EDISON, NJ – An irreplaceable quilt, specially-sewn from t-shirts and an army uniform of a late soldier, was returned to Karen Delmonaco, whose son,  Robert Delmonaco, 21, died last October while serving in the 102nd Calvary.  The quilt had been recently stolen from her front porch.

Edison Detective Shaun Forker brought the quilt to Delmonaco, after Lyndhurst police found the quilt during the arrest of a 48-year-old man who allegedly stole deliveries from homes across New Jersey.

Police in Lyndhurst – acting on a tip from Englewood Cliffs police – found the stolen quilt among items inside a van their officers pulled over. The driver, Hector Davila, 48, now faces multiple charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

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Lyndhurst police were able to identify the Delmonaco family's quilt because Edison police provided photographs of it to other New Jersey police departments. “This is a great example of how communication and cooperation between law enforcement agencies works to best serve the public,” Police Chief Thomas Bryan said.

“More importantly, we were able to return this special quilt to the Delmonaco family in time for the holidays,” Bryan said.  Karen Delmonaco, a physical education teacher at the Lincoln Elementary School in Edison, had the quilt specially-made as a family memento for Christmas.

Edison police cautioned residents about an annual rise in thefts of unattended deliveries during the holiday season. Chief Bryan suggested that residents ensure that packages are delivered when someone will be at home or have items delivered to a neighbor who can accept them in person.