During the period between September 2 and September 8, 2019 members of the GRPD handled 249 calls for service, the highlights of which included:
09-03-2019 - A vehicle reported stolen from the Glen Rock Square townhouse complex on August 29, 2019 was recovered by the Newark Police Department in their city. Glen Rock Detectives are following up with the NJ Auto Theft Task Force on this investigation.
09-03-2019 - 9:52 AM – A 59-year-old Glen Rock man reported being the victim of a road rage incident which resulted in another motorist throwing a plastic bottle at his vehicle on Glen Avenue near the post office. Officers were able to identify the other motorist as a 51-year-old Glen Rock man. When interviewed he alleged that he felt threatened by the other motorist and preemptively threw the plastic bottle at the other vehicle. Officers did not witness the incident and both men were advised of their right to file a complaint seeking a probable cause hearing before the Glen Rock Municipal Court if they wished to pursue the matter.
09-03-2019 - Three stolen bicycles were reported in and around the Rock Road Central Business District. At 1:04 PM a young boy had left his black Trek bicycle unsecured in front of a store at 208 Rock Road, when he returned a few minutes later it was gone. At 8:52 PM a Glen Rock man reported that his electric bicycle was stolen from the bicycle rack during the day at the NJ Transit Bergen Line Train Station. The bike had been locked to the NJ Transit bicycle rack and both the lock and his helmet were also missing. A third bicycle was also reported stolen from this area under similar circumstances.
Glen Rock Detectives are currently viewing video surveillance from businesses in the area and working with other jurisdictions who are experiencing similar thefts around their train stations and business districts.
09-04-2019 - 11:04 AM – A Henry Street woman reported that she discovered her debit card was missing. She had last seen the card sometime in early August when it was in the center console of her car. Subsequently she received a call from her bank informing her that her account was overdrawn. There were a total of fifteen transactions on the account, but some may have been automatic withdrawals. She has reported the matter to her bank which is currently reviewing these transactions.
09-05-2019 - 4:01 PM – A Glen Rock man reported that an unknown individual had attempted to open two credit accounts in his name. One was with Bloomingdales in Waterbury, NJ and the other was at a Target store. Both were declined and there was no financial loss.
09-06-2019 - 3:46 PM – A Glen Rock man reported receiving an email seeking a donation to support a child who is battling a terminal illness. The email was received from email@example.com and contained Glen Rock Little League baseball logos. The man had donated $25 through his PayPal account, but later received an email from a Glen Rock Little League official informing the little league community that this was a scam. PayPal’s Fraud Department has been notified.
Glen Rock Detectives wish to inform the public this is just a new twist on similar frauds that play on people's compassion to take money from them. As with ANY request for money, the GRPD urges everyone to verify IN PERSON or via TELEPHONE with people you know to ensure they are actually making the request, and this is not some type of scam. Most of these frauds originate outside the US and the GRPD can do very little to prevent or prosecute these criminals. Prevention and education are key to protecting yourself. Please help pass the word.
09-07-2019 - 3:42 AM – P.O. Jim Donnelly and P.O. Sarah Orsita apprehended a 15-year-old Glen Rock boy who had stolen a bicycle which had been left unsecured in the Central Business District. The youth, who was intoxicated, was transported to Police HQ where he was released to the custody of his father. The matter has been referred to the Detective Bureau and Juvenile Officers in accordance with juvenile justice procedures. The disposition of all juvenile matters, as well as the identity of the offender, is not subject to public disclosure in accordance with juvenile confidentiality laws.
09-07-2019 - 2:23 PM – A Hawthorne woman walking along the Boulevard near Fairview was struck by male riding a bicycle as part of a group of about 30 cyclists, some or all believed to be juveniles. The woman, who declined medical aid, was able to offer a general description to officers. Officers searched the area, but the group was not found. Shortly thereafter, Ridgewood Officers located the group of cyclists near the Ridgewood High School, however, no one fitting the description provided was with the group. Those present could only provide a first name and that the subject possibly lived in Paramus. The group had met through social media and gathered for a multiple town bicycle ride and many had just met for the first time.