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Police Blotter: Fraud, Theft and Public Lewdness

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.

Medical Calls:  40

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  20

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  26


Criminal Mischief – Raymond Avenue – The victim came to Headquarters to make a report of Criminal Mischief.  They stated they observed two juvenile females, one wearing a pink jacket / second actor wearing a white jacket, placing Post-it notes on the back window of a vehicle.  There was no monetary damage reported.  Additionally, at the same time, two other females (no description given) were seen running from the front of the home.  They all entered a tan small style sport utility vehicle and left the scene.  Later, the victim observed a white line that had been spray painted onto a brick retaining wall in the front of their residence.  The cost of the damage was not known at the time of the report.  

Suspicious Incident – Evelyn Place – Officers responded regarding a call from the homeowner stating that someone attempted to open the locked side door to the residence.  The victim did not see anyone, but stated they were certain someone attempted to open the locked door.  Officers examined the door and did not observe any signs of forced entry.  Additionally, the area was checked for suspicious activity with negative results.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Park Avenue - While initiating a traffic stop Officers were advised that the driver, Hassan Gibbs, 20, of Belleville, had two active warrants and was placed under arrest.  He was transported to Headquarters where he was able to post the appropriate bail, issued a motor vehicle summons for Obstruction of windshield for vision, and released with the appropriate paperwork.  


Illegal Dumping – River Road – An employee of the area financial institution reported that they noticed multiple garbage bags on top of and around the dumpsters in the rear of the business. The garbage did not belong to the facility. The same bags were observed by Officers and they advised the employee to contact Headquarters should anymore incidents occur.

Theft/Fraud – Franklin Avenue - A theft/fraud was reported by a local business where they stated they are missing a money order worth approximately $548.63.  The owner showed a copy of the money order, which was signed by a former employee and cashed at a United States Postal Office.  The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and the report turned over to their department.  No further action.

Theft – Kingsland Street – The owner of a local eatery reported that a former employee had been stealing money from the business for over a year.  The actor would manipulate the computer to reflect a larger tip than was indicated and thus making the amount owed to the restaurant appear less.  The total amount stolen over the year was $2,000.00.  The actor, Stephen Kirschenbaum, 27, of Union, was charged with Theft and issued a Court date, which was mailed by the Nutley Municipal Court.  

Fraud – Headquarters received a report of fraud from the victim who stated that their wallet was stolen from her vehicle while in Garfield, which contained their bank debit card.  After the incident they noticed 10 charges totaling over $300.00, at various locations, made on their credit card that were not made by the victim.  They were advised to file a Police report in accordance with their financial institutions Bank Fraud policy.  The victim was also advised to contact Garfield Police regarding the theft of their wallet.  No further information.

Motor Vehicle Theft – Gerard Road - Officers responded to the area regarding a motor vehicle theft.  The victim stated that when they went to retrieve their mail they noticed their vehicle was no longer in the driveway.  There were no signs of forced entry in the driveway or to the home.  All three sets of vehicle keys were accounted for and no family of friend had borrowed the car.  There were no valuables located inside the vehicle.  Nutley Dispatch entered the car into the database as stolen.  The victim was advised to contact Headquarters if they should discover any additional information.

Attempted Burglary – Gerard Road – Dispatch directed Patrol to the area regarding an attempted burglary.  The victim stated that someone attempted to break into their shed where their pigeons are located.  The hinges to the shed were pried off, in what was observed as an attempt to enter the structure and take the birds, however, entry to the structure was never made.  The Detective Bureau was notified and arrived to assume control of the investigation which included processing the scene.  


Fire – Roma Street – Police and Fire responded to the area regarding a report of a small fire on the driveway of the residence.  The fire was promptly extinguished and there were no signs of any property damage as a result of same.  Two witnesses stated that they saw two parties walk onto Roma Street and begin filming something with their cell phones.  Then they saw an orange glow indicative of a fire burning.  They approached and questioned the suspects who took off on foot running from the scene. They described the suspects as two males, one wearing all gray, approximately 5'11” in height and the other as wearing a red tank top, approximately 5'7" in height and possibly Asian. Upon further inspection of the contents of the fire, it appeared that a stack of newspapers contained inside of a plastic milk crate were set on fire.  No lighters or matches were found on scene. The Fire Captain stated that no signs of an accelerant were used and advised Officers that there was no need to contact an Arson Investigator. Also, that as a result of the fire, there was nothing of evidentiary value to be collected from the scene. Both Police and Fire personnel checked the area for any other fires with negative results. Officers also checked the area extensively for the 2 suspects with negative results. The tenants of the residence could not be contacted to advise them of the incident.

Fraud – Victim reported an incident of fraud at Headquarters.  They stated that they used the ATM machine at the 711 on Passaic Avenue and received a message from their financial institution that a $938.75 purchase was pending.  The victim told the bank that they did not make that purchase.  Officers followed up at the 711 to see if they observed a skimming machine located on the ATM, but the results were negative.  The victim was advised to advise the Department should they find any other fraudulent charges on their card.


Motor Vehicle Stop – Passaic Avenue – Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop that found the registered owner and driver with a warrant out of Aberdeen Township.  Nicholas Biamonte, 55, of Toms River, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He posted the appropriate bail and was issued a motor vehicle summons for failure to inspect before his release.

Property Damage – Chestnut Street – Headquarters received a report of damage to a vehicle.  The victim stated that while driving on Chestnut Street a goose flew down into their driver’s side view mirror, causing damage to the mirror and driver’s side window.  The monetary value of damage was not known at the time of the report.  The victim was advised of how to obtain a copy of the report and to contact their insurance company.

Burglary – Church Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of a past occurred burglary.  The homeowner, stated that someone had forced entry into the rear of their home by breaking the glass window of the rear door.  jewelry box containing approximately $15,000.00 worth of jewelry.  The neighborhood was canvassed in an attempt to gather information about the incident.  The Detective Bureau was contacted and arrived to assume the investigation which included processing the scene.  Investigation to continue.

Criminal Mischief – Grant Avenue – Headquarters received a walk in report of an act of criminal mischief.  The victim stated that when they went to retrieve their vehicle out of the driveway, their tire was flat.  Upon taking it to the mechanic it was found that the tire had 5-6 slices in it.  The neighbors were canvassed with negative results.  Nothing further.

Lewdness – Franklin Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a call from a party stating that a man was outside of their place of business touching himself inappropriately.  The party was located and witnesses to the incident positively identified him.  Victor Pinto, 56, of Nutley, was placed under arrest where he was transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was processed, charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, which is a crime of the 3rd degree, and Lewdness, which is a DP offense.  Municipal Court Judge set bail at $50,000 with a ten present option, which was met.  Mr. Pinto was released with his two mandatory Court dates.


Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a fraud.  The victim stated that they attempted to purchase an English Bull dog puppy through a website petfinder.com.  The amount agreed, $380.00, was transferred via Western Union to pay for the puppy.  After the money was picked up, the actor, indicated that an additional $840.00 was necessary to be transferred to pay for the transportation and care of the puppy from Maryland to Newark Airport via airplane.  The money was transferred via Western Union also.  When the victim went to the airport to retrieve the puppy there was no record of the flight or the dog.  Upon contacting the actor, the victim was told that the puppy wasn’t delivered because they needed to pay an additional $1,700.00 fee.  At that time the victim realized they were being scammed.  The victim was advised of their right to file a complaint with the Municipal Court.


Suspicious Incident – Park Avenue – Officers responded to the area in regards to a report of a suspicious package.  The caller stated that while traveling west on the Avondale/Lyndhurst bridge they observed a black back pack style bag in the east bound lane.  Officers then responded to the bridge with the Nutley Fire Department and members of the Nutley and Lyndhurst Police Department and closed the roadway in both directions.  The bridge and area were checked and proved negative for any suspicious packages and all units cleared the scene.  The caller was contacted and advised that no suspicious packages were found on the bridge.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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