Theft of Cell Phone Results in Incarceration

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Steven Spry (58) of Fairfield, N.J. for theft which took place on June 5, 2019. On that date, at approximately 12:30 A.M., an individual contacted the Fairfield police to report that he had left an I-Phone, valued at approximately $1200.00, in the back seat of an Uber car that he was just in. He informed the police that he had tracked the phone using a GPS app to a Lebeda Drive West address in Fairfield.


Officers James Ciampi and David DeCarlo were dispatched to the residence to investigate further. Prior to their arrival, additional information was received from the Uber driver indicating that he had just dropped an individual off at a Lebeda Drive West residence and that this same individual had found a cell phone in the rear seat of the car and had taken it into the residence. The Uber driver provided a description of this individual to the police.

The officers then went to the residence and it is alleged that Steven Spry opened the door and matched the description given by the Uber driver. It is further alleged that Spry initially denied having found a phone in the rear of the car. He later changed his story stating that he did find a phone in the Uber car but thought it might be his girlfriend’s phone, even though she had not been in the Uber and phone found did not resemble her phone. He then turned this phone over to the officers and it was confirmed to be that belonging to the victim.


Spry was then placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. The charges were reviewed by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and it was determined that he should be transported to the Essex County Jail pending an initial court proceeding in the superior court in Newark.


(It should be noted that the charge against Spry is merely and allegation and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna




Fairfield Police Department

1-973-227-1400

Police@fairfieldnj.org

230 Fairfield Road

Fairfield NJ 07004

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