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Wayne Police Charge Paterson Man with Stealing from YMCA

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Wayne Police officials said The Wayne YMCA, located at 1 Pike Drive, reported numerous thefts between Friday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 15th.

According to Wayne Police, an investigation revealed that the incidents were all related and likely committed by the same suspect. 

It was also determined that locked offices were entered and subsequently burglarized. 

Proceeds included two sets of Apple AirPods, one set of Samsung earbuds, one set of master keys to the YMCA, $30.00 in cash, and approximately $3,000.00 in cash and gift cards belonging to the Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry. 

Wayne Police said the gift cards were intended for families in need. 

Detective Tom Cydzik conducted a thorough investigation and identified a suspect who was employed by a cleaning company that serviced the YMCA during the time of the reported crimes. 

Members of the Wayne Police Detective Bureau went to the suspect’s residence in Paterson to arrest the suspect, but he was not there. 

Detectives made contact with the suspect and convinced him to surrender himself. 

Police said the suspect, Mr. Danny Figueroa, 37, of Paterson, turned himself into Wayne authorities and returned most of the property. 

He was charged with Burglary and Theft on a complaint warrant and secured in the Passaic County Jail.

The property was photographed and returned to the victims. 

“As a direct result of this investigation, families in our community will not be deprived of much-needed financial assistance to purchase food,” Wayne Police said in a statement.

The charges against Mr. Figueroa are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.