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.
Illegal Dumping - Booth Park – Headquarters received a report of illegal dumping. Officers responded to the area where they observed rocks, gravel, and dirt that was deposited in the park. The vehicle described was found in the area of Centre Street and a Township Ordinance summons for Illegal Dumping was issued to the owner with a mandatory Court date. No further Police action.
Township Ordinance – Municipal Lot #1 - While on patrol, Officers observed a party smoking in a prohibited smoking area. A Township Ordinance was issued for Smoking Prohibited in Pedestrian Walkway, and the party was advised of their mandatory Court date.
4 Thefts from Motor Vehicle – Myrtle Avenue - Officers responded to the area regarding four (4) Thefts from Motor Vehicle. All vehicles were left unlocked and were rummaged through. Detective Bureau was advised of all incidences and processed the vehicles and will be following up with the investigation. A canvass was done of the neighborhood.
7/3/17 Unsecured Home- Renner Ave- Police investigating a burglar alarm on Renner Ave found an unsecured door in the rear of the home. Two Officers conducting an investigation were met inside by a pit bull that acted aggressive towards officers. Police were able to retreat from home without incident. The owner was then contacted and advised of incident.
Road Rage Incident- Harrison St. Police responded to Harrison St in response to a road rage incident. The victim reported that he and another aggressive driver exchanged words, and that the other driver exited his vehicle and struck him in the jaw with a closed fist. The victim was advised of his right to sign a complaint for the assault. Actors information was obtained by police.
Noise Complaint Enclosure- Police responded to a residence on Enclosure after a report of noise as a result of a loud party. Police responded and issued a warning, at which time the resident complied.
Theft Centre St- Police responded to a theft/burglary that occurred. The resident reported that they placed their 300.00 bicycle in the vestibule of building and reported that someone had taken it. Police are investigating.
Assault Franklin Ave- Police responded to Franklin and Williams in response to an assault. Witnesses reported that one man assaulted another then fled prior to police arrival. Police are investigating.
Motor Vehicle Crash DWI Arrest- police responded to Nutley Ave and Tennis Place after a motor vehicle accident was reported one of the parties involved was deemed under the influence and arrested on scene. 44 y/o Michael Fatigante of Nutley was transported to police headquarters where he was issued summons processed and released pending a court date.
Town Ordinances Lot 1- Police charged two men were issued township ordinances after they observed them drinking alcohol in a public area.
Unattended Child Hancox Ave- Police responded to Flora Louden Park in response to an unattended 5 y/o child. Police were able to locate the child and return him to his Passaic Ave residence where mother indicated that he ran out looking for his father without her knowing.
Theft of Services- Franklin/New- Police responded to Franklin Ave to take a report from a Taxi Driver who reported a female used his service and left vehicle without paying. The driver described the person only as a Female.
Theft from Lawn- Franklin Ave- Police responded to a Franklin Ave residence in response to a past-occurred theft. The resident reported 8 birdhouses and two lawn statues were stolen. One of the bird houses was 3 feet tall and the statues were heavy.
Attempted Auto Theft- May Pl. Police responded to a May Pl. home when caller reported their 2008 Lexus had damage, indicating that entry had been attempted to door handle. It did not appear actors were able to gain entry police are investigating.
Criminal Mischief Franklin Ave- A local business owner reported that their parking lot had been cordoned off with ribbon and cones, and someone drove through the area purposely damaging the cones and area taped off.
Theft- Cedar St- A resident reported that delivery of bank checks were intercepted after being delivered to their front door. They were alerted by a financial institution that a series of checks were fraudulently being withdrawn from their account. Police are investigating this and several other incidents that have occurred with the same type of fraud/theft.
Illegal Dumping- Police responded to Nutley Ave near River Rd, where several bags containing soil had been left in the street. The officer located the bags on several corners, and advised road department to remove the bags.
Attempted Burglary Washington Ave- Police responded to an apartment on Washington Ave in response to a possible burglary attempt. The resident reported that they had been away on vacation and upon returning, they observed damage to their door consistent with pry marks, it did not appear anyone had gained entry to the apartment police are investigating.
Traffic Stop CDS Arrest- Police stopped a vehicle traveling on Warren St, and found the driver 21 y/o Eugene Watson of Nutley to be in possession of marijuana. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and three motor vehicle summonses. He was later released pending a court hearing.
Theft E White Terr- Police responded to E White Terr. When a landscaper reported that several pieces of lawn equipment was stolen when they were working in the rear of property. Police spoke with witnesses who stated that they observed an older white male driving an older vehicle stop and place items in the rear seat of his vehicle before proceeding west on White. Police are investigating.
Motor Vehicle Accident Arrest- Highfield Lane- Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Highfield Lane in which a pedestrian was involved. Upon arrival, it was determined that the driver 22 y/o Zachary Wright of N Carolina reportedly got into an argument with a friend, who was attempting to get into his car when he sped off crashing causing minor injury to both parties. Witnesses reported that Wright allegedly stashed something in a nearby tree which turned out to be a bag of marijuana. Police arrested and charged Wright with possession of CDS along with several motor vehicle summonses.
Theft/Fraud Prospect St- A resident reported several fraudulent charges to their account after, checks that were supposed to be delivered to their Prospect St residence were never received. This is the 5th incident in the past couple weeks of stolen checks and fraudulent usage of these checks. Police along with bank investigators are investigating.
Suspicious Person Arrested- Police responded to Ravine Ave near the park on a person sleeping, the party Michael Jensen 22 y/o reportedly homeless provided officers with a false name. It was later determined that he lied because he had an outstanding warrant out of Nutley. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, hindering apprehension by providing a false name to evade arrest and was transported to Essex Jail.
Stolen Vehicle Recovered- King St. Police looking for a 2014 Blue Honda that was stolen from a King St Resident back in January was recovered in Newark. Police notified Nutley Officers that the vehicle had been stripped and located. The vehicle was towed to Newark’s Impound where Nutley victim and insurance can adjust claim.
Theft of Vehicle- Belleville police notified Nutley Police and advised that a victim in their town just had their vehicle taken without permission from the Belleville Motor Lodge. Tracking within the vehicle led police to Green Knoll Apartments in Nutley where they questioned 27 y/o Angela Perez of Harrison. Ms. Perez told police she had taken the vehicle because the victim didn’t have money for her. A search of Perez located the Mazda Key and she was subsequently charged with Theft of Moveable Property.