Apr 14, 2023

Sticky Fingers: Converging Lyndhurst Police Collar Shoplifting Crew From Queens

A group of Lyndhurst police officers of all ranks teamed up to snag a shoplifting crew from Queens -- one of whom is on parole, authorities said.

Officers Anthony Giaquinto and Anthony Morreale and Sgt. Phil Reina grabbed two suspects after a pair of businesses in the 400 block of Valley Brook Avenue were struck, Detective Lt. Vincent Auteri said.

Detectives Nick Abruscato and Tom McSweeney found a third on a nearby residential side street.

He bolted, hopping a fence, and headed toward Town Hall Park, where Lt. Anthony Ricigliano spotted him, Auteri said.

Moreale and Officer Matthew Dudek had him in custody moments later, the lieutenant said.

The fleeing suspect and his partners were carrying $350 worth of proceeds from the thefts, Auteri said.

He initially gave police a fake name, the lieutenant said.

However, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Assistant Special Agent In Charge Chris Musto helped identify him as Bright Pierre, 21, a parolee who served time in New York State on a gun conviction.

Pierre was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction and hindering and was sent to the Bergen County Jail.

Chantz Bonilla and Jakyle Hall, both 22, were each charged with shoplifting.

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