Couple Charged With Stealing Jewelry From Miller Road Home
Motor vehicle stop led to arrest on charges from burglary that occurred several weeks ago, police said
A Mahwah couple was arrested Wednesday after Mahwah police found stolen jewelry in their pick-up truck during a traffic stop, Police Chief James Batelli said.
Frank E. Funiciello, 26, of Ramapo Valley Road, and Amanda Breslin, 26, of Oxford Court, who police identified as boyfriend and girlfriend, were charged with burglary and theft after police found 33 items – mostly rings, other pieces of jewelry, silver spoons and antique silver forks – in Breslin’s Chevy Silverado, Batelli said.
Police pulled the duo over for running a stop sign on Mountainside Ave., Batelli said. Officers Daniel Stewart and Jonathan Weber searched the car after smelling an odor of burnt marijuana, police said. The officers found the items, and recognized the jewelry as “possibly being the proceeds of a burglary that occurred a few weeks earlier,” on Miller Road in Mahwah, Batelli said.
The victim of the burglary identified some of the jewelry, Batelli said.
“A teletype of the unidentified pieces of jewelry and other items found in their possession was sent to other law enforcement agencies in an effort to determine the owner,” Batelli said.
The pair are scheduled make their first appearance in municipal court on March 13.