Police Blotter

Nutley Police Blotter April 1 - 7 2017


The Police Blotter is compiled each week by Det. Sgt. Anthony Montanari of the Crime Intelligence Public Information Division of the Nutley Police Department.

Please note:  All parties placed under arrest have been assigned a Court date and remain innocent until proven guilty of those charges at their respective hearing.

Medical Calls:  28

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  17

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  22

Theft from Vehicle:  13


Criminal Mischief – Passaic Avenue – Headquarters directed personnel to the area regarding a report of criminal mischief.  The victim met Officers and explained that they found their vehicle had been keyed on the driver’s side while parked in their designated parking space.  No one in the area observed anyone suspicious in the area.  The estimated cost of the repair was not known at the time of the report.


Fire/Criminal Mischief – Park Avenue – An anonymous caller stated that they observed someone light something on fire in the ball field dugout facing Park Avenue.  Officers observed that someone had lit paper on fire inside the dugout.  Nutley Fire arrived and put it out.  There was no damage to the property and the area was checked for possible actors with negative results.  No further action taken.


Theft – Bloomfield Avenue - Officers and Detectives responded to a call regarding a theft.  The victim stated that they observed some items missing from their home and the only person that was in the home recently was someone from a cleaning service.  The list of items includes an engagement ring, wedding band, gold ring all kept in a small colored cardboard jewelry box.    The Detective Bureau investigated and discovered the items had been misplaced and recovered within the home.


Fraud – The victims spoke to Officers and stated that they received a call from a male who stated their grandson was arrested in New York and they needed to send $1000.00-$2000.00 to get him released. They could not provide a number because the caller id showed all zeros. They confirmed their grandson was not arrested in NY, and did not send any money. They wished to document the incident so that others would know about the scam.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Centre Street – A motor vehicle stop was initiated and while speaking with the driver and passengers, Officers detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the interior.  One of the passengers advised Officers that he was in possession of cds paraphernalia.  The male, Andrew Lewis, 19, of Nutley, was taken into custody and transported to Headquarters without incident.  The Assistant Prosecutor was contacted and authorized the following charges: Possession of CDS, and Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Lewis was processed and released with his Court date.

Theft – Hillside Avenue – The victim of a theft reported the incident to Headquarters.  They stated that they went to cheering practice this evening and took their engagement ring and wedding band off and placed them in their bag off to the side of the mats.  When the victim returned home they checked their bag and could not find the rings.  The ring is described as a chocolate square cut diamond valued at approximately $2,500.00.  The party returned to the practice facility and checked under all the mats and could not find the rings.  There are no known suspects.  Rings were found and returned back to the owner. 


Theft – East Centre Street – Detectives were able to make an arrest on a passed occurred report of theft from last week’s Police activity.  The theft was reported as two males going through packages that were left in the front area of an apartment complex.  After investigating the incident, evidence indicated that the suspect was the same person that made the initial Police report and a former co-worker of the victim.  The value of the combined packages was just under 200.00 worth of productes.  Jose Zapata, 42, of Dumont, responded to Headquarters and was arrested, which included photographs, and prints.  He was charged with False Reports to Law Enforcement and Obstruction, a disorderly person’s offense.  He was released with his mandatory Court date.

Theft – Freeman Place – Officers met with the complainant regarding a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated they parked their car in their driveway last evening and upon returning to it this morning they noticed the glove box was open and rummaged through.  Additionally, cash was missing from the glove box.  The victim drove their vehicle prior to contacting Police and believes the car was left unlocked in the driveway overnight.  Detective Bureau responded, the neighborhood was canvassed, and no other vehicles appeared to be compromised. 

Theft of Services – Centre Street – Officers responded on scene and spoke to the gas attendant who said that a vehicle fled the scene without paying for $39.00 worth of gasoline.  The vehicle in question was possibly a gray Toyota and the first three characters of a NJ license plate are possibly, X54.  The driver of the vehicle was described as a white female dressed in all black, covering her face.  The passenger could not be described and there were approximately 3 parties in the back of the vehicle.  The area was checked by patrol with negative results.  No further action.

Theft by Deception – the victim reported that several of their bank accounts had been compromised.  The financial institution had contacted the victim about several withdrawals that they disputed.  The fraud department was contacted and found that two books of checks were ordered online and mailed to a UPS store in Coconut Grove, FL.  The books were ordered using the victim’s deceased mother’s name. 

The victim was also advised to make sure to contact TransUnion, Experian & Equifax, which they intended to do along with having all of their accounts flagged and locked.  Detective Bureau was advised of the incident.


Theft from Vehicle – Brookline Avenue – Patrol was dispatched to the area regarding a report of theft from vehicle.  The resident stated that when they went out to their car this morning they observed the trunk was ajar and the doors to the vehicle unlocked.  The victim believes they may have left the vehicle unlocked.  A canvas of the area was conducted for possible witnesses with negative results.  The victim was advised to contact Headquarters should they determine that anything further was taken from the vehicle.

Theft from Vehicle – Homer Avenue -  the victim contacted Headquarters to report that their vehicle was found with the contents thrown about and the child’s car seat wet.  The victim had entered the vehicle prior to contacting Police.  The vehicle was released to the owner. 

Theft from Vehicle – Hilton Street – the victim drove their vehicle to Headquarters to report that is was broken into.  The owner found objects thrown about inside the vehicle.  It was not known for sure if the vehicle was locked at the time.  The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident. This and several others being investigated by police.

Theft from Vehicle – Cross Street – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a theft from auto.  The victim came out to their vehicle and found that someone rummaged through it, and the glove compartment was left open.  The victim did state that they did not lock their vehicle while it was parked in the driveway.  This and several others being investigated by police.

Theft from Vehicle – Conover Avenue – Officers responded to a theft from vehicle report.  The car was being pulled out of the driveway when it was realized that the contents of the glove box were thrown about the front passenger compartment of the vehicle.  Detective Bureau was notified of the theft.

Criminal Trespass – Coppola Street – another victim reported finding their vehicle with the glove box opened and the inside ransacked with the contents. Additionally, a black laptop bag, that did not contain a laptop, was gone through but nothing was taken.  There did not appear to be anything missing from the vehicle.  Detective Bureau was notified and responded to the scene to take over the investigation.

Theft from Vehicle – Homer Avenue -  Officers responded to the area on a report of theft from vehicle. The victim stated they parked their vehicle in their driveway at 8:00 PM and when they returned to their vehicle at 1:00 PM they observed the contents of their glove box and center console were thrown about the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle had been left unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry.  Detective Bureau was advised and they responded to take over the investigation.

Suspicious Incident – Franklin Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a suspicious incident.  The victim stated that they received a phone call on their cell phone from an unknown male claiming to have their brother in the back of a car in the projects in Newark.  The victim felt it was suspicious and advised the caller to have him call back on the brother’s cell phone if this was legit and hung up.  The caller never called back and the victim contacted their brother, along with the rest of their family and confirmed everyone was fine.  Officers called the number back and got an answering machine speaking Spanish.  The victim was advised to contact Police if they should need any further assistance.

Fraud – Brittany Circle – Headquarters received a walk in report of fraud.  The victim stated that they were not receiving their mail for approximately a month.  Their financial institution contacted them and stated that an address changed was made to a location in Miami, Fl.  The victim did not authorize such a change.  The victim responded to the Post Office who advised them of the address change also.  Five companies were found to have been notified of the address change and the victim made all of the corrections and set up new accounts.  None of the accounts or their financial institutions were compromised.  No further action.

Theft from Vehicle – Princeton Street – Headquarters received a walk in report of a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated that yesterday they observed their small blue notebook was missing from their center console that contained membership cards and credit cards.  The vehicle was left unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry.  The all companies related to the missing cards where contacted and the accounts closed.  No activity was reported on the cards.    The Detective Bureau was notified of the incident.

Theft from Vehicle – Coppola Street – A resident reported that while their vehicle was parked in the driveway, unlocked, it was burglarized and the insides ransacked.  Neighborhood was canvassed and the Detective Bureau was arrived and arrived on scene to take over the investigation. 

Theft from Vehicle – Albany Avenue – The victim responded to Headquarters to make a walk in report of theft from a vehicle.  The car was left in the driveway, unlocked, and was found with the glove box rummaged through, There was no sign of forced entry or damage to the auto.  The victim was advised of how to obtain a copy of the report for their records.

Theft from Vehicle – A walk in report was taken at Headquarters regarding a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated that they parked their car and left it unlocked and when they returned to it they observed the inside was rummaged through including the trunk.  The Detective Bureau was notified and assumed command of the investigation.

Theft from Vehicle – Cross Street – the victim contacted Police to report that they parked their vehicle in their driveway and left it unlocked during the overnight hours.  When they returned to their car they found it ransacked. 

Criminal Mischief – East Centre Street – the victim contacted Police to report that an unknown actor/s entered their unlocked vehicle, while it was parked in the driveway, and poured the coffee from the cup in the cup holder, into the cup holder, resulting in damage to the blue tooth mechanism and backup camera.  The Detective Bureau was notified of the incident.  No further action taken. 


Theft from Vehicle – Underhill Court – Officers responded to the area regarding a vehicle that had been found ransacked.  The victim stated that when they came out to their car this morning they found the glove box open and everything scattered on the front passenger console and seat. The vehicle was left unlocked while parked in the driveway.  The Detective Bureau was called to the scene and assumed the investigation.

Fraud – Headquarters received a report of fraud.  The victim stated that they were alerted by Macy’s/American Express fraud department that their credit card was declined for 3 purchases due to suspicious activity.  The purchases were at Party City in Clark, a Liquor Store in Menlo Park, and Macy’s in Menlo Park totaling close to 2000.00  All aforementioned charges were not processed and did not post to the victim’s account.  Additionally, their other accounts were checked for fraudulent activity and they found a second Macy’s credit card which was charged fraudulently at Macy’s in Menlo Park, NJ Macy’s was advised about the fraudulent activity on the second account in addition to the credit reporting agencies.  The victim declined to be entered into the Identity Theft database and was advised to contact Police should they need any further assistance.


Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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