BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Following recent thefts that had occurred inside the locker rooms at the Somerset Hills YMCA, Bernards Township police reported that a YMCA employee was arrested and charged with one of the thefts.
Police said that the employee, 54-year-old Raul Salazar of Bound Brook, was arrested and charged with theft from a YMCA locker on July 23. According to this week's police blotter, at 4:30 p.m. on that date, a YMCA member set up a camera inside his locker which allegedly showed Salazar taking $19 in cash. He was arrested afterwards.
Two more car thefts
Two more vehicle thefts took place in the township when a 2017 Porsche Panamera and a 2017 Bentley Bentayga were taken from the driveway of a residence on Emerald Valley Lane during the overnight hours of July 25, according to township police. The police investigation later revealed that both vehicles’ key fobs had been inside when the theft occurred, police said.
Following a number of vehicle thefts and break-ins into township cars in recent months, township police again asked residents to keep their vehicles locked, and keep valuables out of sight.
Police also issued a reminder to ask residents who observe suspicious activity to call the department at 908-766-1122. The public is asked to pay particular attention to suspicious activity at neighbor’s homes.
Also on the police blotter:
• On July 27, three Caldwell men and a juvenile were arrested and charged with drug possession, according to police. Austin Mattern, 18, Devante Walker, 23, and Ken Axe, 18, and a juvenile were stopped by Officer Zolnierowski for a motor vehicle violation. A further investigation allegedly uncovered under 50 grams of marijuana, according to police. The adults were arrested and charged and the juvenile will be referred to family court.
• On July 28, a Morristown man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said. At approximately 10:24 p.m., county communications received a complaint of an erratic driver in a white Mercedes Benz. The driver was located on Mount Airy Road by Officer Frank Girard, police said. Paul Bontempo, 67, was arrested for a DWI after a breath test allegedly showed his blood alcohol concentration of .23% almost three times the legal limit of .08 percent, police aid. Bontempo was also charged with reckless driving, police said.
• On July 28, a Summit man was arrested and charged with drug possession, police said. Giancarlo Zepeda, 19, was stopped on Martinsville Road for a headlight violation by Officer John Mulhall, according to police. Following a brief investigation, Zepeda was arrested and charged with alleged possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
• On July 29, a Bridgewater man was arrested and charged with drug possession. Anthony Marinelli, 26, was driving inside the Exxon on King George Road when Officer Anthony England ran a random license plate lookup, and reportedly discovered that Marinelli had a suspended driver’s license. After the stop, drug paraphernalia was allegedly found in plain view of the officer and a search of the vehicle reportedly revealed several doses of heroin and Alprazolam, police said. Marinelli was charged with 3rd degree possession of a controlled substance and released, according to the police report.