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:  38

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Motor Vehicle Accidents: 25

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents: 20


Animal Incident – Park Avenue – Officers responded to an animal bite incident where the victim stated that while walking down the street a dog lunged at him and bit their leg.  The injury was a small superficial skin wound and medical attention was refused.  The dog license and valid rabies vaccination paperwork were all valid and issued by the Township.  


Identity Theft – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding identity theft.  The victim stated that there were 6 charges on their iTunes account, which is synchronized with their credit card that they did not authorize.  The charges showed a total of $67.33.  The victim was advised of the FBI Identity Theft File and wished to be entered, which was completed.  No further information at this time.


Criminal Mischief – Franklin Avenue – Officers responded to the area on a report of criminal mischief.  The manager stated that an unknown person(s) broke cleaning equipment, which was stored outside the entrance door to the building.  There was no other suspicious activity noticed.  No further action.

Fraud – Headquarters received a report of fraud.  The victim stated to Officers that their financial institution contacted them and notified them that 4 checks were cashed from their bank account number totaling approximately $3,750.00.  These checks were cashed fraudulently and two other fraudulent checks were denied.  Their approximate total was $6,500.00.  All copies of the checks were logged into evidence and the financial institution is currently investigating the transactions. 


Dispute – Cedar Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a dispute which resulted in the arrest of Jafet Nunez, 25, of Summit, 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 Municipal Court for a new appearance date and released.  

Field Interview – Passaic Avenue – During a routine property check Officers observed a male smoking what appeared to be a marijuana.  After confirmation, Mr. Joseph Lamanna, 24, of Nutley, was taken into custody and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was charged with Possession of CDS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, advised of his Court date and released. 

Property Damage – Humbert Street – the victim stated when they returned home they found a ladder over their vehicle and a contractor painting the home adjacent to theirs.  There was paint observed on the hood and specks over the sides of the car, which was confirmed by the Officer.  The victim was advised to contact their insurance agency and/or small claims Court in Newark. 

Animal Bite – Elm Place – Officers responded to the area to speak with the victim of an animal bite incident who stated that while walking they were bit by a Maltese poodle on the left shin.  The party was offered and declined medical attention and signed the appropriate forms stating such.  The dog owner was unable to provide a dog license with the Township of Nutley or any documentation of up to date routine shots.  The dog owner was issued Township Ordinances for Licensing of Newly Acquired Dogs and Vicious Dogs through the Nutley Court.  A copy of the incident was provided to the Health Department.


Shoplifting – Franklin Avenue – Headquarters received a call regarding a past occurred shoplifting.  Officers spoke with the store manager who stated that a Hispanic male wearing a blue baseball cap, black pants, and a blue camouflage shirt exited the store without paying for an item.  The security sensors alerted the employees and they witnessed the suspect walk through the doors carrying a Windows 10 Touch Screen Tablet valued at $179.99.  An attempt was made to stop the suspect with negative results.  The surrounding area was checked for anyone matching the description to no avail.  The surveillance footage captured the incident as described by all parties.  Nothing further.


Theft from Vehicle – Yale Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of theft from vehicle.  The victim found their two vehicles had been burglarized during the overnight hours.  Detective Bureau was notified and responded to process the scene.  A canvass of the area was done and security footage is being reviewed for any pertinent information.  Detective Bureau will be following up on the incident.


Criminal Mischief – Municipal Lot #1 – Township parking enforcement employee responded to Headquarters to report the new pay station in Municipal Lot #1 was found to have graffiti on the front of the machine.  The incident was documented.

Theft – Surrey Court – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a theft.  The victim stated they ordered a package and while tracking its delivery Fed Ex stated it was delivered but the victim did not receive it.  The company is reimbursing the victim for their purchase upon receipt of a Police report.  No further action.