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:  31

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  26

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  29


Motor Vehicle Stop – Moore Place – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of Alana Grilo, 21, of Nutley.  She was transported to Headquarters without incident, processed, charged with Possession of CDS, issued two motor vehicle summonses for Possession of CDS While Operating a Motor Vehicle, Obstructed View, advised of her Court date, and released from custody.

Illegal Dumping – Union Avenue – A homeowner contacted Headquarters to report that someone left a couch in front of their residence on the sidewalk.  It is unknown who the actor/s may be.  Officers documented the incident and advised the victim to leave the couch curbside to be picked up with bulk.  No further action at this time.


Suspicious Incident – Chestnut Street – the owner of a local business reported to Officers that they were approached by a male party who stated that their parking lot was in need of repairs.    A price of $170 was quoted and scheduled work for Monday.  The victim stated that after they left they felt a little suspicious about them and one of their employees advised the victim that a similar incident occurred in Nutley that they read about in a "Public Safety Dept. Advisory". They also stated that a female was driving the pickup truck.  The victim was advised to contact Headquarters immediately on Monday if the individuals were to show up to do the work.Police were investigating on Monday 1/30/17 – when the parties were approached one fled the scene, while police were able to obtain information from the female who was issued a solicitation summons.

Motor Vehicle Crash – Kingsland Street – Officers responded to a motor vehicle accident where a vehicle appeared to have lost control, drove up on the sidewalk, struck a traffic light pole, then drove across the street and ran into a fence.  The driver was found sitting outside of the vehicle.  After investigating, Officers placed Robert Jenkins, 56, of Clifton under arrest and transported him to Headquarters without incident.  He was issued summonses for Operating Under the Influence, Careless Driving, advised of his mandatory Court date, and released to a relative.


Fraud – A local business reported that someone was found to have used a fraudulent credit card for a purchase of $3,032.12 in equipment for a business.  The incident was reported to the fraud department of Sprint. 


Theft – Passaic Avenue – A business owner responded to Headquarters to report a theft.  A customer rented a suit in November of 2016, and still hasn’t returned it.  The value of the suit is $400.00.  The customer has been contacted several times and payment has not been received.  The customer was advised that if the money is not paid the incident would be sent to a collection agency.  The victim was advised of their right to sign a complaint with the Nutley Court.

Suspicious Person – Ackerman Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a dispute where both parties were found in the street engaged in a discussion.  A resident was concerned over a vehicle that came down the street the wrong way and stopped in front of their home and took pictures.  The party advised Officers that they worked for a company that takes pictures of homes that are in bankruptcy or behind in payments.  After double checking the address given, it was found that the party had taken pictures of the wrong residence.  The error occurred due to the home that the pictures were originally taken of had no house number on it and looked very similar to the information the employee had.  Both parties understood the information. 

Motor Vehicle Stop – East Passaic Avenue – a motor vehicle stop was initiated and found the passenger, Anthony Arra, 25, of Jersey City, to have an outstanding warrant out of Hoboken.  He placed into custody and transported to Headquarters without incident, where Hoboken Police were contacted and released Mr. Arra on his own recognizance with a new Court date.  The driver was issued a motor vehicle summons for failure to signal turn. 

Motor Vehicle Stop – Passaic Avenue – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop and found the driver Hector Garcia, age 40, of Nutley, to have an active warrant out of Cliffside Park.  He was taken into custody without incident, able to post the appropriate bail required, issued a motor vehicle summons for Obstruction of Windshield for Vision, advised to contact Cliffside Park Municipal Court to schedule a Court date, and released from custody.


Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding Identity Theft that has been occurring to the victim since 2007.  The incidents were brought to their attention when recently applying for a mortgage.  Copies were provided that show a list of approximately 99 inquiries on the victim’s credit by various financial institutions, Detective Bureau will follow-up.  The victim was offered the opportunity to be entered as an Identity Theft Victim, which they declined.

Theft – River Road - Headquarters received a walk in report of a theft.  The victim stated that they ordered an iPad through their phone carrier and it was delivered UPS and left at the front door, but they never received it.  The phone company requested a Police report documenting the theft.  The victim was advised on how to obtain a copy for their records.  No further action taken. 

Criminal Mischief – Highfield Lane - Multiple units responded to the area on a report of a suspicious person on the train tracks.  The party was described as a male wearing all black and carrying a black backpack.  The actor ran away after seeing the caller, and was throwing objects out of the black bag.  Through investigation it was determined Ignacio Marinez, 28, of Passaic, was responsible for the graffiti and being formally charged with Criminal Mischief.  He was processed, advised of his mandatory Court date, and released from custody.

Fraud – A resident responded to Police Headquarters to report their debit card lost.  Additionally, fraudulent charges were made against the account for approximately $300.00 while it was missing.  The victim was advised to contact their financial institution and cancel the card, which they already had completed.  It was noted that none of the charges were made in Nutley. 


Theft from a Motor Vehicle – Passaic Avenue – Headquarters received a report of a burglary to auto.  The victim stated that they left their vehicle locked, but may have hit the “unlock” button by accident, leaving the car accessible. When they returned to the auto this morning they observed the center console was opened, glove box was opened, and the contents were rummaged through.  

Theft – Bloomfield Avenue – Officers responded to the area on a report of a possible scam.  Upon arrival the victim stated that a white male in his 40’s or 50’s wearing a dark jacket knocked on their front door.  The male stated that they needed to speak to the homeowner in the backyard because they were doing work on installing a fence in the neighbor’s yard.  The victim locked the front door and walked out their rear door to meet the male party in the south east corner of the yard. Upon speaking with the party it was observed that the male received several phone calls and was talking on the phone to someone. When the victim was done speaking to the male suspect she went back inside and noticed two parties walking northbound on Bloomfield Avenue.  A description could not be given of the second suspect.  A short time later the victim realized proceeds missing including money and jewelry.  Police checked of the area for the suspects proved negative and a canvass of the neighbors also proved negative.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Washington Avenue – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop where the driver was operating their vehicle in a careless manner.  A check was made of the passenger, who was observed not wearing a seatbelt, and it revealed that Mr. David Mendez, 38, of Newark, had an active warrant out of Union Township.  He was taken into custody and transported to Headquarters without incident where he was able to provide the appropriate bail.  Mr. Mendez was issued a motor vehicle summons and advised to contact the Union Township Municipal Court and released from custody.  No further action.


Theft from motor vehicle – Hillside Avenue - A resident reported that someone entered their vehicle last night and stole money from the glove compartment.  It was noted that the dog in the home started barking at approximately 3:00 am and the light in the driveway went on.  The car was found this morning with its driver’s side door open, The Detective Bureau was notified and responded to the scene.