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.

8/26/17

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Criminal Mischief – King Street – A resident reported finding their rear vehicle window shattered after having been parked in the driveway overnight.  The victim is unaware who may have committed this offense.  No access was gained and nothing was missing from the auto.

Illegal Dumping – Sadler Road - Officers responded to the area on a report of illegal dumping.  It was stated that someone left two black garbage bags on the grass area near the curb in front of their house during the overnight hours.  The bags contained pieces of sheet rock, very old rusted cans, old boxes of cleaners, and food products.

Theft – Municipal Lot #1 – Headquarters received a report of a theft.  The victim stated that they dropped their cell phone in Municipal Lot #1 and returned in less than 2 minutes to find the phone missing.  Thirty minutes later, Verizon informed the victim that an unknown party was in possession of their phone.  The unknown actor contacted the victim through another relative’s number and advised the victim that they had purchased the cell phone and then realized it was stolen and wanted to return it to them.  The actor advised the victim to meet him in Branch Brook Park which is when the victim proceeded to Headquarters.  The actor continued to call and text the victim and eventually provided their own cell number which Officers used to contact him.  The actor became very argumentative and refused to return the phone to Nutley or drop to one of the Newark Police stations.  The individual stated that they would drop the phone at a nearby Dunkin Donuts and then notify Nutley Police.  The actor would not provide their name or location and was advised that they were in possession of stolen property during the conversation with Police.  The phone was entered as stolen in the database and worth approximately $750.00.  No further information at this time.

8/27/17

Property Damage – Union Avenue – Response was made to the area on a report of a damaged fence.  The resident stated that they found their rear plastic fence damaged when they returned to the home after being away for an hour.  Officers could not confirm that the damage was caused by a vehicle.  It was stated that the adjacent driveway is used by vehicle traveling on Conover to turn around.  The victim was advised to contact their homeowners insurance.

8/28/17

Property Damage – Harrison Street - Headquarters received a call regarding a fallen tree limb that caused damage to a nearby fence.  The property manager stated that the fence belonged to the neighbor residing on Prospect Street.  An attempt was made to contact that resident, but it appeared no one was home.  A note was left for the owner to contact Headquarters regarding the incident.

Shoplifting – Harrison Street – Officers responded to the area on a report of a shoplifting.  The store manager stated that a male, in his 40's, with a baldhead, goatee style beard, wearing a gray and black dress shirt with black pants, entered the store and shoplifted. It is believed that approximately twenty (20) packages of earphones were taken. The unknown male exited the store and fled west on Harrison St. on a yellow mountain bike. Police checks of the area proved negative.  Police are investigating.

General Investigation - Response was made to the area regarding a fraudulent purchase.  The victim stated that they received an email stating that they ordered an item worth $49.99 and that it was shipped to an address that is currently a local bakery.  The victim was advised to monitor their credit reports, bank accounts, and to contact Headquarters should they notice any suspicious activity.  No further action.

Theft from Vehicle – Washington Avenue – A victim reported to Police that they observed their driver and passenger side doors were ajar and upon inspection, noticed the glove box, center console, and trunk were rummaged through.  The victim will provide police with a list of stolen property.  Detective Bureau was contacted.

8/29/17

Motor Vehicle Stop – Washington Avenue – Officers initiated a stop that resulted in the arrest of the driver, Joann Arteaga-Gonzalez, 21, of Newark, and passenger Scelina Guertin, 23, of Little Ferry.  They were transported to Headquarters without incident. Mr. Arteaga-Gonzalez was processed and issued summonses for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of marijuana, motor vehicle summonses for Maintenance of Lamps, CDS in Motor Vehicle, advised of his Court date and released.  Ms. Guertin was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Hindering Apprehension (for giving false name information during the investigation).  When her real identity was found, it was revealed that she had 2 outstanding warrants out of Edgewater, therefore, after being processed, she was transported to the Essex County Correction Facility.  

Aggravated Assault – Centre Street – Multiple units responded to the area on a report of dispute.  Officers observed the victim who had a laceration on the back of their head and bleeding.  Emergency Rescue was requested on scene who provided care to the victim.  They stated that prior to Police arrival, they were assaulted by a large unknown male but could not provide a description.  Victim reported he engaged in a dispute and was pushed causing him to strike his head against the sidewalk.  Through further investigation, three witnesses were interviewed and gave similar accounts. All three parties described the suspect as a large white male, wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, timberline work boots, and approximately 50-60 years old.  The victim was transported to the hospital.

8/30/17

Theft – Nelson Place – Headquarters received a report regarding a past occurred theft.  The victim was alerted to fraudulent charges on a department store credit card that had not been used in quite some time.  It was at that time they notified their family member that two purses were stolen from the home a while back, but did not give a specific date.  One of the bags contained the credit card that was used to make the fraudulent charges totaling $1,413.95.  There did not appear to be any forced entry to the home related to the theft. 

Property Damage – Chase Street - Officers responded to the area on a report of a tree limb down.  The tree limb was observed hanging down still attached to the tree and some of the branches came in contact with a vehicle.  The Shade Tree Department was notified and responded. 

8/31/17

Dispute – Franklin Avenue – Officers responded regarding a report of a dispute regarding a bank deposit.  The customer believed that they gave $9,500 to the bank teller to deposit, but only $9,400 was deposited into their account.  The manager was advised of the incident and told the customer that they would review the transaction and they would be credited the $100 if there was an error made.