Theft– St. Mary’s Place – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a theft of three (3) packages from the victim’s front steps. Three boxes were delivered and video surveillance of the steps shows the suspect photos committing the theft. The approximate combined value of the contents is $240.00. Detective Bureau responded and took over the investigation. And requests that anyone who can identify this man contact Nutley Police 973-284-4940
(Editor's Note: News story with photos: Caught on Camera: Nutley Police Seek Person Suspected of Stealing Packages from Porch
Thefts from Vehicles – Passaic Ave/Gerard Road – First incident: Officers responded regarding theft from vehicle. The front driver’s side door was left unlocked, but all other doors were secured. There was no damage to the vehicle nor any signs of forced entry. The interior was rummaged through and a wallet was missing from the center console which contained cash and credit cards.
Second Incident: Response was made to Gerard Road where another party reported their vehicle had been rummaged through with the center console and another small compartment left open. A Michael Kors watch ($350) and Ray-Ban sunglasses ($150) were missing from inside the vehicle. The vehicle was left unlocked and was processed by the Detective Bureau who arrived on scene after being notified of the incident.
Stolen Motor Vehicle – Centre Street – Officers responded to the area in regards to a stolen motor vehicle. When the victim went out to their car they noticed it gone from the parking space. The vehicle was left unlocked and one single key fob was left inside. Detective Bureau advised of the incident. Surveillance showed three male actors trying door handles and looking into vehicles. Further investigation determined the three had victimized residents along Passaic Ave and Centre St as well. Through investigation, and the assistance of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle was observed in Newark where it was stopped and the driver (a juvenile from Newark) was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property by Essex Sheriff, and theft of Motor Vehicle by Nutley. The other two actors have not yet been identified. The vehicle was returned to Nutley for processing and released back to owner.
Theft – Centre Street – A party making use of the park facilities in the area accidentally left their child’s stroller on the sidewalk when they departed the area. When they realized they forgot it, the returned to the scene, and looked everywhere, but the stroller was gone. It is described as dark blue in color, and valued at $929.99.
Fire Department Call – Rhoda Avenue - A bolt of lightning struck a home’s white vinyl fence. There was no fire at the time of the call, however the fence was damaged from the lightning strike. The homeowner was advised to call their insurance company for the property damage.
Medical – Centre St - Police responded to Centre St regarding an unknown medical call. They found an unconscious victim experiencing agonal respiration and administered Naloxone (Narcan) which made the victim regain consciousness. The victim was then transported to a local medical facility for further evaluation.
Animal Complaint- Kierstead Ave. A resident reported that while she was entering her vehicle she was attacked by a neighbors dog. The victim had minor injury to her foot and told police that this was not the first time the neighbors dog acted aggressive. The dog owner had proper licensing and was issued a summons for dog at large, and ordered to quarantine for 10 days pending the victims injury results.
Protester- Kingsland Ave- Police responded to Kingsland Ave in response to a protester that had inflated a large Rat and was floating it near a construction site, that was allegedly employing nonunion workers. The protester was found to be on private property and complied with police when asked to move. Construction managers requested the protester be barred from entering private grounds.
Eluding Police- Washington Ave. A Nutley Police Officer conducting a motor vehicle investigation, observed a vehicle fleeing from Clifton Police at a high rate of speed. The Nutley Officer assisted Clifton in an attempt to stop the reckless driver. The vehicle pursuit was terminated by supervisors and suspect remains at large.
Motor Vehicle Investigation- E Centre St. Police were able to identify a man who was allegedly using fictitious license plate on multiple vehicles. He was identified and summonsed. The vehicles were parked on private property and he was warned that if they are driven without proper credentials they will be subject to impound.
Criminal Mischief- William St. A Nutley resident reported that their car was parked on William St, and upon returning found both passenger side tires were flattened.
Auto Thief/Burglar Arrested
On Wednesday July, 17th Nutley Police charged 34 y/o Robert Rasczyk of E Orange with 2 counts of Burglary 2 counts of Receiving Stolen Property and Aggravated Assault on an Officer, in addition to multiple charges in Belleville.
Police were able to identify Rasczyk as the man responsible for stealing a car from Nutley and committing Burglary July, 12th. He allegedly used the victim’s credit card at a convenience store that led to Belleville Police Helping to identify him.
In cooperation with Belleville it was determined that Rasczyk was residing in a motor home in their town. When police arrived Rasczyk fled on foot leaving evidence behind belonging to Nutley and Belleville residents.
With the assistance of the FBI and Belleville Police Rasczyk was apprehended in the City of Newark and presently being detained at the Essex County Jail.
Police Chief Thomas Strumolo commended all the officers that worked this case and said police are working to identify and charge those responsible for committing crimes in Nutley. He said a Warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Passaic man still at large believed to have committed approx. ten burglaries and an assault in Nutley. He also urges residents to help police by securing their vehicles in an effort to discourage auto thefts and burglaries from occurring.
Director Alphonse Petracco expressed thanks to assisting agencies. He said thieves walk around predominately in the late and early morning hours trying door handles on cars. When they find one unlocked they steal anything they can of value including loose change and sunglasses. He said in some cases the vehicles owners leave behind keys and car fobs that will start the car which ultimately allows the thief to make off with the entire car.
Residents are reminded to call police if they see anything suspicious, if they find their vehicle has been entered, DO NOT touch anything until police arrive. 973-284-4940