REMINDER: LOCK YOUR VEHICLES
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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.
Property Damage – Cottage Place – Patrol Units in the area of Nichols Park observed a tree limb that had fallen on a private residence fence that appeared to be from a Township tree. The Shade Tree Department was contacted.
Fraud – A resident reported to Police that they received an alert on their phone regarding a purchase being made at a local Pharmacy that was not authorized or made by the victim. The financial institution was called and made aware of the situation and stated their Fraud Department would be freezing the account. A short time later an alert was received by the victim for an attempted purchase at a different store that was denied due to the hold being put on the account shortly before the suspects failed attempt at the second pharmacy. Police are investigating.
Noise Complaint – Passaic Avenue – Several noise complaints over an approximate two-hour period were received on a business located in the area. The establishment was advised to turn down the music or they could be issued summonses. Since more calls were received for the same location, the Detective Bureau was notified and issued the owner a summons for Excessive Noise.
Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding several incidents of fraud. The victim told Officers that while checking their bank account online they noticed fraudulent charges totaling approximately $11,290.69. The financial institution was contacted and informed the victim that they put a hold on the account. The victim checked on their other bank account, with a different financial institution, and found that new cards were requested and being sent to an address that does not belong to the victim or the account. There were no unauthorized charges made to that second account. The cards were canceled and new cards issued with the correct address.
Property Damage – Calico Lane – Patrol units were sent to the area to take a report of property damage. The homeowner stated that there was damage to their lawn, rock pillar, and light fixture in the front of their residence. Observed was a tire mark on the front lawn next to the broken rock pillar and light. A black plastic piece was found on the front lawn that appeared to be from a suspect vehicle. Images of the damage were placed into evidence.
Theft – Centre Street – Response was made to the area regarding two thefts of packages. The homeowner stated that they made two separate orders from Walmart that were shipped and delivered on two different dates that have never been received. The Detective Bureau was advised of the incidents.
Attempted Burglary – Kierstead Avenue - Nutley Police Desk received a phone call from a resident stating that suspicious parties attempted to burglarize their vehicle. Officers responded to the area and were given a description of the two male parties. Both males left the scene in a gray or silver mini-van with a roof rack. The Detective Bureau was notified, responded to the scene. Information of the incident was sent out to surrounding agencies. Detective Bureau will be furthering the investigation.
Photo of one suspect attempting to gain entry
Attempted Burglary – Prospect Street – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a vehicle that may have been entered during the course of the evening prior. The victim stated that when they walked out to their vehicle they observed the center console and glove box were opened. Both doors were left unlocked and the dashboard display was ringing and indicated the ignition key was broken. Detective Bureau was notified and responded to process the vehicle.
Theft – Milton Avenue – Dispatch directed units to the area on a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The caller stated that they parked their work van in the driveway earlier in the evening and just noticed it was missing. Officers observed footprints left in the snow that were adjacent to the left side of the vehicle’s driver’s door which did not belong to the owner. The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and responded to the scene to assume the investigation; the vehicle was recovered in Newark on 11/16.
Motor vehicle accidents- due to a snow emergency, many commuters were caught off guard by the quick developing snowstorm. Nutley Police responded to many intersections where motorists were unable to navigate the slippery conditions as well as responding to 14 motor vehicle accidents.
Property Damage – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of property damage. The homeowner stated that they observed a large tire in their backyard which appears to have struck and damaged their fence and central air conditioning unit. Observed was a large truck tire and rim with two sections of metal fence that appeared to have been struck and damaged. The AC unit had a large indentation on the one side which was consistent with being damaged from the impact of the tire. The estimated value of the AC unit was estimated at $3,800.00. The victim stated they would be contacting their homeowner’s insurance to file a claim for the damages.