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.


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Theft – River Road – The victim arrived at Headquarters to report the checks they had ordered and were expecting from their financial institution were stolen. Upon checking their account they noticed that two checks from the check books that had been ordered were used and cashed for a total of $500.00.  The bank was notified and further payments will be stopped.  No further information could be provided at this time.


Property Damage – Franklin Avenue – The manager of the apartment complex contacted Police to report that a party had broken the glass on the front door of the building.  The actor, who was visiting someone on property, fell into the glass causing it to break but notified the super that they were not injured and that they would pay for the damage.  All parties were satisfied with the outcome. The price to replace the class was not available at the time of the report.  No further action taken. 

Theft – Yantacaw Place – Officers were dispatched to the area regarding a theft in progress and witnessed a female agent yelling at two male parties.  All 3 parties were separated and found that while closing up an open house, the victim found her wallet unzipped and missing cash and credit cards.  While calling the Police, the agent was questioning why the male party entered the home that had already been locked. He then called another male party who appeared from the rear of the home and gave the cash back to the victim.  The actor admitted to Officers that he observed the wallet on the floor and took the money out of it and left the house, but denied any knowledge of the credit cards.  A search of the perimeter was conducted for the cards with negative results.  The victim was advised to contact the credit card companies and cancel the cards immediately.  David Romero-Carmona, 28, of Clifton, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  The Prosecutor’s Office was advised and approved the charge of Theft, a crime of the third degree, which was placed on a summons.  He was printed, processed and advised of his Court date upon his release. 


Illegal Dumping – Kierstead Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of illegal dumping.  Upon arrival, the homeowners stated that when they returned from vacation they noticed an excessive amount of broken concrete scattered next to their garage.  The homeowners were concerned that whoever dumped the material without their consent, may have caused damage to their property. Police advised both homeowners to contact Nutley Police Headquarters if any more incidents occur.  Police then canvassed the area to question witness’s or where security surveillance systems were located.   No further action taken.


Fraud – Oakridge Avenue – A homeowner reported to Police that they received a call from a party that identified themselves as an IRS employee named Ms. Black, and that they owed $200.00 to the IRS for outstanding criminal charges.  Additionally, she stated that if the money was not paid by phone, they would be arrested at 2pm by the Town’s Police Department.  The victim did not give any personal information to the caller and was advised by Officers that calls of this nature are most likely scams to get personal information for use of fraud.  Headquarters tried multiple times to contact Ms. Black at the number that was left, but it went directly to busy tone.  No further Police action taken at this time.

Fraud – Headquarters received a report from the victim who stated that someone made fraudulent charges to their bank credit card.  The charges were approximately $200.00 and the financial institution was previously notified.  No further action taken.


Suspicious Incident – Bloomfield Avenue - Officers responded to the area business on a report regarding a suspicious incident.  The owner sated that an unknown male came into their establishment yesterday looking to fix the roof.  Coincidentally, the owner was speaking to a roofer regarding the same improvements and asked the male if they were affiliated with the same company and the male stated that he was. Since the male said he was with the company they allowed him to do the work.  After the work was complete, the business owner requested the license numbers in an attempt to pay him.  The unknown male stated that he did not have any licenses and at that time the owner became suspicious and refused to pay for the work.  The male actor became nervous and fled the scene.  The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’ 6”, with glasses and wearing loafers with no socks.  The vehicle he was operating was a newer model white Chevy Silverado with Massachusetts plates last seen traveling North on Bloomfield Avenue.  The business owner was advised to contact Police should the male actor return.  No further Police action at this time.

Animal Bite Incident – Bloomfield Avenue -  Response was made to the area in regards to a dog bite.  The victim stated that they were walking in the courtyard when they passed a young girl walking a small dog that suddenly turned and bit them on their left leg near the knee.  Officers observed red marks on the victim's leg but no broken skin.  Nutley Rescue Squad arrived on scene and the victim was treated and signed the release form with Nutley Rescue.   The dog’s residence was found and Officers responded and was advised by family members that the owner was not available and that the dog did not have a valid license.  Additionally, the family members were unable to provide updated medical records for the dog.  Township Ordinance summonses for Unlicensed Dog and Vicious Dog via the Court Clerk’s Office.  A copy of this report was forwarded the Health Department. 

Field Interview – Vincent Place – While on patrol, Officers observed a female who was known to have an outstanding warrant out of our jurisdiction.  Laura Jacobs, 41, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  She was able to post the appropriate bail and released from custody. 

Theft – Park Avenue – the victim informed Officers that they locked their gold Huffy bicycle, with red wheels and a black/purple seat, valued at about $400.00 around a tree on the College property and when they exited the school it was gone.  There were no witnesses that were located and surveillance footage could not be accessed at the time of the report.  There was no serial number available for the bike.


Criminal Mischief – Hancox Avenue – Officers responded to the area on a report of criminal mischief.  The victim stated that when they arrived at their company’s CAT front end loader they found the front windshield shattered.  There was no object found within the machine that may have been used to throw through the windshield.  The victim was advised on how to obtain a copy of the report and that if the party responsible was identified they would have the right to sign a complaint through the Nutley Municipal Court.  Nothing further at this time.

Shoplifting – Franklin Avenue – A shoplifting was reported to dispatch and Officers arrived at the scene to speak with the store manager who stated that a female was seen putting multiple makeup products into her pocketbook.  The female in question was described as short in height, around 5 foot, wearing a grey tank top with grey pants.  She had dark hair in a bun, thin build and was carrying a large black pocketbook.  Security cameras confirmed the female’s description.  This same party came to the register with multiple hair products and other items to which they were trying to return without a receipt, while still in possession of the makeup in the pocketbook.  When the manager asked her for her license to do the exchange, she questioned the female actor regarding the license being expired.  The female actor then grabbed he license back and ran out of the store.  The items totaled $120.10.  Investigation to continue.

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding fraudulent charges on the victim’s credit card.  Four charges in total were made, with three (3) in amounts of $47.74, $23.90 and $31.24 to "Dirty Bird To Go-NY,” and one (1) for $7.00 for NYCDOT parking.  The credit card company was contacted, the card cancelled, and the charges are being disputed by their Consumer Fraud Department.

Identity Theft – The victim of Identity Theft stated that they recently discovered large sums of money missing from their bank accounts.  Both financial institutions were contacted, the accounts were frozen from any activity, and claims begun for their investigative departments.  One account had $30,000 missing and the other has approximately $80,000 missing from fraudulent withdrawals and checks written.  Police are investigating along with bank investigators.

Criminal Mischief – Franklin Avenue – the victim of two suspicious incidents documented the events with Headquarters.  Both front and rear passenger tires of their vehicle were found to have screws in them that required repair.  After the first incident the victim thought it accidental, but now after the second incident they do not feel the same.  The area is being checked for surveillance cameras that may have captured the incidents. 

Identity Theft – Headquarters received a report of Identity Theft from the victim who stated that their financial institution contacted them to alert them that a new credit account had been opened in their name.  The victim immediately checked their Equifax and TransUnion credit and saw that a Macy’s credit card had been opened in their name also.  Macy’s was contacted and alerted to the fraudulent account and they canceled the account.  No charges were made on the card.  The victim was entered into the FBI Identity Theft File.  No further information at this time.

Field Interview – Franklin Avenue - Officers responded to the area regarding a possible suspect of a past occurred shoplifting in the area of the store.  Officers found the party to have an outstanding warrant out of Nutley and placed Michelle Zaccardo, 47, of Belleville, under arrest transporting her to Headquarters without incident.  The Municipal Court released Ms. Zaccardo on her own recognizance with a new Court date.  Additionally, Ms. Zaccardo admitted to stealing the make-up the day prior at the establishment and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and approved the charge of Shoplifting, a disorderly person offense, which was placed on a summons.  She was fingerprinted and released with a mandatory Court date.