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Glen Rock Police Blotter - Aug. 21

During the period between August 14 and August 20, members of the GRPD handled 223 calls for service, the highlights of which included:  

Aug. 14

1:13 AM -  Patrols were dispatched to a fare dispute, involving a taxicab, in the parking lot of a commercial building along Harristown Road.  The cab driver, employed by Teaneck Taxi, stated he had picked up two passengers in Ridgefield Park and transported them to the office building.  The suspect, a man and woman subsequently ran out on a fare in the amount of $35.  

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Through information provided by the cab company and well as past dealings with one of the suspects, detectives were able to identify the persons involved.  One subject had subsequently entered an in-patient drug rehab and her mother, upon learning of the incident, immediately agreed to reimburse the cab company.  

5:25 PM -  Patrols were dispatched to Kilroys Market to investigate a reported shoplifting in progress.  Officers subsequently apprehended a 30-year-old Fair Lawn woman and recovered a bottle of Vodka valued at $31.20.  The bottle was returned and the store manager declined to prosecute.  

Aug. 15

8:05 AM – A Warren Place resident reported that person(s) unknown broke the window of her car while it was parked overnight in her driveway.  A purse, which had been left in the vehicle, was taken.  Investigation determined that a neighbor had heard a loud noise followed by screeching tires around 1 AM, but thought nothing of it at the time.  No other evidence was recovered.    

4:17PM –  A Glen Rock man reported that his bicycle, valued at $200, was stolen from the NJ Transit Bergen County Line Train Station during the day.  He had left the bicycle unlocked next to a bench before getting on a train at about 8AM and discovered it missing when he returned at 4 PM.

The detective bureau is currently investigating a series of bicycle thefts from both the Main Line and Bergen County Line Boro Hall NJ Transit train stations.  As of this time there are no known witnesses or evidence.  Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at (201) 670-3947 or (201) 670-3948.  Anyone who suspects they are witnessing a theft in progress should call 9-1-1.  

4:17 PM –  A Leigh Terrace resident reported unauthorized charges on her Macy’s card in the amount of $ 1,169.90 which had been made on August 2nd.  The detective bureau followed up with Macy’s loss prevention at the Menlo Park store where the charges originated from.  However, there was insufficient evidence to identify a possible suspect.

5:38 PM –  Det. Mike Trover arrested a 59-year-old Hackensack man who was wanted on an active warrant issued by the Superior Court in Bergen County.  The man was taken into custody while appearing on an unrelated change in Glen Rock Municipal Court.  He was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department.  

Aug. 16

8:05 AM –  An Andover Terrace resident reported that person(s) unknown had attempted to open multiple credit accounts in his name on August 11th and August 15th.  The attempts were detected by the man’s Life Lock protection and were unsuccessful.  The detective bureau is reviewing the matter.  

4:02 PM – A Mahwah woman reported that a makeup bag containing $60 in cash, credit cards and prescription medication had been taken from her vehicle someone between 9AM and 12 noon.  The unlocked vehicle was parked behind the Mall in the Central Business District.  There are no known witnesses or evidence.   

11:47 PM – A Glen Rock teen, in cooperation with her parents, reported receiving a suspicious “snapchat” message from another teen.  Detectives, with the assistance of a Korean speaking officer from the Palisades Park Police Department, contacted the other teen’s parents as well as interviewing the teen.  The matter was determined to be an inappropriate joke with no probable cause to substantiate a criminal act.  

Aug. 18

5:26 AM -  Patrols responded to a 9-1-1 report of an unresponsive man lying in the middle of Valley Road between Austin Place and Sterling Place.  The man was attended to by P.O. Bryan Scott, P.O. James Mc Gill and P.O. Sarah Orsita who determined that he had overdosed on heroin.  The officers, who are all emergency medical technicians, began lifesaving operations and subsequently administered two doses of Narcan. Valley Hospital Paramedics and EMTs from the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded and continued with on scene medical aid.   The victim, a 34-year-old Pompton Plains man was subsequently transported by EMS to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

Officers discovered a 2000 Cadillac Eldorado, registered to the victim, parked blocking a driveway about fifty feet from where the man had been laying.  Various paraphernalia associated with IV drug use and two hypodermic needles were discovered inside.  The vehicle also had damage consistent with a motor vehicle accident on the driver’s side.  Investigation determined that the vehicle had struck a tree in the area of the Glen Avenue Senior Citizen’s complex roughly a block from where the vehicle was discovered.  The is no evidence to support that anyone other than the subject had been in the vehicle.    

In accordance with a directive issued by Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal early his year, a recovery specialist was dispatched to follow up with the victim at Valley Hospital.  

1:15 PM -  A 33-year-old Jersey City woman was detained by the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant issued by the Glen Rock Municipal Court.  The warrant was issued following the woman’s failure to appear on DWI arrest from February of this year.  Unable to post $1,500 bail, the woman was taken into custody by P.O. Annamarie Mattina and P.O. Sam Evans who responded to Sussex County and transported her to the Bergen County Jail.  

5:39 PM -  The manager of the Stag House on Rock Road reported a theft of services.  A man using a false name obtained a haircut and left without paying his $30 bill.  The cell phone number he provided was determined to a non-existent.

10:18 PM -  Patrols identified three individuals, two 18-year-old Ridgewood women and a 17-year-old Glen Rock female, suspected of trespassing at the Glen Rock Municipal Pool after hours.  The matter is currently being reviewed by detectives.  

11:20 PM -  Responding to a 9-1-1 report of an erratic driver, P.O. Bryan Scott subsequently arrested a 49-year-old Hawthorne woman for D.W.I. after locating and stopping her vehicle on Maple Avenue near Elm Avenue.  The woman was arrested and transported to HQ for processing where she was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test and Careless Driving.  In accordance with John’s Law, her vehicle was impounded and she was released to the custody of a sober individual.

Aug. 19

9:19 AM - An operator at the Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch received a suspicious phone call on the non-emergency Glen Rock Police phone line.  The caller eluded to a possible threat against a school building or active public facility.  The threat was not specific in nature and credibility could not be determined.  The origin of the call could not be immediately identified.    

Out of an abundance of caution, a thorough check was conducted of all public and private schools in Glen Rock as well as all other municipal facilities.  No hazard of any nature was detected, the origin of the call is currently under investigation by Det. James Calaski.

Additional assistance during this investigation was provided by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Emergency Services, the Glen Rock Office of Emergency Management and the buildings and grounds staff of the Glen Rock Public School.


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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