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.

8/12/17

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Township Ordinance – Municipal Lot #1 – While on patrol Officers observed a party sitting within the confines of the Pedestrian Walkway violating a township ordinance banning from smoking within this area.  A summons was issued for Smoking Prohibited in Pedestrian Walkway with a Court date. 

Township Ordinance – Municipal Lot #1 - While serving a Smoking Prohibited Ordinance, Officers observed a second party who was taking a drink of vodka from a bottle labeled Royal Emblem.  Officers confiscated the bottle of alcohol and issued the party a Township Ordinance for Consumption in Public Places which has a mandatory Court date. 

8/13/17

Suspicious Incident – Crestwood Avenue – Headquarters received a report of a baby stroller located in bushes on the corner.  It appeared that the stroller was left there deliberately as it had nothing in its compartments, and the other neighboring properties in the area had garbage out for collection the next morning. 

8/14/17

Theft/Fraud – the victims reported that their newly ordered checks had been stolen and two fraudulent checks were cashed against their account.  The financial institution has flagged their account and the Detective Bureau was advised of the incident. 

Fraud – Headquarters received a report regarding fraudulent transactions made to the victim’s bank debit card.  The ATM’s were located in Boston, Massachusetts and Detroit Michigan, the total amount of transactions was $2,155.00, the financial institution was notified, the account was canceled, and the monies were reimbursed to the victim. 

Fraud – Officers were dispatched to the area in regards to a fraud report.  The victim stated that they received six (6) separate e-mail's stating that online orders had shipped from a major department store.  The e-mails were examined and determined that the orders were purchased using the victim’s department store credit card and shipping address. The total of the purchases was $7,020.00 for six of the exact same purses.  The store was contacted who canceled the card and all 6 of the orders.  Officers informed the victim that if they should see anyone suspicious in a vehicle near their home to contact Police immediately.

Unwanted Party- Park Avenue - Response was made to an eatery where there was a report of a suspicious party in the bathroom.  While speaking with the party, another Officer found a bag containing some marijuana in the restroom and the party acknowledged that it was his.  Ryan Kimball, 31, of Belleville, was then placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and they authorized one charge of Possession of Marijuana to be placed on summons.  Mr. Kimball was processed, including prints and photographs, advised of his Court date and released from custody.

Theft – River Road – Headquarters received a report of a past occurred theft and response was made to the residence.  The victim stated that they had new carpet installed a couple of weeks ago and they noticed an entire plastic bin was missing.  The victim believes that the two contractors that were in the home to install the carpet may have taken the bin, since no other persons that they did not know have been in the residence.  Officers checked the home and found no apparent signs of forced entry.  The contents of the bin was estimated to be worth approximately $8,500.00.  The Detective Bureau was notified. 

8/15/17

Motor Vehicle Stop – River Road – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop that resulted in the arrest of Salaam Scott, 21, of Newark, for an outstanding warrant out of Newark.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, able to post the appropriate bail, issued two motor vehicle summonses; Unclear Plates, Obstruction of Vision, and released from custody.

Fraud – The victim stated to Officers that they received a call on their cellphone, which sounded like a recording, advising them to contact the IRS regarding a debt owed.  The alleged agent Mr. Thomas advised that $4,563 was owed to the IRS which needed to be paid or the victim would be arrested. Mr. Thomas also advised that a partial payment of $500 could be made to avoid a warrant being issued for the victim’s arrest.  Mr. Thomas instructed the victim to purchase a Google Play card for $500 to make the payment and to call him back after the purchase was made.  The victim called Mr. Thomas back at the number provided, to advise that the Google Play Card had been paid, and spoke to a party who identified himself as Officer Cruz badge #95826.  At the time the victim felt that this was suspicious so refused to provide Mr. Cruz with any more information.  When the victim scratched off the back of the card to reveal the serial # Mr. Cruz was able to tell the victim what those numbers were, which the victim found very suspect.  The victim noticed a Police Officer nearby and asked for his assistance with the matter.  When the Nutley Officer began speaking to the suspect on the phone, who identified himself as an IRS Officer, the suspect hung up when the Officer identified himself.  Google Play was contacted to retrieve the $500 that the victim spent, but the Google Play rep advised that an account was already opened with the card that was purchased.  The unknown party used an email address to activate the Google Play card and the funds were unable to be retrieved for the refund.  The victim attempted to contact the suspect while in the presence of Officers, but the suspect’s phone was disconnected. 

Fraud – the victim of fraud reported the incident to Police.  It was stated that there were several fraudulent ATM withdrawals from the victim’s bank account that occurred in Nutley.  The total amount missing was $850.00.  The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident. 

Theft – Hillside Avenue – a contractor reported an incident at Police Headquarters.  It was stated that the contractor was hired to complete a paver job at a residence and was given access to use the bathroom inside the house, along with 5 of their workers.  After a day of work the owner/contractor was made aware that some money was missing from inside the home; approximately $3,600.  The contractor stated that he, or his workers, did not take any money.  The victim was contacted and came into Headquarters to explain their side of the story.  Detective Bureau was informed of the incident and took over the investigation.

Criminal Mischief – Wilmington Drive – A resident contacted Police regarding their vehicles being vandalized in their driveway.  Officers observed shaving cream and flour on the vehicles but did not observe any damage to them.  Nothing further.

8/16/17

Theft from Vehicle – Povershon Road – Headquarters received a report regarding a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated that they noticed their debit card was missing from their center console.  The bank statement revealed that the card was used multiple times in Newark for five transactions totaling approximately $120.00.    Officers observed that there were no signs of forced entry, no locks were tampered with. 

Detective Bureau was notified of the incident and has taken over the investigation.

Theft – Hartford Drive – Headquarters received a report regarding a missing watch.  The victim stated that they had a number or workers and people for items that were being sold on Craigslist in the home and is unsure who may have taken the watch.  The watch is described as a stainless steel Rolex yacht master valued at approximately $12,350.00.  Police are investigating.

Identity Theft – the victim of Identity Theft responded to Headquarters to report the incident.  A leasing company from Santa Fe, New Mexico contacted the victim to alert them that someone had assumed their identity and attempted to lease a vehicle.  The actor was in possession of the victim’s social security number and a fraudulent NJ driver’s license in their name.  The victim wished to be entered into the Identity Theft Victim national database and was instructed to contact their financial institution and credit card providers to advise them of the incident.  No further action taken at this time.

Criminal Mischief – Wilmington Drive – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of criminal mischief for the second time this week.  Upon arrival, Officers observed shaving cream and toilet paper covering one of the vehicles and the front door of the residence had shaving cream smeared on it.  Nothing further at this time.

8/17/17

Theft/Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a fraudulent charge, in the amount of $505.53, made to the victim’s bank account through a non-Citi Bank ATM in the Bahamas.  The victim was in possession of the bank card and it had been canceled when they noticed the fraudulent charge.  The financial institution is aware of the incident and investigating.

Suspicious Incident – Prospect Street – Response was made to the area regarding a suspicious person described as a male with a beard, wearing a white baseball jersey, red or black hat, driving a gold Toyota taking several photos of the houses in the area.  The caller stated they asked the actor what they were doing and they entered their vehicle and fled the area.  The area was checked for the vehicle and attempts were made to contact the registered owner with negative results.  The caller was advised to contact Police should the party return.

8/18/17

Property Damage – Centre Street – Property damage was reported to Officers.  The victim stated that when they arrived at work they found a crack in the storefront window.  Additionally, when they first leased the property there had been a small crack in the center of the window and this new damage appears to be an extension of the original.  Victim was advised to inform the landlord of the damage to the store window.  No further information at this time.