Cedar Grove, NJ

Stolen Dodge Ram Driver, Reportedly Found with Cocaine and Stolen Jewelry, Arrested by Cedar Grove Patrolman Cassella

Carolyne Volpe Curley / West Essex Now

Vanessa ShaarawyEssex County Correctional Facility

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021

This is an update on the information provided by West Essex Now on Tuesday:

On Tuesday afternoon, Cedar Grove Patrol Officer Raymond Cassella responded to an alert from Montclair Police that a 2014 Silver Dodge Ram pickup truck, reported stolen out of Belleville, was now in the area of Cedar Grove.

Cedar Grove Police DepartmentCedar Grove Police Department
  • Cassella soon spotted the truck on East Bradford Avenue; when he attempted to have it pull over the driver reportedly eluded him and sped away.
  • Cassella was able to describe the driver as a darker-skinned female, with glasses.
Possible route driven by Dodge Ram reportedly stolen out of Belleville, NJGoogle Maps

As Cassella followed the pickup truck, the driver made her way through Cedar Grove, Verona, Caldwell, and eventually into West Caldwell.

West Caldwell Police DepartmentWest Caldwell Police Department

  • By 5:20pm, West Caldwell Police had located a woman on Deerfield Road who matched the description Cassella had given of the Dodge driver.
  • At 5:40pm, Cedar Grove officers working with West Caldwell police confirmed that a car found abandoned on Sunnie Terrace, West Caldwell, was the stolen Belleville Dodge.
  • At the scene, Officer Cassella placed the driver, identified as Vanessa Shaarawy, 36, from Kearny, under arrest.

A North Caldwell female officer responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Police determined that:

  • Shaarawy was in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia
  • She also had an outstanding warrant from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department
  • Shaarawy had on her possession jewelry which turned out to be from a car burglary in Dunellen, in Middlesex County, NJ.

Vanessa Shaarawy, 36, of Kearny, NJ was charged with numerous offenses including:

  • Receiving stolen property
  • Eluding police
  • Reckless driving

The stolen vehicle and jewelry were both returned to their respective owners.
Shaarawy was transported to the Essex County Jail.


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Cedar Grove Police Department
Joseph Cirasa, Police Chief
525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, New Jersey 07009
“The Cedar Grove Police Department is committed to providing quality service with the highest level of professionalism and integrity. We dedicate ourselves to protect the lives, property, and rights of people, to maintain order, and to enforce the law impartially by working in partnership with the community.”

West Caldwell Police Department
Dennis A. Capriglione, Jr., Police Chief
21 Clinton Road, West Caldwell, NJ 07006

“The West Caldwell Police Department strives to maintain a low crime rate and ensure the safety of residents, business owners, their employees and patrons, and commuters who travel through the Township each day. To accomplish this goal, the officers and staff of the Police Department work rotating shifts to provide 24-hour service, every day of the year, ensuring that assistance is only a phone call away. “

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Carolyne Volpe Curley, a Certified New Jersey Press Journalist since 2012, has appeared on nationally televised productions and interviewed by the international press. Volpe Curley publishes West Essex NOW, a hyperlocal news site covering Essex County, NJ. Volpe Curley graduated from Lafayette College in 1986, with a BA in both English and Government, and a minor in Women Studies and Religion.

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