Nutley Police Request any Township resident or business that has a surveillance, or video activated doorbell to register with the Nutley Police. This is a voluntary database maintained solely by Nutley Police and its investigators. Should a crime occur within close proximity to your home, police may contact you at the number you provide to review footage for possible identification.

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Anyone who has information regarding any crimes can send a (non-emergent) Tip Anonymously by texting CRIMES starting message with NPDTIP or log into and search Nutley

If a call is received from someone claiming that there are warrants out for your arrest, and they supply you with your name, address, and last four (4) of your social, DO NOT PROVIDE YOUR ENTIRE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. THIS IS A SCAM

Police have received a number of complaints regarding phone fraud involving PSEG. Police Chief Strumolo urges residents to contact PSEG directly if anyone representing to be from there are seeking payment.

If you sell any item/s on the internet, DO NOT accept a check for more than the item was agreed to be sold.  DO NOT deposit checks that have instructions to send a portion of that check to another location.  The checks are fraudulent and you WILL lose money from your account.





Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding identity theft. The victim stated that after not receiving mail for about a week they responded to the Regional Post Office in Belleville and was advised that someone requested online for the mail to be held April 9th through May 7th.  Upon collecting the mail, they noticed an envelope containing a Discover credit card with their name on it that they did not apply for.  Discover was contacted who advised that the account was not yet activated so there were no charges on card, and the account was canceled.  The victim wished to be entered into the Identity Theft database, which was completed. 

Property Damage – Brookline Avenue – Response was made to the area regarding a report of property damage.  Five metal balusters were broken off from the church’s metal fence.  The balusters were found on the ground near the fence.  The fence was observed intact two days earlier. 


Property Damage – Bloomfield Avenue – a driver traveling north on Bloomfield Avenue (Reinheimer Park) had their windshield struck by a baseball which caused damage.  There were no injuries reported.  The victim was advised of how to obtain a copy of the report for their records.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Avenue – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop that resulted in the driver, Margaret Makofka, 43, of Nutley, being taken into custody.  She was transported to Headquarters without incident, received summonses for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana and Prescription Drugs, advised of her Court date, and released. 

Suspicious Incident – Franklin Avenue – Response was made to the area in regards to a party that was urinating in public and exposed themselves to passersby.  Stacey Hillard, age 56, of Newark, was taken into custody, processed, charged with Lewdness – a Disorderly Person’s offense, and released.


Theft – Harrison Street – Dispatch directed Officers to a local church regarding a missing money box from their candle room.  The caretaker directed police to the area where the box was hanging in the candle room. The box is described as a medium sized, chrome locked box. The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident.


Field Interview – Bloomfield Avenue – Patrol Units conducted a field interview with a group of individuals which resulted in the arrest of Felix Peralta, 22, of Newark, who was transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was processed, charged with Possession of Marijuana, advised of his Court date and released from custody.  Nothing further.


Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report of fraud.  The victim stated that they had two fraudulent charges on their debit card.  The two charges are estimated at close to $2,000.00 and were paid to a gambling website that the owner did not authorize.  The card was never lost and is still in the possession of the victim.  Advice was given to cancel the card as soon as possible and to contact the credit reporting agency to see if any accounts were opened in their name.  Victim chose to decline entry into the Identity Theft Victim database.

Burglary – Bloomfield Avenue -  A resident reported their bicycle missing from their garage.  It was described as a blue Mountain bike with a black lock around the middle bar. Police had detained three juveniles that were wanted by Clifton PD for questioning regarding a police investigation.  The victim was permitted to look at several recovered bicycles that were impounded one that was identified as their missing bike.  Description matched exactly and the bike lock attached opened with the key on their person.  The JV actor/s that was/were found in possession were believed to be responsible for the theft of the bike and were charged accordingly. 


Burglary – Centre/Woodland -  A woman reported that there were three or four unknown parties sitting in her vehicle.  When police arrived, the actors were gone and the interior smelled like marijuana and cigarettes. The actors have not yet been identified.