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#1 May-26-2017 03:48:pm

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Police say man living at Ramapough camp charged with vandalism

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/c … 348248001/

MAHWAH — The Ramapough Lenape Nation will hold an emergency prayer at 3 p.m. today, after police say a man who had been living at their camp was charged with vandalizing property owned by a nearby residential development.

Harold Molt Jr., 66, was arrested Thursday evening and charged with criminal mischief and weapons offenses.

Members of the Ramapo Polo Club had reported to police on May 12 that someone vandalized "no parking" signs and homeowners' signs that were at 95 Halifax Road. Investigators also determined that Holt used a shotgun to damage two historic streetlights in the area, Police Chief James Batelli said.

Officers conducted interviews and reviewed images from video surveillance cameras nearby. There was also evidence at the scene that they examined, said Batelli.

The Mahwah Fire Department Evidence Recovery Team was able to recover evidence that had been thrown into the Ramapo River, a public waterway, as well, Batelli said.

This led to the arrest of Molt, who had been residing on the property at 95 Halifax Road, which is owned by the Ramapough tribe. He also used addresses in both Fulton and Rooseveleton, N.Y., said Batelli.

Molt was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a weapon without first obtaining a firearms permit, criminal mischief in an amount greater than $2,000, hindering apprehension, possession of a weapon and discharge of a firearm, Batelli said.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed.

The arrest comes as tensions are boiling between the the township, the Ramapough tribe, and their Polo Club neighbors. The township is suing the tribe for allegedly using its Halifax Road property as a place of public assembly and campground, complete with tepees, tents, a canvas cabin and a yurt, all of which violate local zoning law. Residents of the neighborhood have made multiple noise and domestic disturbance complaints with police.

Ramapough Chief Dwaine Perry said Molt is not a tribe member, and declined to comment further on the advice of the tribe's attorney.

The tribe, however, posted a message Friday on social media, reading "URGENT: ONE OF OUR WATER PROTECTORS WAS ARRESTED LAST NIGHT."

Email: nobile@northjersey.com

Molt is not a member of the Rampough Lenape tribe. His affiliation was incorrectly identified in an earlier version of this story.



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