Police: Bayonne man busted for stealing dog after dropping crack cocaine in basement


A Bayonne man was busted for stealing a dog after accidentally dropping a “substantial amount of crack cocaine” in a neighboring basement, police said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Steven Rodriguez, 33, of Bayonne, was charged with two counts of burglary, theft, obstructing a governmental function, resisting arrest, possession of controlled dangerous substance (crack cocaine) with the intent to distribute, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

He was taken into custody at about 8:26 a.m. yesterday from the area of East 32nd Street. Officers responded to the area of 32nd Street and Broadway on a report of a man with a dog attempting to pry open apartment doors of a building in the area.

Upon arrival, officers quickly located a man matching the description, later identified as Rodriguez, in the area. As officers detained him to conduct an investigation, he grew increasingly agitated and non-compliant, attempting to flee.

He was then placed under arrest for obstruction. When officers asked if the dog was his, he said that he was the owner.

Shortly after, police received a report of a dog that had gone missing from inside an apartment of the building Rodriguez had been observed prying doors to apartments.

As the investigation continued, police received another report stating that a man, later identified as Rodriguez, and a dog were observed in her backyard which is located in the area of the original call.

The caller stated that as she checked her yard and basement upon Rodriguez exiting, she observed narcotics left inside her basement. There, officers recovered a substantial amount of crack cocaine.

The investigation revealed that Rodriguez had entered one apartment and stole the tenant’s dog and he also entered the basement of a nearby home, leaving narcotics behind.

As a result, Rodriguez was charged with a myriad of offenses and the dog was returned to its rightful owner. The search incident to his arrest also led to the recovery of narcotic paraphernalia and additional crack cocaine from his person, authorities said.

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