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.

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.

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6/16/18

Fraud – Police received a report of a fraud.  The victim stated that they received a bill from the NY/NJ Port Authority, in the amount of $181.00 for violations on tolls occurring on two different dates and a temporary registration number listed. A photo of the vehicle in question was included with the bill. The victim purchased a vehicle that was issued the same number temporary tag, but on a date occurring after the violations in question.  The victim returned to the car dealership and spoke with the manager who suggested filing a Police Report. 

6/17/18

Theft – River Road – Officers were directed to the area on a report of a stolen motorcycle.  The victim stated that they parked their motorcycle in its assigned space and when they returned to the bike it was missing.  The front forks were locked and there was an additional tire lock on the front tire.  A photo of the motorcycle was placed into digital media and the victim was advised to contact their insurance company about the incident and inform them that a Police report was made.  The motorcycle was entered into the database as stolen.

6/19/18

Criminal Mischief – River Road – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of criminal mischief.  The victim stated that the garage door was found to be opened and the padlock that was on the door missing.  There didn’t appear to be anything taken from inside the building.  The door was padlocked and closed when they last were at the building. 

Attempted Burglary – Valley Road -  The homeowner contacted Police to report a past occurred burglary.  The rear sliding door was found shattered upon return of the homeowner.  Officers observed the outer portion of the double pane window was shattered.  The Detective Bureau was advised, responded to the area, and took over the investigation.  A canvass of the neighborhood was performed and found that the landscapers had just left the property and must have kicked up debris that shattered the outside glass.  All parties were notified and made aware of the incident.

Fire – Centre Street – Heavy smoke was observed rising from the rear lot of a building and upon investigation it was found that there was a fire in a dumpster.  The Fire Department was contacted, responded, and extinguished the fire.  The building manager was contacted and made aware of the incident.  Nothing further needed.

Animal Complaint – Webster Street -  Officers were called to the area regarding a lose dog running after people.  Upon arrival it was discovered that no one was injured or bit by the dog and it returned to its residence.  The owner could not provide the proper licensing and was issued a summons:  Unlicensed Dog, and Dog at Large.  Both ordinances have a mandatory Court date.

6/20/18

Property Damage – Park Avenue – Dispatch directed Patrol to the area for a report of non-criminal property damage.  The victim stated that they parked their vehicle in the back parking lot and when they returned to their vehicle they found a crack on the upper right side of the windshield and damage to the plastic trim of the right side mirror.  The victim stated that there was no damage to their vehicle prior to parking the vehicle.

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report in regards to fraudulent activity.  The victim stated that they wired approximately $2,300.00 via Western Union over the past two months and believes the person to whom they wired the money is not who they say they are.  The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and will be following up.

6/21/18

Theft from Vehicle – Hancox Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated when they returned to their vehicle they observed the contents of their glove compartment on the passenger seat.  The vehicle was left unlocked while it was parked and there were no signs of forced entry.  The Detective Bureau was advised and responded to the scene to process the vehicle and take over the investigation.

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a fraud.  The victim stated that they were advised by Comcast that an attempt to get an Xfinity WiFi on demand pass was made using their e-mail.  They stated that an account was created by an unknown actor using an Android device.  The victim does not have an Android nor a Comcast account.  A freeze was placed on the account created and will expire.  The victim was advised to contact Nutley Police of they should notice any further suspicious activity and how to obtain a copy of their report.  Nothing further.

Criminal Mischief – Washington Avenue – Criminal mischief was reported in the area where blue dye had been poured into the complex water fountain and 12 light displays had been broken. 

Animal Complaint – Franklin Avenue - Dispatch directed Patrol to the area regarding an animal complaint.  While a party was walking their dog, a Pitbull mix canine ran after the dog being walked.  The loose dog did not attack or bite the other and there was no sign of same.  Both owners were issued Township Ordinance summons for Unlicensed Dog.

Suspicious Incident – Hay Avenue – Response was made to a residence which had a front screen door open.  Officers cleared the residence and found everything to be in order.  Appeared to be an oversight. Residents were advised of the call.

6/22/18

Theft – Nutley Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a past occurred theft.  The homeowner found items missing from the home and wanted to document the incident.  Detective Bureau was advised and responded to the residence to assume the investigation.  No further information at this time.

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding fraud/identity theft.  The victim received mail from a collection agency regarding a Verizon account that was created in their name without their knowledge nor permission.  The total amount was over 4,000.00 including collection fees.  Verizon was contacted and provided an address in Brooklyn for the account that the victim was unfamiliar with.  It is believed that their identity may have been compromised The victim was advised to monitor their credit report for additional accounts that may have been fraudulently opened under their identity.  The victim chose to enroll into the Identity Theft Victim File base and was entered accordingly by dispatch.