During the period between April 29 and May 5, 2019 members of the GRPD handled 319 calls for service, the highlights of which included:
May 1 - 10:08 AM – A Glen Rock man discovered fraudulent activity on his Bank of America checking account and immediately contacted the bank. A review by the bank’s fraud department found four fraudulent checks totaling $7,532.55. The bank has since reimbursed him, and the matter is currently under review.
May 1 - 4:38 PM – A Glen Rock woman reported receiving a phone call from a male individual claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. She was told that she needed to pay money to not be arrested and subsequently provided her date of birth, social security number and other personal information before realizing that the call was a scam.
IRS phone scams are increasingly more frequent. The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service. There are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.
Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters (called “notices”) from the IRS in the mail. The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
- Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.
May 2 - 6:20 AM – The Clifton Police Department detained a 48-year-old Clifton man wanted on a criminal warrant issued by the Glen Rock Municipal Court. The man was taken into custody by P.O. Sam Evans and P.O. Nick Onove who transported him to the Bergen County Jail.
May 5 - During the morning hours a Woodvale Road resident and a Highland Road resident both reported that an unknown person entered their unlocked vehicles while parked in their driveways overnight. The vehicles were rummaged through, but nothing appeared to be missing. Later in the day a resident on the 200 block of Gaynor also reported that her unlocked vehicle was entered while parked in the driveway overnight. In this case the victim had numerous belongings in the vehicle and was not immediately able to determine what had been taken, an inventory is pending.
Residents with home security video systems are asked to view any video footage recorded overnight for persons attempting to enter vehicles. In most cases actors enter driveways and pull-on door handles seeking to locate unlocked vehicles to enter. If a vehicle is locked, they generally do not force entry and simply move on to another driveway.
Anyone with video footage which may identify an actor is asked to contact the D/Sgt. James Calaski at (201) 670-3948 or email@example.com.
All motorists are reminded that it is never a good idea to leave your vehicle unlocked, even for quick errands or in your driveway. Lock your vehicle and take the keys with you.
May 5 - 2:25 PM – Patrols were dispatched to a report of a bicyclist struck by a motor vehicle in the area of Boulevard and Kenmore Place. Investigation determined that the bicyclist, a 32-year-old Glen Rock man, was crossing with his bicycle in crosswalk at Kenmore when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 67-year-old Hackensack man. The bicyclist was transported by EMS to Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was issued a summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian.