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: 36

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  27

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  21


Motor Vehicle Stop – Washington Avenue – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of the passenger, Mr.Erik White, 24, from Bronx, New York.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, charged with Possession of Marijuana,  advised of his Court date and released.  The driver was issued a traffic summons

Motor Vehicle Stop – Passaic Avenue – A motor vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of the passenger Joseph Zuniga, 28, of Harrison, for an outstanding warrant out of Wall Township.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, contact was made with Wall Township Police Department who released Mr. Zuniga on his own recognizance with a new Court date, and he was then released from custody. 


Motor Vehicle Stop – Bloomfield Avenue – Headquarters received a call regarding an erratic driver and Officers responded and initiated a motor vehicle stop.  The driver, Mr. Tomas Ramos, 56, of Newark, was placed into custody and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was issued summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Open Container of Alcohol in Passenger Compartment, Illuminating Devices Required, and Careless Driving, advised of the mandatory Court date and released.  

Theft – Brookfield Avenue – The victim contacted Police to report while making an exchange of merchandise that was advertised for sale on Craigslist, they received counterfeit money from the buyer who took off from the scene with the items.  The items were described as two (2) iPhones (5s & 6) both valued at $200 each, and gray in color.  The actors, 2 males and a female, were in a white BMW X3 and headed east on Brookfield Avenue and then north on Passaic Avenue.  A check of the area came up negative for the suspects.  The counterfeit money was received in all 20 dollar bills, and the serial numbers were all recorded and the money was placed into evidence. 


Fraud – Headquarters received a report of fraud from the victim who stated that they received a package of 5 Sprint iPhones from UPS, which they did not order.  A party with a foreign accent called the victim to ask if the package had arrived.  Sprint was contacted and told that the shipment was received but that the victim had not placed the order.  The cell phones were returned to the store and the victim was advised to report any more irregularities with their credit or any monetary loss to Headquarters.  


Theft – Hillside Avenue – The victim of a theft reported the incident to Officers while at Headquarters.  They stated that while babysitting in Nutley they found their bag of jewelry missing from their vehicle and their belongings on the floor of the car.  The jewelry was in their possession because they had just had it cleaned at the jewelers.  The items missing have a value of over $2,500.00. 


Motor Vehicle Stop – Conduit Place – while on patrol, Officers observed a vehicle parked with heavy fog from the interior and found a female Christina Paulinho, 28, of Morris Plains inside, she was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant out of East Rutherford.  She was transported to Headquarters without incident, East Rutherford Police were contacted and released Ms. Paulinho on her own recognizance with a new Court date. 

Property Damage – Centre Street – An employee of a financial institution located in the area contacted Police to report property damage found inside the bank and wanted to verify the bank was secure.  Officers cleared the building and confirmed there were no intruders.  There was broken glass was from a glass partition separating two cubicles, fragments of glass in both cubicles but the glass pane remained mostly intact. There were no signs of anything used to break the glass nor any signs that it was broken intentionally. It appeared that nothing else was out of place and Officers were advised that a cleaning crew does come in overnight. The employee was advised that the broken glass appeared to be from an accident or a defect in the glass, the security footage being reviewed to verify the damage wasn’t caused by anything suspicious.  No further action taken.

Motor Vehicle Stop – River Road – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of the driver, Cathie Jeffs, 46, of Rahway, for two outstanding warrants out of Rahway.  She was transported to Headquarters without incident, Rahway Police were contacted and advised of the incident, who released Ms. Jeffs on her own recognizance with her new Court date.  No further action.

Suspicious Incident – Franklin Avenue – Nutley Police, along with the Nutley Fire, and Haz Mat arrived to an ATM on a report of a suspicious substance located on the machine that came in contact with a customer.  The unknown substance did not have any effect on the customer and was found to be a non-hazardous material after being tested by the Nutley Fire Department.  The ATM was cleaned to avoid any future incidents.  No further information.


Suspicious Person – Columbia Avenue – A homeowner contacted Headquarters to report that an unknown male rang their doorbell and then began banging on the door.  The male was described as a white male, wearing orange clothing.  Units found a party matching the description on Columbia Avenue and found them to be an employee of PSE&G who was attempting to read the interior meter of the home.  He provided proper credentials which showed his employment with the company.  The homeowner was advised of the findings. 


Motor Vehicle Stop – River Road - Patrol Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of the driver, Samuel Peralta, 28, of Nutley, for an outstanding warrant out of Nutley.  He was transported to Headquarters where he was able to post the appropriate bail, issued two motor vehicle summonses for Unclear Plates, Driving While Suspended, and was released from custody.

Fraud – Headquarters received a report of credit card fraud.  The victim stated that they found several purchases on their department store credit card that they did not make or authorize.  The charges were for cashmere sweaters and short sleeve golf T-shirts valued at $919.96.  The card has been canceled and no further Police action taken at this time.