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:  26

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Motor Vehicle Accidents:  8

Disputes/Suspicious Incidents:  10


Motor Vehicle Stop – Rhoda Avenue -  Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop while patrolling the Rhoda Avenue area, which resulted in the arrest of the driver, Cameron Serra, 18, of Nutley.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, processed, printed, issued a complaint-summons for Possession of Marijuana Under 50 grams, along with a traffic summonses for Maintenance of Lamps, Provisional Driver’s License Violation (hours of operation), and Provisional Driver’s License Violation (decal requirements).  He was released with his Court date.

Suspicious Incident – Centre Street – Units responded to the area on a report of an unknown party attempting to gain access to a residence.  The victim stated that just before Officers arrived, an unknown male was knocking at the door, shaking the handle, and yelling “open this door.”  The male was described as approximately 6ft 2in. tall, wearing a heavy jacket, and could have been possibly drunk. Additional information revealed that the back door of the building is typically left unlocked which is probably how the actor gained access to the inner hallway.  Units searched the building and surrounding area with negative results and there we no signs of forced entry. The victim was advised to contact Police if they receive any additional information or need any additional assistance.

Fraud – A walk in report regarding a fraud was taken at Headquarters.  The victim stated that they noticed someone withdrew money from their business bank account without their knowledge.  Four (4) fraudulent withdrawals were made on one date which included:  a first withdrawal was made in Nutley for the amount of $200, the second withdrawal was made in Lodi for the amount of $200, the third withdrawal was made in Nutley for the amount of $200, and the fourth withdrawal was made in Lodi for the amount of $60.  The victim stated that a fraudulent withdrawal was also made on another date for $200 in Nutley and that the Bank Debit card is missing.  The bank was contacted and the account cancelled.  The victim was given information on how to obtain a copy of this report for their records.


Fraud – the victim of fraud to their bank account reported the incident to an Officer at Police Headquarters.  They stated that after being in a relationship with a male actor for a two week period, he stated that he needed gift cards for his business employees for the holidays.  He asked the victim to deposit multiple checks (8 (eight) $900.00 checks and 4 (four) $400.00 checks into their account. The gift cards purchased were Apple gifts cards which were purchased through the victim’s bank account.  The victim also believes that the actor obtained bank information from their lap top.  The victim was notified of the bad checks when they attempted to use their bank card and it was declined.  The account was closed and attempts to contact the actor were unsuccessful and he hasn’t been heard from since.  The victim was advised to contact Headquarters in the event they find out any information about the actor or if any further fraudulent activity is noticed.


Property Damage – Conover Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of property damage (non-criminal) to a vehicle.  During the night, the heavy winds caused the brown, aluminum frame around one of the basement windows of a neighboring home to come loose and hit the car.  Observed were scratches and brown marks on the front of the vehicle. Officers were able to make contact with the neighbor and each party was advised of how to obtain a copy of the report for their records.  No further action taken. 

Criminal Mischief – Centre Street – Dispatch directed Officers to the area regarding a report of criminal mischief.  The victim stated that on weekends, it appears that actor/s is/are riding a motorcycle on their property.  Officers observed tire marks on the property that is described as an open lot with no house on it.  This is the second time the tire marks were noticed and the victim does not know who may be creating the damage.  Victim was advised to contact Headquarters should the activity persist.

Property Damage – Elm Place – Officers responded to the scene on a report of a tree limb down.  Upon arrival they observed a large tree which had fallen across the street and partially landed on the rear of a vehicle causing significant damage.  The vehicle’s owner was notified, advised on how to obtain a copy of the report for their insurance, and Township personnel arrived to remove the tree.  Nothing further.

Fraud – A walk-in report was received regarding fraudulent charges made on the victim’s credit card.  There were charges of $1,246.62 and $2,035.96 made to the card, with one returned and refunded on the same date.  The victim stated their card was in their possession at all times.  The credit card company wanted a Police report before they further their investigation.  The victim wished to be entered into the Identity Theft database.  No further action taken at this time.


Dog At Large -  Bloomfield Avenue – Officers brought a dog into Headquarters for safe keeping that was found wandering without any identification.  The owner claimed the dog and was issued Township Ordinances for Dog At Large and Unlicensed Dog, which both have a mandatory Court date. No further action taken.

Property Damage – East Centre Street – A tree fell onto a vehicle and caused damage to the front end, windshield, and roof.  The tree appeared to be dead and fell from the adjacent property.  Owner of the property was notified.