Police Blotter

Nutley Police Blotter April 21 - 28


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:  37

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  20

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  25


Motor Vehicle Stop – Washington Avenue – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop when they observed a vehicle with its entire rear window shattered.  When contacting Headquarters with the vehicle information for the stop, the Officers were notified that the vehicle was stolen out of Belleville.  The occupants of the vehicle were detained until additional units arrived.  A search of the vehicle found two hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia, and an additional NJ license place that was found to be stolen.  The driver, Nicholas Zappulla, 29, and Michael Petrozzino, 24, both of Belleville, were taken into custody and transported to Headquarters without incident. 

Mr. Zappulla was found to have outstanding warrants out of Clifton, and Pequannock.  He was charged with Receiving Stolen Property (two counts) 3rd degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Hypodermic Syringe.  Additionally, he was issued motor vehicle summonses for:  Seatbelt, Suspended Driver’s License, Expired Driver’s License, and released with his mandatory Court dates.  

Mr. Petrozzino was charged with Possession of Hypodermic Syringe, was processed, given a copy of his summons, and released from Police custody without incident.

Fraud – Headquarters received a report of fraud where the victim stated that they had been contacted by a collection agency, which indicated that they were in arrears for $221.17.  The company stated that an account was opened in the victim’s name with a purchase made in 2015.  The victim did not open the account and the collection company. The victim will be opening a credit monitoring service to prevent incidents of fraud in the future. No further information at this time.

Theft – Centre Street – Headquarters received a report of jewelry valued at 35,000, stolen from their home.    Detective Bureau is investigating. 


Fraud – Headquarters received a report regarding fraud.  The victim stated that they received notification from their financial institution that an unknown actor/s used their debit card at Walmart.com and made a purchase with a total of $671.18.  The card was canceled and the victim advised to contact Police should they see any additional suspicious activity.  No further action taken.

Shoplifting – Harrison Street – Officers responded to the location regarding a report of a shoplifting in progress.  Headquarters advised that the party described as a male, wearing a brown jacket, red and black hat, carrying a duffel bag was exiting the store.  The actor appeared and when he saw Officers, dropped the duffel bag and was placed under arrest.  The bag contained:  close to 200.00 worth of proceeds from the establishment.  John Bimbo, 41, homeless, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  A search incident to arrest recovered a hypodermic syringe.    Mr. Bimbo was charged with Shoplifting –Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe advised of his Court date and released.  


Burglary – North Road – Officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress.  The victim stated that they walked outside of their house and observed a male party walking away with their generator.  The victim confronted the actor and asked what he was doing and he replied that he thought it was a garage sale.  He put the generator down and left the scene.  The suspect is described as an African American male, in his 30’s, wearing a short sleeve red shirt, dark pants, and a beard.  Witnesses gave the same description of the actor, and possibly a blue Kia he may have been operating.  The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and responded to take over the investigation. 

Attempted Theft of Vehicle – Hancox Avenue – Victim found their vehicle had marks on the driver’s side door that appeared as if someone attempted to pry open the door from the top of the driver’s side door.  Detective Bureau was notified and responded to the location.  The area was canvassed for possible information regarding the incident.


Criminal Mischief – Washington Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding graffiti markings on the playground toys and a basketball net that was knocked down.  The graffiti that was drawn contained pictures of male body parts with offensive words written on the plastic toys.  The last time the playground area was checked was Sunday at 1:00pm.  The area was found damaged at approximately 11:30am on Monday.  Police are investigating.

Harassing Phone Calls – Officers responded to speak with the victim regarding an incident where a phone call was received, and the male actor stated that they had the victim’s brother tied up in the back of a car and then demanded money.  The victim immediately realized that the call was a scam and began yelling at the male suspect, who eventually hung up the phone.  The victim’s brother was contacted and found to be in good health.  The victim wished to document the incident, including the phone number, as a precaution in the event the male actor continued to attempt to scam other residents.  Officers attempted to contact the number with negative results.


Theft from Vehicle – Monroe Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated that when they were returning to their car they found their black brief case leaning against the nearby stop sign, and noticed the inside of the auto had been rummaged through.  The contents of the center console and glove compartment were scattered around the passenger seat.  The vehicle’s doors were not locked.  Detective Bureau was advised and responded to the scene to process for the investigation.


Fraud – Headquarters received a report regarding fraud.  The victim stated that they noticed an unauthorized charge in the amount of $1,150.00 on their credit card for an app named Venmo.  The financial institution has been advised, the card was cancelled and a claim made with the bank’s fraud department.  The victim was advised to contact Headquarters should they notice any fraudulent activity.

Fraud – The victims of fraud reported the incident at Headquarters.  It was stated that the victim used the ATM at the financial institution and then proceeded to go inside the bank where they believe the unknown actor/s took the card.  The following transactions were completed with the card:  Target in Paramus for $89.09, Target in Paramus for $100.60, Piercing Pagoda for $32.06, SQ NYS Collection for $26.72, GNC in Paramus for $99.98, Armo Fuel Elmwood Park $1.00, and Dunkin for $5.00.  The bank was contacted and the debit card has been cancelled.  The victim was advised to continue monitoring their account, their other accounts, as well as monitoring their credit report.  Detective Bureau was notified of the incident. 

Theft – Ackerman Street – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a past occurred theft.  The victim stated that since back in 2012 they have found multiple missing items from around their home after an unnamed contractor performed work in the home. The resident reported numerous items stolen over a period of time. All incidents were not reported until this date and the victim states that there was no forced entry, and no one else has access to the home.  Police are investigating.

Theft by Deception – Officers responded to take a report from the victim of a fraudulent charge for over 1000.00 to the company via a credit card that was found to have been reported stolen after the purchase was satisfied.  The charge/order was made over the phone, and picked up before the credit card company returned the information that the money was being returned due to the credit card being reported as stolen.  Some additional information became known after what they believe to be the same actor attempting to make another purchase over the phone using the same stolen credit card.  Detective Bureau was notified and will be following up with the investigation.


Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Avenue – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop that resulted in the arrest of Juan Santiago, 38, of Nutley. He was transported to Headquarters without incident, charged with Possession of Marijuana, processed, issued the following motor vehicle summonses:  Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Open Container, Change of Address, Seatbelt Usage, and Improper Turn at Traffic Light.  Mr. Santiago was advised of his mandatory Court date and released from custody.


Theft – Union Avenue – Headquarters received a report regarding a theft.  The victim stated that while at the Laundromat they were using the machines and placed their pocketbook down on the counter.  When they went to retrieve the pocketbook it was no longer there.  Missing from inside the purse was a driver’s license, $30.00 in cash, credit cards, and keys.  The credit cards were canceled prior to the Police report being made.  The victim was advised to monitor their credit and how to obtain a copy of the report.  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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