Police Blotter

Bloomfield Police Blotter April 2 - 9 2017


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

Theft from Auto

04/03/2017- The owner of (2) vans reported several tools valued at $2,900.00 dollars were stolen from his vehicles. The suspects gained entry by punching out the door locks. The vans were parked on Broad Street on Saturday 04/01. The owner discovered the theft on 04/03.

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04/04/2017- A commercial work van was broken into over the weekend. The vehicle was parked in front of the employee’s residence on Corsi Road. Several power tools were reported missing.

04/05/2017- Two vehicles parked in a driveway on Warren Street were entered by unknown person(s). The vehicle doors were unlocked with the owner reporting a wallet and money missing from the vehicles. The theft is believed to have occurred overnight.

04/09/2017- The owner of a Honda Accord discovered her rear driver side window shattered. A cell phone and clothing are reported missing from the vehicle. The incident occurred on Washington Place during the overnight hours.

04/09/2017- A total of 6 males were arrested after police were dispatched to several locations, where witnesses observed the males entering parked vehicles. The suspects ranging from ages 17-21 were apprehended by police and charged with Theft. The incidents occurred on Vernon Terrace, Stockton Street and Spruce Street. Police are actively investigating all reported incidents of Thefts from Autos and working closely with surrounding agencies who have experienced similar incidents.


04/04/2017- Edgar Ospina age 29 of Bloomfield was arrested at 3:23pm and charged with Theft. Police were dispatched to a local business on Broad Street on a male, who stole money from a change jar. The suspect fled on foot and was located by police on James Street The suspect identified as Mr. Ospina was also found to be in possession of CDS (marijuana).

04/04/2017- David Marshall age 40 of Newark was arrested and charged with Shoplifting. The incident occurred at 12 Arlington Avenue. Mr. Marshall was located by police walking on Lawrence Street. He was found to be in possession of the stolen clothing.

04/05/2017- A shoplifting incident was reported at the Aldi Food Store located at 192 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect described as a black male in his 30’s was observed concealing packaged meat inside a bag. The suspect fled prior to police arrival. The theft was captured on store video and is actively being investigated.

04/07/2017- A shoplifting incident was reported at the Super Fresh Store located at 19 Belleville Avenue. The suspect described as a white or Hispanic male was observed placing packaged meats inside a tote bag. The suspect entered the passenger side of a black Suburban and fled the area.

04/09/2017- Maria Rios age 50 of Bloomfield was arrested at 2:52pm after police were dispatched to the Rite Aid Store located at 77 Bloomfield Ave on a shoplifter. Ms. Rios who was being detained by the store manager was placed into custody by arriving officers. She was also found to be in possession of 30 decks of Heroin and 18 Xanax pills


04/05/2017- A reported Burglary occurred at the Shell Gas Station located at 211 Watchung Avenue. Police discovered the front glass door shattered. The incident occurred during the evening hours with money and cigarettes reported missing from the store. Police are actively investigating incident.

04/08/2017-Police were dispatched at 6:40pm to 15 Osborne Street on a possible burglary into an apartment. A witness observed a black male in his late 20’s attempt to gain entry into an apartment from the fire escape. The male fled prior to police arrival. A check of the area was negative for the suspect. Police are actively investigating.

04/09/2017- 2 Bicycles were discovered missing from a garage on Spruce Street. The owner discovered the garage door open and upon further inspection discovered the bikes missing. A vibrant exhaust system and a door handle for a vehicle were also reported missing


04/08/2017- Police received a 911 call on a reported Robbery occurring on Ampere Parkway at 12:50am. The victim a 21 year old male was walking home from the 7-Eleven Store at 122 Bloomfield Avenue when he was approached by 2 males with black and white bandanas covering their face, one armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. A struggle ensued after the victim refused to give up any of his belongings. The victim was able to escape, running home where he dialed 911. The suspects armed with the handgun was described as a black male. The second suspect was described as a Hispanic male. Police are actively investigating incident.

Warrant Arrest

4/03/2017- Ashley Peeler age 26 of Newark was arrested at 11:52am for several active warrants issued by Newark and Woodbridge. Ms. Peeler’s arrest was a result of a motor vehicle stop for delaying traffic at JFK and Bloomfield Avenue. She was also found to be a suspended driver. Ms. Peeler posted bail in the amount of $750.00 dollars and was released with a pending court date.

04/07/2017- Anthony Pagnani age 33 of Bayonne was arrested for an active Hudson County Sheriff warrant. Police initiated a motor vehicle stop after a random plate inquiry revealed the driver to be suspended. Mr. Pagnani provided documentation which confirmed the active warrant. He was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters awaiting the arrival of Hudson County Sheriff Department.

Motor Vehicle Theft

04/07/2017- A 2015 Ford F450 truck was reported stolen from Williamson Avenue. The vehicle was parked overnight and discovered missing the next morning. The vehicle owner additionally reported the vehicle contained several tools valued at $35,000.00 dollars.


04/04/2017- A 17 year old male was taken into custody by police after a motor vehicle stop for speeding led to the discovery of Xanax pills and marijuana. PO George Bambera initiated the stop at 15 Lawton Street. Police also discovered the driver a 16 year old female was an unlicensed driver. The passenger identified as the 17 year old male had an outstanding Glen Ridge warrant and was found to be in possession of the marijuana and Xanax. The vehicle was released to the owner after police notification. The female driver was issued the appropriate motor vehicle summons. The 17 year old male was released to his guardian.

04/04/2017- Peter Hernandez age 22 and Kristaly Figueroa age 21 both of Belleville were arrested and charged with Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Police observed a black Nissan parked illegally in a handicap space at 72 Bloomfield Avenue. After initiating a motor vehicle stop police detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle. Located inside the vehicle were burnt marijuana cigarettes. The passenger Ms. Figuerora was also in possession of 2 marijuana cigarettes. A further check led to the discovery of a silver marijuana grinder and a tinted zip lock bag containing burnt marijuana cigarettes. Both were charged and released with a pending court date.

04/08/2017- Michael Wogwugwu age 26 of Newark was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS. Police were dispatched to 9 State Street on a report of 3 people in a green sport car using CDS. Police located the vehicle in the parking lot with three occupants sitting inside the vehicle. While speaking with the driver Mr. Wogwugwu, officers detected an odor of marijuana and observed in plain view a plastic container between the driver’s legs, which contained suspected marijuana. Mr. Wogwugwu was placed under arrest and charged accordingly. He was released with a pending court date.

04/09/2017-Jesse Simunovich age 24 of North Caldwell was arrested at 3:15pm and charged with Possession of CDS. Police were dispatched to Berkeley Heights Park on a report of 2 suspicious males. The call was received from a resident who provided a description of both males. Police located the males matching the description, walking on Bloomfield Avenue. A field Inquiry was conducted by officers, which led to the discovery of an active warrant for Mr. Simunovich issued by the Township of Wayne. Mr. Simunovich was also found to be in possession of a clear vial containing suspected cocaine. He was charged accordingly and released to Wayne PD. The second male 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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