Police Blotter

Bloomfield Police Blotter March 7 - 13 2017


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


03/06/2017- Tawanna Edwards age 47 of Newark was arrested at 6:36pm and charged with Shoplifting at the Marshalls Store. Police were alerted to a female shoplifter who fled the store on foot with the stolen merchandise. The suspect was located a short distance from the store and transported to police headquarters. Ms. Edwards was issued a summons for shoplifting and held on 3 Active Bloomfield Warrants.

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03/07/2017-Alexander Walker age 38 of Newark was arrested and charged with a shoplifting offense occurring at 600 Bloomfield Avenue Family Dollar Store. Mr. Walker stole store merchandise valued at $30.00 dollars. Mr. Walker was held on several active warrants issued by the Township of Bloomfield.

03/08/2017-Dwayne Clemons age 49 of Newark was arrested at 10:00am and charged with shoplifting at the Family Dollar Store. Mr. Clemons concealed 30 cans of Monster energy drinks inside his duffle bag. He was issued a summons and ROR.

03/08/2017- Ali Simmons age 48 of Irvington NJ was arrested after attempting to steal floor panels from the Home Depot Store located at 60 Orange Street. Police were dispatched at 12:49pm after store security observed the theft. Mr. Simmons was wanted by the NJ State Parole Board and later transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

03/09/2017-A purse was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on Main Terrace. A witness observed 2 males at approximately 8:00am enter the vehicle and remove the purse. A check of the area was negative for the suspects.

03/10/2017- Belinda Makara age 41 of Newark was arrested at 2:02pm and charged with Theft. Police were dispatched to the CVS store located at 331 Broad Street on a shoplifter who exited the store and was walking on Broad Street. The officers located the suspect identified as Ms. Makara, who was in possession of the stolen merchandise. She was issued a summons and released with a pending court date.

03/10/2017-Jay Murphy age 27 of Newark was arrested at 5:17pm and charged with Shoplifting at the Home Depot Store. Loss Prevention Officer observed Mr. Murphy attempt to exit the store without paying for two nail guns. He was issued a summons and ROR.

03/11/2017- A bicycle was reported stolen from a garage on Columbus Street. The manufacture of the bicycle is SOLE and the model is Tiger. The bike is gray with orange rims and valued at $600.00 dollars. The bike was last seen a week prior to reporting the theft.

03/11/2017- Orlando Christmas age 53 of Newark NJ was arrested at 7:00pm after shoplifting at the Rite Aid Store located at 77 Bloomfield Avenue. Mr. Christmas, who has been arrested in the past for shoplifting several shoplifting incidents, attempted to steal Lubriderm and Motrin. He was charged accordingly and transported to East Orange Police on an active warrant. Burglary

03/08/2017- Police are actively investigating a Burglary that occurred at the Subway Deli located at 121 Bloomfield Avenue. A store employee reported the incident when he arrived at work in the morning discovering the interior had been ransacked. A safe containing money was also reported missing from the store.

03/08/2017- A homeowner on Chubb Street reported his residence was burglarized between the hours of 5:30pm and 7:25pm. The homeowner returned home after shopping and discovered the rooms upstairs had been ransacked. Jewelry and money are reported missing from the rooms. Police are actively investigating the incident.

03/09/2017-A shed located on MacArthur Avenue was burglarized between the hours of 6:00pm and 6:30pm. The homeowner observed the suspect described as a male, walking out of the driveway. Home security cameras captured the incident and was turned over to police for further investigation. A hand truck and bicycle are reported missing from the shed.

Warrant Arrest

03/08/2017- Samir Woodard age 26 of Newark was arrested at 11:03am for an active warrant issued by Newark. Mr. Woodard a suspended driver was observed operating a vehicle by PO Robert Estelle. A motor stop led to his arrest for the warrant. He was issued a summons for driving while suspended and turned over to Newark PD.


03/11/2017- John Reardon age 21 of Parsippany was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS after a motor vehicle stop led to the discovery of suspected marijuana. Police observed a white Volkswagen drive through a red light at Bloomfield Avenue and Municipal Plaza. Officers detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. A black vaporizer containing burnt marijuana was discovered inside the vehicle. Mr. Reardon was charged with Possession of CDS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and issued 2 motor vehicle summons. He was released with a pending court date.


03/06/2017-Alfredo Odar age 31 of Belleville was arrested at 12:32am and charged with DUI. Police were dispatched to Watching Avenue and Broad Street on a report of a man sleeping in a black BMW, while stopped at a red light. PO Daniel Fried located the vehicle with a male driver later identified as Mr. Odar asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle. Further investigation led to his arrest for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.

03/06/2017- Dante Polito age 27 of Caldwell NJ was arrested at 1:36pm and charged with DUI. Police were dispatched to 675 Bloomfield Avenue on a reported motor vehicle accident. Officers arrived on scene and observed a male driver having what appeared to be a seizure. EMS unit arrived on scene and administered Narcan, at which time the driver regained consciousness. Police discovered a glassine envelope used to package heroin on the driver seat. Mr. Polito was transported to Mountainside Hospital for further evaluation. Police charged Mr. Polito with DUI, DUI within a 1,000ft of Bloomfield High School, Possession of CDS in a vehicle, reckless Driving and Failure to Maintain a Lane. Mr. Polito also had several active warrants. The reported accident involved Mr. Polito’s vehicle striking an unoccupied parked vehicle.

03/07/2017-Danny Pierce age 34 of Belleville was arrested at 2:16am and charged with DUI. Police observed Mr. Pierce’s vehicle traveling west on Montgomery Street at an excessive speed unable to maintain a lane. A second motorist informed police he was being followed by Mr. Pierce after leaving the Hitching Post in Paterson. While speaking to Mr. Pierce officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. After several Field Sobriety Tests it was determined that Mr. Pierce was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was transported to police headquarters and additionally issued summons for Suspended Driver, Reckless Driving and Maintaining a Lane

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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