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Madison Police Blotter

Det. Kenneth R. Shannon

Monday, October 28, 2013 • 1:42pm

On October 8 at approximately 11:45 a.m., Ptl Luis Goncalves arrested 49 year old Gregory Dewitt of Florham Park. The Madison Police were requested in the parking lot of the Staples on report of a suspicious male who was possibly intoxicated. Upon arrival at the scene, Goncalves made contact with the alleged suspicious individual, Dewitt. During the investigation, it was determined that there was an active warrant for Dewitt’s arrest in the amount of $250 from Hoboken Municipal Court. Dewitt was arrested, posted bail, and was released pending a court appearance.

On October 8 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Ptl Kevin Boone arrested Shakira Williams, 36, of Newark. The Madison Police responded to the Gulf Gas Station on report of an alleged shoplifting that had taken place. The gas attendant advised police that a black female, who was a passenger in a vehicle, had taken three packs of cigarettes without paying for them. The attendant provided the police with a good description of the vehicle as well as a license plate number. Ptl. Boone was able to locate the vehicle with the assistance of the Chatham Boro Police. Boone made contact with Williams who was allegedly in possession of the three packs of cigarettes. During the investigation, it was determined that there was an active warrant for Williams’ arrest in the amount of $350 from Newark Municipal Court. Williams was charged with shoplifting and hindering apprehension. She was released on her own recognizance pending a court appearance.

On October 9 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Ptl Luis Goncalves arrested Britney Diebold, 26. The Madison Police received a call from an unidentified witness regarding an alleged shoplifting in progress. Upon arrival to the scene, police were advised that the female suspect, Diebold, had removed a sweatshirt to change her appearance and had left the area. After obtaining a description, Goncalves located Diebold in the area of Kings Road and Green Avenue. The investigation revealed that Diebold was allegedly in possession of prescription pills which were not legally prescribed to her. Following her arrest, she was charged with shoplifting and possession of Schedule III narcotic. Judge Troxell of the Madison Joint Municipal Court placed $2,500 bail on Diebold. She was then lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail. A court appearance is pending.

On October 10, a Madison resident reported that her vehicle had been broken into while parked in the lot of her Madison Avenue Apartment. There were no witnesses available for this incident. The investigation has been turned over to the Madison Police Detective Bureau. Anyone having information regarding this theft is asked to contact The Madison Police at 973-593-3000.

On October 13 at approximately midnight, Sgt. Sean Plumstead arrested 19 year old Rudolph Watson of West Orange. Plumstead stopped Watson’s vehicle for alleged speeding and equipment violations. During the investigation, Plumstead observed items consistent with marijuana use in plain view. Watson was allegedly found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and alcoholic beverages. He was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and under age possession of an alcoholic beverage. He was also issued two motor vehicle summonses for maintenance of lamps and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Watson was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.

On October 13 at approximately 2 a.m., Sgt. Sean Plumstead arrested 30 year old Ricky James of Newark. Plumstead stopped James’ vehicle for an alleged equipment violation. During the investigation, Plumstead detected an odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. James was allegedly found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, MDMA, and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of a schedule I narcotic, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued three motor vehicle summonses for maintenance of lamps, driving while suspended, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. James was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance. Also during the stop, a juvenile female occupant of the vehicle was found to be in possession of marijuana and alcoholic beverages. Charges are pending for the juvenile. She was released to a guardian.

On October 15 at approximately 3 p.m., a contractor, who was doing home repair on Norman Circle, reported that his work truck had been broken into resulting in the theft of his backpack containing his iPhone and other personal items. There were no witnesses available at the time of the report. Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Madison Police Department at 973-593-3000.

On October 17 at approximately 10:15 p.m., Ptl Carmine DeCaro arrested Jacob Locket III, 61, of Madison. DeCaro allegedly observed Locket operating a vehicle in the area of Greenwood Avenue near Elmer Street. Moments later, DeCaro allegedly observed Locket attempting to push the vehicle into the lot of a nearby gas station. DeCaro then attempted to assist Locket, however, he detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from Locket’s breath. DeCaro had Locket perform field sobriety tests. During the testing, Locket pushed DeCaro. Locket was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, Driving while intoxicated, DWI 1000 feet school zone, Refusal to consent breath test, driving with a suspended license, Uninsured vehicle, Unregistered vehicle, Failure to Inspect, two counts of Failure to exhibit documents, and Careless driving. Judge Troxell of the Madison Joint Municipal Court placed $2,500 bail on Locket. He was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 bail. A court appearance is pending.

On October 18 at approximately 12:15 p.m., Ptl Anthony Maccario arrested Shakira Amos, 24, of Newark. A Loss Prevention Manager at the Whole Foods Market notified the Madison Police that he had a female employee of the store in custody for allegedly shoplifting. During the investigation, it was also determined that there was an active no bail warrant for Amos’ arrest from the Morris County Prosecutor’s office. Amos was charged with shoplifting and a court appearance is pending. She was then lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility to satisfy the Morris County warrant.

On October 21 a passer by reported that the glass door to the vacant business at the corner of Main Street and Alexander Avenue was shattered. There were no witnesses to the incident. Anyone having information is asked to contact the Madison Police Department at 973-593-3000.

On October 24 Ptl Luis Goncalves and Ptl Carmine DeCaro arrested Shawn Backe, 43, of Madison. Goncalves and DeCaro served Backe with an active warrant for his arrest in the amount of $97,840.45 from the Sussex County Superior Court. Backe was remanded to the Sussex County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail. A court appearance is pending.

On October 25 at approximately 7:30 pm, Ptl Carmine DeCaro arrested Kevin Carey, 56, of Madison. Ptl. DeCaro, along with Sgt Craig Perrelli, responded to the Stop & Shop Market on report that a vehicle allegedly struck a handicapped parking sign. A witness observed the driver of the vehicle enter the Stop & Shop. The driver of the vehicle, Carey, was located in the store. Both officers detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from Carey’s breath during their encounter with him. DeCaro had Carey perform field sobriety tests and determined that he was not able to operate a vehicle safely. Carey was charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence within 1,000 feet of a school, and failure to report an accident. He was released to a friend pending a court appearance.

On October 26 at approximately 1:30 am, Ptl Chad Rybka arrested 22 year old Mustanaser Khan of Carteret and 18 year old Brigita Augonyte of Linden. The Madison Police was notified by an employee of the gas station that the alleged theft had just occurred and that the vehicle was traveling north on Greenwood Avenue. A description of the vehicle and its occupants was provided by the employee. Rybka observed the suspect vehicle traveling into Florham Park and subsequently stopped it. Following an investigation, both occupants, Khan and Augonyte, were arrested. Khan was charged with theft of services and was released pending a court appearance. During processing, Augonyte was allegedly found to be in possession of Heroin, Suboxone, Lorazepam, and Marijuana. She was charged with theft of services, three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. Augonyte was then lodged in the Morris County Correctional facility in lieu of $5,000 bail. A court appearance is pending.

On October 27 at approximately 12:30 am, Ptl Matthew Mirabella arrested 19 year old Ozan Yucetepe of Westfield. The Madison Police were detailed to Drew University to investigate an alleged assault with a weapon. Following the investigation, Yucetepe was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. Judge O’Toole of the Hanover Township Municipal Court placed $1,000 bail on Yucetepe. He posted bail with 10 percent. A court appearance is pending.

On October 27 at approximately 2 a.m., Ptl Carmine DeCaro arrested Sarah Kerby, 21, of Madison. The Madison Police were detailed to Drew University to investigate an alleged assault. Following the investigation, Kerby was arrested and charged with simple assault. She was released on her own recognizance pending a court appearance.

The following are some of the calls for service that the Madison Police Department handled during the past two weeks: 23 Motor Vehicle Crashes, 56 Medical Calls, 31 Alarm Calls, 11 Animal Complaints, 11 Assist Citizen Calls, 17 Motor Vehicle Lockouts, and 14 Calls to assist another Police Agency.

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