A Newark man was busted for stealing nearly $2,400 in lottery tickets in Bayonne last week following an investigation by the local detective bureau, authorities said.
Jason J. DeMatteo, 35, of Newark, was charged with three counts of theft on Wednesday for three separate instances of stealing lottery tickets at different locations, according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.
DeMatteo was charged with and arrested for three separate incidents of theft of lottery tickets from local businesses after he was identified as the actor during the investigation by the Bayonne Police Detective Bureau.
The first reported theft was on January 14th at The Corner Store II, located at 110 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, where DeMatteo was identified as the actor who fled the store with $500 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them, police said.
The second reported theft was on January 21st at the Broadway Care Pharmacy, located at 516 Broadway, where DeMatteo allegedly fled the store with $1,120 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them, officials said.
The third and final reported theft was on January 25th at Broadway Deli, located at 1002 Broadway, where DeMatteo is accused of leaving the store after taking $743 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them.
At the time of the arrests, DeMatteo was incarcerated at the Essex County Jail for similar incidents of thefts reported by multiple municipalities, authorities said.