RPPD Apprehend Burglary Suspect. Arrest Two On Unrelated Drug Charges.

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Published: May 6, 2015 @ 2:56 PM EDT

On Thursday, April 30th, at approximately 11:41 a.m., Roselle Park police officers responded to an apartment complex on the 100 block of West Westfield Avenue following a 9-1-1 call from a resident of the complex regarding a suspicious male in the building. The suspicious male was described by the caller as a male, wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray baseball hat with a New York Yankee logo on it.

Upon arrival with other responding officers, Detective Richard Cocca advised them that he observed a male walking from the rear of the apartment building on the west side who fit the description given and that he witnessed the suspect remove a pair of gloves from his hands and discard them in a trash can on Westfield Avenue.

The individual was detained by police and identified as Gregory Perry, age 45 from Paterson.

A check of the apartment complex revealed that two apartments had been recently burglarized.

Mr. Perry was arrested and charged with two counts of Burglary, two counts of Criminal Mischief, and Possession of a Burglary Tool.

Reportedly, Mr. Perry later admitted to police to burglarizing both apartments. He was lodged in the Union County Jail on $25,000 bail.


Later that day, at approximately 3:36 p.m., Patrolman Kyle Lamar conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2003 Toyota on Locust Street at West Westfield Avenue for an equipment violation.

The driver of the vehicle, Islam Arafa, age 38 from Marlboro, and passenger Veronica Venito, age 34 from Morganville, were reportedly found to be in possession of suspected Controlled Dangerous Substances as well as drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Arafa was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS (suspected cocaine and heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (a hypodermic needle), and Failure To Turn Over CDS To Police.

Ms. Venito was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS (suspected Suboxone and Oxycontin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure To Turn Over CDS To Police.

Mr. Arafa was released with a court date. Ms. Venito was lodged in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bail.