Police Beat

Compiled by Marilyn Baer

Woman arrested for alleged identity theft

Hoboken police officers Ricky Truppner and Dennis Figueroa Jr. arrested East Brunswick resident Lori Skedlesky, 46, at 8:43 p.m. April 12 and charged her with two counts of identity theft, criminal attempt to obtain a prescription by fraud, and hindering apprehension.

The officers were dispatched to the Rite Aid on Thirteenth and Shipyard Lane on a report of someone impersonating an employee from a doctor’s office. The officers arrived to find Skedlesky in the Rite Aid. While speaking with her, she allegedly provided the officers with a false name. She allegedly later changed that to her real name.

After police also spoke with the staff, it was determined that Skedlesky had allegedly attempted to obtain prescription for Klonipin, a benzodiazepine medication used to treat seizure and panic disorders, at two different Rite Aid locations by stating she was a doctor’s employee and filling a prescription for a patient.

The officers contacted the doctor’s office and spoke with staff who verified the doctor did not give her the prescription. Skedlesky was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing, and later remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

At the time of her arrest she was in possession of a dog. The Liberty Human Society in Jesey City took the dog for the time being. The press release did not say where the dog will go next.

Police arrest man for alleged drug possession

The Hoboken Police Department arrested North Bergen resident Diego Acosta, age 26, on the afternoon of Saturday, April 8. According to a media release he was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and bail jumping from Union City. While officers William Bullock, David Dimartino, and Tyrone Huggins were on patrol in the area of Fifth and Adams Streets, Huggins detected the “strong odor of marijuana,” a release said.

As officers drove a short distance away, they observed Acosta smoking what appeared to be a brown lit cigar. According to the release, when Acosta noticed the officers, he immediately placed the lit cigar in his pants pocket. The officers stopped Acosta and questioned him about the cigar. Acosta then handed the officers the cigar, which allegedly contained a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana. Acosta was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing, where he was found to have an outstanding warrant from Union City for $100. Acosta was release after posting bail, and received summonses for the drug related offenses.

Local woman arrested for shoplifting

Hoboken resident Blanca Luciano, 45, was charged with shoplifting on Friday April 7 at 10:17 a.m. According to the media release from the Hoboken Police Department, Special Police Officer Christopher Barral was dispatched to the Acme Grocery Store at 614 Clinton St. on a report of a shoplifter. Barral arrived to find Luciano with staff.  According to the report, Luciano was observed by security allegedly placing several miscellaneous items from a shelf into a plastic bag she had taken from her purse. According to the release the total value of the items was $46.50.

Luciano was transported to headquarters for process and released with a summons to appear in court, and all the merchandise was recovered and returned to the store.

Another alleged trespasser in Hoboken Housing Authority

West New York resident Anthony Morillo, 32, was arrested April 6 at 7:19 p.m. for several counts of bail jumping and trespassing, according to the Hoboken Police Department.

While officers Ryan Houghton and Brandon Fitzgibbons were on patrol in the Hoboken Housing Authority, they conducted a building check of 501 Marshall Dr. They allegedly encountered Morillo in the lobby. The officers recognized the defendant as someone who does not reside on Hoboken Housing property. When they questioned him about being in the building, he could not explain and “provided evasive answers,” according to a press release.

Morillo was then placed under arrest and charged with defiant trespass. When officers checked, they found several outstanding warrants from West New York and Union City. Morillo was charged with five counts of bail jumping, three from West New York and two from Union City, for a total of $2,175.  He was transported to headquarters and processed before being remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.