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 and search Nutley.

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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.

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.


Theft from Vehicle – Centre Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a theft from motor vehicle.  The victim stated that they parked their car and when they returned to it they found the center console open, blankets removed, and their purse missing.  Inside the purse were two laptops valued at approximately $1,800 total.  Detective Bureau was advised of the incident, arrived on scene, and took over the investigation. 


Attempted Burglary – Franklin Avenue – The victim contacted Police to report an attempted burglary.  They stated that when they returned to their property they observed pry marks to two (2) of the suites located on the 2nd floor.  Officers confirmed the damage and processed scene. 

Theft from Vehicle – Sargent St – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated they parked their vehicle, left it unlocked, and upon return noticed someone had rummaged through the vehicle.  Detective Bureau was contacted and advised of the incident.


Theft from Vehicle – Hawthorne Avenue -  Police were dispatched to the area regarding a burglary to auto.  Upon arrival they were told by the victim that when they returned to their car they found the contents of the center console had been rummaged through and a laptop had been left in the vehicle.  Detective Bureau was advised.

Motor Vehicle Theft – High Street – Officers responded to the area on a report of a stolen motor vehicle.  The victim stated that their vehicle was taken from their driveway between 5:30-7:30 am this morning.  The keys and victim’s purse were inside the vehicle at the time of the theft.  The vehicle was entered as stolen and the GPS indicated that it was in Newark.  Newark PD was contacted and able to find the vehicle. The victim was advised of how to retrieve their vehicle.

Attempted Burglary – Franklin Avenue – Response was made to the area regarding a past occurred burglary.  An office door on the second floor of the building was found forced open along with another door that was found to have been damaged by the door lock area.  Both suites did not appear to have anything missing from inside of them.   The door that was forced open was able to be secured and the scene cleared.  Reports were forwarded to the Detective Bureau.

Identity Theft -  Headquarters received a walk in report of fraud.  While checking on their Homestead Rebate check, the victim found that it was sent out in May and already cashed at a Boiling Springs Bank in Georgia.

Identity Theft – A walk in report was received at Headquarters regarding Identity Theft.  The victim stated they received a call from a USA Bank stating that someone tried to unsuccessfully open a USA credit card with the victim’s maiden name.  Upon checking their credit report they observed that there were to other declined applications to open a credit card from Capital One and Barclay Bank.


Suspicious Incident – Hickory Rd - Units responded to the area regarding a possible burglary to auto.  The resident stated that they walking down the stairs in their residence when they noticed the parking lights on their rental vehicle were activated.  The vehicle was left unlocked but there were no belongings inside and the vehicle was undisturbed.  No one was seen or heard around the vehicle.  Detective Bureau responded to scene and a check of the area was negative. 


Animal Complaint – Howard Place – A resident contacted Police to report that their tenant that was evicted left their cat behind in the apartment.  Animal Control was contacted and an employee responded to the residence and took possession of the cat.  A report was faxed to the Animal Control office.


Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding fraud.  The victim stated that while selling an item on line they were contacted by a “Linda Edwards” who stated they had a friend that would interested in the item and gave a phone number.  The interested party was supposed to send a money order for $100 but sent $1,250 and asked for change back.  The victim knew this was a scam and stopped contact with the party and did not cash the check.  The check was from “Paradise Mountain Log Homes, Inc., Othello, WA.  The victim wished to document the incident.  Nothing further.