Police Blotter

Bloomfield Police Blotter April 10 - 16


BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The following police blotter has been issued by Crime Analyst Ralph A.Marotti of the Bloomfield Police Department.

Theft from Auto

04/10/2017- The owner of 2005 Honda Pilot reported approximately $35.00 dollars was stolen from his vehicles. The vehicle was parked on Fremont Street overnight. The owner discovered the theft the next morning. 04/10/2017- A 2013 Chrysler 200 was broken into overnight. The vehicle was parked on John F Kennedy Drive at the corner of Willow Street. A car charger, watch and auxiliary cord were reported missing. The items are valued at $35.00 dollars.

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04/12/2017- The owner of a 2017 Toyota Camry reported credit cards were stolen from her purse which was left in her vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the owners driveway located on Sampson Street. The theft was discovered the next morning

04/15/2017- Eric Moten age 48 of Bloomfield was arrested at 9:34am and charged with breaking into a motor vehicle. A homeowner on Broad Street observed the suspect rummaging through her vehicle. She approached the suspect, who then fled on foot. Responding officers located the suspect with proceeds from the caller’s vehicle. Mr. Moten was charged with Burglary and Theft by Unlawful Taking. He was held awaiting transportation to the Essex County Correctional Facility 


04/11/2017- Police were dispatched to the Dollar Store located at 12 Arlington Avenue on a reported shoplifting incident. The suspect described as a black male wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans shoplifted an undetermined amount of soap items. The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival.

04/12/2017- The CVS Store located at 331 Broad Street reporting a shoplifting incident. The suspect described as a Hispanic male wearing a green shirt and black pants placed items in a bag and fled the store. He was last seen walking north on Broad Street.

04/14/2017- Police were dispatched to Staples located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue on a reported shoplifting incident. The suspect described as a white male wearing a red sweatshirt and a tan camouflage hat exited the store with a drone valued at $160.00 dollars. The male fled towards Bloomfield Avenue and Grove Street.

04/14/2017- Police were dispatched at 7:49pm to the Quick Check Store located at 357 Broad Street on a shoplifting incident. The suspect described as a male 6’3 in height wearing a black jacked stole four boxes of Red Bull valued at $33.20 dollars. The suspect fled prior to police arrival. Police are actively investigating all shoplifting incidents.

04/16/2017- Martin French age 51 of Newark was arrested at 9:38am and charged with Shoplifting. Loss Prevention Officer observed Mr. French conceal soap and shampoo products under a sweater. Mr. French a habitual offender was detained until the arrival of police. He was held on several active warrants and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

04/16/2017- Tawana Edwards age 47 of Newark was arrested at 10:54am and charged with Shoplifting at the Mad Rag Store located at 216 Bloomfield Avenue. Responding officers located Ms. Edwards walking on Bloomfield Avenue. Further investigation revealed a second shoplifting offense committed by Ms. Edwards on the same date at the Payless Shoe Store located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue. Ms. Edwards was in possession of the stolen merchandise. She was detained and later transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility. 

Possession of a Weapon

04/13/2017- Ernest William age 48 of Bloomfield was arrested at 5:03pm after police were dispatched on a dispute in front of 55 Washington Street. The dispute initiated over payment for a haircut Mr. William’s received at Coby’s Barber Shop. Mr. William’s shoved the victim and damaged the door as he exited the barber shop. The victim followed at which time Mr. William pulled a knife from under his waistband. Mr. Williams attempted to discard the knife, which was located by the officers. Mr. Williams was additionally charged with Criminal Mischief, Simple Assault and Theft of Services. He was released with a pending court date.


04/14/2017- Police responded to a residence on Henrichs Place on a reported Burglary. The homeowner discovered a door forced open. Money and electronics are reported missing from the residence. The Burglary is believed to have occurred between the hours of 11:30am and 4:30pm.

04/14/2017- A gas station attendant reported, while pumping gas a white male wearing blue jeans stole money from the register located inside the building. The theft occurred at the Shell gas Station located at 460 Bloomfield Avenue at approximately 11:30am.The suspect stole forty dollars in cash and fled on foot. The money was recovered after the suspect fell to the ground dropping the (2) twenty dollar bills. The suspect was last seen running towards Burroughs Place.

Warrant Arrest

04/11/2017- Mark Simeone age 54 of Bloomfield was arrested at 7:30am for an active warrant issued by Bloomfield. Mr. Simeone’s arrest was a result of a motor vehicle stop for improperly crossing lanes on Bloomfield Avenue. Mr. Simeone posted bail in the amount of $114.00 dollars and was released with a pending court date. He was additionally issued summons for failure to wear a seatbelt and Failure to exhibit an insurance card.

04/12/2017- Christopher Wheeler age 31 of Bloomfield was arrested for an active warrant issued by Hanover Township. The warrant was discovered as a result of a field inquiry. Mr. Wheeler was released after being issued a new court date by Hanover Township.

04/14/2017- Michael Vicente age 25 of Newark was arrested at 12:46am for an active warrant issued by Hudson County Sheriff Department. Police observed a suspicious male walking on Watsessing Avenue with a flashlight illuminated near parked vehicles. A field inquiry was conducted which led to the discovery of the warrant. Mr. Vicente was transported to police headquarters awaiting the arrival of Hudson County Sheriff’s Department.

Motor Vehicle Theft

04/10/2017- A 2015 GMC truck was reported stolen from Locust Avenue. The vehicle was parked overnight and discovered missing the next morning. Criminal Mischief 04/10/2017- Christian Diaz age 18 of Bloomfield was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief. Police were dispatched to Alva Street on a male who threw a lug nut at a parked vehicle, shattering the rear window. The male was located by police on Columbus Street and identified as the person who threw the lug nut. Mr. Diaz was issued a summons and released with a pending court date. 


04/13/2017- Rayquan Purnell age 37 and Tiaffah Dotts both of Newark were arrested at 7:16pm and charged with Possession of CDS. Police received a call on a vehicle traveling south on Broad Street. The caller stated the occupants were smoking marijuana. Officers in the area located the vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop. The stop resulted in the discovery of two plastic containers filled with raw marijuana. Rayquann Purnell was also issued motor vehicle summons for Operating under the influence, Failure to possess a driver license and operating a vehicle under the influence of CDS. Both were ROR with pending court dates.

04/13/2017- Ada Orellana age 19 of Belleville was arrested at 9:15pm and charged with Possession of CDS. PO Frank Falco and PO Nicolae Toader initiated a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of Wrights Field. As officers approached the vehicle an odor of burnt marijuana was detected emanating from the interior of the vehicle. The passenger, Ms. Orellana was found to be in possession of a large glass bong, a purple grinder, glass pipe and plastic sandwich bag containing marijuana. She was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and released with a pending court date. The driver was released at the scene


Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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