Verona Police Officer Stephanie Colon Commended for Stopping Suspect Who Admits to Stealing Over $300 from Area Cars
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
VERONA, NJ - Verona Police Acting Chief Christopher Kiernan announced the arrest of Damon Abnathya, 39, of Montclair for thefts to motor vehicles that took place in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 9.
According to Kiernan, Officer Stephanie Colon was on patrol at about 4:14am when she observed Abnathya walking in the street in the area of Mt. Prospect Avenue and Sunset Avenue, while carrying a small red bag.
Because of the early hour, and the extremely cold temperature - and because Colon was already aware of vehicle thefts and burglaries in the area - she pulled over to speak with Abnathya.
Abnathya, however, after seeing the officer, immediately dropped the bag and ran through the backyards on Sunset Avenue.
Colon called for back up as a foot chase took place throughout numerous backyards and eventually Abnathya was taken into custody by Verona Officers Colon, McMahon, Sergeant Condorelli and Lieutenant Wardrope.
It was excellent Police work
According to Kiernan, Abnathya was found in possession of over $300 in various denominations of cash and change. He also had several gift cards, change purses and various small personal items.
After being advised of his Miranda Rights, Abnathya admitted that he was entering vehicles in the area.
Abnathya was charged with:
After processing, he was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility for arraignment.
The investigation is ongoing to locate all of the owners of the items. Please call the Verona Police Department at 973-239-5000 if you believe anything was taken from your vehicle.