WEST ORANGE, NJ - Burglaries, thefts, and simple assualts top the West Orange Police Blotter News for September 3-8.
Simple Assault: A resident of Suzan Court reported to police that an acquaintance had come to the door asking for a cigarette. She invited him into the apartment, but feeling uncomfortable, contacted another friend to come by. The two men began arguing outside and the argument became physical. She then changed her story to police and said she had been struck. Police suspected the woman was intoxicated and continued to change her story, becoming increasingly uncooperative.
Burglary/Theft from Residence: A victim on Park Terrace reported the theft of a Gamme yellow ten speed racing bike from their residence after unknown persons entered through an unlocked basement window. Witnesses report seeing a black male, approximately 25-30 years old, wearing a white tee shirt, dark shorts and sandals walking with the bicycle along Park Street. 4-5 young black males aged 14-16 were also reported in the area where the black male had possession of the bike.
Burglary/Theft from Motor Vehicle: Jewelry, mens boots, a US Navy blue and white dress uniform were reported stolen from a 2006 beige Toyota Corolla on Watchung Avenue. Victim believes the vehicle may have inadvertently been unlocked.
Simple Assault: A witness report a simple assault between a male and female in progress on Perkins Drive. The male was pushing the female to the ground and dragging her. The victim told police he indeed assaulted her, and he was taken into custody as a juvenile to await a parent/guardian. The victim suffered cuts to the lip and her mother said she would take her daughter to the hospital.
Theft: A woman who ordered a Samsung Galaxy 4G GSM cell phone had it delivered to her work address at Women First Health Center on Pleasant Valley Way. However, someone else signed for the phone and took it. The staff at the center was unaware of the incident.
Theft of Property: A victim reported the theft of their Blackberry Z-10 while playing basketball at Bethany Church.
Theft: A victim on Meeker Street reported the theft of 7 truck batteries from his vehicles.
Theft of Package: A business reported the theft of a package containing tax records and personal information from his business, Lee's Kitchen, on Valley Road.
Attempted Burglary: The Lee's Kitchen owner on Valley Road reported that unknown actors had attempted to force entry into his business. A screen and molding were found to be damaged in the rear of the store, along with fresh pry markings. Entry was not gained.
Shoplifting: The CVS on Valley Road reported the theft of toiletries and personal items totaling $120.71 by a 34 year old female West Orange resident. Surveillance footage captured the theft and the defendant received a court date and was released.