3/21/2020

Fraud -  Headquarters received a report of fraud.  The victim stated that they received an email from a party claiming to be collecting charity money for their son’s Youth Hockey Club The email asked for a donation of 3 $100.00 “steam” online gaming cards.  The victim purchased three (3) cards ($300 total) scratched off the scan code, took a picture of the code and sent it back to the email.  Shortly thereafter, he was asked to purchase fine (5) more $100 “Steam” online gaming cards and scratched off the scan codes again, and emailed them to the party. 

The victim received an email from another Youth Hockey Club member who stated that the system was hacked and not to donate any money.  The victim contacted their credit card company and canceled their card.

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Motor Vehicle Investigation – Municipal Lot #5 – Officers received a complaint regarding a male party parked in the lot possibly smoking marijuana.  Upon arrival police observed the male party exit the vehicle, and walk away.  Officers conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of, Jerell Rollins, 32, of Nutley, who was transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was charged with 1 count of Possession of marijuana, processed, and released. 

Criminal Mischief – Hillside Avenue -  Officers spoke with the caller who stated that they were in their office, which is on the property, and heard a cutting tool in the area.  When the caller stepped outside they saw a party near the bus and yelled at them to stop.  The actor then fled the scene.  The bus was checked and found to have the exhaust system cut but not taken.  A pair of rubber gripped pliers were recovered from the scene.  Police have been investigating thefts of catalytic converters which appears to be what the attempt was.

Fraud – A party contacted Police to report that they were a victim of fraud.  The victim’s financial institution contacted them to advise that there was unusual activity on their debit card.  There were purchases on BOOST, a shopping site, with several purchases.  The bank was contacted and cancelled the debit card and issued a temporary card to the victim. 

3/22/2020

Theft from Vehicle – Park Drive – Officers responded to the area in regards to a report of a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated they observed 5 white males, all wearing blue hooded sweatshirts, walking east.  At one point, one of the males entered their vehicle, and when the victim turned on their exterior lights, all of the males fled east.  The male party that entered the vehicle rummaged through the center console and glove box. 

Motor Vehicle Theft – Enclosure – The victim contacted Headquarters to report their vehicle was stolen out of their driveway. The vehicle was taken by what is believed to be five (5) actors, who were observed tugging on the door handles of vehicles in driveways.  The actors were described as wearing dark hooded sweatshirts.  The actors made entry into the vehicle, started it, and upon exiting the driveway, made contact with other vehicles in the driveway causing damage. The victim had both sets of keys in their possession, so it is unclear as to how the vehicle was started.  The vehicle was found to be in the area of Newark Police were able to arrest juveniles in Nutley two days later that were observed entering vehicles along Princeton Ave. Once arrested they were found to be in possession of proceeds from the previous break crimes. All were from Newark or Irvington.

Theft from Vehicle – Whitford Avenue – Officers responded to the area in regards to a report of a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated that they observed their sunglasses ($400) and two EZ Pass tags (unknown value) down the street from their home during their morning walk.  Upon returning home, the victim checked their vehicle and noticed it was rummaged through.  There were no signs of forced entry and the victim believed they locked their vehicle upon parking it the evening before. 

Theft from Vehicle – Enclosure – Response was made to the area on a report of theft from vehicle.  Upon hearing that their neighbor’s vehicle was stolen, the victim checked their vehicle and found that their wallet was missing.

Theft from Vehicle – Myrtle Avenue -  The victim of a theft from vehicle reported the incident to responding Officers.  The victim stated that when they returned to their vehicle they noticed it was rummaged through.  There were no signs of forced entry or damage to the vehicle. 

Theft from Vehicle – Whitford Avenue – Response was made to the area as a result of a theft from vehicle report.  The victim stated they parked their vehicle and left it unlocked.  Upon return this morning, the vehicle was found rummaged through. 

Theft from Vehicle – Myrtle Avenue – Officers responded to the scene on a report of a theft from vehicle.  The victim stated that they went out to their vehicle and observed items scattered on the front seat.  Also noticed was the glove box open, which was not left that way when parked.  Further inspection revealed their purse was missing which contained cash, driver’s license, and credit cards.  A neighbor was out for a walk and found a purse near the railroad tracks, which turned out to be the victim’s purse.  The contents were missing from inside. 

Theft from Vehicle – Whitford Avenue – While on another call regarding a theft from vehicle, Officers were alerted to 2 (two) other vehicles that appeared to be rummaged through with the center consoles and glove compartments opened and items thrown about the cars.  inside either vehicle.  There were no signs of forced entry to either car and both vehicles were left unlocked. 

Theft from Vehicle – Nutley Avenue – Officers spoke with the victim who stated when they went to their vehicles they noticed items tossed around on the front seat, with a $20.00 bill missing from the center console of one vehicle, and the glove box opened on the other, with nothing missing.  Both vehicles were left unlocked when parked.  The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident.

Theft from Vehicle – Myrtle Avenue – Headquarters received a report of a theft from vehicle.  Officers spoke with the victim who stated that upon returning to their vehicle today, they observed the center console, along with the glove compartment open.  All of the documents from the glove compartment were emptied out onto the front passenger seat,. 

3/23/2020

Package Theft – Park Avenue – Officers were dispatched on a report of a package theft.  The victim stated they ordered a candle making kit, having a value of $40, and went online to check the status of the delivery.  The package was stated to have been delivered to the mailroom of the apartment complex, but was not received.  Building superintendent could not be contacted at the time of the report.

Theft from Vehicle – Princeton Street – Officers responded to the area in regard to a party who witnesses a group of four (4) individuals, (eventually identified as juveniles), pull on the door handle of a neighboring vehicle.  When the party yelled out to them they fled the area.  The information and descriptions were communicated to neighboring PD’s and shortly thereafter, Belleville PD had the juveniles stopped in their jurisdiction.  The juveniles were found to have several items on their persons that matched stolen items from previous and current theft from vehicle reports.  Charges included:  Burglary-Entering Structure, Credit Card Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Hindering Oneself – Give False Information, for 1 juvenile.  Another will be charged with Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and Hindering – Oneself – Give False Information.  A female juvenile in the group was found to be wearing an ankle monitor and was wanted out of Newark for Robbery, Conspiracy, and Simple Assault.  Other charges pending upon further investigation.

3/24/2020

Theft from Vehicle – Friedland Road – A resident reported finding multiple cards on their front lawn and Officers responded to retrieve them.  The cards consisted of various credit cards belonging to residents on Hancox and St. Mary’s Place.  The Hancox resident stated that their vehicle was burglarized and several credit cards were missing.  The items found and returned to the victim were all of the cards found to be taken from the victim’s vehicle.

3/25/2020

Identity Theft/Fraud – Headquarters received a report of a fraud/identity theft incident.  The caller stated they noticed that their credit score had been negatively affected.  Upon checking, they found an Apple card in their name that they did not open.  The statement received had the balance amount as $8,661.93.  The victim contacted the financial institution and canceled the card.  The credit bureaus were contacted, advised of the incident, and are investigating the incident

Fraud – Headquarters received a report of a suspicious phone call.  The victim explained they received a “Robo-Call” allegedly from Amazon in regards to a purchase of a cell phone worth approximately $750.  The victim did not provide any information during the call and was able to contact Amazon directly to verify that there were no reports of fraud or unauthorized purchases.  Officers advised the victim to monitor their accounts for suspicious activity.  Contact was made with the phone number provided but was answered by an automated system with no further information.

Suspicious Incident - Headquarters received a second call regarding a suspicious “Robo-Call” allegedly from Amazon.  This time it was in regards to a purchase of a cell phone worth $600.  Officers advised the victim to monitor their accounts for suspicious activity.  Contact was made with the additional phone number provided, but was answered by an automated system with no further information.

3/26/2020

Fraud – A report was made regarding a past occurred Theft of Identity/Fraud.  The victim stated that they were contacted by their financial institution regarding a change to their address.  The victim was advised by the bank that someone using a false identification opened a bank account in Arizona using their husband’s name and social security number. 

Fraud/Identity Theft – A report of Identity Theft was taken by Officers. The victim stated they received mail from Sprint addressed to them using their maiden name.  The letter gave the information that an account applied for could not be processed because it was incomplete.  Sprint was contacted and advised an unknown actor/s attempted to open an account using the victim’s identity, but not their Social Security Number and Date of Birth.  It is thought that the Identity Theft occurred when their email was recently hacked.  Officers advised the victim about their right to be entered into the Identity Theft Database to which they accepted and filled out the appropriate paperwork for same.