Teaneck detectives arrested three Lodi roommates and were seeking a fourth for robbing a man who answered an advertisement posted on Craigslist to buy prescription pills, police announced Wednesday.
Authorities made the arrests at a house on Hamilton Avenue in Lodi early Tuesday following an investigation led by Teaneck Detective Stephen Ramirez, Police Chief Robert A. Wilson said in a statement.
The victim arranged to meet the purported seller on Fort Lee Road Nov. 11 where he let 19-year-old Khadijah Billups into his car to do the deal, Wilson said. While the two were in the car, two women approached posing as police officers shortly before 7 p.m.
The pair, identified as Simone Bullock, 25, and Debra Dorando, 45, stole personal belongings from the would-be buyer before fleeing with Billups in a white Saab driven by Joseph Sanjurjo, 63, according to police.
Ramirez’s investigation led him to the Lodi house where he confirmed the four residents matched descriptions of the robbers, Wilson said. Working with Lodi police, Ramirez also learned that Sanjurjo was driving the Saab the day of the robbery, the chief added.
Teaneck and Lodi police executed a search warrant at the house around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, where police said they found items linked to the robbery and evidence of drug use.
Sanjurjo, Billups and Bullock were arrested at the scene while authorities were still searching for Dorando who wasn’t home during the search, Wilson said. The three were each being held at the Bergen County Jail on $100,000 bail, with no ten percent option.
The four face charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, luring an adult, drug distribution, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug distribution within 500 feet of a park. Bullock and Dorando were also charged with impersonating a police officer.
Lodi police charged another man at the house during the raid, Michael Fellows, with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Additional information on Fellows was not immediately available.