NUTLEY, NJ - Police Director Alphonse Petracco and Chief Thomas Strumolo advise that a  suspicious incident occurred, Friday 1/27/17 at noon.


Several Washington Elementary Students were in the area of Park  and Washington Ave when a man offered them cookies from a clear plastic bag. The children declined and went back to school and reported the incident.

Police reviewed camera surveillance and identified a grey or silver 4 door sedan possibly BMW enter the parking lot at time of incident and believe this was the vehicle the children described. The children described the man as 50-60 y/o/a balding and of Indian Descent.

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Director Petracco said that the children did the right thing by refusing, and reporting the incident to their Principal, I commend them for being so alert.

Chief Strumolo said suspicious incidents are just that, suspicious that a person would offer children food, it concerns us and is our job to investigate to ensure that it was nothing more than a kind gesture. As was the case last week when a man offered a youngster a ride, believing he was a friends child.

Anyone that may have witnessed this incident are asked to contact Nutley Police at 973-284-4940 or use the anonymous Tip Hot line by texting info to “CRIMES” (274637) starting text message with “NPDTIP” then continue with your confidential information or log into Tipsoft.com 

- In an Emergency Dial 911 -
Main Public Safety Number: (973) 284-4940

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