Linden Police Blotter

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Jan. 21 at 8:15 p.m.—After a month-long investigation by Det. Kenneth Mikolajczyk of the Narcotics Squad, police arrested Elizabeth resident Alexander Maldonado, 29, on the 3300 block of Tremley Point Road. He was charged with possession of ecstasy, distribution of ecstasy, possession of marijuana, distribution of marijuana less than one ounce, two counts of distribution within 500’ of Veterans Memorial Park. He was also charged with motor vehicle violations, possession of drugs in a vehicle, and driving with a suspended license. He was transported to the Union County Jail and bail was set at $105,000.

Jan. 22 at 3:34 p.m.—During the course of a narcotics investigation led by Det. Kevin Mikolajczyk, officers arrested Newark resident Shakir Scott, 24, on the 1100 block of W. St. Georges Avenue following a foot pursuit. He was charged with resisting arrest, possession and distribution of marijuana, receiving stolen property, driving while license suspended, having an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, and possession of drugs in a vehicle. He was transported to the Union County Jail and His bail was set at $35,000 cash.

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Jan. 23 at 3:24 p.m.—Officers responded to the EZ Chek Convenience Store, 1015 N. Wood Avenue on a report of a theft. Officers were told that a black male, 6’2”, entered the store and attempted to make a purchase. When the female clerk, age 24, opened the cash drawer, he pulled the register towards him and removed the tray holding approximately $600. He then fled the store in a red Volkswagen, N.J. plate ZAY-57V. A check on the registration revealed the car was stolen in Elizabeth. A witness reported the suspect threw the cash tray out of his car window minutes later on Raritan Road as the vehicle was heading towards the Parkway. Police believe that this crime is connected to similar incidences in Union and Middlesex counties and ask anyone with information to contact Det. Andrew Spano at 1-908-474-8537.

Jan. 24 at 4:27 a.m.—Officers responded to an alarm at the Leather Factory, 231 W. Edgar Road. There they found a double glass door smashed out. A subsequent search of the building found noone inside, but the police did recover a pry bar. The owner responded and reported that 20 assorted pieces of leather and fur coats were missing. He placed a value on the stolen items at approximately $20,000. A witness reported seeing a brown Jeep Cherokee at the store just prior to the police arriving on the scene. The Jeep was last seen heading north on Routes 1& 9. Police ask anyone with information on this crime to contact Det. David Dehler at 1-908-474-8537.

Jan. 24 at 9:43 a.m.—Officers responded to the Taste Deli, 2000 E. Linden Avenue, on a report of a theft. Officers were told that someone used a vehicle to damage an outside ATM machine and removed the lower “cash dispensing” part of the machine. The machine was believed to contain approximately $5,000. Parts of a vehicle were found at the scene. It is believed that the theft occurred sometime around 7 a.m. Police ask anyone with information on this theft to contact Det. David Dehler at 1-908-474-8537.


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