Police Blotter

Nutley Police Blotter January 7 - 13


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:  33

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  18


Property Damage – New Street - Response was made to New Street regarding property damage.  The victim stated that there was damage to their vinyl fence in the back yard, which borders a parking lot on Franklin Avenue.  One of the panels was broken off at the top of the fence which appeared to have been caused from the opposite side, on the parking lot side.  There is a garbage dumpster in the area that gets picked up that may have caused the damage, but was not witnessed at the time of the incident. 


Motor Vehicle Stop – Windsor Place – A motor vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of Mr. William Berdejo, 29, of Garfield, who was transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was issued summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving to Impede the Flow of Traffic, Refusal to Submit to Chemical Breath Test, and was released with his mandatory Court date.

Animal Bite Incident – Hetherington Road – Headquarters received a walk in report of a past occurred dog bite.  The victim stated that while shoveling their driveway, a small dog was being walked, and it bit the victim’s calf leaving a bruise.  Medical attention was not requested.  The Town Hall provided information for the canine’s vaccination and license being up to date.  The Health Department was forwarded a copy of the report.  No further information at this time.

Township Ordinance – Union Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of a sidewalk that was not shoveled.  It was observed that the sidewalk directly in front of the home was covered with snow.  An attempt was made to contact the resident but was unsuccessful.  The homeowner was issued a Township Ordinance for Failure to Remove Snow from Sidewalk.

Fraud - the victim told Officers that they had a suspicious incident take place involving their new computer.  The computer appeared to be taken over by a virus which directed them to call a "tech support line." After an hour or so on the phone, the person on the other end indicated that they would be able to fix the issue with the computer but would need payment in the amount of $129.99.  The victim found this to be suspicious and hung up the phone prior to providing any payment or identifying information.  It is not believed that the computer contained any personal information, but wished to document the incident in the event that an issue arises in the future.  No further information at this time.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Washington Avenue – A motor vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of the driver, Holghah Ochola, 48, of Elmwood Park, for a warrant out of Elmwood Park.  She was transported to Headquarters without incident and bail was met accordingly.  She was issued a traffic summons for Failure to Observe Traffic Control Device and released from custody.  No further action. 


Fraud – Headquarters received a report of fraud from the victim who stated that a family member removed a rent check in the amount of $1,525 from their mailbox and attempted to cash it at a financial institution in the Township.  The bank denied the deposit but has refused to return the check to the victim and has chosen to “freeze” the check.  The victim has contacted their bank who has agreed to assist in retrieving the check/funds.  They were advised of their right to sign a criminal complaint should they choose to do so in the future.  No further information at this time.

Fraud - Victim responded to Headquarters to report that their credit card company advised them by telephone that there were suspicious charges placed on their Master Card.  Upon checking their statements they found several fraudulent charges estimated at approximately $200.  The card was canceled and the charges removed from the statement.    Officers advised the victim of their right to return and register as an Identity Theft victim should they decide to do so in the future.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Centre Street – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop that resulted in the driver, Joseph Graham, 32, of Montclair, being taken into custody for an outstanding warrant out of Bloomfield.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, able to post the appropriate bail, issued a motor vehicle summons for Improper Use of Horn, advised to contact the Bloomfield Municipal Court to schedule a Court date, and released.


Motor Vehicle Stop – Grant Avenue – While on routine patrol, Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop that resulted in the arrest of the driver, Anna Rodina, 36, of Elmwood Park.  She was transported to Headquarters without incident, charged with two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, printed, processed, issued three (3) Motor Vehicle Summonses for Expired License, Unregistered Vehicle, Uninsured Vehicle, advised of her mandatory Court date and released from custody.


Suspicious Incident – Lovel Court – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding possible stolen items from an apartment.  The victim stated that they had a brand new Surf fishing rod valued at $250 in the bedroom closet, a Fly fishing rod, black in color in a metal case, valued at $300 in the living room closet, and approximately $3,000.00 on the dining room table that were now missing.  The victim just moved out of town, and noticed the items were no longer in their possession. 

Suspicious Incident/Fraud – Bloomfield Avenue -  Officers responded to Bloomfield Ave residents home to take a report of a suspicious incident.  The victim stated that two (2) male's in their 40's rang their doorbell one stated his father, fixed the victim’s roof a couple of years ago and he came back to check on it. The unknown parties then offered to seal her driveway for a discounted price of $150-$200.  After completion He stated that he charges $79 per gallon, but if the victim paid in cash he would charge $59 per gallon and that he used 17 gallons, making the total price $1,003. Up from original 200.00 quote. The 85 y/o victim was able to pay 700.00 cash to the two men. 

Suspicious Incident – Prospect Street - Responded to the area regarding a report of a suspicious phone call.  Upon arrival, was met by the complainant who stated they received a phone call from an “Alex” claiming to be from PSEG.  “Alex” advised that the business was going to have its services turned off for nonpayment.  After checking with staff and confirming the payment was made they advised “Alex” to send the technician out and there will be a Police Officer waiting for them.  No funds were sent to the caller.  It was clear it was a scam when Officers attempted to contact “Alex” at the number provided and the actor hung up the phone when they were advised that it was the Police. 

Criminal Mischief – Gless Avenue – Three residents reported acts of criminal mischief to auto.  Each victim stated that they found their vehicles keyed on both the driver and passenger’s side.  Officers observed the vehicles and the damage from the front end to the rear end of each vehicle.  All victims were advised to contact their insurance company and of their right to file a complaint with the Municipal Court should the actor/s be identified. 

Vehicle Thefts– River Road – Officers responded to the area regarding two motorcycle thefts.  The victim stated to Officers that the two motorcycles that were parked in their assigned space had been taken.  It was noted that the two motorcycles were chained together as well as chained to the ground. Upon observation of the scene, the chain connected to the ground was cut and there were visible drag marks down the garage out to the parking lot. Additionally, the actors damaged another vehicle, which sustained significant scratches on the driver’s side for the length of the vehicle, as well as large scratches on the rear left rim.  The two motorcycles were entered stolen by Dispatch.  They were described as a 2011 Kawasaki ZX10R Black in color, and a 2013 Kawasaki ZX6R White in color. Officers began canvassing the neighborhood for any information regarding the thefts and the Detective Bureau was notified and responded to process the scene and take control of the investigation. 


Motor Vehicle Stop – Franklin Avenue – A motor vehicle stop was initiated that resulted in the arrest of the driver Mr. Anthony Morris, 37, of Newark, for an outstanding warrant out of Newark.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, able to post the appropriate bail, advised to contact the Newark Courts for a new court date, issued a summons for driving while suspended, and released.  Nothing further.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Route 21 – While on patrol, a motor vehicle stop was made in which the driver, Mr. Luis Damian, age 37, of Newark, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was issued motor vehicle summonses including:  Driving While intoxicated, and Refusal to Consent to Take Samples of Breath, advised of his mandatory Court date and released.

Suspicious Person – Centre Street – Patrol units responded to the area in regards to a male party that created a disturbance in an eatery.  The party was found in a nearby parking lot and was found to have active warrants out of Belleville Township.  Constantine Angelides, 65, of Belleville, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  Belleville Court Clerk was notified and released Mr. Angelides on his own recognizance with his new Court date. 

Identity Theft – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding Identity Theft.  The victim stated that they had two withdrawals from their bank account totaling $887.21 taken from their account that they did not authorize.  One charge was for $565 and the other was for $322.21.  The primary branch of the financial institution was contacted and stated they would perform an investigation and would need a Police report filed.  Due to the fact that multiple transactions were performed and the method of compromising the information is currently unknown, the victim was given the opportunity to be entered as an Identity Theft victim, which they opted to register for.  No further information at this time.


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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