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Paramus PD: Edgewater Woman Swiped Singer's Purse During Gig

Judith Randazzo Photo Credit: IMAGES: Paramus PD
Randazzo on the dancefloor of the Orange Lantern.
Randazzo on the dancefloor of the Orange Lantern. Video Credit: Kayla Lael of the Selma Blair Witch Project

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Persistence by a Paramus police detective led to the arrest of an Edgewater woman charged with taking a singer's purse as the victim performed at a local nightspot.

Judith Randazzo, 48, was captured on surveillance cameras reaching behind the counter at the Orange Lantern just before 12:30 in the morning on Aug. 28, Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said Friday.

Detective Nicholas Luciano "worked tirelessly" to identify the thief, including posting images on social media, the chief said.

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The victim, Kayla Lael of the Selma Blair Witch Project, posted a video on Facebook of Randazzo on the dance floor ( click above ).

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Then, on Nov. 22, a tipster identified Randazzo, he said.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant and entered it into the National Criminal Information Computer (NCIC) after having trouble finding Randazzo, Ehrenberg said.

A West New York police officer was writing Randazzo a ticket last week when a computer check turned up the Paramus warrant, he said.

Randazzo was released on $5,000 bail pending a hearing on theft charges.

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