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Bergenfield Pizzeria Owner Wants Vandals To Pay

The awning at Nick's Pizza and Pasta was slashed twice. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Ambrosino is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever vandalized his Bergenfield pizza shop. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

BERGENFIELD, N.J. — It's been six months since Jeff Ambrosino posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever slashed the awning over his Nick's Pizza and Pasta shop in Bergenfield.

Ambrosino of Park Ridge nonetheless remains hopeful that police will find the culprit.

"It was somebody that had a problem with me or the business, or both. It wasn't random," he told Daily Voice. "I want restitution."

Ambrosino first noticed a gash in his awning on a blustery February day.

He waited until the weather cleared to have it fixed, then discovered a new tear in the same spot in July.

“I said ‘Jeff, that wasn’t rain and sleet,’” Ambrosino said he told himself. “’That was some knucklehead who tore your awning.' It just so happened the day you noticed it was a rainy, sleety day.”

A four-foot blue pole was found with a black handle and a box cutter-type blade attached to the top with blue “Edge Lock” painter’s tape, police told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.

In his nearly 35 years of business, Ambrosino said he's $30,000 or so for damage repairs. Each window that’s broken costs $2,000 to replace.

“He doesn’t deserve that,” a customer getting a slice from Nick’s said Wednesday afternoon. “Nobody deserves something like that.”

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