N.J. man charged with robbery after allegedly stealing from apartment tenants

A New Jersey man is in custody, accused of stealing electronics, sunglasses, cash and a credit card after a party at a State College residence over the weekend.

State College police arrested Guiseppi Dante, 20, of Liberty Corner on Sunday on felony charges of theft, robbery and receiving stolen property after residents of an East Fairmount Avenue apartment called about items missing from their home.

Apartment tenants told police that Dante had been at a party Saturday at the apartment. None of the tenants knew him, and they reported that he had a black backpack and was acting suspiciously. Dante spent the night at the apartment, and a resident told police that he noticed the backpack and another tenant’s iPhone in Dante’s back pocket as Dante was leaving Sunday.

Police said they were called after a tenant confronted Dante as he was walking away and an altercation ensued. The tenant had a torn shirt and cuts and blood on his right hand, police said.

Officers searched the backpack and found a MacBook Pro, $7, phone chargers, multiple pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses and a credit card that belonged to a resident of the apartment, according to police. The value of the items Dante is suspected of taking is valued at about $3,400, police said.

Dante also faces summary harassment and disorderly conduct charges. He was arraigned before District Judge Steven Lachman on Sunday and taken to Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

An attorney for Dante was not listed on court documents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.