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
Anyone who has information about any crimes can send a (non emergency) Tip Anonymously by texting CRIMES starting message with NPDTIP or log into www.tipsoft.com and search Nutley.
Suspicious Incident – Stratford Drive – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of a damaged back window to residence. The homeowner was contacted and confirmed with Officers that the damage was old and made by the homeowner. Nothing further
Theft – Washington Avenue – While on patrol, Officers were informed by a business employee that a male party demanded money from the counter person and when they retreated into the kitchen to inform the manager, the actor, described as a white male, wearing a blue bandana around the lower half of his face, about 6’1”, and wearing a green/gray hooded sweatshirt, removed money from the tip jar located on the counter, and then ran away. He was last seen headed East on Park Avenue. The manager and other employees confirmed the information given by the counter person. Detectives are in the process of obtaining surveillance of the incident.
Unwanted Party – Centre Street – Officers responded to the area regarding an unwanted party that resulted in the arrest of Alfred Ziegler, 55, of Nutley. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Arrest, which were placed on summons.
Robbery – Park Avenue – Headquarters received a 9-1-1 call stating that a convenience store had just been robbed. Units responded and spoke with the proprietor who stated the actor, described as a large, black male, wearing dark pants, and a grey sweatshirt, threatened employees with possible possession of a weapon. Once he took an undisclosed amount of proceeds he told the victims to get down on the floor. The actor then left the store and headed East on foot. The Detective Bureau arrived and took over the investigation. A description of the actor was given to the surrounding jurisdictions, possible transportation is a Nissan with NY license plates, Investigation is ongoing.
Motor Vehicle Stop – Bloomfield Avenue - Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of the driver, Hector Rivera, 51, of Newark, for an outstanding warrant out of Newark. He was transported to Headquarters, Newark PD was contacted and released Mr. Rivera on his own recognizance with a new Court date. He was issued summonses for Suspended Registration, Maintenance of Lamps, Uninsured Motor Vehicle, and advised of the procedure to retrieve his vehicle.
Field Interview – Hancox Avenue – Police initiated a field interview that resulted in the arrest of 21-year old resident Antonio Caraballo. He was transported to Headquarters without incident, processed and charged with Possession of CDS – a disorderly person’s offense, issued a Township Ordinance for Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage in Public. He was released pending a court date.
Property Damage – River Road – Headquarters directed Officers to the area regarding a report of property damage. The caller stated that some time over the weekend an unknown vehicle drove over the lawn on East Centre Street. Officers observed that some type of vehicle had driven up on the lawn causing extensive damage to the landscaping. The caller believes the damage may be caused by the tractor trailers using the driveway to turn around, miss-judging the turn, and driving up on the lawn.
Motor Vehicle Stop – River Road – While on Patrol Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of the driver, Darin Taylor, 33, of Belleville for an outstanding warrant out of Lodi. He was transported to Headquarters without incident, advised personnel that he could not pay the appropriate bail, Lodi PD was contacted and released Mr. Taylor on his own recognizance with a new Court date. He was issued traffic summonses for: Unregistered Vehicle, Driving While Suspended, and provided the date and time for the mandatory Nutley Court date.
Property Damage – Washington Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding property damage to a vehicle. The victim stated that when their vehicle came out of the car wash they observed the outside cover to their left rear view mirror was off. They placed the cover back on the mirror and observed new fresh scratches on the cover that were not there prior to the wash. The manager confirmed that the cover did fall off the vehicle, but no damage was done. Officers on scene did observe scratches on the cover. The victim was advised of their right to file a complaint with the Court and how to obtain a copy of their report from the records department. No further action.
Burglary – Washington Avenue – Patrol units were dispatched to the area regarding a burglary. Upon arrival they spoke with an employee that advised Officers that upon opening the business they observed that the office door was open. Some cash appeared to be missing, and the rest of the business appeared to be in order. Detective Bureau was advised and responded to the scene to take over the investigation.
Fraud – Headquarters received a report of fraud. The victim stated that they noticed 2 fraudulent transactions in their bank account for $83.99 and $123.99, which were done at an ATM in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The victim notified their financial institution of the incidents and they closed the account and advised the victim to file a Police report.
Theft of Identity – The victim of Identity Theft walked into Headquarters to make a report. They stated that they received a letter from Bank of America stating that someone attempted to open a credit card in their daughter’s name. The parent nor the child attempted to open a credit card. The financial institution was contacted and they informed the victim to make a Police report so their Fraud Department could investigate further. The victim wanted their daughter to be entered as an Identity Theft Victim in the database and all appropriate paperwork was completed.