Police Blotter

Nutley Police Blotter April 16 - 21


NUTLEY, NJ -  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:  36

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  19

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  14


Fraud – Headquarters received a report of fraud.  The victim stated that they were contacted by a debt collector for an outstanding debt of over $1,000.00 from a cable TV company.  It appears an actor/s opened an account in the victim’s name without their knowledge or consent.  The victim was advised of their right to sign a complaint with the Municipal Court should the actor/s be located. 

Theft from Vehicle – Gonnelli Street – Officers took a report from a resident who stated that they left their vehicle unlocked overnight and when they left this morning they noticed the center console was left wide open.  The report was forwarded to the Detective Bureau for further investigation.

Theft from Vehicle – Gonnelli Street – The victim of a theft from vehicle reported the incident in person at Police Headquarters.  They stated that when they returned to their vehicle this morning they found the car had been rummaged through and they could not find their wallet, which was left in the center console.  There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle Forwarded to Detective Bureau.

Theft from Vehicle – Gless Avenue – The victim contacted Police regarding a theft.  The vehicle was found to have been rummaged through with the glove compartments and center console area left wide open.  Removed from inside the vehicle were 3 gift cards.  Report was forwarded to the Detective Bureau. 

Theft from Vehicle – Gless Avenue - While on scene taking a report for theft the victim had another vehicle that was found to be unlocked.  The center console and passenger glove compartment were both left open.  Detective Bureau was notified.


Criminal Mischief – Yale Street – Officers responded to the area on a report of criminal mischief.  The victim stated that when they went out to their vehicle they observed three of their tires were slashed.  There were slash marks on both front tires and on the back passenger side tire.  An estimate of the damage was approximately $600.00.  Police are investigating  No further action.

Criminal Mischief – Yale Street - While responding to a report of criminal mischief in the same area, Officers observed another vehicle with a slashed tire.  The slash mark was on the front driver’s side of the vehicle.  The owner of the vehicle was found and advised of the incident.  The approximate damage was estimated at $200.00.  Police are investigating No further action.

Criminal Mischief – Yale Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of criminal mischief.  The victim stated that they went out to their vehicle and found that both rear tires had been slashed.  The approximate value to replace both tires is estimated at $400.00.  The area was canvassed for surveillance cameras with negative results.

Theft – Franklin Avenue - Headquarters received a walk in report of a theft.  The victim stated that while shopping their wallet went missing from their pocketbook.  Video surveillance showed an unknown, heavy set, black female with a blue shirt and light gray pants, walking with a cane, put their hand into the victim’s pocketbook and remove the wallet.  Before the credit cards were canceled there were fraudulent charges made in the amount of $450 at Target and $400 at Walter Baumann Jewelers both located in Clifton.  Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and are following up.

Criminal Mischief – East Centre Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of criminal mischief.  Upon arrival, the victim stated that when they went out to their car they observed both passenger side tires were punctured and flat.   Officers observed slash/puncture marks on both tire side walls.  The tires are valued at approximately $1,000 each.  Investigators are reviewing surveillance coverage of the incident to the Detective Bureau who will be following up with the investigation.

Criminal Mischief – East Centre Street – Officers responded to the area regarding criminal mischief to auto.  The victim stated that when they went out to their vehicle they observed two tires had been slashed.  Police are reviewing video surveillance of an actor slashing the tires.  The car had been towed from the area to be repaired.  Detective Bureau was notified and will be following up.

Theft – 300 Franklin Avenue – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a theft.  The victim stated that they removed their ring (approximate value $100) while washing their hands in the High School bathroom, left the restroom and then realized they forgot to put the ring back on.  When they returned to the restroom, the ring was gone.  The Main Office was advised of the incident. 


Criminal Mischief – Hancox Avenue – The victim of criminal mischief responded to Headquarters to file a report.  A tire was found slashed on the vehicle parked in their driveway.  The vehicle is seldom used, so the exact date/time of the incident is not known.  The victim was advised to contact Headquarters if they notice any other activity.

Property Damage – Kingsland Avenue – The resident of the home reported a wire fell from the residence and struck their vehicle causing damage.  The wire appeared to be a fiber optic cable and was adjusted by the Nutley Fire Department.  When the wire fell it struck the car, causing scuffs and scratches on the driver’s side fender and side view mirror (unknown monetary value in damage).  The victim was advised how to obtain a copy of this report and to contact her insurance company.

Fraud – Headquarters responded to Headquarters to report a fraud.  The victim posted a bedroom set on Craig’s List for $1,000.00.  They received a text from an interested party that stated they would pay through their Paypal account.  Additionally, the actor/s stated that they needed the victim to send $700.00 to pay the movers to move the furniture, and the actor would reimburse the $700.00 through the Paypal payment making it $1,700.00.  The actor/s gave an address and name of a party to send the $700.00 to and the victim responded to Stop & Shop and completed the transaction.  Another text was received for an additional $800.00 for insurance purposes and that’s when they felt they had been scammed.  The incident was reported to Paypal, who advised the victim to make a Police report.  Officers attempted to contact the actor/s on the phone number given with negative results.  The victim was advised of how to obtain a copy of the report. 


Shoplifting – Franklin Avenue – Officers responded to the area on a past occurred shoplifting incident. Upon arrival, store security stated that a female, approximately 35 years old, dressed in black pants, a purple top, black coat w/ fur collar, and a red baseball cap, exited the store without paying for a blue cooler. The store manager observed the female walk back to the pharmacy to speak with the pharmacist and then exited and got into a gold colored Lincoln Town Car with a sunroof, gold colored rag top and tinted windows. A customer heard her yelling "open the door" as she exited the store. It is unsure if there were any other proceeds that may have been placed inside the cooler. Security footage was reviewed and the female party was observed exiting the store and walking to the far end of the parking lot near Burger King. She was also observed exiting the suspect vehicle, operated by a black male, from the back seat.  Surrounding area was checked with negative results. Forwarded to Detective Bureau for follow up.

Motor Vehicle Fire – Route 21 - Driver stated that while driving in the left lane their vehicle began to shake and when they went over to the shoulder they hit the guardrail, and the car caught fire.  The Nutley Fire Department responded on scene and extinguished the fire.  There was no damage to the guardrail.  The Driver’s license was found to be suspended, and they were issued a motor vehicle summons for Driving While Suspended with a mandatory Court date.  Additionally, they were found to have active warrants out of Atlantic City, Fair Lawn, and Paterson.  Kwateira Johnson, 20, of Paterson, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  Atlantic City Police were contacted and stated they would be coming to take custody of Ms. Johnson  No further action. 

Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Avenue – A motor vehicle stop was initiated for a vehicle traveling without its headlights on.  While speaking with the driver, Officers observed them trying to conceal a plastic bag.  Upon surrender the bag contained pills that did not belong to the driver.  Further inspection revealed a metal pipe which contained burnt marijuana residue, and the remnants of a previously smoked marijuana.  Kevin Cristancho, 24, of Belleville, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was charged with Possession of Prescription Legend Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, processed, issued motor vehicle summonses for Lamps Required, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, and released with his Court date. 


Fraud – Victim stated that they applied for a job on the internet and was sent a check for $3,250 which was deposited and cleared through the bank.  The victim attempted to purchase equipment for the job position using the funds and was advised by the bank that the check had bounced and their account was now in the negative -$3,250.  The money was sent Walmart to Walmart and was received by the other party.  Walmart’s Fraud Department was notified as was the financial institution’s Fraud Department for follow up.  The Police report was to document the incident.

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report of a suspicious phone call.  The caller indicated that the victim needed to schedule an appointment with ADT Home Security as they needed to check the certification of the wiring of their system.  A call was made and an appointment was scheduled, but during the call the party indicated that ADT had paid a fee to the Township of Nutley for the certification.  The victim became suspicious and contacted the Town and was advised that the information provided was false.  Officers tried to contact the caller through the phone number provided, but were only able to leave a message.  The victim was advised to contact Headquarters should anyone come to their residence during the time of the appointment, or if they should see any suspicious vehicle in the area of their home.  Patrol will be checking the area during the scheduled appointment time.  No further action.

Fraud – Officers responded to take a report of a package that was intercepted during delivery.  The victim stated that the FedEx driver approached them and told them that someone described as an black male, late 30’s early 40’s, with a large beard, wearing a red, orange, and white plaid shirt stated they would save the driver some steps and grab the package addressed to the victim (which he mentioned by name).  When the FedEx driver requested ID, the party returned to their silver vehicle and left the area.  The package in question was a credit card in the victim’s name.  The incident caused concern that the actor was attempting to fraudulently open and utilize an account in the name of the victim.  The Officer extended the service of being entered into the Identity Theft database, but the victim declined.  No further information at this time.


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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