Police repeat offender took $ 86,000 in drugs, more in consecutive Wayne Pharmacy smash-grabs
Career criminal who was jailed in a Clifton police car crash in a lawsuit stole more than $ 86,000 worth of drugs, scratch lottery tickets and a delivery vehicle from a drugstore Wayne, authorities said.
Joseph Holman, 41, of Passaic, broke into Plains Pharmacy at Valley Ridge Mall twice in less than 24 hours in late May, Detective Captain Dan Daly said.
The first time around, he took $ 14,200 worth of scratch tickets after he smashed the glass front door shortly before 4:30 a.m., Daly said.
The next day, Wayne Police Officer David Beltran found the front door smashed again and held open by a folding table.
No one was inside, Daly said. Safeguards then found cases of lottery tickets strewn along a fence behind Notre Dame de la Vallée Church, he said. They also found a bicycle and fingerprints at the scene.
A pharmacy manager told police that several containers of medicine, other assorted products, cash registers, more lottery scratch cards and the store’s delivery vehicle were taken. Total loss: $ 72,000.
Detectives focused on Holman, also known as Harry L. Gray, Daly said.
They learned shortly after that Philadelphia Police had recovered the vehicle from the unoccupied drugstore.
Wayne Detective Darren Williams and Detective Sgt. Vincent Ricciardelli went there to process the stolen vehicle as evidence and found hair samples which were then subjected to DNA testing.
Their prime suspect was Holman, who has a long criminal record involving burglary, theft and other offenses in several New Jersey counties.
Earlier this year, Haledon Police hunted down Holman following a break-in at a convenience store.
SEE: Haledon police capture Passaic convenience store burglar carrying cash and scratch items
Other arrests included a shoplifting that put Holman behind bars after authorities said he assaulted Edgewater officers.
SEE: Edgewater officers injured in scuffle with target shoplifter
Holman was wanted in a series of incidents in Bergen and Passaic counties – including a corporate break-in where the front window was smashed and lottery tickets and other items were stolen – when police in Clifton charged him with another.
Officers were chasing Holman as he tried to get away from another bicycle break-in when a police car slammed into a building on June 7, Lt. Clifton Robert Bracken said.
Holman then crashed into one of the other police cars and flew off, he said.
SEE: Clifton police car crashes during pursuit of repeat offender after store robbery
Holman has been held in Passaic County Jail since that arrest. In the meantime, investigations in several jurisdictions have continued.
These included back-to-back break-ins at Plains Pharmacy, where fingerprints taken from the scene ended up matching Holman’s, Daly said.
Wayne’s detectives drew up complaints of burglary (two counts), theft (four counts) and criminal mischief (two counts) and served them on Holman in the county dungeon.
Holman faces a series of hearings for various arrests at the Paterson Central Processing Court. Meanwhile, Philadelphia Police were also pursuing charges.
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