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Berkeley Heights Police Blotter for April 19 Includes: Theft of a Painting, an Arrest for CDS and Warrant Arrests


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Police Capt. Robert Deitch reported the following police activity last week.

On Wednesday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m., Ptl. Brian Nigro arrested Brian Hart, 53, from Plainfield, for hindering apprehension, an open no bail warrant out of the Union County Sheriff’s Department and a $750 warrant out of the City of Plainfield.  Hart was charged with hindering apprehension, tinted windows and improper exhaust.  He was transferred to the Union County Sheriff’s Department on their warrant.

On Wednesday, April 12, at 3:13 p.m., Ptl. Daniel Cuocci responded to Summit Medical Group, 1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights, to take a report on the theft of a painting from inside the building. The painting was valued at $550.  

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The suspect is described as a white female, with dark hair, who left the property in an older model dark vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord.  This matter is currently under investigation by the Detective Bureau. Anyone with information is asked to call 908-464-1111.

On Wednesday, April 12, at 4:14 p.m., Ptl. Brian Nigro responded to a residence in the 200 block of Snyder Ave. to take a report on the theft of a Redmax leaf blower valued at $353.

The victim told police the leaf blower was taken from a locked shed.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 908-464-1111.

On Thursday, April 13, 11:00 a.m., Ptl. Donato Minicozzi arrested Dominique Depts, 24, of Newark, for a $114 warrant out of East Orange.  Depts was charged with driving while suspended and for having tinted windows on her vehicle.  

She was later released after posting bail.

On Thursday April 13, Ptl. Frank Mea arrested Joseph Penyak, 18, of South Plainfield, for a $250 warrant out of Manchester Twp.; Brianna DiEmenno, 19, of South Plainfield, for possession of drug paraphernalia, and a 17-year-old male from South Plainfield for possession of marijuana under 50 grams, during the course of an investigatory stop at Seely’s Pond.

Penyak was released after satisfying the warrant and both DiEmenno and the juvenile were released after processing, pending a mandatory court appearance.

On Friday! April 14, at 5:30 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Affinito responded to police headquarters to take a report on a criminal mischief incident that occurred the day before, April 13, between 5:30 and 7 p.m., while his vehicle was parked in the parking lot of the Berkeley Heights Animal Hospital,  at 269 Springfield Ave.  

The victim reports that his vehicle, a 2000 Jeep, was parked in the lot when he believes someone “keyed” the rear of the Jeep. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 908-464-1111.


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