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Blotter: Two Arrests at Pathmark Within a Week

The latest reports from the Fair Lawn Police Department

Fair Lawn police made two separate arrests within the past week at on Maple Avenue, one for shoplifting and one for theft, according to reports from the .

Police arrested Sean Tuttle, 21, of Glen Rock last Saturday and charged him with shoplifting after he allegedly concealed an apple and several cans of “beefaroni” under his clothing before leaving Pathmark, according to a police report. Officers Gerard Graziano, Don Mac Isaac, Brian Rypkema and Sgt. Eric Leitman responded to the supermarket on Maple Avenue at 1:37 a.m. for a report of a shoplifter that had run out of the store, the report said.

While responding the area, Mac Isaac spotted Tuttle running into the backyard of a nearby home, and Tuttle was quickly apprehended by Mac Isaac and Leitman, police said. Store security said they saw Tuttle concealing the items, police said. Tuttle was transported to police headquarters and later released on his own recognizance, according to the report. Tuttle is scheduled to appear in municipal court on March 23 at 7 p.m., police said.

On March 9, police arrested William Otte, 65, of Paterson for theft after he allegedly took a customer's wallet from a shopping cart at Pathmark, according to a police report. Officer Luis Vasquez responded to the supermarket at 8:10 p.m. for a report of a theft, police said. The victim said her wallet was stolen sometime while she was waiting in line to pay for her items, the report said. 

As part of his follow-up investigation, Vasquez, assisted by Det. Karen Censullo, reviewed the security video tapes and register transaction logs, and the officers were able to determine that Otte reached over to the victim’s shopping cart and took her wallet, police said. Otte was subsequently arrested and transported to police headquarters, where he was later released on his own recognizance, the report said.

Otte is scheduled to appear in municipal court on Wednesday at 7 p.m., police said. The officers were able to retrieve the Victim’s wallet and most of the contents the victim had reported having at the time of the incident, according to the report.

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