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.
Suspicious Incident – Hillside Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a suspicious incident. The manager of the property stated that the tenants observed two males, who arrived in a white pickup and a dark colored mini-van, place garbage at the curb. Video surveillance confirmed the act and observed on the curb were miscellaneous items including a suitcase, filing cabinet, framed picture, household rug, etc. The manager was advised of their right to sign a complaint against the parties for illegal dumping if they were identified and how to obtain a copy of the report for their records. No further action taken.
Fraud – Headquarters received another report regarding fraud. The victim stated that they ordered checks from their financial institution that never arrived at their home. While checking their account they noticed an unauthorized check cashed in the amount of $261.52. The bank was contacted and a freeze was put on the account. The victim was advised to contact Headquarters in the event they notice any further unauthorized activity.
Shoplifting – Harrison Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a past occurred shoplifting incident. A description of the actor was given to the CVS reported they had a shoplifter who had left the store. They provided a description over the radio to all Patrol units who found a party matching that description on Franklin Avenue who had in their possession the items reported stolen from the store. Kaili Richardson, 35, of Montclair, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident. Officers charged Mr. Richardson with Shoplifting. He was processed, given copy of the Summons, advised of his Court date, and released. No further action taken.
Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding fraud. The victim stated that they used their debit card at a bank in Newark to withdraw money and left the card behind. The card was used at a financial institution in Nutley to withdraw $340.00. The card was reported stolen at the bank in Nutley and the victim was advised to make a Police report so that the fund replenishment could be facilitated. No further information at this time.
Fraud – the proprietor of a local business responded to Headquarters to make a report of fraud. A customer ordered several trays of food which totaled $222.00. The food was picked up and the bill was settled with a personal check, which later was found to have bounced and the business owner was charged $15 for the returned check by their financial institution. The customer has been called several times with negative results. Officers made an attempt to contact the customer and left a message advising the party of the generation of the report and the owner’s willingness to settle the matter amicably. Furthermore, the business owner was advised of their right to sign a complaint, should they choose to do so. No further Police action.
Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding checks that were ordered from a financial institution that were not received. The victim stated that after advising the bank that the checks were not received, two checks were attempted to be cashed: one for $134.07 and one for $452.17. The financial institution is closing the account and the parties were advised to report any other fraudulent activity to Police. The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident. No further information at this time.
Theft – Coeyman Avenue – Response was made to a home for a report of a theft. The caller stated that they ordered an item from Amazon that was registered as delivered when the homeowner was not at home. The item was reported missing and Amazon refunded their money. A report was necessary for follow up with the company. No further action at this time.
Burglary – Nelson Place – Officers were dispatched to the area on a call regarding a past occurred burglary. The homeowner returned home to find their rear window pane to their back door shattered. Officers cleared the home for any actor/s and found the bedroom rummaged through with items taken from the home. Detective Bureau responded to process the scene and a canvass was done in the neighborhood. Investigation is ongoing.
Theft – Highfield Lane – A Toyota Highlander was reported stolen from homeowner’s driveway and Officers responded to the scene. The vehicle was left running while the victim walked to their garage and when they returned the car was gone. There was no direction of flight known and the victim did not see any possible suspects outside of their house. The information of the vehicle was dispatched to all units and to the surrounding jurisdictions. Nutley Detectives were able to located the vehicle in Newark, unoccupied and running. The vehicle was towed to Nutley Headquarters to be processed and then was returned to its owner.
Property Damage – King Street – Response was made to the area regarding a tree limb down. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the vehicle’s owner who stated that the tree limb fell and landed on the right passenger side of their vehicle. The landlord was advised and stated that a tree service would be by today to inspect the tree and have it removed. Report was needed to document the event for insurance purposes. No further Police action at this time.
Identity Theft – the victim responded to Headquarters to report that they filled out an application that was denied. It was revealed that someone was utilizing their social security number for employment purposes. The victim was given a document with wage records indicating that the party was using their social security number and the actor/s current place of employment. The victim filled out all the necessary paperwork to be entered as an identity theft victim in the database. No further action taken.
Fraud - Headquarters received a walk in report regarding checks that were ordered by the victim and never received from the financial institution. Additionally, checks with numbers matching the checks ordered were written in their name and the fraudulent checks totaled $6,400.00. The Detective Bureau was advised and was able to speak to the victim at the time of the report.
Identity Theft – The victim responded to Headquarters to report that they were contacted several times from a number claiming to be agents of the IRS. They were told that they owed close to $16,000 in back taxes and if they failed to pay there would be a warrant issued for their arrest. No information was shared regarding financial accounts and they were not compromised in any way. Officers tried contacting the number provided but it was currently not in service. The victim was advised that this was most likely a scam since the IRS does not use those methods of operation. They were also offered the opportunity to be entered as an Identity Theft victim, but they declined at the time of the report.
Theft by Deception – Conover Avenue – Officers responded to the area and spoke to a delivery driver who stated that 15 minutes prior to their arrival they made a pizza delivery and has yet to get paid. When they pulled up there was a young man already waiting outside and they wanted to pay with a credit card, but was advised it was cash only. The unknown party said they had to get money from their mother and walked into the backyard of the residence and did not return. After about 10 minutes no one returned so the driver approached the residence, knocked, and the door was answered by a party that stated they did not order any food. The residence and its area was checked, due to the fact someone was on the property without permission, with negative results. Both parties were advised of their right to sign complaints with the Court should the actor/s be identified. A check of the area for further information yielded negative results. Nothing further at this time.