Man steals bike from Harrison storefront while high on pot



A Newark man was arrested in Harrison on Monday for stealing a bicycle and possessing drugs.

According to the victim, his bike was stolen outside of the Quick Check at 400 Bergen St.

The 51-year-old says he placed his bike against the store then entered the business.

Three minutes later the suspect was seen on video standing over the bicycle and checking around to make sure no one was looking.  Then he made off with the bike.

Officers received a call saying the bike thief was inside the store.

The suspect was identified as Renan Freitas of Newark.

The 19-year-old admitted to taking the bicycle but wouldn’t reveal its location.

Officers came up empty handed after checking the area.

While being processed, Freitas kept grabbing his groin area and saying he was tired from smoking pot all day.

A police sergeant smelled something and the suspect reached down and pulled out a clear zip lock bag with green vegetation.

Freitas was charged with theft of movable property DPO and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana.

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