Verona Police Sergeant Robert Shafer and Officers Ed Carattini and John Lecreux Arrest Two Teens in Stolen Car at Verona Park Early Tuesday
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
VERONA, NJ - As first reported by RLS Media, after an early morning investigation by Verona Police Sergeant Robert Shafer and
Officers Ed Carattini and John Lecreux early Tuesday morning, two male juveniles were arrested at Verona Park and ultimately stolen property and drug charges were filed against them.
According to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, at about 1:15am, Officers Shafer, Carattini and Lecreux were on patrol in Verona Park when they observed an occupied 2009 Jeep Patriot parked next to the park’s maintenance building. The officers ran the vehicle’s license plates and the data reportedly showed that it belonged to a 1996 Volkswagon Golf. The Jeep’s VIN number showed that it was stolen out of Byram.
When the officers contacted the Essex County Sheriff's Office, sheriff's officers then arrived at the scene.
Their investigation determined that the vehicle was occupied by:
The Verona officers reportedly discovered a plastic bag containing a small amount of marijuana and a scale on the front passenger seat.
Fontoura stated that the suspects were charged with the following:
Male from Byram
Male from West Orange
Fontoura stated that his officers took custody of the suspects:
Essex County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura