West Orange, NJ - Robberies and attempted robberies top the Police Blotter news for the week of March 4.
Burglary/Theft from motor vehicle: Victim reported theft of Iphone 4S from his locked vehicle at 128 Watchung Avenue.
Burglary to Building: Superintendent from Robert Court apartment complex reported a break in to the tenant storage room. Two sofas, three chairs and a table had been used for hanging out. Possible drug paraphernalia was also found.
Aggravated Assault: Victim reported that while shopping for groceries at 320 Main Street three suspects were also in the store. Suspect 1 was arguing with the store owner. The victim told the suspect to stop speaking to the store owner like that and the suspect, described as a light skinned black male, 6'1 in a black hooded sweatshirt, began to hit him in the face with a closed fist. Suspect 2 also came up behind the victim and began striking him, rendering the victim unconscious for about two minutes. When he came to, Suspect 3, a black female with shoulder length brown hair, was also beating him. A female witness attempted to break up the fight. They suspects fled on foot.
Attempted Burglary to Residence: Unknown actor(s) attempted entry into a residence on Manchester Road. They were unable to enter through the door or an attempt to break a window to get access.
Theft: Victim reports purchasing lottery tickets at the Essex Green Shoprite, leaving her leather Tote change purse on the front counter. The purse contained $114 in cash. Surveillance footage showed the victim had the change purse in her hands just prior to leaving the front desk area. It is unknown what she did with it.
DWI/Arrest: Edward J. Haracz, 19, of Little Falls, NJ, was arrested and charged with a DWI after crashing his MVA jeep on the front lawn of 250 Gregory Avenue. He was taken to St. Barnabas, where blood was taken, His wallet contained two driver's licenses, one for NJ, and one for California. He was charged with Possession of a Fradulent Driver's License, Driving While Intoxicated, and Careless Driving.
Stolen Motor Vehicle: Victim reported his 2011 green Toyota Camry stolen from Meeker Street. Video surveillance from the area showed a black male in his 20s wearing black pants, grey sweashirt and white tee shirt with dreads exit the passenger door of a 2004 or 2005 Acura TL. The film shows both vehicles heading east towards Orange.
Attempted Burglary: A neighbor on Pine Street reported a possible burglary after seeing a broken window at a neighbor's residence. It was undetermined whether anyone actually entered the residence, but a large landscaping rock was found on the kitchen floor.
Strong Arm Robbery: While walking south on Valley Road the victim (a white male, age 37) was accosted by two black males who came up from behind, pulling him to the ground and punching his face and stomping his body. They took his cell phone from his hand and $50 in cash. They fled east on Glebe St. One suspect was described as a thin black male, long dread locks, around 20 years, black jacket and saggy black/blue jeans. The second suspect was described as a black male, 20 years old, medium build, black jacket, blue jeans, black ski cap and boots.
Although lacerated with contusions and experiencing pain in his upper body, the victim refused medical attention.
Police Info: Police responded to reports of a man with a gun at the Main Street post office. The male, 45, from Orange, had a toy gun in his possession. He had been threatening customers with it. USPS did not file a complaint and he was sent on his way.
Motor Vehicle Stop/Warrant Arrest: Anibal Alonso Burga, 22, of Randolph, NJ, was arrested after a MV stop for a broken taillight showed he had outstanding warrants in Hackensack, and Convent Station, as well as a suspended license.
Theft: BP gas station reported a theft of gas when a silver BMV sedan took off without paying, the nozzle and hose still attached to vehicle, causing an additional $300-400 in damage.
Shoplifting: Roshne Anita Luke, 19, of East Orange, was arrested after stealing a handbag and lipgloss worth $40.09 from K-Mart. She was issued a summons and released with a court date of March 14.
Criminal Mischief: Victim reports the windshield and passenger window of her 2002 Silver Nissan Altima located at 5 Joyce Street had been covered in writing in magic marker, though the rain prevented the victim from knowing what it said. She found a black wallet on her windshield containing $34 with no ID and handed it to the police.
Suspicious Person: A resident of Crystal Avenue reported that a black male, wearing a black and grey varsity type jacket with the letter "C" on the left side, came to her door identifying himself as Shilot Francois, of 888 Remodel.com, a home construction company. He claimed he attended Kean University and was on the football team. After leaving her residence, she googled him and discovered a mug shot with an article saying he had been arrested for breaking solicitation laws in Hackettstown. No one had been approved to solicit in her area on that date.
Shoplifting: Susan Cate, a 51 year old female, was arrested for shoplifting various items from the West Orange Whole Foods in the amount of $155.48. She was processed at the police department and given a court date.
Criminal Mischief: The victim, male, aged 49, reported vandalism to his Volvo at West Orange Plaza. A large scratch was found on the driver's side door.
Theft: Roofing materials were reported stolen from the driveway of 99 Gregory Avenue in the amount of $3,173.56.