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.


Theft – Washington Avenue – The resident reported a theft to Officers.  It was stated that the victim’s Snow Blower, was taken from their locked garage.  There were no signs of forced entry to either of the entry doors.  Detective Bureau advised

Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Avenue – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of the driver, Jonathan Sasso, Jr., 58, of East Stroudsburg, PA.  He was charged with Possession of Marijuana, and issued motor vehicle summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, Operation of Motor Vehicle While in Possession of CDS, advised of his Court date and released.


Fraud – River Road - Dispatch directed Patrol to the area in regards to a report of a robbery.  The victim told Police that they were attempting to conduct a Craigslist sale when the buyer attempted to give the victim counterfeit money in exchange for an Xbox.  The victim recognized the currency as counterfeit and a dispute ensued.   The suspect attempted to rip the Xbox out of the victim’s arms but was unsuccessful.  The victim threw the money on the ground and screamed for help.  Residents in the complex heard the victim and came to offer aid.  Detective Bureau is investigating.

Fraud – a walk in report was received at Headquarters in regards to a fraud.  The victim stated that they received a letter from Target, Inc. with a credit card inside that had their name on it.  The victim did not open a Target credit card or authorize one to be open in their name.  Target advised that the account was opened in a store located in Watchung, NJ and that $200.00 was charged to the card shortly after. 


Property Damage – Gless Avenue – Dispatch directed Patrol to the area to meet the victim of property damage.  Upon arrival, the victim stated that their vehicle was damaged due to a fallen tree limb.  .

Fraud -  SCAM*****SCAM*****SCAM****SCAM*****SCAM****

The victim stated that they were contacted by a number that showed on their Caller ID as PSEG Customer Service.  The caller/actor advised the victim that their electric bill was past due and they needed to contact 1-800-208-1469 and provide the Billing Dept. with their work order number and pay an undisclosed amount of money or the power would be cut off.  The victim had just paid their bill from the previous month so was certain there was an error.  When contacting the phone number given the representative began to ask for the victim’s date of birth and Social Security number at which time the victim became suspicious, and did not give any personal information.  At that point the victim contacted Police to report the incident.  PSE&G was contacted and provided information that the incident is in fact a scam and that numerous parties have contacted them in regards to the same type of incident. 


Fraud – Franklin Avenue – Officers responded to the area in regards to a party trying to cash a fraudulent check for $2,900.00.  The teller then asked for a secondary form of ID and the actor provided a credit card having the same name.  Mr. Jose Morales, 51, of Bronx, NY, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters.  He was processed, charged with Forgery, Third Degree, Impersonation, Third Degree, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, Third Degree, Fake Driver’s License, Third Degree, advised of his Court date and released from custody.


Shoplifting – Harrison Street -  Headquarters was contacted in regards to a shoplifting incident with the suspect leaving the parking lot in a Toyota. The manager of the store stated that a male wearing a black & white jacket, hat, and headphones entered the store and was then met by a male wearing a black jacket removing items from the display while the other party acted as a look out.  Both parties left the store with approximately $1,628.37 of product. 

Property Damage – Hickory Road – A homeowner wished to report property damage to their driveway.  They noticed scratches on the apron of their driveway which appeared to be caused by a plow.

Burglary – Hickory Road – Patrol Units were directed to the area in regards to a past occurred burglary.  The victim stated that they noticed tools missing from the garage.  There were no signs of forced entry to the garage area. The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and is investigating. 

Property Damage – Franklin Avenue – Response was made to the car wash on a report of property damage.  The customer stated that while having their Nissan Altima washed they observed the employee open the driver’s side rear door and the handle broke off in their hand.  The manager was advised of the incident and requested an estimate from a body shop. No further Police actions was needed at this time.

Theft – Kenzel Avenue – Response was made to the area in regards to a report of a package theft.  The caller stated they saw a white van backing into their driveway. The actor was wearing a black and red jacket with writing on it, a hat, and cargo pants or jeans.  The van drove away and the victim flagged them down and asked what they were doing.  The male stated that they were delivering packages and delivered the package to the wrong residence and had to take it back.  The party then drove away.  The victim had received an email notification that their package had been delivered.  The package had a value of $15.00.  A canvass of the neighboring properties was done with negative results.  Detective Bureau was advised of the incident.


Fraud -  A walk in report was received at Headquarters regarding a fraud.  The victim stated they received a letter from a collection agency informing them they owed $5,569.92 to Paypal.  The victim never had a Paypal account and contacted them to advise of the fraudulent charges. 

AUTO THEFTS- Police are investigating several vehicle thefts (see Township Alert Below) Police received information that a white Mercedes Benz stolen out of N Arlington is believed to be involved in at least one theft in Nutley. Witnesses observed actors enter motor vehicles on Roosevelt St. Minutes later Police received a call of same actors attempting to enter vehicles at Dodd and Franklin. Witnesses said that actors exited a white Mercedes and stole a black Mercedes from Franklin and Vreeland.

Police are also investigating a stolen a Stolen Black BMW X-1 from Park Ave same period mid-day on 3/7/19.