Theft – Centre Street – Officers responded to the area in regards to a report of theft. Police are investigating a theft in which a late model SUV was seen pulling into the parking lot of a Centre and Franklin Business and the driver placed four large flower pots, filled with dirt and plants, into their vehicle and left the area. The value of the 4 flower pots is estimated at approximately $1,000.00.
Assist Other Agency – King Street - Several Officers responded on information received of a shooting suspect in the area of King Street. The male party occupying a black BMW with tinted windows was said to have shot the victim’s vehicle, while in the City of Newark, Nutley Officers located the vehicle that was occupied by one male. The male party was ordered out of the vehicle and identified as Mr. Nariq Petes, 21, of Newark, he was detained for Newark Police to further their investigation. While being searched, police found paraphernalia consistent with the sales and distribution of narcotics. Mr. Petes was taken into custody and transported to Headquarters. Newark PD arrived on scene to take possession of the vehicle.
Mr. Petes was processed, and charged with 2 counts of Possession (2C:35-10A) of CDS on summons. He was also found to have been wanted by the US Marshal Service. Newark PD was notified of charges and want. Nutley PD then transported Mr. Petes to the 5th Precinct in Newark.
Suspicious Incident - Headquarters received a report regarding a suspicious incident. The victim received a phone call from a male party stating they were from Verizon Wireless and there was a fraudulent transaction to their account. An unknown actor/s purchased approximately $3,000.00 worth of iPhones on their account. The Verizon Wireless representative verified most of the victim’s pedigree information and was sent a text message providing a website link to change their pin password on their account. The directions were followed and the link changed. Afterward, the victim felt this suspicious due to them not seeing any fraudulent charges to their account. The victim checked their accounts and has not discovered any fraudulent transactions to their personal accounts, but will continue to monitor. Police continue to remind residents to be cautious when receiving e mails, phone calls, text messages.
Shoplifting – Harrison Street - Officers were dispatched to the area in regards to a shoplifting in progress. The store manager stated that two (2) males, between 20-30 years old, wearing backpacks, took several electric razors and ran from the store. The actors fled South on Franklin Avenue and unable to be located, police are investigating.
Motor Vehicle Stop – Kingsland Avenue - Officers in the area of the 7-11 on Darling Avenue, observed a vehicle parked without a front license plate. Upon checking the registration of the rear plate, the vehicle was found to be expired and suspended. A male party entered the vehicle, drove out of the lot, and a motor vehicle stop was initiated. During the stop the driver could not produce a driver’s license, registration or proof of insurance, but was found to have a suspended driver’s license, and a want out of Wayne. Christopher J. Morales, 28, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters. A search for the second license plate uncovered CDS and paraphernalia. Mr. Morales was charged with 2 counts of Possession of CDS, placed on criminal summons, and two motor vehicle summons: Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, and Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle before being released on the Nutley charges.
Wayne PD was contacted and released Mr. Morales on his own recognizance with instructions to contact the Wayne Court for a new court date.
Motor Vehicle Crash – Route 21 – A motor vehicle crash resulted in the arrest of Josue Mendoza, 28 & Felix Marquez, 26, both from Paterson. Mr. Mendoza was also found to have an outstanding warrant out of Passaic County who were contacted and arrived to Headquarters to take custody of him. Mr. Mendoza and Mr. Marquez were both charged with Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Legend Drug, which were placed on summons to be mailed by the Court. Additionally, Mr. Marquez was issued the following motor vehicle summonses: Driving While Intoxicated, Leaving the Scene of Accident, Willfully Abandoning Motor Vehicle, Failure to Possess Driver’s License, Driving without a License, Careless Driving, Failure to Report Accident, Failure to Possess Registration, Possession of CDS in Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Possess Insurance Card.
Theft – Centre Street – The victim reported to Police that they were noticing they stopped receiving mail. Checks sent from an employer have not been received and were confirmed as being mailed. Four (4) checks were sent from the employer, with one (1) showing being cashed.
Criminal Mischief – Nutley Avenue – Headquarters received a report regarding criminal mischief. The victim stated that when they returned to their vehicle they noticed a one-foot scratch to the rear driver’s side door believed to be done with a key.
Animal Incident – Franklin Avenue – A party walking their dog reported that while passing an apartment complex a dog got out of their home and attacked their dog causing injury. The victim dog was found to have puncture wounds to their neck. Both dog owners were issued Township Ordinances for Unlicensed Dog. The report was forwarded to the Health Department for follow up.
Aggravated Assault/Bias Intimidation – Franklin Avenue - An incident which started in a local business resulted in the accused ramming their vehicle into the victim’s vehicle two (2) times and attempting a third (3rd). The actor was found to be Michael Morrison, 55, of Nutley, who was taken into custody, transported to Headquarters, charged with 2 Counts of Aggravated Assault Attempt to Cause Severe Bodily Injury With Deadly Weapon, Terroristic Threats, Bias Intimidation, Possession of A Weapon For Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a weapon, along with motor vehicle summonses for Reckless Driving, Wrong Way on One-Way Street, Leaving Scene of Accident Involving Property Damage, Failure to Report Accident, and Failure to Show License, Registration. Mr. Morrison was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.
Fraud – A report was received from the victim who stated that they received an email that appeared to be from PayPal, which they have an account. It prompted them through a series of questions regarding a problem with their account. During the application personal information, including social security number, was entered in an effort to fix the issue. At a certain point an error page appeared and the victim logged into their PayPal account. It was then they realized they had no issues and were possibly scammed.