Two Alleged Shoplifters Face Oct. 20 Court Dates, Another Already Serving 10-Day Sentence
Alleged drunk driver and man who police say tried to hide his immigration status from a police officer also due in court on Oct. 20
Fair Lawn police arrested shoplifters at Walgreens, Pathmark and Shop Rite in within the past week, offiicials said.
James P. Damico of Elmwood Park, 23, is currently serving a 10-day prison sentence for shoplifting in Fair Lawn and is due to be released on Sunday, according to the Bergen County Jail's records department. On Oct. 2 at 2:02 p.m., Fair Lawn Officers Brian Rypkema and Tom Check responded to the Walgreens store on River Road after the store manager saw Damico flee with a shopping basket filled with Advil and drive off towards Maple Avenue, Fair Lawn police said.
Officer Tim Franco spotted Damico's vehicle on River Street in Paterson, where Damico was seen leaving a deli empty handed, police said. Damico was arrested and transported to headquarters, where he was processed and served with a criminal warrant for shoplifting, police said. His bail had been set at $2,500 before he received the 10-day sentence, police said.
Two other alleged shoplifters face Oct. 20 court dates. On Oct. 6 at 1:48 p.m., police responded to the ShopRite supermarket on River Road after Hawthorne woman, Lynn C. Blumenthal, 54, was observed concealing items within her purse prior to leaving the store, according to a police report. Blumenthal was stopped by security near the exit, at which time they discovered that she had taken $43.42 worth of merchandise, police said. Blumenthal was taken into custody, transported to police headquarters, processed, and later released. Her first municipal court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., police said.
Officer Michael Franco responded to the Pathmark supermarket on Maple Avenue Oct. 3 at 8:35 p.m. after store security detained Alfred R. Lovett of Paterson, 40, for concealing various items valued at $69.64 prior to leaving the store, police said. Lovett was transported to police headquarters, processed, and later released. His first municipal court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., police said.
Here are some other incidents that took place in Fair Lawn this week:
On Oct. 7 at 12:11 a.m., Officers Luis Vasquez, Eric Eleshewich, Rob Belbol and Anthony Lugo responded to 27th Street on report of a theft from a motor vehicle, according to a police report. Upon arrival, the officers learned that the theft took place earlier than initially reported, police said. The owner of the vehicle, a 22-year-old Waldwick man, discovered items missing while driving home. The man said his car was unlocked and parked by the 27th Street residence between 10:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 6, police said. An unknown individual enetered the car and took several items including an Apple iPod and a sweatshirt, police said.
On Oct. 5 at 5:04 p.m., Officer Louis Evangelista responded to intersection of 20th Street and Fair Lawn Avenue on report of a hit and run accident, according to a police report. Norman Zamara, 37, of Mout Vernon, N.Y., and originally of the Republic of Columbia, fled the scene in his vehicle and was stopped by Evangelista approximately half a mile from the incident location, police said. While investigating the accident, Zamara provided false information and false identification to Evangelista in hopes of hiding his true identity and immigration status, police said. Zamara was arrested and transported to police headquarters, where he was charged with providing false information and identification on a complaint warrant. Zamara remains in Bergen County Jail on $5,000 bail, police said, and is is scheduled for an Oct. 20 municipal court appearance at 7 p.m.
On Oct. 2, Officer Kevin Wood responded to the intersection of Wagaraw Road and Lincoln Avenue for a reported motor vehicle accident, according to a police report. While investigating the accident, Wood determined that one of the involved drivers, a 54-year-old male from Hawthorne, was intoxicated to the point of not being able to operate a motor vehicle, police said. The male was arrested and taken to police headquarters, where he was processed and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said. His first municipal court appearance was scheduled for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.