1/25/2020

Criminal Mischief – Washington Avenue - Response was made to the area in regards to a criminal mischief incident.  The owner advised Officers that their soda machine in front of the shop had been damaged during the night.  Surveillance footage showed a vehicle stop at the corner of Grant and Washington Avenues, a male party gets out, walks up to the machine and struck it with a metal tool.  There was damage to the machine where the money is inserted.  The estimated value of damage was not available at the time of the report.  Detective Bureau was advised of the incident.

 

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Motor Vehicle Investigation – Harrison Street - A motor vehicle investigation resulted in the arrest of Michael Hult, 61, of Nutley.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, issued the following summonses:  Driving While Intoxicated, Improper Display/Unclear Plates, Consent to Take Samples of Breath, Record, Refusal to Submit to Chemical Test, Penalties, advised of his mandatory Court date, and released. 

1/27/2020

Criminal Mischief – Centre Street - Response was made to the area on a report of Criminal Mischief.  The owner of the establishment stated to Officers that someone had thrown a brick through the window of their business.  Surveillance shows two male parties, one with a brick in their hand and one who takes a picture of the party with the brick.  The actor with the brick then throws it through the window. 

Fraud/Stolen Motor Vehicle – East Centre Street – Police took a report regarding a fraud.  The victim stated that they posted their Tesla for sale on the internet and received interest from a party.  They exchanged several correspondences regarding the purchase of the vehicle along with an escrow account set up to transfer the $65,000 for the vehicle upon inspection. The actor came to the victim’s residence and stated that after they had the vehicle inspected by an authorized Tesla dealership the money would be transferred.  The vehicle and keys were given to the actor but after a few days the funds had still not been transferred, and there was no contact with him.  Upon checking the internet regarding the alleged actors profile, the victim found several articles and postings that warn of his fraudulent activities.  Headquarters attempted to verify the actors identity and found wants out of Virginia and Washington State for similar offenses.  The victim was advised to be vigilant regarding their financial accounts since their bank account number was given to the actor.  The vehicle was entered as stolen and the Detective Bureau put out a arrest warrant and was assisted by Maryland Police where he was apprehended and charged with theft. Extradition was not authorized at this time.

Bad Checks - Headquarters received a report regarding fraud.  The victim, who owns a construction complaint, was hired to do some work on a restaurant renovation which included a signed contract agreement in the amount of $8,600.00.  A check was written for $2,358.13, deposited, but had insufficient funds.  The actor was advised and stated they would pay cash, but has failed to do so.  Both parties will be speaking with their attorneys regarding possible civil action. 

1/28/2020

Criminal Mischief – Chestnut Street - Officers responded to the area in the rear parking lot to speak with the victim of criminal mischief.  They stated that they returned home from work and went to their car to find the door handle missing.  After stepping back, they realized their driver's door handle was broken off along with the back door handle on the same side.  Additionally, they noticed the windshield wipers were both broken off at the bases. 

A witness stated that they had observed, a female party damaging the car.  The actor was described as a white female, 5'3" -5'4", with long blonde hair.    When the witness yelled at her, the female hurriedly made her way to Hillside Cr. and entered a medium size, 4-door, black or gray in color car

Theft By Deception - A victim reported that they joined a Facebook group that helps small business owners set up events to which members have a table to promote their business.  The victim has never met the owner, but their partner has.  The owner of the group began posting tickets for Broadway Shows and XFL Football games, stating that he works for Playbill and Metlife Stadium and has discounted tickets available.  The victim purchased tickets for several event tickets paying by “Venmo” and was supposed to meet the actor to receive the tickets they purchased but he has failed to do so.  Playbill was contacted and the victim was told that the actor does not work there. 

Burglary – River Road - Officers responded to the area on a report of a past occurred burglary.  The victim stated that they returned home to find the front door was not secure and they locked the door prior to leaving.  Upon entering the living room, they realized the sliding door to the balcony was open, which was secured when they left.  A rope ladder was found on the balcony leading up to the roof where police believe the actor gained entry. Police are investigating.

1/29/2020

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding fraud.  The victim stated that they had a fraudulent charge made to their debit card that resulted in $1,058.14 was withdrawn from their checking account.  Upon contacting their financial institution, they were advised that the fraudulent department would investigate the charge and advised the victim to file a Police report. Nothing further.

1/30/2020

Shoplifting – Franklin Avenue - Response was made to the area in regards to a past occurred shoplifting incident.  The manager stated they were missing three (3) LG 4K Smart 50'' TV's from the store.  An actor was seen taking the TV’s from the store on two separate occasions.  The actor, described as a dark skin Hispanic male, late 50’s, white hair, goatee, with a medium build, wearing a camouflage jacket, black baseball cap, jeans and brown shoes. Police are investigating.

1/31/2020

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding fraud.  The victim received a letter from their financial institution that their Family Care Card was closed.  The victim advised the bank that they never filed for a Family Care Card and then noticed a withdrawal of $231.50 from a Texas bank location (same financial institution).  The bank will be opening up a claim.  Police report was requested for the incident.  Victim declined being entered as an Identity Theft Victim.