Forensic Evidence Leads to Burglar’s Identity
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the issuance of an arrest warrant for Larry D. Ellis (55) formerly of Hempstead, N.Y. for burglary and theft. The warrant was issued on April 25, 2013 for a burglary that took place at the Banyon School, located adjacent to the St. Thomas More Church on September 8, 2012, that authorities now allege Ellis committed.
At the time of the burglary, it appeared that the actor removed a window mounted air conditioning unit in order to gain entry to the school. Taken during the burglary were approximately $120.00 and an IPAD 2. The break in the case came as a result of items that the actor discarded at the scene and which the case investigators recovered and submitted for forensic examination to the New Jersey State Police lab which allegedly identified Ellis. “This is a prime example of the excellent police work done by the Investigative Division of the Fairfield Police Department, specifically, Sergeants Charles Zampino and Christopher Niemiec” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna.
Ellis is currently incarcerated in the Chester County Jail in West Chester, Pennsylvania on an unrelated charge. He was arrested by the Malvern (PA) Police Department on October 21, 2012, while allegedly in the act of committing a burglary to a school/church. A detainer has been placed on Ellis and he will be extradited to New Jersey to answer the Fairfield charges as soon as he is done in Pennsylvania. (It should be noted that the charges against Ellis are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Comcast Vehicles Target for Criminal Mischief
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department is actively investigating an act of criminal mischief that took place at the Comcast facility located at 39 Kulick Road sometime during the overnight hours of April 23-24, 2013. Unknown actor(s) entered a fenced in area where the company stores its work vehicles and damaged approximately 40 of them. The damage ranged from punctured tires to broken windows. The cost of repairing the damage is unknown.
This is not the first time that this Comcast facility was the victim of an act of criminal mischief to its vehicles. In July of 2011, 100 tires on 59 company vehicles were slashed. At that time, company officials reported there had been ongoing issues with the company’s union members; however there was no indication then that it had anything to do with the incident and no arrests were made. Insofar as this most recent incident is concerned, Comcast management again reported union issues relative to a recent schedule change as ongoing.
Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. All information will remain confidential.
Sleeping Motorist Arrested for DWI
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of David Strahan (48) of East Brunswick, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 26, 2013. At approximately 2:30 P.M., Officer David Chabay was conducting the nightly closing check of liquor licensed establishments within the Township of Fairfield, when he allegedly observed a silver Toyota improperly parked blocking Fairfield Avenue near the driveway of the Field House Pub. The officer attempted to awaken Stahan, who was behind the wheel and apparently asleep.
When Strahan finally woke, the officer conducted field sobriety testing and based upon the results of the tests and the totality of the circumstances, Strahan was placed under arrest and his vehicle impounded. He is scheduled to appear in the Fairfield Municipal Court on May 2, 2013. (It should be noted that the charges against Strahan are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
Roseland Woman Arrested for Driving Under the Influence
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Leslie Manley (49) of Roseland, N.J. for driving under the influence on April 19, 2013. At approximately 11:43 P.M., Officer Brian Sabatelli was dispatched to the area of Hollywood Avenue and Campbell Road, to assist a disabled motorist. Upon the officer’s arrival, he observed a 2000 Plymouth minivan with a flat tire. Manley, who was identified as the operator, allegedly told the officer that she had struck the median and had gotten a flat tire. The officer inquired as to where this occurred, but Manley allegedly could not recall.
It is alleged that the officer smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Manley’s breath. He continued his field investigation which resulted in him developing probable cause to believe Manley was operating her vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. She was arrested and the vehicle impounded.
She was eventually charged with driving while under the influence and released on her own recognizance with an initial court appearance date of April 25, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. (It should be noted that the charges against her are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)