Linden Police Blotter

July 26 at 10 a.m. – Officers responded to Target, 621 West Edgar Road, on a report of a shoplifter in custody. Paterson resident Eric Roberts, 49, was arrested for allegedly shoplifting two flat screen televisions and other merchandise worth a total of $820. Police recovered a laptop computer that had also been reported stolen from his vehicle. Roberts was charged with shoplifting, possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also being held on a contempt of court warrant from Irvington. Total bail was set at $35,200 and Roberts was transferred to Union County Jail. Additional charges were pending.

July 26 at 8:45 p.m. – In the vicinity of Willow Glade Road, Officers Ian Conk and Paul Zack arrested Elizabeth resident Ruben D. Vinanzaca, 30 and Harrison resident Victor A. Vinanzaca, 39, and issued them summons for violating municipal ordinances and illegally dumping trash.

July 27 at 12:51 a.m. – While on patrol on the 400 block of Amherst Road, officers Nicole Melchionna and Donald Barwick observed two men on bicycles and a third man leaning into a 2007 Honda. Because the area had been the site of a number of overnight car burglaries, the officers approached the suspects, but the men fled. After a brief foot chase, police arrested Roselle resident Lamair Leary, 19, and charged him with burglary of a vehicle, theft, and resisting arrest. Roselle residents Mychal Cox, 18, and Kyle Cox, 22, were charged with obstructing a police investigation.

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