Police Blotter

Nutley Police Blotter March 11 - 17


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:  33

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  18

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  13

Township Ordinances: 10


Fraud -Victim came to headquarters today and reported someone switched his cell phone account from T-Mobile to Metro PCS on 3/9/17.  The phone number associated with the account is the same number to his insurance company.  He also stated that someone paid $100.00 on his T-Mobile account before transferring it to Metro PCS.  Police called the phone number and the message says the person you are calling cannot except calls at this time.  Incident remains under investigation.


Suspicious Person – Park Drive - On the above date, Police responded to Park Drive on a report of a suspicious person.  Police spoke to a resident, who stated at approximately 19:30 hours, a female party came to his home, and identified themselves as an underwriter, and tried to sell him insurance.  The resident found it suspicious and identified the underwriter as short in height wearing a black leather jacket and black leather pants.  Police checked the area and were unable to locate anyone matching that description. 

Suspicious Incident – Franklin Avenue - On the above date Police responded to the above location on a past occurred suspicious incident.  When arriving on scene they spoke with victim who stated on 3/12/17 at approximately 8:00 p.m. he was stopped at the red light at Franklin/Centre St.  While stopped an unknown black male approached his vehicle and opened up his front passenger side door, at which time he took off in an attempt to flee.  Victim described the suspect as a black male approximately thirty years of age wearing all black with a black jacket and brown fur around the hood.  Police investigated but were unable to identify who the actor was.


Theft from Vehicle – Monsignor Owens Place - On this date a victim responded to HQ to report a theft from his vehicle. He stated that he parked his work vehicle, a 2011 white colored Ford Transit, in his driveway located on Msgr. Ownes Pl. on Saturday afternoon. When he went out to his vehicle this morning he noticed his vehicle had been entered and a number of items missing.

Washington Ave On the above date Police responded to Washington Ave on the report of a suspicious vehicle.  Caller reported that while she was getting gas a man in a gold Mercedes-Benz 4 door bearing a temporary registration of pulled up and  asked her for money for his son whom he claimed was ill in the back seat. The male was described as having, brown eyes, black hair, medium build, and a beard.  Caller further stated she denied the man money and he moved his vehicle to the opposite gas pump and began to film her with his cell phone.  The caller notified the gas attendant stating, that the man was filming her at which time the attendant confronted him.  The man was advised to stop filming his customers and vacated the premises.  The vehicle was last seen traveling east on Park Avenue.  Units checked the area with negative results.  No further information.

Dispute Oakridge Ave. Police responded to Oakridge Ave on a dispute.  Upon arrival they spoke with a man who stated he has been attempting to contact the resident on Oakridge to return a pair of headphones that he purchased from him through the web site "Off Up".  The resident stated he would not refund the money.  The purchaser was advised that this was a civil matter and must deal with it in the courts.

Suspicious Incident Hillside Ave- Police responded to Hillside Ave. when caller reported that he received a phone call from an unknown man asking for personal information. Victim stated that the caller knew the last four digits of his social security number, and feels that this man may be trying to obtain more of his information to steal his identity. Victim did not wish to be entered as a victim of identity theft and was advised to contact headquarters if the suspicious activity persists.


Motor Vehicle Accident Centre St. Driver of vehicle 1 (Township of Nutley snowplow) stated he was driving east on Centre St. plowing the roadway close to the curb when he believed the plow struck the curb.  Driver of vehicle 1 stated he later realized the corner of the plow also hit the fire hydrant slightly moving the hydrant.  Fire Dept. responded and inspected the hydrant.  Water dept. was notified.

Suspicious Incident Washington Ave- Police responded to Washington Ave in response to a vehicle parked in the middle of the roadway with its lights off.  Upon arrival Police observed a man, in the driver seat of the vehicle without the keys in the ignition.  He was then asked to step out of the vehicle at which time he advised that he is diabetic. The man appeared to be having a diabetic emergency.    Nutley EMS arrived on scene and transported him to Hospital

Washington Ave-On Police responded to the area of Washington Ave. and Centre St. on a report of a male party who had fallen multiple times.  They spoke with the party in question, who was under the influence of alcohol.  He was transported to his residence where a family friend agreed to look after him.  No further action taken. 


Stolen Vehicle-Harrison St. Police responded to Harrison St. (T-Mont Plumbing and Heating) on a report of a motor vehicle theft.  Upon speaking with the owner, he stated that upon entering work this morning (3/15/17 at 0800 hours), he noticed the vehicle was missing he described his commercial van to be white and possess his company logo on the sides.  Detectives were able to locate the Van in East Orange a short time later, with vehicle damage and contents of van missing. Investigation remains open.

Property Damage New St- On the above date Police responded to New St. on a report of property damage.  The caller, stated that a neighboring apartment complex was plowing snow and caused damage to his fence.  From observation, the fence appeared to have structural damage at the lower base, from snow packed into it on the opposite side.  Property owner stated he was plowing the snow and accidentally caused the damage to fence and was going to work out repair..

Arrest on Warrant   Kingsland Ave-While on scene of a motor vehicle accident the driver of one of the vehicles was found to be operating with an expired and suspended NJDL. A further check by dispatch showed an active warrant out of North Bergen The driver, 50 y/o  Mr. Eduardo A. Irastorza-Rodriguez of West New York, was taken into custody and transported to HQ North Bergen PD was contacted and confirmed said warrant and advised us they would respond for him.

Dog Bite Ravine Ave- A patrolling Police Officer heard a woman screaming for help on Ravine Ave..   He observed a woman on Ravine Ave. She stated that a small white dog had attacked her dog. She stated that the small white dog came from a home on Ravine Ave.  The officer observed said dog standing at the door of the residence and made contact with the homeowner who stated that his dog walked away from the rear yard. The woman added that she was not sure if her dog  was injured or not but will check him when she gets home.

The Ravine resident was issued a town ordinance summons for dog at large.

Unwanted Person Washington Ave-On the above date HQ received a report of a party sleeping on a NJ Transit Bus located at Big Tree Garage who refused to leave prior to falling asleep. Multiple units responded and met by the man who was now awake but lethargic in demeanor. He was able to communicate to police that he had taken medication. NVERS arrived on scene, evaluated, and transported him to a Medical Center.


William St. Medical Assist- Police responded with the Nutley Rescue Squad on a medical. Caller had a ring stuck on her middle finger. She tried several ways to remove the ring prior to the Nutley Rescue's arrival. She stated she did not care about the ring and wanted it removed. The Rescue Squad removed the ring by cutting it off.

Injury Franklin Ave- Police responded to an aid to injured with the Nutley Rescue Squad, A man was walking southbound on Franklin Ave.  when a  piece of ice fell from a Franklin Ave building and struck him in the head, He was checked by the Squad and sustained minor injury, he refused to go to the hospital.


Franklin Ave Shoplifting Arrest -A store manager contacted Headquarters and reported a male was acting suspicious while inside her store.  She described him as a Hispanic male, wearing beige pants, and had a tattoo on his face.  Police located a male party fitting the description in the area of Franklin Avenue and Harrison Street.  43 y/o Jose Rodriguez of Newark stated he did not enter the store nor did he shoplift any items from the store.  He was checked for wants and warrants with positive results out of Bloomfield for $1,058.00 and Kearny for $500.00. 

He was found to have proceeds under his clothes consistent with what the manager said was missing. He was taken into custody and transported to Police Headquarters.

He was charged with receiving stolen property and transported to county jail.

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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