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.

Anyone who has information regarding any crimes can send a (non-emergent) Tip Anonymously by texting CRIMES starting message with NPDTIP or log into www.tipsoft.com and search Nutley

Police have received a number of complaints regarding phone fraud involving PSEG. Police Chief Strumolo urges residents to contact PSEG directly if anyone representing to be from there are seeking payment.

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If you sell any item/s on the internet, DO NOT accept a check for more than the item was agreed to be sold.  DO NOT deposit checks that have instructions to send a portion of that check to another location.  The checks are fraudulent and you WILL lose money from your account.

7/21/18

Motor Vehicle Stop – Kingsland Avenue – A motor vehicle stop was initiated by Officers that resulted in the arrest of the driver, Jennifer Sheets, age 30, from Maryester, Florida for an outstanding warrant out of Passaic.  She was transported to Headquarters without incident, and the Passaic Police Department was advised of her arrest and they responded to Headquarters to take her into their custody.  She was issued two traffic summonses for Unclear Plates and Unlicensed Driver which were mailed by the Court.  Nothing further.

Theft – Oakridge Avenue – Officers responded to the area in regards to a stolen bicycle.  The caller stated that they noticed the silver “Schwinn” mountain bike with red and black lettering missing shortly before calling Headquarters.  It was used and worth around $100.  Additionally, it was not locked up and was parked at the end of the driveway along with another bike that was not stolen.  The victim was advised of how to obtain a copy of the report for their records.  

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a fraudulent credit card application.  The victim stated that they received a letter from Home Depot Credit Services advising they were unable to open the account due to verification of identity information.  The victim did not apply for the credit card and does not know how their information would have been compromised.  Home Depot Credit Services has been advised of the incident. 

7/23/18

Suspicious Incident – A walk in report was received at Headquarters.  The victim stated that they recently signed up to be a secret shopper and gave their name, phone number and address.  No other personal information was given.  They received a package containing instructions to cash a money order that was sent to them for $998.00 and to buy ITunes gift cards at Walmart and send pictures of the PIN numbers. The victim did not cash the money order nor buy the gift cards and determined this was a fraud attempt and reported to police.

Suspicious Incident – Officers responded to the area regarding a suspicious phone call.  Upon arrival hey met with the victim who was visibly shaken and upset.  They stated they received a call on their cell phone and the caller was telling them that they had their son and they were going to shoot him unless they were paid $3,000.00. The victim stated the actors were arguing with them and they heard a girl screaming in the background and thought it was their daughter. The victim returned home and found both of their children were home and fine.  The victim was advised that this was a scam and these callers look to get people worked up and try to get money from them.

The two numbers they received calls from were listed from Puerto Rico and Falls Church, VA. Both numbers were attempted to be called with no answer and a Spanish speaking male.  The caller was advised to contact the Police if they needed any further assistance, and advised the incident would be documented. 

Suspicious Incident – Fulton Street – Response was made to the area regarding a suspicious incident.  The victim stated that when they returned to their home they noticed their side gate to the rear yard was knocked over, a planter was on its side, and the shed was open.  The shed was locked when the victim left their residence.  The shed appeared to be rummaged through but did not show signs of forced entry and did not have anything taken from it.  The victim also wished to document that between the hours of 01:30-03:30 hours an unknown party has been "knocking on the house" and then run away.  No further description was able to be provided.  Officers canvassed the area and the Detective Bureau was notified and responded to the scene to process it. 

Tree Limb Down – Brookway – A fallen tree was reported in the area.  The homeowner showed Officers where the tree had fallen and after viewing he area it was determined that there was no visual damage on the home or garage.  The tree did appear to fall onto the homeowner’s property but had had come from the adjacent Railroad Property.  An attempt to contact The Norfolk Southern Railroad was made and Officers were able to speak with a representative who advised that a request for a field team to go and asses the property would be made.  A number was left with the victim to follow up with the Railroad if need be.

Property Damage – Washington Avenue – Response was made to the area regarding a report of property damage.  It was stated that a piece of aluminum siding flew off of a shed and struck the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle causing multiple scratches.  The victim was advised to contact their insurance company.  Officers were able to observe where the siding came from and spoke with the property owner and advised them of the incident.

7/24/18

Theft – Brittany Circle – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a missing package that was delivered by Fed Ex but was not at the residence when the victim arrived home.  The delivery company requested a Police report to document the incident for insurance purposes. 

Tree Limb Down – Prospect Street – While on Patrol, Officers observed what appeared to be a Township tree limb hanging over the sidewalk and partially lying in the southbound lane of traffic.  Shade Tree was contacted and would be responding with a crew to take care of the matter.  The hazardous area was secured with caution tape and a traffic barrel was left in the street where the limb was lying.  The homeowner was on scene and aware of the incident.

Suspicious Incident – Centre Street – Officers responded to the area in regards to a suspicious incident the victim wanted to document.  They stated that they went to the bank and made a deposit of $1,796.00 to their account and after they deposited the money they did not receive the full amount.  They only received $1,396.00.  The bank manager provided a contact number for Officers to retrieve video footage of the exchange between the teller and the victim.  Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and will be following up on the subpoena required.

Motor Vehicle Investigation – Vincent Place – Patrol was flagged down by a passerby who believed there was a motor vehicle accident on Vincent Pl. opposite the Township well.  Officers responded to that location and found that a black vehicle had struck a parked vehicle on the East side of Vincent Pl. opposite the well.  A white female was passed out in the driver’s seat, with engine running, and car still in drive. Due to her condition, it was necessary for units to break the passenger side window of the car to get her out.  Emergency Squad was notified of the findings and arrived to transport the party to the hospital.  The driver, Monzerrate Marrano, 29, of Nutley, was eventually placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  She was charged with Possession CDS.  She was issued a MV summons for DWI, along with several other Motor Vehicle summonses regarding the incident.  Ms. Marrano was released with her mandatory Court date.

Criminal Mischief – Kingsland Street – Officers responded to the area in regards to a report of criminal mischief.  The victim stated that when they returned to their vehicle they noticed the window on the driver’s door to be broken.    Nothing was taken from inside the vehicle and there were no signs of the vehicle being tampered with.  Additionally, there were no vehicles on either side of the victim’s car when they parked earlier in the day.  The victim was instructed on how to obtain a copy of their Police report.

7/25/18

Theft from Vehicle – Nairn Place – Officers responded to a residence and were informed by a victim that they had a jewelry box in their vehicle and items from inside the box were taken.  The box was checked the day before and was found to be complete.  Today, after running a few errands, the victim noticed that the box was tampered with and the drawers left opened.  Specific pieces were missing that have an approximate value of about $40,000.00.  The neighborhood was canvassed with negative results and the Detective Bureau was advised of the incident who responded, processed, and took over the investigation. 

Fraud – Patrol responded to the complainant that stated they received an email from what they believed was their financial institution.  The email had a link stating that they needed to update their personal information.  The victim clicked on the link and provided their name, date of birth, and social security number.  When they returned to the email they noticed that words were not capitalized and some were misspelled.  The victim contacted their financial institution who advised that they did not send the email and that they would monitor the accounts.  The opportunity to be entered as an Identity Theft Victim was declined by the victim.

Unwanted Party - Vincent Place – Officers responded to the area regarding an unwanted party who was found to have three (3) outstanding warrants out of Bloomfield.   Shaking Davis, 28, of Newark, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  Bloomfield Police were contacted and released Mr. Davis on his own recognizance with his new Court date.  No further action.

Property Lost – River Road – The victim arrived at Headquarters to document a matter.  They stated that they leased a vehicle through an online leasing agent.  Upon contacting the leasing agent regarding the vehicle’s license plates and registration, they were advised that the items were shipped via UPS and provided a tracking number.  The items are showing delivered but the victim has not received them. UPS has initiated an internal investigation and requested a Police report for documentation.

7/26/18

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a fraud.  The victim stated that 3 fraudulent charges were found on their account totaling approximately $1,500.00 - $2,000.00.  The Credit Union was advised of the incidents and requested a Police report for documentation. No further information at this time.

Criminal Mischief – Franklin Avenue – Response was made to a local bank regarding a past incident of criminal mischief.  A white adult male with brown hair in a ponytail, wearing a button down shirt, black shorts, white socks, and flip flops, carrying a red solo cup was observed pulling down a security sensor and throwing it on the ground.  The Detective Bureau was contacted, responded to the scene, and took over the investigation.

Burglary – Centre Street – Headquarters received a walk in report from a victim of burglary.  They stated that a red, 20-inch, mountain bike, with an estimated value of $125.00, was stolen from their garage.  The bike was last seen the previous evening, but was not there this morning.  It was noted that there is no door on the garage.  There was no other information available on the bicycle.

7/27/18

Fraud -  Dispatch directed units to take a report regarding a fraud.  The victim stated that they were recently scammed out of $750.00 in Amazon gift cards.  The actor, “Mr. Luke Bryan,” via Twitter, told the victim that they won a contest for 2 million dollars and to receive the money they would have to provide $750.00 in Amazon gift cards to a third party, “Peter Brandan.”  The victim purchased the cards, scratched off the barcodes, and sent pictures of the numbers via text to “Mr. Brandan.”  Officers assisted the victim in setting up an Amazon account and tried to redeem the gift cards into the account with negative results.  Amazon was contacted and stated that the cards were applied to an account but had not yet been used.  The victim was advised to email the escalation department and explain the situation and there was a chance the funds would be transferred to the victim’s account.  The email was sent and the victim was advised to follow up with Amazon via email and/or phone.  Additionally, it was suggested that the victim monitor their financial accounts for any suspicious activity.  No further information.

Property Damage – Franklin Avenue – Response was made to the car wash to document an incident of property damage.  The victim stated that when their door was being opened by the employee the plastic guard around the key lock had fallen off.  The victim understood it was an accident and wanted it documented.  They were advised to take it to the dealership to get an estimate on the price of the repair.  Nothing further.

Tree Limb – William Street – Patrol met with a homeowner regarding a tree limb down that fell from the Township tree.  The Shade Tree Department was contacted and arrived to cut and remove the branch from the property.  Nothing further.

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding an incident of fraud.  The victim stated that they received a notice from the Cable company stating that their bill was not paid.  The check was mailed at the Post Office and was cashed but not by the Cable company.  It is possible that someone “fished” the envelope from the mailbox.  The bank and cable were both made aware of the incident and the checking account that was compromised has been canceled.  The victim was advised to monitor their financial accounts, to report any suspicious activity, and how to obtain a copy of the report for their records.  Detective Bureau notified.  No further information.