The following police blotter has been issued by the Nutley Police Department for September 3 to September 9 2016.

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: 44

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  14

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  21


Animal Complaint – Chestnut Street – A resident responded to Headquarters with a dog that they found tied to a utility pole on Chestnut Street.  The dog appeared to be a dark brown male Pitbull mix and there were no identifiers or tags. Communications checked the lost animal’s ledger to see if the dog matched any entries with negative results. The animal was given water and lodged in Headquarters until Animal Control was able to respond.  Nothing further.


Suspicious Person – East Passaic Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of a suspicious, possibly intoxicated male walking in the street. After speaking with the party they did not appear intoxicated, but was found to have an active warrant out of Newark.  Christopher Holmes, 62, of Newark, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  Newark Police were contacted and they released Mr. Holmes on his own recognizance with his new Court date.  


Theft from Vehicle – approximately 20 vehicles were reported ransacked and items such as loose change, GPS mechanisms, and iPod’s, etc. stolen from within.  This occurred during the overnight hours of 9/5/16.  All vehicle doors were left unlocked.  Please remember to secure your vehicle when not in use.  

Theft FROM OUTSIDE RESIDENCE– Prospect Street – The homeowners reported that their 2 gray, concrete, lion statues were taken from the front of their home. They were described as 14" tall, gray in color, with each depicting a lion in the seated position, and valued at $150.00. The victims were advised to notify Headquarters if they should notice anything else missing from their property.

Suspicious Incident – Glendale Street - Multiple units responded to the area on a report of a car fire where one of the tires of the vehicle were burning.  Two males were seen leaving the area and were described as:  A tall, black male with glasses, wearing a red shirt with white lettering on the front, and red Nike shoes.  The second male was described as possibly a Hispanic male with a white shirt.  Upon canvassing the area the two parties matching that description were located near the intersection of Kingsland St. & Passaic Ave.

The first male, identified as Shaquille Crawford, 20, from Newark, was checked and found to have a want out of Essex County and was subsequently found in possession of an operational Panther Stun Gun. Mr. Crawford was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  

The second male was found to be a juvenile and was released due to the adult actor stating that he was not involved in the incident.  

Mr. Crawford was processed and charged with Possession of Prohibited Weapons, and Receiving Stolen Property, due to vehicle found to be stolen. Township Judge set bail at $5,000 with a 10% option and he was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.  (see release)


Hazardous Condition – Rutgers Place – Headquarters received a report of wires down and Officers responded to find that a dump truck, with its body fully upright, had several wires from the nearby utility pole hanging across the top. The driver stated that while working on the property the truck pulled the power wires down from two residences.  PSE&G responded to the location and removed the wires and restored power to the homes.  No further information at this time.

Police responded to a Wharton Ave residence, and discovered a 29 y/o man dead from what preliminary investigation reveals to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The street was closed off, for approximately six hours, while investigators, processed the scene, and medical examiner took possession of deceased.


Motor Vehicle Stop – Weston Street – While on radar detail a motorcycle was observed traveling at a high rate of speed and Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop.  The driver, Eric Abreu, 24, of Nutley, was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Passaic, and placed under arrest.  He was able to post the appropriate bail and was advised to contact the Passaic Municipal Court for a new Court date.  He was issued a summons for speeding and released from custody.  

Suspicious Person – Edison Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a suspicious party described as a black male, wearing a backpack, and looking into driveways.  The party was identified as Sean Thomas, age 31, from Miami, Florida, who was found to have an active warrant out of Newark.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident and the Newark Warrant Squad was contacted who released Mr. Thomas on his own recognizance and advised him to contact the Municipal Court for a new appearance date.  No further action.  


Motor Vehicle Stop – Kingsland Avenue – After observing a Grey Chevy Trailblazer tailgating another vehicle, Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop and found the driver Bayonne resident, Buddy Morales, age 39, with an outstanding warrant out of Perth Amboy.  He was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  Upon contacting Perth Amboy Police they released Mr. Morales on his own recognizance after advising him of his new mandatory Court date.  Additionally, he was issued Nutley motor vehicle summonses for tailgating and not being in possession of an insurance card.

Property Damage – Washington Avenue – Parties wanted to document in a report that while an employee of the school was weed whacking the property, a stone was tossed in the air and broke the rear window of one of the teacher’s vehicles.  The school is taking responsibility for the damage and the costs to repair the window.  Nothing further.

Franklin Avenue - Multiple Police units, Fire Department personnel, Nutley Rescue responded to a rear parking lot where they found an unconscious female slumped over to the right of the vehicle as it was resting against a building still in the drive gear.  The Firemen were able to break the passenger side rear window, then open the passenger front door, and put the transmission in park. The driver was then removed from the vehicle and rendered medical attention in the ambulance.  Heroin and drug paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle and the driver, Annisa Frey, 21, of Bloomfield, was placed under arrest and charged with the following:  Motor Vehicle Summonses:  Driving Under the Influence, Destruction of Agricultural or Recreational Property, Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle – Complaint Summonses: Possession of CDS – 3rd degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Hypodermic Needle.  Ms. Frey was processed, advised of her mandatory Court date, and released.


OCCUPIED HOME Burglary – Harrison Street – Officers were directed to the area regarding a report of an actor that entered a home through an unlocked window.  Upon arrival the victim verified that while on the second floor of the home, unidentified actor/s entered the occupied home through an unlocked window and took approximately $30 in cash, a credit card, a set of car keys, and then stole their vehicle. The Detective Bureau was notified and arrived to process the scene.  It was found that the credit card had been used twice since the time of the incident and the blue Toyota Matrix was entered as stolen.  The neighborhood was canvassed and follow up will be under the jurisdiction of the Detective Bureau.

Detectives called in to investigate followed a trail of evidence and located the vehicle on Washington Ave in Nutley after being used in Newark, where video surveillance identified  38 y/o Michael Pietoso a person responsible for the burglary and theft. Police were able to locate Pietoso a Nutley resident and place him under arrest. He was charged with Burglary and theft processed and transported to Essex County jail in lieu of 50,000.00 bail.

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding fraud.  The victim stated that they found $2,970 removed from their account.  The financial institution has been notified and has launched an internal investigation.  It was noted that the money was removed electronically via an app.  The victim has already been in contact with a private credit monitoring service and was advised of how to acquire a copy of this report for their records.

Police responded to a Franklin Ave location for an overdose and administered Narcan to a 31 year old male who was in stable condition and then hours later responded to the same address for a 30 year old female who was also administered Narcan, but passed away after a futile attempt to save her life.


Arrest of Burglary Suspect Brookfield Ave- Police responded to a Brookfield Ave home when a resident reported to police that he was detaining a suspect on his property. When police arrived the resident was holding 24 y/o Angel Perez of Garfield until police arrived. The resident said that when he arrived home he observed the man hiding in bushes deep onto his property. He was in possession of tools consistent with committing burglaries. When Detectives responded to speak with Perez, he refused to do so, and asked for a lawyer. He was charged with possession of burglary tools and trespassing and being held in lieu of 2,500.00 bail.

It is unclear if Perez is responsible for area burglaries committed Sept 5th, the time was similar and location of incidents was within only a few blocks.

Detectives are continuing their investigation.