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Alleged business burglar identified

A Union City resident with several aliases has now been identified by the Hoboken Police Department as the person allegedly responsible for the alleged burglaries of four businesses in western Hoboken Jan. 16 after he allegedly caused $10,000 worth of damage and took roughly $2,000 from registers.

According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, Benny Rameraz, 30, of  Union City was arrested and charged with four counts of burglary, three counts of theft, four counts of criminal mischief, burglary tools, and hindering apprehension on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

While patrolling the Hoboken Housing Authority area, Officers Michael Straten and Samuel Williams were dispatched to the area of 301 Jackson St. on a report of a burglary of the business. Upon arriving, they saw the front glass to the business damaged. Officers entered to find damage throughout the property along with damage to an ATM machine and ceiling tiles. A walk-through was conducted and the business was deemed safe.

Detectives were called to the scene to assist officers with the investigation. They were able to see more damage to the outside of the property and other businesses. A check of a second business was conducted by Officers Straten and Williams and found it to also have damage throughout.

As they continued to canvas the business, they observed an unknown man still allegedly inside allegedly attempting to flee. The officers were able to apprehend him and safely handcuff him and place him under arrest. A search of his person found him to allegedly have proceeds from the other business in his possession. A name check found him to have multiple aliases but was later identified.

The detectives and officers have tied the burglary of four businesses as allegedly being perpetrated by Rameraz. Rameraz allegedly entered all four causing damages in excess of $10,000 and allegedly took more than $2,000.

He was transported to headquarters where warrant complaints were generated and remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.

Man arrested after allegedly stealing delivery vehicle

Jersey City resident Enrique Ramirez, age 46, was arrested on Jan. 10 at 8:51 p.m.

He was charged with theft, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and being an unlicensed driver.

Officer Dennis Figueroa Jr. was dispatched to the area of 11th and Adams streets on a report of a black Jeep leaving the scene of an accident.

Sergeant Edward Sellick advised units he was with a vehicle matching the description in the area of 16th and Jefferson streets.

As Officer Figueroa arrived, he saw Ramirez allegedly fleeing the scene on foot while Sgt. Sellick pursued him.

Officer Figueroa joined the pursuit and apprehended the defendant several blocks away.

Sgt. Sellick suffered a minor leg injury during the pursuit but remained on duty.

A search of Ramirez found him to allegedly be in possession of a glass pipe commonly used to smoke controlled dangerous substances.

After investigating further, police determined that Ramirez allegedly stole the several minutes in the past after the victim left the vehicle running while making a delivery. Ramirez then allegedly crashed into several parked cars.

He was issued several motor vehicle summonses and processed for the criminal offenses.

He was later remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.

Five arrested for alleged marijuana possession

Five individuals from Bayonne and Jersey City were arrested on Jan. 6 at 6:06 p.m. for marijuana-related offenses.

19-year-old Bayonne resident Manuel Miranda, and 19-year-old Jersey City resident Kerlos Slem were both charged with use of marijuana, possession of marijuana, being under the influence, possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone, possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 500 feet of public property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.

Jersey City resident Ahmad Bereka, age 20, was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended, DWI in a school zone, and refusal to submit to a breathalyzer.

21-year-old Bayonne resident Zachary Nemiri and 19-year-old Bayonne resident Yassine Dridi were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence, and possession of marijuana.

While on patrol, Officer Anthony Olivera and  Special Police Officer Jonathan Rodriguez saw a vehicle illegally parked in the area of Ninth Street and Park Avenue.

A random check of the registration found the owner to have a suspended license.

Officer Olivera then conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 11th street and Park Avenue.

As Officers Olivera and Rodriguez approached, they saw five people in the vehicle.

The driver, Bereka, then lowered the window and police saw a cloud of smoke and smelled marijuana allegedly coming from the vehicle.

Bereka provided Officer Olivera with his credentials and his eyes were allegedly bloodshot and he allegedly spoke with slurred speech.

A cigarette of suspected marijuana was found lit allegedly inside the vehicle.

Officer Luke Zezsotarski, who is a Drug Recognition Expert, arrived to back up the officers.

He later confirmed the Bereka was allegedly under the influence of marijuana.

He was placed under arrest.

All other passengers were searched.

Police found a digital scale commonly used to weigh controlled dangerous substances, a sandwich bag containing marijuana, and a cylinder-type container containing marijuana allegedly in Slem’s possession.

Police also found more than $800 from alleged drug sales allegedly in Miranda’s possession.

All parties were placed under arrest and charged accordingly with various criminal and motor vehicle offenses.

Slem and Bereka were processed and remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.

Miranda, Nemiri, and Dridi were issued summonses for their offenses and released with a court date to appear.

At headquarters Bereka allegedly refused to provide a breath sample and was subsequently charged with refusal.


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