During the period between September 9 and September 15, 2019, members of the GRPD handled 262 calls for service, the highlights of which included:
09-13-2019 - 1:40 AM – Officers responded to Abbington Terrace on an attempted burglary through a residence's rear door. While canvassing the area on nearby Gramercy Place, P.O. John Tarantino was passed by a Subaru wagon driving at an excessive speed. He attempted to stop the vehicle as it fled onto Harristown Road, refusing to stop. The vehicle was registered to a resident on the 200 block of Gramercy Place.
While the officer was in pursuit of the vehicle, Sgt. Rob Wojtecki and P.O. Sarah Orsita responded to the owner’s home determining that the vehicle had been stolen from the driveway. The keys had apparently been left in the Subaru while the owner was moving cars in the driveway the night before. The owner also reported that there was over $ 1,000 worth of property, including a set of golf clubs, in the vehicle when it was stolen. A mountain bike was found near where the vehicle was stolen, and several vehicles and garages in the area showed signs that they were rummaged through. Locations included Hamilton Avenue, Abbington Terrace and Gramercy Place. The recovered bicycle was later determined to have been stolen from an unlocked garage on Abbington.
The pursuit of the stolen vehicle was continued into Paramus, then back into Fair Lawn into Elmwood Park on Broadway. An officer from the Paramus Police Department joined into the pursuit which headed into Paterson and was subsequently terminated.
The stolen vehicle was subsequently recovered by the Paterson Police Department on the afternoon of September 14th. None of the owner’s personal property was recovered inside the vehicle. The Detective Bureau is continuing the investigation in cooperation with other jurisdictions in the region who have been experiencing similar crimes.
09-13-2019 - 2:16 AM – A Glen Rock woman reported that she had fallen victim to a spoof email purporting to be from the Bank of America attempting to confirm recent transactions on her credit card. Before realizing this was a scam, the woman had provided personal information. She has subsequently taken steps to inform the major credit bureaus of her compromised identity.
09-13-2019 - 2:16 AM – A Glen Rock man reported that his mail had been tampered with and a check stolen. He related that his brother had mailed him a birthday card containing a check. When the card arrived with his mail the envelope was found to be torn open and the $50 check was missing. This matter is being referred to the US Postal Inspectors as theft of US Mail is a federal offense falling under their jurisdiction.
09-14-2019 - 10:44 AM – A Waldron Avenue resident reported that their unlocked vehicle was entered overnight while parked in their driveway. A phone charger was reported to be missing.
09-15-2019 -11:53 AM – A resident on the 500 block of Doremus Avenue reported that their unlocked vehicle was entered while it was parked in the driveway overnight. The vehicle had been rummaged through, however, the resident reported nothing to be missing.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: The Glen Rock Police Department would like to remind residents and visitors to our town that there is no community where it is safe enough to leave your vehicle, home, shed or garage unlocked, let alone leave your key or key-fob in a vehicle. Communities in this region, including Glen Rock are being targeted by thieves seeking out unlocked vehicles, garages and sheds. Protect yourself and remember this phrase “LOCK IT OR LOSE IT”! Please protect your hard-earned valuables, each night make it a practice to double check that your vehicle, home, garage and shed have been locked!
If you see any suspicious activity, Call 9-1-1.