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Burglary, Theft & Possession of CDS: On February 26, 2019 at 2:12 a.m., officers from Pequannock and Lincoln Park Police Departments responded to Slingerland Avenue in Pequannock on the report of someone breaking into cars. Upon Ptl. Christopher McIvor’s arrival he spoke with the caller who stated that the actor was entering unlocked cars and rummaging through them. The caller indicated that the actor, who was a male dressed in black clothing, ran from the scene. A short time later, Lincoln Park dispatch received a call from a citizen on Anthony Boulevard who stated a male dressed in black clothing was on their property. Several Pequannock, Lincoln Park and Fairfield Police Officers established a perimeter around the area while a K-9 unit from the Morris County Sheriff’s Department responded to assist in tracking the subject. During the search, Sgt. Glenn Grune of the Lincoln Park Police Department observed a vehicle being operated very slowly in the area of Ryerson Road and Comly Road. He then observed a male in dark colored clothing run towards the vehicle in an attempt to get in. When Sgt. Grune attempted to stop the car, the suspect fled from the scene on foot. The operator of the vehicle was later identified as Leanne Schmitz, 29 years old of West Milford, N.J. Ptl. Peter Deley of LPPD and Ptl. McIvor searched a yard on Ryerson Road and located the suspect hiding behind a shed. He was later identified as Michael Dellapenna, 30 years old of West Milford, N.J. Mr. Dellapenna was subsequently placed under arrest. A search of Mr. Dellapenna yielded several folds of suspected heroin. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded several suspected prescription narcotics and a hypodermic syringe. Ms. Schmitz was arrested and transported to Pequannock Police Headquarters where she was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Burglary and was released with a scheduled court appearance in the Morris County Superior Court. Mr. Dellapenna was transported to Pequannock Police Headquarters where he was charged with three counts of Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, three counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Hypodermic Needles and Resisting Arrest by Flight. Additionally, Mr. Dellapenna had an outstanding warrant for a State Parole violation and warrants from Wanaque Borough. Mr. Dellapenna was transported to the Morris County Jail and has a scheduled appearance in the Morris County Superior Court.
Lt. Daniel Comune
Operations & Public Information Officer