Police & Fire

Belleville Woman Gives False Information During Shoplifting Arrest in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 26-year-old Belleville woman was recently arrested in Fairfield for shoplifting and hindering apprehension at the Target store located on Route 46 East, according to Fairfield police.

Officer James High Jr. responded to the Target store to investigate a report that a shoplifter had been apprehended by store security. According to police, the individual, identified as Brittnie Godette, had filled a shopping cart with various electronic equipment and home goods, valued at approximately $622, and attempted to wheel it out the front doors without paying for the items.

When the officer arrived and requested her name for the purpose of checking on prior arrests, Godette originally identified herself as Brittnie Madera in an effort to hinder the discovery of active warrants for her arrest issued by the Union, Sayerville and Newark Municipal Courts, police said. The warrants ended up being found and she was arrested.

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During the course of the investigation, officers also came in contact with Godette’s boyfriend, Donald Silvera, 39, of Orange, who was waiting outside the store in a vehicle. According to police, officers discovered that he also had active arrest warrants issued by the East Orange, Hackensack, Parsippany and Bloomfield Municipal Courts for his arrest.

Silvera was also arrested. Both were transported to police headquarters for processing.

Godette was eventually released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance scheduled in the Fairfield Municipal Court. Silvera was released into the custody of the Hackensack Police Department.

Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law.

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