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: 38

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Motor Vehicle Accidents: 14

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  20


Town Ordinance – Walnut Street – Response was made to a vacant residence on a report of failure to comply with a Township Ordinance.  The property’s sidewalk snow was not removed since the snowfall.  The Management Service Company was issued a Township Summons Violation 610-3 for Failure to Remove Snow and Ice from the property. 

Town Ordinance – Fischer Avenue – Patrol units observed the sidewalk of a residence that had not been maintained from the previous snow storm.  A Township Summons for Snow Removal Required was issued to the homeowner.

Town Ordinance – Spring Street – Patrol units observed the sidewalk of a residence that had not been maintained from the previous snow storm.  A Township Summons for Snow Removal Required was issued to the homeowner. 

Theft of Identity – Officers responded to record a report of Identity Theft.  The victim stated they received a phone call from Verizon Wireless asking if they had applied to add 2 cell phones to their plan.  When the victim responded that they did not order that upgrade, Verizon informed them that an individual attempted the purchase and they have now put a password on their account for any future attempts to their service.  Additionally, the victim was also sent a credit card in the mail but already had an account/card with the financial institution that sent the new card.  That financial institution also put a password on the victim’s account.  The credit bureau requested a Police report so that their fraud department can investigate the incidents against the victim’s accounts.  Officers offered the victim the opportunity to be entered as an Identity Theft Victim which they accepted, all the appropriate forms were processed, and entered into the national database.

Town Ordinance – Faber Place - Patrol units observed the sidewalk of a residence that had not been maintained from the previous snow storm.  A Township Summons for Snow Removal Required was issued to the homeowner. 

Criminal Mischief – Winthrop Drive – Resident stated that while sitting in their recliner they heard a loud “bang” at their front window.  When they looked out their front window they saw approximately twelve (12) juveniles scatter in front of the house.  Upon further inspection, damage was observed to the screen outside of the window.  The victim was advised of their right to sign a complaint with the Nutley Municipal Court. 

Motor Vehicle Stop – Washington Avenue – A motor vehicle stop was initiated for a vehicle traveling without its headlights on.  While speaking with the driver Officers smelled marijuana inside the vehicle.  Police found a plastic bag filled with marijuana.  The passenger, Juan Yascarbay, 20, of Belleville, was placed under arrest, transported to Headquarters without incident, printed, processed, charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, advised of his mandatory Court date, and released. While driver was issued, motor vehicle summonses and released.  


Illegal Dumping – Dock Street – A report of illegal dumping came into Headquarters.  Upon arrival, Officers spoke with a party who was sitting in their vehicle.  The stated they threw a pumpkin in a blue plastic bag and a few bananas into the Passaic River for religious reasons. Officers did not observe any items in the Passaic River.  The male party was checked for any outstanding warrants with negative results.  They were issued a summons for Littering, a Township Summons for Illegal Dumping.

Property Damage – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of property damage.  The resident stated that a Township tree limb from a neighboring property fell onto their vehicle causing damage.  The limb and vehicle were moved prior to arrival.  The extent of damage could not be determined at the time of the report. 

Animal Bite Incident – Cleveland Avenue – Headquarters received a report of an animal bite.  The victim stated that while delivering food a large canine came to the front door and when the door opened the canine bit their right hand.  Officers observed multiple puncture wounds.  Nutley Emergency Rescue Squad responded and the victim signed an RMA.  The homeowner was contacted and provided the appropriate license and vaccination numbers.  The victim was advised of their right to sign a complaint with the Nutley Municipal Court. 

Theft of Identity – The victim responded to Headquarters to report that they went to file their taxes at the same place they do every year and were notified that their social security number had already been used to file taxes this year.  The IRS was contacted and requested a Police report for their records. 


Fraud – Headquarters received a report of fraud where the victim stated that their account had two in person cash withdrawals taken out of their accounts.  The incidents took place in Nutley and the financial institution requested a Police report so their frauds department can open up an investigation.  All pertinent bank documents and information were taken as evidence and the victim stated that they would sign complaints against the actor/s should their identity be discovered.  Detective Bureau was notified and will be taking over the investigation.


Fraud – A report of fraud was received at Headquarters where the victim stated that they received an email from U-Haul stating they had an overdue payment for renting a U-Haul van in 2011, which they did not rent.  U-Haul requested a Police report so their fraud department could begin an investigation.  U-Haul stated the unknown party had rented the vehicle using the victim’s name, address and partial Driver's License Number. The victim was advised to contact Nutley Police if they noticed any further suspicious activity. Nothing further.

Theft – San Antonio Avenue – Officers responded to the area on a report of a theft.  The victim stated that they left their iPad in their room and when they returned home it was missing.  There were no signs of forced entry and there was someone in the home the entire day.  Detective Bureau was notified of the incident.  Serial number of the iPad was entered stolen into the database.


Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Avenue – Officers observed a male party standing in the drive-up ATM with a long line of vehicles waiting in line for the drive-up ATM.  The male actor was trying to insert a check through the machine and into an account that had been closed for some time.  A different male party was found sleeping in a vehicle parked in the line for the drive-up ATM.  A motor vehicle investigation and interview were conducted on the two parties resulting in the arrest of Steven Pekar, 21, of Bloomfield, who was taken into custody and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was processed, issued summonses for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Possession of Hypodermic Needle advised of his Court date, and released from custody.


Fraud – The victim of a fraud reported the incident to Officers.  They stated that they hired a company to do some disinfection of hard wood floors in their home and the company never performed the work.  The victim’s credit card was charged $975.00 and $700.00 without prior authorization.  They contacted the Attorney General’s Office along with the Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Consumer Affairs and it was found that the contractor’s license for the company was expired.  The victim made calls to the owner of the company several times and they said that they will mail out a check for the credit, but to date, the victim has not received any check/s.  Attempts were made by Officers to contact the party but the call went straight to voicemail.  A message was left to contact the Nutley Police Department as soon as possible.   

Motor Vehicle Stop – Washington Avenue – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop and found the driver to have an active warrant out of Newark.  Mr. Michael Freeman, 29, of Newark, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  Newark Police were contacted and advised that bail was unable to be posted and they released him on his own recognizance with a new Court date.  Mr. Freeman was also issued a motor vehicle summons for Obstructed View.  No further action.