NEWTON — A Wantage man was arrested after allegedly taking items from an apartment and an unlocked motor vehicle in Newton and resisting arrest, police said.
Shayne Divito, 21, was charged with third-degree burglary, two counts of theft of moveable property, third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and fourth-degree resisting arrest.
At 6:33 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, Newton Police were called to the area of 271 Spring St. for a report of an unknown male who had entered an occupied apartment without permission or consent, police said.
Upon arrival, responding officers located a male matching the provided description across the street and identified him as Divito.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Divito was under the influence and had not only entered the victim’s apartment and stolen a cigarette lighter from the resident’s pocketbook, but had also stolen a wallet from another victim’s unlocked motor vehicle, which was parked across the street.
The cigarette lighter, the wallet and all its contents were recovered and returned to the owners, police said.
As officers took Divito into custody, police said he resisted arrest by attempting to flee before being subdued.
A search incident to the arrest led to the discovery of a small blue bottle that contained 42 Ativan pills for which Divito did not possess a prescription, police said.
Newton officers involved in the investigation were Patrolman John Flanagan, Patrolman Scott Vertetis and Special Officer Raul Couce.
Divito was processed and released pending a mandatory appearance in state Superior Court in Newton.