EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Parking lot crime in East Brunswick persists as a problem, as more robberies and criminal exchanges have driven arrests by police.

On April 16, Det. Crispin Farrace began an investigation for a robbery at Walmart. A female victim was loading groceries into her car when she was robbed of $80 in cash by a female suspect armed with a dark-colored stun gun that resembled a flashlight.  Through Farrace’s investigation, it was determined that two suspects were involved and were operating a late 1990s Audi, says a report issued by the EBPD today.

On April 27, a South River patrol unit stopped a black Audi for a motor vehicle violation and a subsequent search of the car revealed a dark green flashlight stun gun with Police etched into the side. The two individuals in the car were identified as Naomi Gerenza, 50-year-old female, and Thomas Nizolek, 30-year-old male, both of East Brunswick. 

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Based on the South River Police Department’s arrest and further information developed by Detective John Breen, criminal complaints were signed against Gerenza and Nizolek who were arrested on May 26 at their residence in the East Brunswick, according to the report.

Gerenza and Nicolek were both charged with robbery and conspiracy.  Bail was set at $150,000 for Gerenza and $100,000 for Nizolek. Both were transported to the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick in lieu of bail.