Police Blotter

Armed Robberies and Arrests Top West Orange Police Blotter News

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Three armed robberies and the arrest of two individuals in possession of property reported stolen in several vehicles top the Police Blotter for the Weeks of Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. 

Armed Robberies

An attempted robbery 2/13 at the ATM machine at Bank of America, 66 Main St. Suspects scared off.

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An armed robbery on 2/15 in the rear of K & R Bread Distributors, 438 Valley Road.  Driver was held up by two males in black clothing and ski masks.  His wallet (valued at $450) and delivery monies totaling $600, were taken. No arrests were made and the investigation is continuing.

An armed robbery on 2/16 at Hoogard Market on Washington Street.  A black male approximately 6 feet tall pointed a small black handgun at the owner and demanded money.  After turning over $300, the suspect fled from the store and into a blue BMW. He remains at large.

An armed robbery on 2/20 in Lllewelyn Park.  The victim, a 61 year old male, was accosted by an hispanic male as he entered his home.  The victim was handcuffed and two keys, one to his car and one to his home, were taken.  After being told the home had an alarm system, the suspect fled through an upstairs window. The victim extricated himself from the cuffs and called 911.


Orlando Melendez, 49, of West Orange was arrested on 2/16 for DWI and Careless Driving after police responded to the report of a 2000 Saab that struct a utility pole at 558 Mt. Pleasant Avenue.  The victim also complained of chest pains and was treated at St. Barnabas Hospital.

Yusef Taylor of Newark was arrested on 2/18 after a 2004 Hyundai was reported disabled at Mt. Pleasant Ave. and Rt. 280. Taylor was found to have outstanding warrants in Newark. He was arrested, processed and later bailed out and released.

Luis Carrchi of Orange was arrested on 2/18 and arrested for DWI, Refusal, Unlicensed, Leaving the Scene, Careless Driving, no insurance, no registration and no driver's license after a report of a 2001 Ford black pickup truck leaving the scene at Samuel and High Streets.  The suspect was located at on Watson Ave. asleep behind the wheel.  Vehicle was identified as belonging to Luis Morocho of Philadelphia.  Notice on Undocumented immigration status form was completed and faxed.

On 2/20, two black males, Lance Ogunwale, 23, and Justin Earl Chase, 23, both of West Orange, were arrested for trespassing at West Orange High School. When stopped for a field interview, the suspects were discovered to have several items reported missing from vehicles in West Orange, including: 2 GPS units from Buckingham Drive; Prescription meds and a 2 GPS Units, as well as burglary to a motor vehicle  from Mt. Vernon; Prescription meds from Glenside Drive; a wallet from Elmwood Avenue; a GPS from Mt. Pleasant Avenue. Other items not yet identified by owners include: 4 wrist watches; 1 digital camera; 234.33 in monies; 5 cell phones; 1 bottle perfume; 3 pairs sunglasses; prescription glasses; 1 bluetooth visor; 10 chargers; 2 GPS base units; 3 keys, a glass case, a flashlight, change purse, pair of gloves, 2 earpieces, 1 bottle opener and 1 earring.

The suspects were charged with 1 count of trespassing, 10 counts of burglary, 8 counts of theft, 1 count of conspiracy, 3 counts possession of prescription legend drug.  Bail was set at $100,000 for each.

Burglaries,Thefts and Break-Ins

2/11 Package valued at $208 stolen from McClellan Terrace.

2/11 Suitcase with contents valued at $2,050 was stolen from the Marriott Courtyard at 8 Rooney Circle. Surveillance footage will be viewed. 

2/11 An unlocked 2005 Dodge Wagon on Blackburne Terrace was broken in to and a Alto Sax Elite valued at $1,580 was removed.  

2/11 A home break in on Walker Road. Suspects forced open a door and ransacked a bedroom and office, removing gold jewelry and a 30 inch television, total value $6,750. Investigation is ongoing.

2/11 A break in at Jewish Federation on Northfield Avenue.  Two pocketbooks were ransacked, one of which was missing a license, wallet and engagement ring, total value $2,538.00.  Investigation is ongoing.

2/12 Shoplifting at Rite Aid at 20 Main Street. Suspect Darren Leroy Artis, 45, of East Orange, was apprehended stealing several bottled of baby lotion and Aveeno lotion.

2/12 Shoplifting at CVS, 20 South Valley Road. Allen Conley, 45, of Orange, was apprehended stealing 3 pairs of crew socks and Enfamil baby formula.

2/12 Motor Vehicle Theft. A 2011 Buick LaCross was reported stolen by the owner at 50 Northfield Avenue. Vehicle was left unattended with keys in ignition and motor runnig. Victim's pocketbook also reported to be in vehicle.  The vehicle was later recovered in front of 83 Oakland Avenue in Newark by the ECSD.  No arrests were made.

2/13 Motor Vehicle Theft.  A  2011 black Mercedes was removed from a residence on Colonial Woods Drive.  Owner does not know if doors were locked or valet key was in the car.  The vehicle's MBrace tracking system reported vehicle to be located at 540 South 19 Street in Newark.   NPD and ECSD were notified. The vehicle was recovered.

2/13 Package Stolen. A fedex package contained a $2,000 tablet PC was taken from a residence on Summit St.

2/13 A Handicapped Placard was taken from a vehicle at 115 Old Short Hills Road.

2/14 Burglary/Theft to Motor vehicle.  Owner of a 2012 HOM trailer reported theft of a generator, a power washer, and tools with a combined value of $6,500 were taken from the trailer, which had been parked unattended for two weeks at 59 Main Street.

2/15 Shoplifting at Staples, 10 West Orange Plaza.  An unknown black male reportedly stole an Epson Ink Jet 2 Pack, entering a blue Plymouth and taking off before police arrived.

2/16 Burglary/Theft to Motor Vehicle. A  2001 Blue Ford Van on Northfield Avenue broke into the victim's locked vehicle and took a Leaf Blower and drill with a total value of $455.

2/18 Shoplifting at CVS, 20 South Valley Road. A white male reportedly stole several boxes of condoms and bottles of body mist totaling $119.34. He fled on foot.

2/18 Shoplifting at Rite Aid, 20 Main Street. Suspect Angela Cacchio, 44, of Newark, was apprehended stealing three bottles of Tide detergent.  A records search determined that Cacchio had outstanding warrants in Whippany and Parsippany totaling $1,000 and was subesequently arrested.

2/19 Theft of property from Jewish Community Center, 760 Northfield Avenue. Victim stated her wallet from a shelf in the gym, containing license, gifts cards and $60 cash.

2/20 Burglary and theft at a store located at 12 South Valley Road. Police responded to a glass break alarm. It appeared that suspect attempted to break in to the ATM maching. The owner/victim arrived on the scene and reported theft of a cash register with $400 inside; 20 cartons of cigarettes; 27 packages of cigars; and and unknown amount of scratch off lottery tickets were taken.

2/21 Burglary and Theft, from a business located at 16 South Valley Road. $500 in cash was taken from the registers and front glass door had been smashed.

2/21 A 25 year old male reported that picked up a $299 Sony Playstation 3 at the Game Stop at Essex Green Plaza, and when he returned home to open it, the Playstation had been replaced with a ream of copy paper and two bars of soap.

2/22 Theft of Wallet. A 28 year old male reported that he believed his wallet was pickpocketed at the Dunkin Donuts at 382 Main Street, which included $1,000 in cash.

2/23 Burglary/Theft on Franklin Avenue. Victim reported that the unlocked portion of their enclosed porch was entered and a stroller, playpen, walker, and bottled water totaling $288 was stolen.

2/25 Theft of motor vehicle on Virginia Avenue. Victim reports her 2007 silver Toyota was locked and secured at her residence and stolen during the night.

2/25 Burglary to motor vehicle on Hazel Avenue. Victim reports the lock on the driver's side door was punched out of his 2009 silver Audi.  There appeared to be damage to the vehicle but nothing was reported stolen.






Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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