Missing Autistic Child – Kingsland Street – A morning motorist reported that they observed a young child walking alone on Kingsland Street in their pajamas at approximately 6 am. An Officer began searching the area and was unable to locate any child matching the description. Moments later two (2) more Officers arrived on scene checking door to door. While attempting to raise homeowners, a Clifton Patrolman advised that a 911 call was received by their agency regarding the same child dressed in pink pajamas walking bare foot within the construction site of the old Hoffman La Roche property. A Nutley Officer recalled a Kingsland Ave location in which a non-verbal Autistic child resided. Police made contact with her family who confirmed she was missing from the residence.
Police immediately requested all available Police, Essex Sheriff K9, Fire, and NVERS to assist with the search. As responding personnel canvassed the area on foot, they located the 6 y/o child on the roof of the newly constructed parking deck within an hour. The child was uninjured, checked by medical personnel, transported to her residence and reunited with her parents.
Driving While Intoxicated – East Centre Street - A motor vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of the driver, Andy Alvarado, 22, of North Bergen. He was charged with Careless Driving, Uninsured, and Driving While Intoxicated. He was advised of his mandatory Court date and released from custody.
Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Avenue - A motor vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of Luis Colon, 27, of Newark, for multiple active warrants out of Newark. He was transported to Headquarters without incident, Newark PD was contacted and released Mr. Colon on his own recognizance. He was issued motor vehicle summonses for Failure to Use Lights When Required, and Driving with License Suspended. He was advised of his mandatory Court date before his release.
Theft – Kingsland Street - Officers responded to the scene on a past occurred theft. The victim stated that when they returned home from vacation they noticed their child’s bike was missing from the backyard. The bicycle is described as a black, Mongoose model, with neon writing on the frame, valued at $150.00. While checking their Ring doorbell footage they observed a male party taking a package from their front porch and then ride away on the missing bicycle. The actor is described as a black male, wearing grey pants, a blue short sleeved shirt, black shoes, with short hair, medium build, and a backpack.
Shoplifting – Franklin & Harrison - Multiple units responded to the area in regards to a suspected shoplifting. The actor was described as a thin, white male, wearing a grey T-shirt, blue shorts, with a blue drawstring backpack. Officers located the actor inside the establishment and observed items shoved in his pocket in plain view. The suspect stated he had other items from the store in the backpack. Anthony Petrillo, III, 40, of Belleville, was placed under arrest. The items in his possession was mostly candy bars.
Through investigation it was determined he had just shoplifted another store close by where an employee observed him fumbling near bushes after leaving store.
The employee went to the bushes and retrieved another backpack and found several items from their store. The items had a total value of $285.63 and included:
Mr. Petrillo was charged with 2 counts of Shoplifting, placed on summons and assigned a mandatory Court date. Upon release, he was advised not to enter either establishment again.
Fraud – Officers received a past occurred report of fraud. The victim stated that they were to receive a number of checks from the State of NJ and realized that they had not received them. After inquiring, the victim found that all the checks sent out had been cashed by someone other than her. The signature on the checks did not match the victim’s signature. State of NJ required a Police report so they can further their investigation. The victim was advised of their right to be entered into the Identity Theft Victim database, but declined at the time of the report.
Fraud – the victim of fraud reported the incident to Officers. They stated that they asked a former co-worker to assist them with filing their unemployment claim. After not receiving their corresponding unemployment debit card, the victim checked with the NJ Department of Labor. They were told that the debit card was issued and withdrawals were being made to the account. The victim advised the State that they were not making the transactions and was issued a new debit card. The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident.
Tree Limb Down – Nutley Avenue – Officers responded to the area in regards to a down tree limb that appeared to have partially pulled down the electrical line from a residence. Nutley Fire responded and cleared the tree limb to the side of the road and PSEG was notified of the low hanging wire. The homeowner stated that part of the siding to the residence was damaged from the incident. An estimate of the cost to repair the damage was not available at the time of the report. The low hanging wire was taped off for safety and the Shade Tree Department was contacted and made aware of the tree limb.
The below advisory was sent to residents earlier this week.
Police Director Alphonse Petracco and Chief Thomas Strumolo are advising that another Nutley Resident has been phone scammed believing the caller was from the IRS. On August 24, 2020 a resident received a phone call from a person claiming to be from the IRS, the caller told our resident that her social security number was involved with fraudulent activity. The resident suspicious, hung up the phone and a few minutes later received a call from what she believed was a Lyndhurst Police Department Detective. She said the detective then transferred back to the original caller who told her to get gift cards to settle the action. She immediately went to Target, purchased three five hundred dollar gift cards and provided the codes to the caller. After her account was debited, she called Lyndhurst police who advised her that they had not called. Nutley Police confirmed that she had been scammed.
Chief Strumolo said what makes these scams work, is that they use phone applications (Spoofing) that make the incoming number appear to be legitimate. So when the resident actually viewed the Lyndhurst Police Departments phone number she believe the call was legit. Once the gift card codes are provided, it is virtually impossible to recall. Chief Strumolo said that with the use of the internet, pay per minute convenience store phones, and wire transfers, Police are unable to track or trace these callers, making them more common. Our only defense is public awareness and letting our family and friends know that these crimes are occurring, and to not send money. He added, that no police department would ever ask a resident or put someone on the phone to send money. The IRS does not take gift card payment and certainly not by phone.
Police Director Alphonse Petracco, said there are hundreds of scams, each with different story, however all with same objective, wire, transfer, send, provide, money or some other personal information. Most people are aware of these scam artists, however, once they add a sense of urgency, a little validation such as providing victim their name or address, the victim, starts believing the call is real. He added, fraudsters, pretend to be the Police, IRS, Members of violent gangs, potential buyers, real estate investors etc. We urge you to share this information with your loved ones, and have anyone that receives a request, whether on phone or computer, to stop for a minute, call someone, or call the police before providing personal information or making any transactions.