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Police Blotter: Vehicle Theft, Intoxicated Driving and More From West Orange Police


WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department reported the following incidents of shoplifting, car theft and burglaries, driving while intoxicated and more in February:

On Feb. 1, employees of a Main Street pharmacy called police to report a suspected shoplifter. Store employees reported that the man took three bottles of women’s deodorant and a package of men’s soap.

A 33-year-old West Orange man was arrested on Feb. 9 for possession of a controlled substance and a $250 warrant out of East Orange. Police spotted Alfred Critchlow walking west on Washington Street around 8:30 p.m. and took him into custody.

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On Feb. 11, a Harrison Avenue business reported that its register had been ransacked and $34 in cash was missing. The theft occurred sometime between the hours of 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 11.

On Feb. 12, a South Valley Road pharmacy reported nearly $31 dollars in items shoplifted from its store. The items include soap, deodorant and shampoo.

On Feb. 12, two Oakridge Road residents reported items removed from motor vehicles. One resident reported a pair of sunglasses removed from the vehicle and the other about $20 in loose change. At least one resident believes to have left the car unlocked.

A 23-year-old West Orange man with an outstanding warrant out of Orange was arrested on Feb. 12 while panhandling outside a South Valley Road shopping center. Knowledge Zaire was taken into custody around 12:45 p.m. on the $250 warrant.

On Feb. 13, a woman reported her handbag stolen while attending a house party in Llewellyn Park. The woman told police the bag went missing on Feb. 11 sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight. The woman then reported her debit card was attempted to be used at a store in Huntington Station, NY and at a high-end department store.

On Feb. 14, West Orange police arrested a 29-year-old Avenel man on a bench warrant. The man posted a $250 bail and was released with a court date.

On Feb. 14, a Whittlesey Avenue resident reported a red 2010 Dodge Charger stolen. The incident is believed to have occurred between 2 and 8 a.m.

On Feb. 14, a Rollinson Street resident reported a silver Buick Century stolen. The incident occurred sometime between 11 p.m. Feb. 13 and 4 a.m. Feb. 14.

Police charged a 39-year-old West Orange man with driving while intoxicated on Feb. 15. Levi Joel Arevalo was spotted parked in an alley behind Washington Street around 5:20 p.m. when police received a call of a possible drunk driver. Police had Arevalo exit the car and undergo a sobriety test, which he failed. Two passengers, ages 18 and 19, also of West Orange, were issued summonses for underage drinking.

On Feb. 18, a running, unlocked car was stolen on Whittlesey Avenue. The resident reported her red 2010 Toyota Rav4 missing around 2:25 p.m., when she left it unattended and went inside her residence. The resident told police she saw an unknown male drive off in her car.

On Feb. 19, a running, unlocked car was stolen on Valley Road. The owner said she left the 2012 Toyota Camry idling with the key in the ignition while she shopped at a local convenience store. An unknown suspect fled in the car while the woman was inside around 7:40 p.m.

On Feb. 20, a Spring Hill Drive resident reported $12,000 in hair wigs stolen from her unlocked car. The woman said she had left her 2016 Nissan unsecured in her driveway around 1 p.m. on Feb. 19. 

Meanwhile on the same street, two more residents reported that their unlocked motor vehicles were entered sometime after 6 p.m. One resident said approximately $4 in change taken and the other had no property taken.

On Feb. 20, a resident of Colony Drive West reported an iPhone 7 stolen from an unlocked car. The incident is thought to have occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. Feb 19 and 7:30 a.m. Feb. 20.

On Feb. 27, a 15-foot, purple lent robe was reported stolen from in front of a rectory on Eagle Avenue. The robe, which was secured to a cross, is valued at around $200.

On Feb. 27, a Woodside Terrace resident reported that several sets of keys to rental properties were removed from an unlocked vehicle. The incident occurred between 10 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 7 a.m.

On Feb. 28, Two Lawrence Avenue residents reported burglaries to unlocked vehicle on that street. One resident said the glove compartment was rummaged through and the other reported nothing taken. The incidents occurred between 11:30 a.m. and 1 a.m.

On Feb. 28, employees at an Eagle Rock jeweler reported more than $5,000 in jewelry shoplifted from its store. Store workers say video shows a man entered the store just before 5 p.m. and removed a bag with assorted gold bracelets from an unlocked vault.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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