Chatham Borough Police News

At approximately 9:08 PM on Friday April 2nd, 2010 Sergeant Roy George came upon a group of Six juveniles in possession of a 30 pack of beer at the Milton Pond. The juveniles were 15 to 16 years of age and later released into the custody of a parent or guardian. The beer was confiscated and placed into evidence. The investigation has been turned over to the Juvenile Officer, Detective Jeffrey Battiloro for disposition.

At approximately 9:27 AM, Saturday April 3rd, 2010 Sergeant Michael Mahoney and Officer Richard Jaremba investigated an act of vandalism to the field at the Chatham Middle School. According to the school District's superintendent he found broken glass bottles of Old English beer near the west end of the field and more broken bottles on the bleachers on the north end of the field. A wooden picnic table, valued at approximately $150.00, on the north end of the field which was broken into pieces. The Borough's Detective Bureau will continue to investigate.

At approximately 11:04 AM, Saturday April 3rd, 2010, Sergeant Michael Mahoney responded to a Hillside Avenue address to investigate a theft. Upon arriving, Sergeant Mahoney met with victim who stated that an unknown individual, or individuals, stole one of two, three foot white lighted rabbit that was displayed on the front lawn of her residence. The victim valued the loss at $ 15.00.

At approximately 2:49 PM, Saturday April 3rd, 2010 Officer Richard Jaremba responded to a Kings Road address to investigate a theft. Upon his arrival, Officer Jaremba met with the victim who stated that her inflatable Easter bunny was stolen from her Edgehill Avenue front lawn on March 31st, 2010. The victim further stated that while driving down Kings Road, she saw, what she believed to be, her stolen Easter bunny. Officer Jaremba spoke with the Kings Road resident and determined that it was not the orpiment from Edgehill Avenue. The victim valued the items at $ 25.00

At approximately 3:46 PM, Saturday April 3rd, 2010, Sergeant Michael Mahoney responded to an Ellers Drive address to investigate a theft. Upon arriving, Sergeant Mahoney met with the victim who stated that someone has stolen a screen from her daughter's second floor bedroom window. The property was checked but the screen was never located. Later the victim's daughter was interviewed and admitted to removing the screen a week ago but she had placed it on the ground in the front of the house and has no idea where it went. The victim valued the screen at $ 60.00.

At Approximately 12:05 PM on Monday April 5th, 2010 Officer Dayrle Kelly took a report from a Commerce Street Business regarding the issuance of a bad check. The victim stated that a check was given to them in the amount of $ 195.00 for a provided service that was returned for insufficient fund in the account. According to the victim several attempts to make satisfy the debt has been unsuccessful. The incident will be investigated by the Borough Police Department.

On Monday April 5th, 2010 Officers Kelly arrested Charles P Donofrio, a 40 year old resident of Wayne New Jersey and charged him with Forgery and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. At approximately 1:02 PM Officers Dayrle Kelly, Jayson Cittrich and Detective Jeffrey Battiloro responded to a Main Street bank to investigate the passing of a fraudulent check in the amount of $20,500.00. Upon arriving, they met with bank representatives, who identified Mr. Donofrio as the suspect. He was taken into custody and transported to Police Headquarters for processing. The Honorable Judge Vincent McMann issued an arrest warrant for the above charges. Unable to post the $2,500.00 bail, Mr. Donofrio was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility and incarcerated.

At approximately 9:10 PM on Tuesday April 6th, 2010 Officer Brian Colatrella arrested Lucas Demattos, an 18 year old resident of Union, New Jersey on an active warrant issued by the Municipality of Lyndhurst. The Officer initiated a motor vehicle stop on Main Street when he observed the 2008 Nissan, driven by Mr. Demattos had no front license plate. A customary check discovered the Lyndhurst warrant. Mr. Demattos was transported to Police Headquarters where he post bail in the amount of $81.00 and was released.

At approximately 12:08 PM on Tuesday April 6th, 2010 Officer Richard Jaremba investigated an act of Fraud. The victim came into Police Headquarters and report that on April 3rd she noticed that her debt card was missing. The victim further stated that she checked with the bank and discovered the card had been used to make several purchases. Officer Jaremba obtained video footage from the illegal transactions and forwarded the investigation to the Borough's Detective Bureau for follow up.

On Monday April 12th, 2010 at 7:30 pm, Lieutenant Philip Crosson will be sworn in as Chief of Police. Lieutenant Crosson is an eighteen year veteran with extensive law enforcement experience and education. Lieutenant Crosson has served as Acting Chief of Police from December 16th, 2010 to present.

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