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.

7/29/18

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a fraud.  The victim stated that they received a message on their cellphone from a Metro PCS representative named “Robert” that the victim needed to return the phone call in order to transfer their cellphone number.  The victim continued receiving messages and reported incident to their phone carrier and found to be a possible scam.

7/30/18

Suspicious Incident/Harassment – Headquarters received a report regarding harassment.  The victim stated they received an email displaying their email password and telling them to send $1,200.00 worth of Bitcoin within 24 hours to a specific Bitcoin IP address or the actor would send out a derogatory video of the victim to all the contacts on their email.  The victim was advised that they can sign a Harassment complaint if the party/actor were to be identified.

Fraud – a report of fraud was taken at Headquarters. The victim stated that they were advised by Equifax that 3 hard credit inquiries were processed with personal information belonging to the victim.  The requests came from Verizon Wireless-NY, Comenity Capital/C21, and TD Bank USA/Target C.  It was confirmed with Equifax that the victim did not open/apply for the accounts and was advised to file a Police report and to contact the companies.  The victim declined to be entered as an Identity Theft victim and had set up credit monitoring services prior to responding to Headquarters.  Instructions were given as to how to obtain a copy of the incident for their records.

Suspicious Incident/Harassment – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a suspicious incident. The victim stated they received an email from a party/actor that stated they had the victim’s password, and installed a “malware” on their account, and obtained all of their contacts.  They advised the victim to send $3,200.00 worth of Bitcoin to a Bitcoing address within 24 hours or they would release a video of the victim doing “inappropriate things.”  The victim was advised to not answer the email and if the party/actor was to be identified, they would have the right to sign a complaint with the Nutley Municipal Court.

7/31/18

Suspicious Incident – Kierstead Avenue – Officers responded to the area in regards to a suspicious incident.  The victim stated that they heard a crash sound and then saw an object in their driveway.  The object was a large television which appeared to have come from curbside where recycling and bulk objects were placed on the street.  While checking the area, Officers observed another recycle bin was knocked over with its contents off to the side of the road.  Units checked the surrounding areas unable to locate the person who was causing the damage.

Theft – Park Avenue – The Property Manager of an apartment complex reported to Officers that the lids to their dumpster, as well as the frame which holds them in place, were missing.  The lids cost several hundred dollars, but the Property Manager needs to replace the whole dumpster because the frame is also missing.  A Police report was necessary so the building would not get fined for not having a lid on the dumpster.  The Property Manager was advised of how to obtain a copy of the report for their records.  No further information.

8/1/18

Motor Vehicle Investigation – Franklin Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a suspicious vehicle that resulted in the arrest of its occupant, Michel Suppa, 27, of Nutley.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, processed, and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office approved charges of Possession of CDS.  Mr. Suppa was advised of his Court date and released from custody.   No further action taken.

Fraud – Dispatch directed Patrol to take a report of fraud.  The victim stated that they were the controller of the company and mailed a check, by regular mail, for payment of four (4) bills totaling $50,287.00 owed to a company residing in Canada.   The checking account showed the check information had changed and that an unknown individual in Nevada had cashed the check in the full amount.  The owner of the company has since closed out the affected checking account and was advised by the financial institution to notify the United States Postal Service and the FBI.  The Detective Bureau was notified and advised they would be assuming control of the case and handling any further investigation. 

8/2/18 Dispute – Police were called to Walnut St when a citizen reported a possible assault inside a vehicle. When police located the vehicle it was determined that a dispute occurred and no signs of an assault. However the Officer discovered a bag of marijuana next to the vehicle to which both occupants denied owning. They were released from scene without incident.

Suspicious Incident– Police responded to Vreeland Ave in response to a woman claiming someone was in her home. Police conducted a search of the home and found no one inside and no signs of entry.

Police responded to a Franklin Ave residence when the caller reported her 38 y/o brother unconscious. Upon arrival police administered CPR and transported victim to hospital where he later passed away. Detectives were called to scene and conducted an investigation which is still active.

Arrest on Warrant- Police received a call from Palisades Police advising that they had Gilberto Diaz in custody for an outstanding Nutley warrant. Nutley Courts permitted them to release Diaz on his own recognizance pending a new court date. He was released from their custody.