Theft from Vehicle – Walnut Street – Response was made to the area in regards to a past occurred theft from vehicle. The victims stated to Officers that they discovered their vehicle to be in disarray but did not believe anything was taken from inside. The Detective Bureau was advised and they responded to the scene to process the car.
Attempted Theft from Vehicle – Walnut Street - While on scene at another incident the residents of a neighboring home were advised that a suspect was observed trying to gain access to their vehicle. No items were believed missing from the vehicle and they were advised to contact Headquarters should they notice any items to be missing. Detective Bureau was advised of the incident.
Theft from Vehicle – Satterthwaite Avenue – Response was made to the area in regards to a past occurred burglary to auto. The victim stated that when they re-entered their vehicle they noticed their wallet, checkbook, and diabetic pump (valued at $5,000) were missing from their purse. Nothing else in the vehicle was disturbed or rummaged through. It was noted that the vehicle was left unlocked. Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and took over the investigation. The victim was advised to contact their financial institutions regarding the matter.
Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Avenue – A motor vehicle stop was initiated and resulted in the arrest of Mr. Robert Pace, 63, of Lavallette. He was transported to Headquarters without incident, issued summonses for Operating Under the Influence of Liquor or Drugs, and Careless Driving: Likely to Endanger Person or Property, advised of the mandatory Court date and released from custody.
Motor Vehicle Stop – Washington Avenue – Patrol Units initiated a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of the driver Juan Garcia, 31, of Indiana. He was transported to Headquarters without incident and issued motor vehicle summonses for: Operating Under the Influence of Liquor or Drugs, Reckless Driving, Traffic on Marked Lanes, Obstruction of Windshield for Vision, and Driving While Intoxicated On or Within School Property 1,000 Ft of School. 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 the passenger, Alexis Ramirez, 21, of Harrison, for an outstanding warrant out of Newark. He was transported to Headquarters without incident, able to post the appropriate bail, issued a motor vehicle summons for Failure to Wear Seat Belt, advised him to contact the Newark Court, and released him from custody.
Property Damage – Kennedy Drive – the victim informed Officers that their vehicle was damaged while parked in the parking lot. Observed was a crack in the windshield. The victim believes that the crack was caused by a baseball hit from the Park Oval. There have been baseballs and softballs around the vehicle in recent times. The estimate received for the damage was approximately $400.00 to fix the windshield. The vehicle is insured. Nothing further at this time.
Auto Burglaries with Assault
On Thursday 5/30 at approx. 4:30 AM police responded to an incident on Fitting Place where the homeowner heard a loud noise in his yard and confronted a man described as six foot tall, Hispanic wearing dark clothing approx. 25 years of age. The actor assaulted the homeowner and fled the scene. Police discovered proceeds that the actor dropped from a burglary on Elm Pl. through investigation police determined multiple vehicles on Elm and Wharton Ave were burglarized, and believed to be the same actor or actor(s). Police investigating said it is very common for thieves to try unlocked door handles and steal proceeds left inside vehicle, however one of the victims on Elm discovered their vehicles window had been smashed with a large stone and several bags stolen.
Chief Thomas Strumolo, advises homeowners not to confront suspicious persons and said call police immediately. Emergency response time is within minutes, and police are equipped to deal with confrontational criminals. Also, anyone that may have captured the actor on their home surveillance system are urged to contact Nutley Police.
Director Alphonse Petracco said Public Safety has sent numerous advisories, press releases and set up a flashing sign suggesting residents secure their vehicles and remove valuables. He said police are vigorously investigating these incidents and have several promising leads.
Police urge anyone that may see suspicious activity such as vehicles driving slowly, or making numerous passes, parked or occupied vehicles, and suspicious individuals on neighboring properties to notify Police at 973-284-4940 or dial 911 for emergent matters.
Anyone who has information about these or any crimes can send a (non emergent) Tip Anonymously by texting CRIMES starting message with NPDTIP or log into www.tipsoft.com and search Nutley.
Leaving scene of accident – Harrison St – Police observed a Honda strike a parked vehicle near Franklin and Harrison and continue. Police were able to locate and stop the motorist on DeVausney Pl. The driver was issued several summonses including leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, failure to observe traffic control device, failure to report an accident and driving an unregistered vehicle. The driver was released on scene and the vehicle impounded due to the registration.
Burglary to Auto- Police responded to several areas of town including three vehicles on Elm Place, three on Wharton where an actor entered the vehicle between 3-5 AM and stole numerous items including purses, handbags cash and change. Police believe this is the same actor that assaulted a homeowner on Fitting Place when confronted, and unsure if he is responsible for theft from motor vehicles on Walnut St earlier this week..
Damage to Auto- Police responded to a Whitford Ave location when the caller reported their car window had been shattered. Police were unable to locate any foreign objects that could have caused the damage. The interior of vehicle did not appear to have been disturbed and unsure at this time if related to the other area burglaries to auto.
House Burglary- Police responded to a River Rd home when the caller reported their home had been burglarized. Police investigators on scene reported a large dog in the home may have been blocked off in a separate room while the actor (s) stole jewelry and other valuables. Police continue to investigate.
Found Property- Police were dispatched to Warren St when a resident reported finding a purse on the street. Police were able to locate a Barnabus Health card with information and contacted the facility. Barnabus would not provide any information but did notify the victim and advised them to go to NPD to recover.