REMINDER:  LOCK YOUR VEHICLES

Anyone who has information regarding 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

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.

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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.

11/17/18

Hazardous Condition – River Road – Nutley Police Officers and Fire Department personnel responded to the area regarding a report of an odor of gas.  Upon arrival, the smell of gas was coming from one of the apartments and was due to the stove being left on.  No one was in the apartment at the time of the incident, but the resident was able to be contacted and made aware of the entry to the apartment.  The superintendent was on scene and assisting PSE&G when the scene was cleared.

11/18/18

Theft from Vehicle – Elm Place – Response was made to a residence regarding a past occurred theft from vehicle.  The caller stated at some point overnight their vehicle was rummaged through.  It is believed that the actor/s entered through the trunk, which does not lock.  The Detective Bureau was advised, arrived to process, and photograph the vehicle, and will be taking over the investigation.

11/19/18

Suspicious Incident – River Road – A caller stated that they had an object thrown into their vehicle after a driving incident.  Officers responded to the scene and found that the item thrown into the victim’s vehicle was a utility knife.  Detective Bureau was contacted and arrived to the scene to process.  The identity of the driver was able to be identified, charges of Simple Assault and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose to be placed on summonses and mailed to the actor - Xavier Catala, 31, of North Arlington.  Processing will take place at the Court appearance.  Nothing further at this time.

11/20/18

Hazardous Condition – Franklin Avenue – Patrol units observed a piece of wood hanging from a rope and causing the sign placed on top of the railway bridge over Franklin Avenue to appear as it may fall.  Nutley Fire was contacted and arrived on scene to help remove the sign.  Department of Public Works was notified of the debris placed at the side of the road and Nutley EMS was contacted to collect their sign.

Theft of Identity – Headquarters received a walk in report from a victim who stated they received 4 letter in the mail addressed to them using their maiden name in regards to attempts made to open credit card accounts.  The accounts were not authorized by the victim and the companies involved are:  Kohls, Walmart, Forever 21, and Abercrombie and Fitch.  Copies of the letters were given to Officers for recording purposes.  The victim advised that they had already contacted the credit bureaus and advised them of someone attempting to open the accounts and denied to be entered in the Identity Theft database.  No further action taken.

Theft of Identity – A party responded to Headquarters to report that they received a call of an attempted identity theft.  The male party identified themselves as the Social Security Bureau and stated the victim had a warrant out for their arrest.  The victim became nervous and provided their Social Security number to the caller, and then the male actor started asking bizarre questions.  It was at that time that the victim hung up and discontinued the call.  They were responding to the offices of the Social Security Administration and denied being entered into the Identity Theft database.  No further action taken.

11/24/18

Motor Vehicle Stop – North Road – A motor vehicle stop was initiated which resulted in the arrest of the driver, Steven Ferro, 21, of Nutley, for an outstanding warrant out of Old Bridge Township.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, able to post the appropriate bail, and released with a new mandatory Court date.  He was also issued motor vehicle summonses. 

Motor Vehicle Stop – Route 21 –Patrol Units initiated a motor vehicle stop for a speeding motorist, the driver, Carlos Proano, 39, of Bloomfield, was found to be wanted out of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to Headquarters without incident and was turned over to Essex County Sheriff’s Officer’s custody.  He was issued a motor vehicle summons for Driving While Suspended and received written warnings for Following too closely, and Safety Glass Requirements.

Motor Vehicle Crash – Duncan Place – Dispatch routed Officers to the area in regards to a vehicle that had jumped the curb and its driver was passed out.  Upon arrival it was observed that the driver was unresponsive and the vehicle was still in drive.  After a short time, the driver, Murray Giardelli, 59, of Belleville, was taken into custody.  He was issued motor vehicle summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Driving, Failure to Possess  Insurance Card, Suspended license, and Possession of CDS in Motor Vehicle.  Additionally, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted, informed of the incident, and approved charges for Possession of CDS being under the influence, failure to make lawful disposition of CDS, and Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with intent to Use, which were placed on summonses.

Suspicious Person – Centre Street – A party sitting in a vestibule waiting for a local bus was found to be smoking marijuana which resulted in the arrest of Sergio Hernandez, 22, of Newark.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia, and Hindering Apprehension (for provided a false name and date of birth), all charges are Disorderly Person’s Offenses, which were placed on summons.  Mr. Hernandez was advised of his mandatory Court date and released from custody.

11/25/18

Theft – Taft Street – Homeowners contacted Headquarters to report a package theft.  Officers met with the victim who stated that an Amazon package was delivered to their door, which was verified with a delivery photo provided by Amazon, and was now missing.  The package contained an item that had a value of approximately $100.00.  Patrol canvassed the area with negative results.

11/26/18

Shoplifting – Harrison Street - Multiple units responded to a local business on a report of a shoplifting incident.  Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the store manager who stated that moments ago a, heavy set, female, wearing a black jacket, and black pants, attempted to shoplift an item from the store.  The suspect walked through the antitheft detection devise as she was leaving and the manager asked her to walk back inside the store to have her bag checked.  The actor complied, but when speaking with the manager she dropped the item in the store and then left the scene.  Multiple units checked the area with negative results.  The item, “Alli” weight loss aid, was back in the possession of the store and had a value of approximately $73.00.