Edison police detective charged with shoplifting from local supermarket

(NJ.COM) An Edison police detective with 22 years on the force faces a charge of shoplifting from a township supermarket, but his lawyer called the allegation baseless.

David Yanvary, 54, is accused of taking $42 worth of items from a store on March 17, Edison Police Director Bryan Collier confirmed today.

“This department has drawn a line in the sand. Misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated. The tax-paying public and the men and woman of this police department deserve no less,” Collier said.

He declined to comment further on the charges.

Yanvary, who worked for the township nearly eight years before joining the police force for a total of more than 29 years of service, has filed for retirement.

Timothy Smith, a South Orange lawyer representing Yanvary, said his client filed for retirement more than a week ago.

“He wasn’t serve with the charge until late yesterday. It’s totally unrelated. One has nothing to do with the other,” Smith said. He called shoplifting charge “baseless” and said “we’re very confident he will be totally vindicated,” Smith said.

He claimed the charge was filed by a vindictive supermarket manager. Yanvary had receipts for the merchandise, Smith said.

When Mayor June Choi took office in 2006, he called for stronger leadership, accountability and discipline to the force, which suffered a string of embarrassing incidents involving its officers in the past.

Last year, in a shake-up of the department, Choi tapped Collier, a former federal drug enforcement agent, to be township police director.


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