During the period between June 25 to July 1, 2018 members of the GRPD handled 283 calls for service, the highlights of which included:
Law Enforcement agencies throughout the region, including Glen Rock, have been experiencing a rise in the theft of high-end vehicles. In ALL cases the vehicles were unlocked with the key-fobs left in them. If a target vehicle is unlocked, and no keys are left in the vehicle, actor(s) remove valuables left in the vehicle.
LOCK YOUR VEHICLES AND TAKE THE KEYS WITH YOU!
June 25 - 10:18 AM – Patrols responded to a hit and run motor vehicle accident on Route 208 South in the area of Harristown Road. A white Ford Edge driven by a Ringwood man was struck by a vehicle described only as a black SUV and fled the scene of the accident. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident and can provide additional information is asked to contact the Glen Rock Police Department at (201) 652-3800.
June 25 - 11:43 AM – A Glen Rock man reported that a check he had sent to his landscaper in the amount of $362.50 had not been credited to his account. Upon checking his monthly bank statement, he also noted a $500 discrepancy. He found the check had been altered to the amount of $862.50 and made payable in the name of an unknown individual. He has filed a claim with the Bank of America and detectives are reviewing the matter.
June 25 - 1:45 PM – A Glen Rock man reported being contacted by a merchant’s service company to inquire about inconsistencies in an application filed to open an account in his name for a business located in Little Ferry. The complainant had not made any such application and no account was opened. Upon checking his credit report, he found another merchant service account which had successfully been opened in his name which was associated with the same Little Ferry business. He has filed a credit fraud report with the second company and the detective bureau is currently reviewing the matter.
June 25 - 9:16 PM – An Elmwood Park man reported the theft of his motorized bicycle, valued at $800, from the parking lot of Super Fresh at 937 Lincoln Avenue. He had parked the unlocked bicycle in front of the store just prior to 9 PM and when he returned it was gone. With the cooperation of manager of Super Fresh, Sgt. Mike Trover viewed the store’s video surveillance footage and was able to identify a suspect.
With the assistance of P.O. James Neinhouse of the Hawthorne Police Department the suspect, a 33-year-old man last known to live in Boonton, was located in the area of the 7-11 on Goffle Road in Hawthorne. The man was subsequently arrested by Sgt. Trover for theft and the stolen motorized bicycle was recovered. The suspect was also found to be wanted on a no bail criminal warrant issued by the Passaic County Superior Court and $1,000 criminal warrant issued by the Wayne Twp. Municipal Court.
The suspect was transported to Police HQ where he was processed and then transported to the Bergen County Jail pending an appearance before the Superior Court Central Judicial Processing and resolution of his warrants.
June 27 - 4:24 PM – In December of 2017 the owner of a Rock Road business was approached by a purported sales representative attempting to solicit the purchase of an advertisement to be printed on a local restaurant’s menu. The business owner paid $395 for the advertisement with the understanding that it would remain for one year. The same sales representative returned to the store on the date of this report making the same sales pitch at which time the merchant became suspicious.
Upon checking with the restaurant in question the merchant learned that there was no advertisement of any type contained on their menus. The merchant has been asked to produce records of the transaction in question, along with video surveillance footage from his store to the detective bureau who will be reviewing the matter.
June 27 - 6:22 PM – Patrols were dispatched to the area of Boulevard and Goodviet Place to investigate a report of two individuals who had just stolen a bicycle from the side yard of a home on the 100 block of Boulevard. Based upon information provided by the resident/victim and two landscapers working in the area P.O. Annamarie Mattina, P.O. Jim Donnelly and P.O. Nick Onove were able to apprehend both suspects. P.O. Onove subsequently charged two juveniles, a 15-year-old New York city male and a 16-year-old Paterson male with theft. Both juveniles were processed at Police HQ and turned over to the custody of their parents. The matter has been referred to the Juvenile Intake Unit at the Superior Court Family Part.
June 28 - 4:19 PM – A Lincoln Avenue resident reported that she had contracted with a pool service to repair a torn pool liner in May of 2018. She was quoted a price of $3,958 and provided a deposit in the amount of $2,000. The torn pool liner was removed and left at the curb. The complainant was informed that the replacement pool liner was on back order and that they would return to complete the work when it was received, and further that an additional $600 would be required to repair the flooring of the pool.
The complainant became suspicious that she may have been the victim of a scam and reported that she is now having difficulty contacting the pool company. The detective bureau is reviewing the matter in an effort to determine if this is a criminal matter or a civil business dispute.
June 28 - 11:12 PM – Patrols along with the Fire Department and EMS were dispatched to a rollover motor vehicle accident on the 100 block of Delmar Avenue. Investigation found that the vehicle was traveling southbound on Delmar, veered off the roadway, struck a tree and rolled over onto the driver’s side. The driver, a 17-year-old Glen Rock male, was unable to explain what caused him to strike the tree. There are no known witnesses.
The driver was transported to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood with non-life-threatening injuries. The heavily damaged vehicle was towed from the scene.
June 29 - 8:29 AM – A resident on the 300 block of Dunham Place reported that their 2017 Ford Explorer had been stolen out of their driveway overnight. The resident recounted that he parked the vehicle in the driveway around 11 PM, leaving the doors unlocked and the key-fob inside the vehicle. When he awoke at 8 AM the vehicle was gone. There are no known witnesses.
The vehicle has been entered into NCIC as stolen. Detectives are working with other law enforcement agencies as part of an ongoing investigation into a vehicle theft ring which targets unlocked vehicles containing keys or key-fobs from suburban driveways.
June 29 - 9:07 AM – While investigating the theft of a vehicle on the 300 block of Dunham Place officers recovered property belonging to another resident. Investigation found that the resident in question had left his wallet in his unlocked vehicle when it was parked in his driveway overnight. Person(s) unknown entered the vehicle and took the man’s wallet contained his identification and two credit cards. There are no known witnesses.
June 29 - 11:13 AM – The Glen Rock Recreation Director reported that fireworks had been set off inside the women’s bathroom at Wilde Memorial Park causing minor damages. A video was recovered and detectives are reviewing the matter.
June 29 - 2:25 PM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop on Route 2018 South, P.O. T.J. Graziani arrested a 28-year-old Hawley PA man for possession of two bundles (approximately 20 glassine envelopes) of heroin and two small Ziploc baggies containing crack cocaine. The man was transported to Police HQ where he was processed and released on his own recognizance pending an appearance before the Superior Court Central Judicial Processing in Hackensack on July 13, 2018.
The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old Elmont, NY woman, was issued a traffic summons for making an unsafe lane change.
June 29 - 5:05 PM – A business owner on the 1,000 block of Maple Avenue reported that she received a phone call from a male claiming to be a representative of PSE&G concerning an overdue bill. The caller wanted her to buy CVS Visa gift cards to pay the bill. Recognizing this to be a scam she immediately hung up on the caller. Shortly thereafter the man called back threatening to show up at the business, break all the windows and attack her. The woman provided the 800 number the call was received from and detectives are investigating the matter.
June 30 - 9:53 AM – A Glen Rock woman reported detecting a fraudulent transaction on her Bank of America account. A check had been drawn on her account in the amount of $24,989.90 made payable to a woman in Jacksonville Florida. The woman explained that this is the second such fraudulent transaction on her Bank of America account since May of 2018. A fraud report was filed with the bank and the detective bureau is reviewing the matter in cooperation with bank officials.