Police Blotter

Nutley Police Blotter February 25 to March 3 2017


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:  47

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  13

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  35


Fraud - Officers received a report of fraud where the victim stated that they observed a charge of $39.95 on their Debit Card that they did not authorize.  The company that posted the charge was contacted and advised that this charge was not made by the victim.  The account was credited and the financial institution was contacted to inform them of the transaction.  Additionally, Officers advised the victim to check their credit report for any other possible fraudulent activity.  No further Police action was needed.


Suspicious person – Freeman Place – A report was received regarding a suspicious vehicle in the area.  Upon arrival, Officers found the described vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop.  The driver stated that they work for Cablevision and was going door to door to previous customer about continuing their business with the company.  They also stated that they previously had a solicitors ID, but it has since expired.  Officers advised the male party that he can no longer solicit in town until he obtains a valid solicitors permit.  No further action.

Motor Vehicle Crash – Manhattan Court – Officers were directed to the area regarding an auto that had struck a utility pole.  The driver, Steven Calvitto, 26, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was charged with possession of Drug Paraphernalia, which was placed on a summons.  Additionally, traffic offenses were issued including: Improper Driving on Sidewalk, Failure to Wear Seat Belt, Operation of Motor Vehicle While in Possession of CDS, Operating Vehicle While Under the Influence of Liquor or Drugs, and Careless Driving.  Mr. Calvitto was released from custody after being advised of his mandatory Court date.


Suspicious Incident – Valley Road – Headquarters received a report of suspicious phone calls.  Upon arrival, patrol units spoke with the victim who stated they received several phone calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS.  The caller stated they owed the IRS money and they would be investigated by the criminal division.  The victim did not give any personal information and hung up on them.  Officers advised the victim to contact Police should they need any further assistance.

Suspicious Incident – Van Riper Place – The victim told Officers that they received a phone call on their cell phone and could hardly hear the woman speaking on the other end.  The woman stated that she was the Federal Investigation Department and something about the victim’s taxes.  The victim did not give the caller any personal information and hung up the phone.  Officers called back the number and a male party with a heavy Middle Eastern accent answered and mumbled that they were an Officer from Federal Investigations.  The Officer asked which Investigation Department the male was from and they hung up the phone.  No further action necessary.

Property Damage – Walnut Street -  Dispatch directed Patrol to the area regarding a lawn that was damaged due to a dumpster being delivered in the neighborhood.  The truck supplying the dumpster drove on the lawn and caused damage after being asked not to drive on the lawn.  Officers issued a Township Ordinance for Violations and Penalties for Damaging the Lawn.  No further action.

Suspicious Incident – Hillside Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a suspicious incident.  The victim stated that they observed the front and rear passenger side doors ajar on their Honda CRV that was parked in the driveway.  A man was seen walking with a flashlight across the street towards a white colored commercial van.  A van matching the description was stopped with negative results.  The victim did not find anything to be missing or disturbed from the vehicle and was advised to contact headquarters if they were to find anything missing from their vehicle.

Field Interview – Washington Avenue – A field interview was conducted on a party who was observed walking in an unsafe manner through traffic. It was found that Kyle Lerdo, 29, of Belleville, was found to have an active warrant out of Belleville, was placed under arrest, and transported to Headquarters without incident.   He was able to post the appropriate bail, advised to contact the Belleville Municipal Court for a new Court date, and released.


Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Avenue – A motor vehicle stop was initiated and the passenger was found to have a two (2) outstanding warrants out of Wayne and a third out of Union City. Nadya Hamdan, 31, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  She was unable to make the appropriate bail and Wayne Police stated that they would be responding to pick up Ms. Hamden and assume custody.  Two Wayne Officers arrived and custody was transferred.  The driver was issued a warning for the Motor Vehicle violations and released from the scene.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Avenue – While speaking to the operator of a Chevy Impala during a motor vehicle stop, the driver gave a false name as their identity.  When the actual identity was found Patricia Windham, 32, of Bloomfield, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  Additionally, a check found that she had an outstanding warrant out of East Hanover Township.  Ms. Windham was charged with Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, processed, and given her summons with the mandatory Court date.  East Hanover Township Police were notified and released Ms. Windham on her own recognizance with a new mandatory Court date.  No further Police action taken.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Route 21 – A motor vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of the passenger Michael Castillo, 25, of North Arlington.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, found to have an outstanding warrant out of Parsippany, printed, processed, charged with Possession of CDS, Drug Paraphernalia, and advised of his Court date.  Parsippany Police were contacted and released Mr. Castillo on his own recognizance with his new Court date. The driver of the vehicle was issued the following motor vehicle summonses:  Improper Display of License Plates, Open Container of Alcohol in Motor Vehicle, Obstructed View, Littering from Motor Vehicle, and released from the scene.


Property Damage – Oakridge Avenue – The homeowner reported property damage when they heard a tree fall in their backyard.  The tree from a neighboring property had fallen onto the victim’s fence causing damaging.  Officers attempted to contact someone at the neighbor’s residence but were unsuccessful at the time of the report.  It was noted that the wind was excessive during the morning hours of the report date.

Property Damage – Prospect Street – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding property damage done to two vehicle. The victims stated that they found their neighbors tailgate canopy tent resting on their vehicles, which was believed to have been blown away by the extremely high winds overnight.  When the tent was removed there were a few scratches along the driver’s side of one vehicle and the other had scratchers on the hood, the passenger mirror and the driver’s side mirror.  The neighbor was advised and stated that they would pay for any damages.  Report was generated of the incident for all parties.

Theft – Park Avenue – the victim of a theft reported the incident to Officers at Headquarters.  They stated that they had an appointment in the area and when they returned to their vehicle both of their license plates were no longer on their car.  Both license plates were entered into the database as stolen.  The victim was advised of how to obtain a copy for their records.

Criminal Mischief – Union Avenue – Patrol responded to the area regarding a report of criminal mischief.  The victim stated that they parked their vehicle on the street in the morning and when returning back from work they noticed damage to their front bumper which was estimated to be less than $500 in value.  The victim was advised of their right to sign a complaint with the Municipal Court should the actor/s be identified.

Fraud – The victim reported to Officers that they were using their home computer when they received a phone call regarding the security system on their computer.  Several references were made to an app that the victim should have on their system.  The call originated due to an attempted hacking into the victim’s system from Russia, attempting to withdraw $9,000.00 from their bank account.  After much discussion, the victim accepted the offer of the caller’s service and their computer was unlocked and back online.  Additionally, the victim purchased the service for $998.00 and sent a check out to the company in California.  After thinking about what transpired, the victim contacted a tech support rep with the original company he thought he had his computer security app with and was told that they never contact the public.  With that being said, the victim informed the tech support rep what had happened and they opened an investigation on their end.  The victim responded to their bank and stopped payment on the check, and to further safeguard, closed the checking account and reopened a new one.  Additionally, their credit report will be monitored for abnormal activity.  No personal identifiers were given to the fraudulent company and no money was lost during the incident.


Motor Vehicle Stop – High Street -  While patrolling the area a hit for an active warrant out of the Borough of Elmwood Park came back for the registered owner of the vehicle.  The operator of the vehicle matched the description and a stop was initiated.  The driver, Leticia Torres, 23, of Nutley, was taken into custody where she was able to post the appropriate bail, advised to contact the Elmwood Park Municipal Court to set a new Court date and released from custody without incident.  Additionally, the driver was issued a motor vehicle summons for failure to exhibit valid insurance document. 

Motor Vehicle Stop – Church Street -  While on patrol Officers observed a vehicle located in the center of the roadway with its driver’s side door ajar, its headlights and interior lights on, and appeared to be unoccupied. After further investigation, Ms. Gabriela Drugach, 23, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  She was printed, processed, issued motor vehicle summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated in a School Zone, Careless Driving, Obstructing Passage of Other Vehicles, advised of her mandatory Court date, and released from custody.

Property Damage – River Road – A welfare check of two apartments experiencing a water leakage emergency prompted an investigation of the two apartments above the residences experiencing the water flow. Officers entered one of the apartments and found green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana.  The residents of the apartment returned home and were placed under arrest.  The female, Ashley Rivera, 22, of Nutley, was transported to Headquarters on an outstanding warrant found out of Newark.  She was able to pay the appropriate bail and was released.  The other resident, Frankelly Cepin, 22, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and also transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was processed, and charged with Possession of CDS, Possession With Intent to Distribute, Manufacture, or Dispense, Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substance Near or On School Property Used for School Purposes, advised of his mandatory Court date, and released.

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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