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

9/9/17

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Missing Person Located- Police searching for a missing Nutley Man since last Wednesday, met with Secaucus Police Saturday when a boater observed a body in the Hackensack River. Nutley Detectives met with first responders in the Laurel Park area of Secaucus and positively identified the man as Bhavesh Sangani of Nutley. Police then notified the family. The body was turned over to the North Jersey Medical Examiners Office.

Fraud – Headquarters received a report of fraudulent checking account activity.  The victim stated that they were unable to access their mobile online banking and upon further investigation stated that the bank advised them that two checks totaling $4,000.00 were attempted against the account and bounced.  The victim did not authorize the cashing of the checks nor did anyone else have access to the account.  The financial institution is following investigation procedures.

9/11/17

Motor Vehicle Stop – East Passaic Avenue – Patrol Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of Joseph Yanez, 19, of Bloomfield, for an active warrant out of Newark.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, able to post the appropriate bail, issued motor vehicle summonses for Improper Turn, Driving While Suspended, advised of his Court date and released. 

Motor Vehicle Stop – River Road – A motor vehicle stop was initiated and the driver, Angel Nunez, age 43, of Newark, was taken into custody and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was issued motor vehicle summonses for: Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding, Improper Passing, Careless Driving, and Failure to Exhibit Insurance Card, advised of his mandatory Court date, and released.

Motor Vehicle Theft – Edgewood Avenue – Multiple units responded to the area regarding a report of a stolen motor vehicle.  The victims stated that one of their vehicles was rummaged through and the other vehicle was stolen from the driveway.  It was explained that the key fob for the vehicle stolen was left in the vehicle that was rummaged through. No other cars appeared to have been tampered with. Detective Bureau was advised, responded, and took control of the investigation. 

Burglary – Park Avenue – A resident contacted Police after hearing a loud bang, scuffling, and window blinds crunching in their back bedroom.  Officers arrived and cleared the scene.  The rear bedroom window was found open with the blinds up.  There were several items from the window sill on the floor and an item found on the ground outside the window.  Officers canvassed the area with negative results.  The Detective Bureau was notified and responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

Criminal Mischief – Franklin Avenue – response was requested to the area regarding an act of criminal mischief.  The victim’s motorcycle was found to have chewing gum on it.  A vehicle had parked in the victim’s assigned space, so they parked their bike in front of it.  A witness stated they saw the vehicle backing onto the grass of the library lawn and pull away via the adjacent empty space.  There was no permanent damage to the motorcycle and school administrators stated should the actor be identified, consequences for the actions on school property would be imposed.

Theft from Vehicle – Grant Avenue – Headquarters received a report regarding theft from vehicles.  The victim stated that their two vehicles were entered and sunglasses and loose change were taken from inside.  The Detective Bureau was advised. 

9/12/17

Suspicious Incident – River Road - A good Samaritan responded to headquarters to report that a United States Postal Box located on River Road near East Centre Street had a glue like substance on the hatch where people would place the mail. Officers inspected the hatch, which did appear to have a sticky substance on it, but did not appear to be placed there deliberately.  Dispatchers contacted the postal service and advised them of the substance on the hatch door.

It has become a common theft tactic, in which a person will send a stick or wire into the mailbox with an adhesive and “Fish” mail from inside.

9/13/17

Theft of Services - Headquarters received a report of theft of services where the victim stated that they found an ad on Craigslist looking for a driver.  The victim agreed to drive the male party “Russell” around from 10:00am to 7:00pm and would get paid $125.00 a day.  “Russell” paid the victim at first but now owes a balance, and feels he is avoiding him.  The victim asked Officers to contact “Russell” who stated, that the verbal agreement was made and that he would pay the victim “when he can.”  When asked for his name, address, and date of birth, “Russell” stated that he wished to consult an attorney.  The victim was advised that this is a civil matter and they can sign a complaint with the Municipal Court if they wish.    No further action taken.

Theft -  AT&T Wireless Service representatives contacted Police in regards to a routine check of their backup generator for the cell tower.  Workers observed two electronic equipment boxes had been opened and eight back up batteries removed from each.  Each of the sixteen batteries were valued at $1,200.00 bringing the total loss to over $19,000.00.  The batteries are in the boxes to facilitate backup power in the event of a power failure. Removal of the batteries renders the tower inoperable during a loss of power supplied by the electric grid. Workers stated that there was a similar occurrence at the same location involving stolen batteries in 2016.  Detective Bureau was notified of the findings at which time they responded, processed the scene, and will be taking over the investigation. 

Fraud – Response was made to a local business to discuss a report of fraud.  The owner of the company stated that one of their employees received a call from a person named “Lucas,” stating they were a representative of PSE&G and that if the business did not pay $1,499.88 their service would be shut off.  The employee was advised to purchase “MoneyPak” cards and to provide the numbers on the back of the card to “Lucas.”  The cards were purchased and code numbers given to the actor.  Shortly after, another call came in from a “Cindy Johnson” manager of PSE&G, who stated $1,995.27 was still owed.  The employee purchased the “MoneyPak” cards and provided the numbers to “Ms. Johnson.”  Total loss to the owner was $3,536.80, which included the $41.65 in fees for the cards.  Owner and employee were advised that this type of incident is a scam and Officers assisted in attempting to request refunds for the “MoneyPak” cards with negative results.  Additionally, both numbers used by the actors were attempted to be contacted with negative results.

This is approx. the 7th business within the township that paid the fees requested. Chief Strumolo advises to contact you actual utility company to confirm any delinquent accounts, and always be cautious of calls, most legitimate providers send correspondence, and rarely contact by phone. Detective Bureau was notified of the incident.

9/14/17

Theft from Vehicle – Nutley Avenue – Patrol units arrived at the scene of a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated that their vehicle was left in the driveway, unlocked, and upon return this morning noticed the glove box and center console rummaged through.  Detective Bureau was notified and responded to scene.

Theft from Vehicles (2) – Satterthwaite Avenue – A homeowner contacted dispatch regarding thefts from the two vehicles left in the driveway unlocked.  Upon arrival the victim stated that when they returned to their vehicle this morning they observed the passenger visor down, so they believed someone might have went through the vehicle.  Additionally, the other vehicle was found with the driver’s side door ajar and the contents of the glove box thrown about the car.  Detective Bureau was advised and arrived to the scene.

Theft from Vehicle – Maple Place - Officers responded to the area in regards to a report of a theft from vehicle.  The homeowner stated that they parked their Toyota Sequoia in their driveway unlocked at 7:30pm, but locked it with a key fob at approximately midnight.  When entering their vehicle this morning, they found their vehicle rummaged through, the glove box and center console left open, a purse with multiple sets of keys and a notebook missing.  Detective Bureau was advised and arrived on scene to process the vehicle and take over the investigation.  The neighborhood was checked for any other vehicles that may have been broken into with negative results.

9/15/17

Theft – Headquarters received a report of a theft from the victim who stated they let a party borrow their cellular phone for a few days and it has not been returned to them.  The victim does not know the serial number, make, or model of the Verizon cellular phone.  Officers were unable to make contact with the party that should have had the phone.  When Officers dialed the cell number, they did make contact with a male individual that answered the phone.  He did not wish to leave any personal information, but stated they purchased the phone a few days ago from an unknown male in Newark, NJ.  Officers advised the male that he may be in possession of stolen property and to return the phone to Nutley Headquarters, which he declined. The victim was advised that they can file a complaint for theft with the Nutley Court and how to obtain a copy of this report.