WAYNE, NJ - On May 19, 2020 at approximately 5am, an alert resident called the police department to report a suspicious vehicle on Webster Drive. The caller reported that the occupants of the vehicle were going into mailboxes.
Officer David Fox responded to the area and located the vehicle. During the ensuing investigation, the driver and occupants of the vehicle they were found to be in possession of several hundred stolen pieces of mail. The stolen mail included packages, checks and credit cards. The mail belonged to residents of Wayne, Pompton Plains, Fairfield, and Haskell.
All three of the occupants were arrested and transported to Wayne Police Headquarters for processing. They were charged with theft, conspiracy and credit card fraud. The United States Postal Inspector was notified and responded to the Wayne Police Department to assist with the investigation. The stolen mail was turned over to the Postal Inspector so that it could be returned to the owners. The victims in this case will be notified if their mail was recovered.
Jose Veras (Age 18) of Paterson was charged and released in accordance with bail reform. Edward Lopez (Age 19) of Paterson was charged and released in accordance with bail reform.
Osvaldo Rios (Age 22) of Paterson was charged and transported to the Passaic County Jail in accordance with bail reform.
Charges are merely accusations, and the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.