WOODLAND PARK, NJ - D/Lt. John Uzzalino of the Woodland Park Police Department reports the following. All parties are considered innocent unless proven guilty.
The Shell gas station at 1284 McBride Ave. was burglarized twice last week. The first time was between closing at 10 p.m. on May 1 and opening at 6 a.m. on May 2. The second was Friday, May 4 between 10 and 11:50 p.m. The first burglary was found by the employee who was opening. The alarm system was inoperative at that time.
An unknown suspect(s) took approximately $150 out of the register. The second night it is claimed that between $1,000-$1,500 was taken as well as the entire register, worth about $2,000-$3,000. In both instance the front door glass was broken to gain entry. At this time there is an active Investigation ongoing.
On April 29, officers responded to a suspicious vehicle at Dowling Parkway and Hromiak Terrace. Officer Schaefer and Officer Dizenzo detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The driver stated that he was in possession of marijuana oil, which is utilized in an electronic smoking device. Charlie Reyes, 18, from Woodland Park, was arrested and charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, a disorderly person offense. He is due in Municipal Court on May 15.
On May 1, officers were called to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Weasledrift Road and Rifle Camp Road which turned out to be a hit and run. The victim gave a description of the vehicle that hit her to officers. Officer Dizenzo found the vehicle further down Weasledrift Road at the corner of Park Avenue.
As Officer Dizenzo was speaking to the driver, he detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her breath, and observed her speech to be slurred. He also observed that she had trouble focusing and had slow fumbling hand movements. He then asked the driver to step out of the vehicle. She appeared to be off balance, almost fell, and held on to the side of her vehicle for balance. Roadside tests were given, in which all were performed poorly. The driver also refused to take a Breathalyzer test.
The driver, Helene Chudy, was arrested and charged with careless driving, driving while intoxicated, driving with an open container, refusal to submit to breath samples, and refusal to submit to chemical testing. She is due in Municipal Court on May 15.