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Shoplifting Investigation Leads to Narcotics Arrest

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Fairfield, NJ -- The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Christian Pagella, 24, with no known address, for shoplifting, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, tampering with evidence, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and resisting arrest on August 4, 2015.

On that date, at approximately 4:42 p.m., Fairfield officers were dispatched to Plato’s Closet located on Route 46 West for a report of a possible shoplifting in progress. Lt. Peter Pollack, Sgt. Paul Bowden and Officer John McGrory arrived simultaneously. It is alleged that, prior to police arrival, Pagella took items of clothing into a dressing room and then concealed them on his person.

As the officers began to speak with Pagella, it is alleged that he was displaying signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance to include droopy eyelids, constricted and “pinpoint” pupils, difficulty standing with slow and slurred speech. In addition it is alleged that the officers observed what they believed were items of clothing concealed and stuffed in his waistband. When asked about this, Pagella allegedly began to remove numerous t-shirts from inside of his pants.

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At this time, Pagella then allegedly placed a plastic bag into his mouth which the officers eventually recovered and which is alleged to have contained a paper fold with a crushed Xanax tablet and a tab of Suboxone. Officers then attempted to place Pagella under arrest, however he resisted. He was eventually secured in handcuffs. Pagella was eventually transferred to the Essex County Jail and held on $2500 bail.

(It should be noted that the charges against him are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Authorized by: Deputy Chief Anthony Manna, Officer in Charge

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