HILLSDALE, N.J. – A rookie Hillsdale police officer nabbed a trio of men after they’d swiped IDs from residents’ cars, authorities said Thursday.
Officer Corey Rooney pulled their car over on Ellen Court Sunday night after it crossed the double-yellow line several times on Hillsdale Avenue, Police Chief Robert Francaviglia said.
Speaking with the occupants, Rooney smelled raw marijuana, Francaviglia said.
Investigating the source, he found a duffel bag containing the identifications, removed from two cars, the chief said. He also found a bag of pot, he said.
One of the men, identified as Freddy Caceres, 21, also had 38 pills without a prescription, Francaviglia said.
He was arrested along with the driver, 21-year-old Pedro Acevedo Jr. of South Amboy, and front-seat passenger Nijeer Blount, 22 also of Belleville.
All were charged with receiving stolen property and marijuana possession, among other counts.
Acevedo Jr. was released pending a hearing in Central Judicial Processing Court. His passengers were ordered held in the Bergen County Jail pending bail hearings.