Police Blotter

Nutley Police Blotter March 4 - March 10


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:  38

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  22

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  26

Nutley Police Detectives arrested 31 y/o Michaelangelo Costello of Jersey City on 3/7/17 in Jersey City after finding probable cause to charge him with a burglary that occurred on Bloomfield Ave last month. Costello was charged three weeks ago by Bloomfield Police for a water department diversion burglary with his father Wando Delmaro also of Jersey City. Through Investigation, the two were charged with the burglary of a Mountainview Ave home on 2/17 in Nutley and now the Bloomfield Ave Home that was burglarized onFeb. 2. He was transported to Essex County Jail in Newark where New York Detectives were in the process of extraditing him to New York for a similar burglary involving them as well.


Theft – Franklin Avenue – Headquarters received a report regarding a theft of a package that was delivered to their residence.  The victim received notification that the package was delivered and when they returned home shortly after, it was gone.  This is the second time that this has happened.  The first theft was not reported because the company re-sent the items at no charge.  This time the purchase was made with a private seller.  The private party will be contacted to give identifiers for the item to be entered stolen.  Additionally, there was an item delivered earlier in the day that was retrieved.  Nothing further at this time.


Criminal Mischief – New Street – An incident of past occurred criminal mischief was reported to Officers.  Officers observed three vehicles belonging to the victim that had been spray painted with black spray paint.  The cost to repair all three vehicles was not available at the time of the report. 

Photos were taken of the damage and a canvass of the neighborhood was done to see if anyone had information regarding the incident.  Detective Bureau was advised.


Property Damage – Franklin Avenue – Property damage was reported to a vehicle that had just gone through the car wash.  Victim stated that they received damage to the rear passenger side bumper which was not present before the car went through the wash.  Officers observed a large portion of the right rear bumper was ripped off and several scratches adjacent to the damage.  The manager stated that the company won’t be responsible for covering any damages due to it not being a “stock part.”  The victim was advised of the Officer’s findings and explained if they wanted to pursue the matter to proceed through the Municipal Court.


Suspicious Person – Passaic Avenue – Officers initiated a field interview with party that resulted in the arrest of Joseph Bentivegna, 33, of Nutley, for two outstanding warrants out of Ridgefield and Hawthorne.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident and a search of the party found them to be in possession of hypodermic syringes and multiple torn glassines, which are commonly used to package CDS heroin.  The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office advised Nutley Officers to charge Mr. Bentivegna with Failure to Make Lawful Disposition, a disorderly person’s offense and Possession of Hypodermic Syringe, also a disorderly person’s offense. He was processed including photographs and fingerprints, and advised of his mandatory Court date.  Additionally, Mr. Bentivegna was unable to post the appropriate bail sums for his outstanding warrants so both jurisdictions were contacted and both jurisdictions released him on his own recognizance with two new mandatory Court dates.


Motor Vehicle Accident – Park Avenue – Officers responded to a motor vehicle accident and it was found that one of the driver’s was found to have outstanding warrants out of Allamuchy and Fairfield.  Itaf Tamimi, age 55, of Paterson, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  She was able to post the appropriate bail sums, was issued a traffic summons for Suspended Driver License, and released from custody.  No further action taken. 

Lewdness – Centre Street – A call regarding a male party urinating with their genitals exposed was received through Headquarters and Officers were dispatched to investigate.  Upon arrival a field interview was done on a party matching the description given.  It was observed that the party’s pants were wet and the male admitted to exposing himself and urinating in public while crossing Centre Street moments ago.  Mr. Frank Clare, age 43, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was charged with Lewdness, a disorderly person’s offense, given a copy of the summons, advised of his Court date, and released from custody.


Property Damage – Franklin Avenue – Homeowner reported that their fence was damaged.  Officers observed two cracked poles and a section of the fence was dislodged from the pole.  The cost to repair the damage is unknown at this time. 

Criminal Mischief – Washington Avenue – Officers responded to the area in regards to a report of criminal mischief.  The employees stated that the restroom was vandalized.  Officers observed the damages including red graffiti painted on the mirrors, garbage can, stainless steel fixtures and door.

Property Damage – William Street - The victim of property damage reported the incident to Police on scene.  It was documented that a Township employee advised the victim that they may park in one of the reserved spots as there were no other available spots in the lot.  Upon returning to their vehicle, the victim noticed a gate pressed against their vehicle.  Officers observed damage to the rear passenger side of the vehicle.  An estimate of the damage was not available at the time of the report.  The manager of the market was contacted and advised of the incident as the gate belonged to their company and the spot was marked as an employee space for their establishment.  They stated that the victim should not have parked the vehicle there as there is a sign stating for employees only.  Officers explained to both parties how they can obtain a copy of the report for their records.  The victim was advised to contact their insurance company and advise them of the incident.  No further action taken.


Criminal Mischief – High Street - Officers responded to the home in regards to possible tire damage.  The victim stated that when they came out to their driveway this morning they observed both of their rear tires were flat.  When Officers checked the tires at this time they did not notice any cuts to the tires, and it appeared that the air was just let out of them.  AAA was made aware of the situation and was scheduled to respond to fill the tires and the victim was advised that should any damage be discovered to contact Headquarters immediately.  A short time later it was documented that AAA responded and determined that both tires were in fact slashed.  Value of each tire was approximate $100.  There are no possible suspects at this time.

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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