Elderly man arrested for taking officer’s iPhone

CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS IT FIRST: A Fairview detective traced an iPhone dropped by a fellow officer this morning to a 73-year-old man riding a jitney bus in North Bergen. When the man denied having it, a detective used the simplest of tactics to find it.

Photo Credit: Fairview PD

Astolfo G. Villamarcoello
(MUGSHOT: Fairview PD)

Although Astolfo G. Villamarcoello said he didn’t know of any phone, Detective Joseph Bucco simply dialed the number — and it rang in the man’s pocket, Detective Capt. Martin Kahn told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

After realizing the phone was missing just after 6 a.m., the officer went back to the spot where he thought he might have dropped it, but it wasn’t there, Kahn said.

So he signed in to his “Find my iPhone” application.

“This is when the officer and [Bucco] realized that the phone was on the move,” Kahn said.

Bucco “was able to track the iPhone in real time” to the jitney bus 20 minutes later as it neared the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and 41st Street in North Bergen, the captain said.

Villamarcoello “denied any involvement,” Kahn said, but Bucco dialed the number.

Villamarcoello tried to run when the phone rang, but Bucco grabbed him, he said.

Villamarcoello, who is unemployed and lives on 9th Street in Fairview, has a Municipal Court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.


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