Unconscious woman busted on Light Rail
Police said they found Lisa Gehrke, 42, of Clinton Avenue in Jersey City, unconscious on a train at the 22nd Street station of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail line on Feb. 4. Checking on her well-being, police said they attempted to wake her several times and said that she admitted to them that she had used heroin prior to their finding her. She also did not have a ticket for the train.
A search found that she was in possession of a hypodermic needle. She was charged with illegal use of a narcotic, possession of drug paraphernalia, and theft of services. A background check also discovered that she had outstanding warrants from the Bayonne Municipal Court for $905 and Hoboken Municipal Court for $750.
Lingerie, baby clothes lead to two shoplifting arrests
Neirs Romero, a 54-year-old woman from Stevens Avenue in Jersey City, was charged with shoplifting on Feb. 7 after she allegedly tried to take five ladies’ purses and 11 pieces of lingerie from the A. J. Wright store.
Store security told police she allegedly stuffed the stolen goods into her handbag. The total value was placed at $101.89.
On Feb. 4, security apprehended Tamara Jones, 18, of Bergen Ave. in Jersey City, after observing her allegedly stuffing baby clothing into her pants and her friends’ baby carriage. Police said she gave the wrong name when originally arrested. The total value of the clothing was placed at $25.96.
Alleged shoplifting turns into robbery
Four Bronx residents were apprehended on Feb. 3 and charged with robbery and other crimes after they allegedly stole $101.55 of over-the-counter medicines from Rite Aid.
Police officials said the shoplifting incident was elevated to a robbery after one of the suspects allegedly struck police officers after a long car and foot chase through the northern portion of Bayonne.
Unique Jones, 18, Priscilla Malcom, 23, Natalie Bellamy, 19 and a 16-year-old female, all from the Bronx, were charged with robbery.
In addition, Jones was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly striking police officers while allegedly resisting arrest.
Malcom, who was allegedly the driver of the get away car, was charged with eluding.
All four were charged with possession of stolen property after a police search found additional items allegedly stolen from other locations in the car.
The incident began when a clerk at the Rite Aid called the police at about 9:40 p.m. saying that four suspects had allegedly fled the store with unpaid merchandise. A police car happened to be outside the store at the time and saw the get away car fleeing west bound down 55th Street without lights on. Police began a pursuit that weaved through several streets – which included the get awaycar hitting another car crossing Avenue C, then two parked cars before ending up on the dead end on West 49th Street, at which point the three suspects allegedly fled on foot through back yards.
Malcom and the 16-year-old were arrested when they came out on West 48th Street. Jones, the police said, resisted arrest by allegedly punching and kicking arresting officers who eventually subdued him. Jones also allegedly gave them the wrong name, but was identified later.
The fourth suspect, Bellamy, never got into the car, and was arrested a short time later near the border of Jersey City. A search of the car, police said, came up with two laundry bags filled with merchandise believed to have been stolen from other stores.
Two busted for allegedly selling marijuana
A routine car stop on Feb. 13 led to the arrest of two Bayonne residents for alleged possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
Police said they pulled the car over near 27th Street and Kennedy Boulevard. When the driver reached into the glove compartment to find proof of insurance, the police officer allegedly saw a bag which contained eight smaller bags believed to contain marijuana.
Hason Brewington, 23, of West 17th Street and Kareem St. Louis, of W. 28th Street, were searched.
The police said St. Louis – who allegedly gave them a false name – allegedly had three bags containing pot on him.
Brewington had a bag containing smaller bags commonly used to package marijuana for sale.
The two men also had $800 in cash which was confiscated as suspected drug proceeds.
Accident leads to DWI charge
Police responding to a report that a car hit two parked cars led to charges against James Mitchell, 50, of W. 6th Street, for allegedly Driving While Intoxicated.
Police said they found Mitchell standing outside his car after he allegedly struck two parked cars near 45th Street and Kennedy Boulevard on Feb. 12. They said they detected the strong odor of alcohol on him. He was brought into police headquarters where an ALCO-Test was administered then he was charged.
Light rail check leads to heroin arrest
Isaac Rodriguez, 28, of Ocean Avenue in Jersey City, was charged with theft of services when police stopped him at the 22nd Street station of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail and he failed to produce a valid ticket on Feb. 9. A search subsequent to arrest found him allegedly in possession of heroin. He was charged with theft of services and possession of heroin. The police also said Rodriguez had an outstanding warrant from Jersey City Municipal Court for $96.
Alleged cigarette theft leads to arrest
Shawn O’Donnell, 29, of E. 33rd Street in Bayonne, was charged with shoplifting on Feb. 8 after he allegedly fled the Corner Store at 832 Broadway with 20 packs of stolen cigarettes.
Police, using a description of the suspect given to them by the store clerk, found O’Donnell a few blocks away with cigarettes. They brought him back to the store for a positive identification, and then arrested him.