Officer Paul Levi was on patrol at 9:17 a.m. on Thursday, January 31 conducting random license plate checks when he discovered a gray Lexus RX350 that was reported stolen from Rochelle Park on January 13.
The vehicle was parked in the lot of the Ramada Inn located at 949 Route 46. Entry was gained whereupon identifying information for a Mr. Richard Coviello, 37, Wayne, was discovered inside the vehicle. Coviello was located in his room at the motel. A former employee of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, Coviello had in his possession OC (pepper) spray, a billy club and an expandable police baton, along with two law enforcement badges from the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.
Coviello was arrested and transported to headquarters for processing and charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Prohibited Weapon and Possession of OC Spray. He was released on his own recognizance.
Editors Note: A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.