Police in Lyndhurst took two suspects in custody and charged them with receiving stolen property after the pair reportedly stole bags of merchandise for a store in the town.
According to Lyndhurst Police officials, shortly before 8 p.m., on Wednesday, March 2, officers responded to Home Goods, 558 New York Ave., to investigate reports of a shoplifting in progress.
Units arrived at the store and were informed -by store employees- that a man and woman fled the store with several large bags. The couple reportedly entered an older model Lexus sedan that sped away from the scene.
Lyndhurst Police said a description of the suspects and their vehicle had been broadcasted to other patrol officers in the area.
Officers observed the vehicle leaving the area and conducted a motor vehicle stop. Officer Clifford learned the car had two occupants, later identified Mr. Tyrese Gregory, 22, (driver) Ms. Brianna Fillmore, 22, both from Newark.
Officer Clifford says he observed multiple bags filled with clothing, most of which still had price tags and security devices on them. During the investigation, Officer Clifford was joined by Sgt. Richard Jasinski, Det. Nick Abruscato and Officers Michael Scalese, Michael Giangeruso and Nicollette Villani.
A search of the vehicle uncovered additional miscellaneous items suspected to have been stolen from several other area retail stores.
During the investigation, police learned that the pair had warrants. Police say Gregory had an outstanding warrant out of Hillside and Fillmore had outstanding warrants out of Livingston and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to Lyndhurst Police, Fillmore was found to have a wax fold of a white powdery substance, suspected heroin.
Gregory was released on the warrant with a pending court appearance in Hillside.
Fillmore was charged with possession of heroin before being released into the custody of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.
Charges on both for receiving stolen property are pending the completion of the investigation.