30. A vehicle was stolen on Princeton Avenue on Tuesday, Mar. 5. Kearny police and the New Jersey State Police Auto Theft Task Force also helped in the investigation. Farrington was also facing charges in a string of burglaries on Long Island. He was arrested in that case on Thursday, Mar. 14. Nassau County p…
Gas Attendant Stole Thousands From Customers At Freehold Township Wawa: Prosecutors Gas Attendant Stole Thousands From Customers At Freehold Township Wawa: Prosecutors
Patrick Brown Of Newark Indicted A former Monmouth County gas station attendant was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from customers, authorities said. Patrick Brown, 48, of Newark, was indicted by a grand jury on 52 counts, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced in a news release on Wednesday, Apr. 24. He was charged with 13 counts each of third-degree credit card fraud, third-degree false uttering, third-degree theft, and fourth-degree credit card theft. Freehold Township police said the thefts at the Wawa on Route 9 North happened "during a limited amount of time" in August 2023. Bro…
Convicted Felon Burglarized Oakhurst Diner, Other Businesses: Police Convicted Felon Burglarized Oakhurst Diner, Other Businesses: Police
Leamon Washington Charged A convicted felon was accused of stealing from several businesses in Monmouth County, authorities said. Leamon Washington, 51, was arrested on Tuesday, Apr. 16, the Township of Ocean Police Department said in a Facebook post. Officers responded at around 2:30 a.m. to a report of broken glass at the Blue Swan Diner on Route 35 in Oakhurst. Police entered the restaurant and Washington was found in the crawl space. He was brought to the Ocean Township police headquarters, and investigators learned he was involved in other business burglaries in the township and surrounding communities.  …
Wife Had Husband Sell Jewelry She Stole From Residents Of NJ Senior Living Facility: Prosecutor Wife Had Husband Sell Jewelry She Stole From Residents Of NJ Senior Living Facility: Prosecutor
Wife Had Husband Sell Jewelry She Stole From Residents Of NJ Senior Living Facility: Prosecutor A husband and wife have been arrested for stealing and selling jewelry from the senior living facility she worked at, authorities announced. Ana Rios, 40, of Piscataway, would swipe pieces of jewelry from residents of a Bridgewater senior living facility where she worked as a housekeeper, then turned them over to her 43-year-old husband, Ezequiel Rios, Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald said. Rios then sold two of the pieces, which McDonald said held a street value estimated at $45,000. Ana is believed to have stolen the jewelry between May 2023 and February 2024. P…
Thieves Shatter Windows, Steal Cash From Toms River Restaurants: Police Thieves Shatter Windows, Steal Cash From Toms River Restaurants: Police
Thieves Shatter Windows, Steal Cash From Toms River Restaurants: Police Two restaurants in Toms River had money stolen from them by brick-wielding thieves overnight, authorities said. In a news release, Toms River police said they were investigating burglaries, thefts, and "criminal mischief" at Breakin Bread Eatery and New York Water Bagel Company. Both restaurants are on Fischer Boulevard. The burglaries happened overnight on Tuesday, Apr. 16, and Wednesday, Apr. 17. The suspects smashed the front window of Breakin Bread with a brick and stole a safe containing cash. The thieves also shattered the front window of New York Water Bagel with a paver brick. They…
140 Shopping Carts Stolen From NJ Shop-Rite Lot, Elderly Man, Younger Pal Busted 140 Shopping Carts Stolen From NJ Shop-Rite Lot, Elderly Man, Younger Pal Busted
140 Shopping Carts Stolen From NJ Shop-Rite Lot, Elderly Man, Younger Pal Busted A 77-year-old Cuban national and a middle-aged accomplice from Newark were arrested after 140 shopping carts were stolen from the Rochelle Park ShopRite over the course of two weeks, authorities said. The carts began vanishing from the parking lot of the West Passaic Street supermarket on March 27, Rochelle Park Police Capt. James M. DePreta said.By early this week, 140 were gone, the captain said. Total value: $28,000 (or $200 per).  Reviewing surveillance video with supermarket security, Rochelle Park Detective Sgt. Jared Shatkin and Detective Nick Mercoun identified a distinctive r…
Distressed Naked Man Causes $100K In Damage To Lakewood Restaurant: Police Distressed Naked Man Causes $100K In Damage To Lakewood Restaurant: Police
Distressed Naked Man Causes $100K In Damage To Lakewood Restaurant: Police A "distressed and naked" vandal is accused of breaking into a Lakewood bar and turning things upside-down. Lakewood police responded to a reported burglary at Maggie's Bar & Restaurant on Country Club Drive at around 10 a.m. on Sunday, Apr. 7, police said. An employee said a man was in the restaurant destroying furniture, equipment, and inventory. Officers found a 29-year-old Lakewood man "unclothed and exhibiting signs of emotional distress." An officer approached him calmly and he was arrested. The man was charged with burglary, theft, and criminal mischief. About $100,000 in damage…
Fired Bank Employee Steals $35,250 From Vault On His Way Out: Closter PD Fired Bank Employee Steals $35,250 From Vault On His Way Out: Closter PD
Fired Bank Employee Steals $35,250 From Vault On His Way Out: Closter PD A bank employee who'd just been fired bid goodbye to his co-workers, then walked into the vault and walked out with $35,250, Closter police said. Video cameras captured Marvin Herrera, 25, of New Milford gathering up the cash and stuffing it under his coat before leaving the PNC Bank branch in Closter Plaza last Wednesday, March 27, Capt. Vincent Aiello said. Police were called when the money was found missing, the captain said. They’d been searching for Herrera when he surrendered on Tuesday, April 2, Aiello said. He was issued a summons charging him with theft and was released pending a…
Woman Used Sister's Identity To Steal Opioids From Shrewsbury Nursing Home: Prosecutors Woman Used Sister's Identity To Steal Opioids From Shrewsbury Nursing Home: Prosecutors
Deborah Baskerville And Shonte Hall Charged Two sisters from Atlantic County were accused of stealing prescription drugs from a Shrewsbury nursing home, authorities said. Deborah Baskerville, 38, of Galloway, and Shonte Hall, 36, of Egg Harbor City, were facing charges, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release on Tuesday, Mar. 26. Their arrests came after an investigation into a theft at Complete Care at Shrewsbury, a skilled nursing facility on Avenue at the Common. Shrewsbury police investigated a theft at the nursing home on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023. Investigators said Baskerville used Hall's identity …
Maintenance Worker Convicted Of Stealing $4,500, Smartwatch From Central Jersey Apartment Maintenance Worker Convicted Of Stealing $4,500, Smartwatch From Central Jersey Apartment
Maintenance Worker Convicted Of Stealing $4,500, Smartwatch From Central Jersey Apartment A maintenance worker at an Ocean County apartment complex was convicted of stealing more than $4,500 and a smartwatch from an apartment, authorities said. Troy Jones, 58, of Jackson Township, was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday, Mar. 20, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a news release. He was convicted after a nearly two-week trial. Jackson Township police responded to a reported theft at an apartment in the Gardens at Jackson Twenty-One complex on Chatham Court West on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. Officers found that when the apartment's residents returned home f…
Former Wall Township Officer Who Stole $115K+ From Charities Sentenced: Prosecutors Former Wall Township Officer Who Stole $115K+ From Charities Sentenced: Prosecutors
James Cadigan Sentenced A former police officer in Monmouth County will spend several years in prison after he admitted to stealing more than $100,000 in charitable donations, authorities said. James Cadigan, 42, was sentenced on Wednesday, Mar. 20 to five years in state prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago said in a news release. He was accused of taking more than $115,000 from several organizations. Cadigan was a sergeant for the Wall Township Police Department. "Our agency is happy that this is now behind us and we can continue to build public trust," Wall police Chief Sean O'Halloran said in a …
Bayonne Detectives Sting Staten Island Man Selling Stolen Cars On Facebook Marketplace: Police Bayonne Detectives Sting Staten Island Man Selling Stolen Cars On Facebook Marketplace: Police
Bayonne Detectives Sting Staten Island Man Selling Stolen Cars On Facebook Marketplace: Police A Staten Island man was off to the races selling stolen cars on Facebook Marketplace when Bayonne detectives put the brakes on the operation, authorities said. Using bogus identification, Devonte A. Thomas, 23, recently raked in $26,650 that police know about as “Alazim Olasupo Odu, selling a 2013 Infiniti and two Hondas from 2019 and 2020, Bayonne Police Capt. Eric R. Amato said. One of the victims called police after crossing paths with Thomas while looking for another car, the captain said. After quickly confirming that the car Thomas was selling had been stolen out of Newark, detective…
Four Caught, One Sought In Brutal Stabbing Death Outside NJ Bar Four Caught, One Sought In Brutal Stabbing Death Outside NJ Bar
Four Caught, One Sought In Brutal Stabbing Death Outside NJ Bar Authorities who’ve charged four men with the brutal murder of a man outside a Garfield bar last month turned to the public for help finding a fugitive gang member from Pennsylvania who sources said repeatedly stabbed the victim in the chest. Ricky “Angel” Vargas, 35, of East Stroudsburg, PA, and his four companions confronted Richard Franceschi, 31, of Hawthorne outside JoJo's Bar & Grill on Monroe Street before dawn this past Feb. 4, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said. Vargas had a knife and co-defendant Jayson William Rivera, 23, also of East Stroudsburg, had a handgun, the pr…
Trio Accused Of 'Distract And Grab' Thefts In Tri-State Area Shopping Centers Trio Accused Of 'Distract And Grab' Thefts In Tri-State Area Shopping Centers
Trio Accused Of 'Distract And Grab' Thefts In Tri-State Area Shopping Centers Three people were accused of taking part in a "distract and grab" ring across the tri-state area, including outside of two stores on the Jersey Shore, authorities said. The three were arrested in connection with the incidents in July and August 2023, Stafford Township police announced in a Saturday, Mar. 2 news release. The department and nearby law enforcement agencies had received several reports of "distract and grab" thefts and credit card fraud. All three were charged with theft, burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card, and conspiracy to commit theft. They were 39-year-old …
GOTCHA! Five Charged With Rash Of Bergen Armed Wristwatch Robberies, Stabbing In PalPark GOTCHA! Five Charged With Rash Of Bergen Armed Wristwatch Robberies, Stabbing In PalPark
Gotcha! Five Charged With Rash Of Bergen Armed Wristwatch Robberies, Stabbing In PalPark Authorities have charged five men with robbing three separate victims of wristwatches – stabbing one of them – in two Bergen County towns, thanks to an arrest by Port Authority police. Two of the robberies occurred in broad daylight on River Road in Edgewater last fall, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said on Friday, March 1. The third included a stabbing in the victim’s driveway in Palisades Park, the prosecutor said. One of two robbers brandished a handgun while a colleague stood lookout when they robbed the first Edgewater victim shortly after 3 a.m. Oct. 24, Musella said. The ro…
Pair Beat Man Then Set His Belongings On Fire At Rutgers, Campus Police Say Pair Beat Man Then Set His Belongings On Fire At Rutgers, Campus Police Say
Pair Beat Man Then Set His Belongings On Fire At Rutgers, Campus Police Say A man was beaten and his belongings were set on fire near the Rutgers University campus, authorities said. Two New Brunswick men were arrested Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the 2:30 p.m. Sunday attack, according to the Rutgers University Police Department. The attack reportedly followed a verbal dispute at a New Brunswick business earlier Sunday. The attackers allegedly followed the man near the Center for Vector Biology at 180 Jones Ave. at the edge of the Rutgers University campus and hit him with a blunt object, police said. The victim was not affiliated with Rutgers, they said. As the vict…
Three Arrested For Robbing Boy In South Jersey: Police Three Arrested For Robbing Boy In South Jersey: Police
Three Arrested For Robbing Boy In South Jersey: Police A man and two boys were accused of robbing another boy late at night, authorities said. Little Egg Harbor police said officers responded to the robbery report at around 10:26 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. It happened near the 7-Eleven on Radio Road. When police arrived, they found out that 21-year-old Christian Heri of Brick Township and two boys stole several items from the victim. The suspects left the scene in a black minivan. Tuckerton police eventually stopped the minivan. The three suspects were arrested and officers found a 9mm handgun inside the vehicle. Heri was charged wi…
GOTCHA! South American Theft Network Fugitive Pegged In $25,000 NJ Home Burglary, More GOTCHA! South American Theft Network Fugitive Pegged In $25,000 NJ Home Burglary, More
Gotcha! South American Theft Network Fugitive Pegged In $25,000 NJ Home Burglary, More A wanted member of a notorious transnational group of thieves was tied by Dumont detectives to the theft of $25,000 in cash during a home break-in two months ago. Jhan Michael Rodriguez-Fonseca, 26, lives in Jersey City and most recently worked as a food delivery driver, Dumont Police Chief Brian Joyce said. He really belongs to what’s known as the South American Theft Group network and is tied to other burglaries in the state, the chief said. He was also wanted by the NYPD and by agents with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), he said. Primarily from Colombia, the members of the…
Purse-Snatcher Caught With Help From Bystanders In Atlantic City: Police Purse-Snatcher Caught With Help From Bystanders In Atlantic City: Police
Purse-Snatcher Caught With Help From Bystanders In Atlantic City: Police A wanted man from New York City was accused of stealing a woman's purse in Atlantic City and police thanked two bystanders for helping catch him, authorities said. Atlantic City police said 27-year-old Jose Hernandez from The Bronx, NY, was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 1. Investigators said Hernandez walked up to the woman and tried to sell her a cigarette. Someone told an officer on North Arkansas Avenue at 10:12 p.m. that he saw a woman have her purse stolen. The officer saw Hernandez running away from the area and reported him to other officers.  As Hernandez ran away,…
NJ Ex-Con Featured On 'America's Most Wanted' Pleads Guilty In Deadly Stabbing NJ Ex-Con Featured On 'America's Most Wanted' Pleads Guilty In Deadly Stabbing
NJ Ex-Con Featured On 'America's Most Wanted' Pleads Guilty In Deadly Stabbing An Ocean County ex-convict and parolee once featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" admitted to his role in the stabbing death of a Seaside Heights man, authorities said. Angelo Grenci, 47, of Berkeley Township, pleaded guilty on Monday, Jan. 29 to aggravated manslaughter, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Grenci was charged in the killing of 50-year-old Carlton Williams. Prosecutors will pursue a prison sentence of 25 years for Grenci. He'd have to serve 85 percent of his term before being eligible for parole under the state's No Early Release…
Former Jersey Shore Mayor Sentenced For Taking Money From Parking Meters, Government Auctions Former Jersey Shore Mayor Sentenced For Taking Money From Parking Meters, Government Auctions
Former Jersey Shore Mayor Sentenced For Taking Money From Parking Meters, Government Auctions A former mayor of Ocean Gate will spend time in state prison for pocketing money from government auctions, parking meter funds, and scrap metal sales, authorities said. Paul Kennedy, 68, of Ocean Gate, was sentenced on Friday, Jan. 26 to three years in prison, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced. Kennedy pleaded guilty on Friday, Sept. 22 to pattern of official misconduct. As part of his plea deal, Kennedy is banned from holding public office or employment. Investigators said that while he was mayor, Kennedy took money from borough assets sold on the government auc…