NEWTON, NJ- A Wantage man is facing charges after breaking into a Newton home and attempting to rob the residents.  On Wednesday, around 6:30 p.m. Newton police officers were called to 271 Spring street on the report of a man in a vacant apartment, according to police.

When they arrived, they found the Shayne Divito on the street. Divito matched the description given to police.  The officers determined Divito to be intoxicated, police report.

In addition to entering the apartment, Divito stolen a cigarette lighter from the apartment resident’s purse.  Divito also had a wallet that he had stolen from an unlocked car parked across the street in a lot, police report.

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All of the items that had been reported missing were returned to their owners.  Divito tried to run away but was caught by police, subdued and taken into custody, according to police. 

Further, when police searched Divito they found he had a small blue bottle containing 42 Ativan pills, a narcotic for which he did not have a prescription. Divito was charged with burglary, two counts of theft of moveable property, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and resisting arrest.  

According to police, Divito was processed and released pending a mandatory appearance in Sussex County Superior Court on August 30.

Newton Police Department’s Investigating Officers were Ptl. John Flanagan, Ptl. Scott Vertetis, and Special Officer Raul Couce.