Lawmaker Accused Roast Beef Thief - My9 New Jersey

Lawmaker Accused Roast Beef Thief

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Hopatcong, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

79-year-old councilwoman Estelle Klein of Hopatcong is accused of stealing roast beef as well as filet Mignon and other items from a Netcong Shop Rite on August 6th before leading police of a “low-speed chase” and resisting arrest.

She’s still on town council. But some locals don’t think she should be in offices in light of the charges and Shop Rite employees say the councilwoman is a longtime shopper, but they’re not sure if she’s fit to be on town council.

People at the borough offices tell Chasing New Jersey that she’s innocent until proven guilty and wouldn’t comment further.

Netcong Police Chief James Blesson also refused to comment or release the police report citing a pending investigation.

Klein was not able to be tracked down by Chasing New Jersey but her attorney says she's applying for pre-trial intervention.

Town attorney John Ursin said Klein has missed two council meetings since her arrest but would not verify whether she has missed a third meeting. The council can vote her out if she misses four meetings.

Her next hearing is Oct 1st.

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