Police Blotter

Bloomfield Police Blotter June 5 - 10, 2017


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


06/05/2017- A Dell Laptop was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the driveway of a Berkeley Avenue residence. The vehicle was left unlocked when an unknown person(s) entered and stole the laptop. 06/05/2017- A male juvenile was taken into custody by police after shoplifting at the Marshalls Store located at 8 Franklin Street. Store Security observed the juvenile conceal clothing inside his jacket attempting to exit the store. The juvenile was turned over to the Bloomfield Youth Aid Bureau and later released to his parent.

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06/06/2017- Isaiah Figueroa age 25 of Bloomfield NJ was arrested at 11:28am and charged with Shoplifting. Mr. Figueroa attempted to shoplift two Makita hammer drills at the Home Depot Store. He was stopped by store security at the door, at which time he pushed the security officer and entered a white Volkswagen driving away. The license plate was obtained by security and provided to police. The vehicle was registered to a Bloomfield resident and located in front of the residence. The vehicle was impounded, which later led to Mr. Figueroa’s arrest after he contacted the police regarding his sister’s vehicle. He was issued a summons and released with a pending court date.

06/06/2017- Omolayo Akinkunle age 41 of East Orange NJ was arrested at 9:49pm and charged with Burglary. Police were dispatched to the area of 587 Bloomfield Avenue on a report of a woman attempting to enter parked vehicles. The female was located by police in the back seat of a vehicle parked in front of the Subway Store. Several witnesses observed the female attempt to open doors to parked vehicles. Ms. Akinkunle did not have permission to be inside the vehicle at which time she was placed under arrest. She was issued a summons and released with a pending court date.

06/07/2017- Ronald Sadler age 50 of Roselle Park NJ was arrested and charged with Shoplifting at the Home Depot Store. Mr. Sadler entered the store on 06/07/2017 and stole several items valued at approximately $468.00 dollars. He was observed by store security entering a black work van with a New Jersey registration. The incident was captured on store video and forwarded to police for further investigation. Police were able to contact the registered owner of the van who informed police that his employee Ronald Sadler was using the vehicle. Mr. Sadler who was identified as the shoplifter responded to police headquarters the next day. He was charged and released with a pending court date.

06/07/2017- A store employee was charged with shoplifting after store security discovered several incidents where the cashier was under ringing items totaling a $279.00 loss for the store. Sharon Castro age 19 of Montclair NJ was arrested at the store and charged with four counts of theft. She was released with a pending court date. 06/08/2017- Police are investigating two shoplifting incidents involving the same suspects attempting to steal hot water heaters. The suspects are described as black males operating a grey GMC Suburban. The suspects were approached by store security as they attempted to exit the store with two hot water heaters valued at $996.00 dollars. The suspects left the items and fled in the GMC Suburban. The suspects were in the store 06/06/2017 and were successful in walking out the store with 2 hot water heaters. Police are actively investigating both incidents. 06/08/2017-Rhett Ellis age 52 of East Orange NJ was arrested at 12:20pm and charged with shoplifting at the Rite Aid Store located at77 Bloomfield Avenue. Store security observed Mr. Ellis place merchandise inside his pockets. She was detained until the arrival of police.

06/10/2017- Chanel Lewis age 29 of Newark NJ was arrested at 12:44pm and charged with shoplifting at the Rite Aid Store located at 77 Bloomfield Avenue. A description of the suspect, who left the store was given to police. The suspect was located at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Grove Street. The suspect Chanel Lewis was identified and placed under arrest. She was issued a summons and released.

06/10/2017- Violet Tyson age 24 of Newark was arrested at 2:32 and charged with shoplifting. Stop & Shop Store security observed Ms. Tyson place items inside a blue bag, attempting to walk out of the store. She was detained until the arrival of police. Ms. Tyson also had two active warrants issued by Newark and Trenton. She was issued new court dates for both and released.


06/05/2017- A burglary was reported occurring at the Dramatic Arts School located at 593 Bloomfield Avenue. The manager discovered the office door frame damaged and a cash box containing approximately $135.00 dollars missing from the office. The school was locked up the night after a show at 11:00pm. The burglary was discovered the next morning. 06/10/2017- Police were dispatched to a residence on Clarendon Place on a reported attempted burglary. Police were met with the tenant who heard the sound of a window breaking in his home. A brick with broken glass was located in the living room. Police located a backyard gate open and a rear door damaged in an attempt to force open. Police canvassed the area for additional evidence. Active Investigation.

Robbery 06/06/2017- Police were dispatched to 140 Franklin Street the New Way Quick Stop on an active alarm. Officers arrived and were informed by the store employee that he was robbed. The suspect described as a black male jumped over the counter, wrapping his arms around the victims neck and stole money from the register. The suspect fled east on Franklin Street. The robbery occurred at approximately 9:30pm. The proceeds were approximately $80.00 dollars. 

Warrant Arrest

06/05/2017- Ani Perez age 48 of Belleville was arrested at 12:59pm for an active Bloomfield Warrant. Police initiated a motor vehicle stop for a fire zone parking violation. During the stop officers were advised of the active warrant for the driver Ms. Perez. She was transported to Bloomfield Municipal Court awaiting to be seen by the Judge.

06/08/2017- Rahman Washington age 48 of Bloomfield was arrested at 2:16pm for an active Bloomfield and South Orange Warrant. Police were dispatched to 80 Bay Avenue on a suspicious person. Upon officers arrival they located Mr. Washington who was found to have the active warrants. He was issued new court dates and released.


06/06/2017- Martin Scirica age 54 of Bloomfield NJ was arrested at 8:27pm and charged with DUI. Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving one vehicle crashing into a telephone pole. Several witnesses reported the vehicle was traveling north on Broad Street, proceeded through a red light and struck a telephone pole. Witnesses rendering aid discovered a child standing on the front passenger seat. No serious injuries reported to the child or driver. Officers on scene detected an odor of alcohol emanating from the drivers breath. The driver Mr. Scirca admitted to the consumption of alcohol. Officers conducted several Field Sobriety Tests, which Mr. Scirica was unable to complete. Officers also located an empty bottle of Vodka inside the vehicle. Mr. Scirica was transported to Mountainside Hospital for further evaluation. The child, who is Mr. Scirica’s 3 year old daughter, was transported to Clara Maas for a minor head injury. The child’s mother was notified and responded to the hospital. Mr. Scirica was issued summons for Reckless Driving, Open Container of Alcohol, Failure to Observe Traffic Device, Failure to use Child Seat for under 8 years old and Failure to wear a Seatbelt. The Essex County Prosecutors Office Special Victims Unit was notified and will be following up on any and all criminal charges.


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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