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NJ Bail Reform: Accused Tenafly Criminal Caught Twice, Released Twice

A judge released Kamleh, anyway.
A judge released Kamleh, anyway. Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT file photo

TENAFLY, N.J. – Moments after Tenafly police released a man caught driving a stolen car, they found him breaking into cars, authorities said.

Soon after, a judge freed again.

It began at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, when Officer Louis Smaragdakis followed a maroon Kia whose driver “made an abrupt left turn into the parking lot of Montammy Country Club [on Route 9W] without signaling his turn,” Capt. Michael deMoncada said.

The driver, 22-year-old Tobey Kamleh, wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, deMoncada noted.

After pulling to a stop, Kamleh got out of the car and began to walk away from the area, the captain said.

Kamleh -- whose recent address is in Philadelphia -- then “became antagonistic with officers, refusing to answer questions and failing to provide proof of lawful ownership of the vehicle he was driving,” deMoncada said.

They arrested Kamleh then learned that the Kia had been stolen out of New York City the night before.

Police charged Kamleh with providing false information to police, obstruction, receiving stolen property and various traffic offenses.

They then released him under the requirements of New Jersey’s 2017 Bail Reform & Speedy Trial Act .

Twenty minutes later, police got a call of someone trying to get into cars on South Summit Street, deMoncada said.

Officers found Kamleh walking away from the area on Franklin Street. As they approached him, the captain said, he tossed away a piece of clothing – which turned out to be a pair of black yoga pants stolen from a car parked downtown.

Police charged Kamleh with attempted burglary and theft.

As a result of the second arrest, the new law’s guidelines allowed them to send Kamleh to the Bergen County Jail.

A judge later that day ordered him released, records show.

SEE: NJ Bail Reform: Good or Bad?

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