During the period between October 2nd, 2017 and October 8th, 2017 members of the GRPD handled 242 calls for service, the highlights of which included:
2:03 PM – Patrols were dispatched to a hit and run motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Harristown Road. An Oakland resident reported that he was stopped in traffic for a red light when a truck struck his vehicle from the rear, then backed up and fled the scene passing over the double yellow line and driving on the wrong side of the street. The driver was able to provide a license plate number which came back to a trucking company out of Saddle Brook.
Through investigation P.O. Jim Donnelly, assist Det. Jim Calaski, was able to identify the truck driver as a 53-year-old Elmhurst, NY male. The hit and run driver was subsequently charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and improper passing.
2:27 AM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop on Route 208 North, P.O. John Tarantino arrested a 23-year-old Miami, FL man for possession of Marijuana under 50 Grams. The man was transported to police HQ where he was processed and released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in Glen Rock Municipal Court on October 17. The man was also issued a speeding summons for driving at 79 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.
4:34 PM – A vehicle pulling into traffic from a parking space on Glen Avenue near Rock Road was struck by an unknown vehicle which left the scene. The driver could not provide any information about the hit and run vehicle and there were no witnesses located. Anyone who may have witnessed this accident and can provide a description of the vehicle is asked to contact the Glen Rock Police Department at (201) 652-3800.
6:56 PM – The Ridgewood Police Department detained a 30-year-old Ridgewood man who was wanted on a warrant issued by the Glen Rock Municipal Court stemming from a 2013 DWI arrest. Unable to post $1,599 bail, the man was taken into custody by P.O. Lucas Doney and P.O. Nick Onove who transported him to the Bergen County Jail.
4:15 AM – A vehicle legally parked on Van Allen Road near Maple Avenue was struck by an unknown vehicle which left the scene. The owner stated that the vehicle was struck sometime between 10 AM and 4 PM, there are no known witnesses. Anyone who may have witnessed this accident and can provide a description of the vehicle is asked to contact the Glen Rock Police Department at (201) 652-3800.
5:56 PM – A Glen Rock female resident reported receiving an unsolicited call from an individual demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. The man instructed her to go to a CVS or Walgreens and purchase $500 in I-Tunes pre-paid gift cards to submit payment. After making the first payment, the victim was then defrauded out of an additional $100 in the same manner.
The detective bureau is reviewing this matter which is a known scam, most often perpetrated by individuals from overseas. The IRS advises taxpayers that their representatives:
Never ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
Never insist that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
Never request immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), call and report the incident to Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1 (800) 366-4484.
10:25 AM – A Glen Rock woman reported that a fraudulent check in the amount of $1,803.66 had been drawn on her TD Bank checking account. The check was made payable to a woman in Wedowee, AL who is unknown to the victim. A fraudulent transaction report has been filed with the bank and the detective bureau is reviewing the matter.
11:28 PM – A Lowell Road resident reported a group of people causing a disturbance outside of his home. The persons involved were found to be two groups of juveniles who were being picked up by a parent and an Uber driver. Based upon citizen reports and officer observations, it appears that a series of juvenile gatherings with alcohol being served have been occurring on Rutland Road. However, there was insufficient probable cause for officers to enter any private home or obtain a search warrant. The detective bureau is reviewing the matter.