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:  12

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  21

Township Ordinances:  2


Unwanted Party – Washington Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding an unwanted party in an establishment.  Upon speaking with Donovan Tharp, 32, homeless, he was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Clifton and was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  Clifton Police were contacted and requested transport of Mr. Tharp to their jurisdiction, which was completed. Nothing further.

Field Interview – Franklin Avenue – A field interview was conducted with a party known to Officers who had an outstanding warrant out of Spring Lake Heights.  Stephen Nemec, 24, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters.  Spring Lake PD was contacted and advised to release Mr. Nemec on his own recognizance with his new Court date they assigned.  Nothing further.


Shoplifting – Harrison Street – A report of a shoplifter was reported to Headquarters the actor was described as a white male wearing a black jacket, brown pants, and carrying a blue backpack.  Upon arrival, Officers located a party matching that description exiting the store.  Nicholas Restaino, 41, of Toms River, was placed under arrest and a search incident to arrest and found to have stolen proceeds hidden on his person, with proceeds bulging from his pockets, waistband, and backpack.  In addition, he was in possession of CDS Paraphernalia. Mr. Restaino was transported to Headquarters, and processed, He was charged with:  Shoplifting,  Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Hypodermic Needle.  Additionally, it was determined that he had active warrants out of Newark, two out of Glen Ridge, and one out of Bloomfield. Mr. Restaino was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility without incident.  No further details.


Township Ordinance – Fischer Avenue – Officers responded to the area on a report of a snow covered sidewalk.  The area had not been shoveled since the storm and the owner of the home was issued a Township Ordinance for Failure to Remove Snow. 

Burglary – River Road – The homeowners called police to report that when they returned home they found their residence had been burglarized.  Officers arrived, cleared the home, and then determined that entrance was made through a first floor window.  Detective Bureau reported to the scene and assumed the investigation.    Investigation to continue. 


Motor Vehicle Stop – Grant Avenue – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle that pulled into a driveway in the area in a suspicious manner.  The driver was found to have an ID only and their driving privileges suspended.  Additionally, they were found to have an outstanding warrant out of West Orange and Jaiquan Waters, 21, of Newark, was placed into custody and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was able to post the appropriate bail necessary for release and was advised to contact the West Orange Municipal Offices for a new Court date.  Mr. Waters was issued the following motor vehicle summonses:  Driving with an Expired License, Maintenance of Lamps and Reflectors, and Driving While Suspended in New Jersey, all with a mandatory Court date.  No further action.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Prospect Street – A motor vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of the driver, Mr. Stephen Sangemino, 65, of Belleville, for an outstanding warrant out of Elmwood Park. He was transported to Headquarters without incident, Elmwood Park Police were contacted and they provided Mr. Sangemino with a new Court date and released him on his own recognizance.  He was issued a motor vehicle summons for Unregistered Vehicle.  Nothing further.

Theft of Identity – Headquarters received a walk in report for Identity Theft.  The victim received an email regarding a shipment of an order they did not make.  The purchase was made in the amount close to 100.00 for a 3 month subscription that would automatically renew if the link wasn’t used to cancel the terms.  The victim clicked on the link and was transferred to what appeared to be an official website.  They were asked to verify their personal information, and they proceeded to supply their name, home address, email address, date of birth and social security number. They then contacted the company directly and was told that the email they received was not legitimate and that the company would never request verification of a party's SS# or date of birth. They also verified that no such charge was made through them for any subscription. The victim was advised to change their ID, contact the credit bureaus and to contact law enforcement to report they were subject to a "phishing" scam.

The victim advised their bank to cancel and replace their debit cards.

Theft – Passaic Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding the theft of a crate full of gym weights that was taken from the backyard.  The victim just noticed its absence and remembered last seeing the items approximately a week ago.  There are no known suspects.  No further assistance required.

Theft of Services – Washington Avenue - Multiple Units responded to the area regarding a vehicle that had received gas and left the station without paying.  The auto was described as a white hatchback, driven by a black male, approximately 30 years of age.  Units checked the surrounding area with negative results.  An alert was sent out over the system to other jurisdictions as well.  Nothing further at this time.


Hazardous Condition – Harrison Street – A hazardous condition was reported in the area.  Upon arrival, Officers observed a pile of soil blocking the East bound lane of the street.  The contractor was advised that they are not permitted to discharge soil in the middle of the road.  Code Enforcement responded and advised the Officer to issue a Township Ordinance for Illegal Dumping which was given to the contractor.

Lewdness – Passaic Avenue – A call was received into Headquarters regarding an individual that had defecated on the street.  The party was described as carrying a blue plastic bag, walking south on Passaic Avenue towards Chestnut Street.  Officers stopped a female party matching that description.  The woman admitted to pulling their pants down and relieving herself on the grass. The female, Jennifer Wolff, 38, of West Milford, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  She was charged with Lewdness, a disorderly person’s offense, and released with a copy of the summons.


Suspicious Person – Franklin Avenue – Headquarters received a report of a suspicious male ”harassing” people on Franklin Ave near Centre St.  Upon arrival, Officers located a party who fit the provided description. They stated that they were attempting to have someone buy them alcohol because they are no longer allowed in the store. The party was checked negative for wants and warrants and walked to their residence without incident. No further Police action necessary.