Police Blotter

Nutley Police Blotter September 23 - 29, 2017

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


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Unwanted Party – Washington Avenue – response was made to the location regarding a party that has an ongoing issue with their behavior while in the establishment.  The customer has a history of acting rude towards the employees to a point they no longer wish to serve him.  He was explained that he was not welcomed back to the establishment and if he returned he could be charged with Trespass.  The actor was also advised that he can make a formal complaint to the corporate office regarding staff operations. 


Fraud – Headquarters received a report regarding a fraud.  The victim stated that while selling a 1969 Pontiac Bonneville on eBay for $3,000, they were contacted by a party who stated their name was Michael Collin and he was interested in purchasing the vehicle.  Mr. Collin mailed out a check from Moody Investors Service Inc. for $4,250 and requested the victim mail them back a check for the overpayment amount ($1,250).  The victim knew at this point that this was a scam and they discontinued contact with Mr. Collin. No money was sent and the check was entered into evidence.  The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident. 


Theft – Narin Place – Units were dispatched to the area regarding the theft of a red Honda generator worth approximately $2,000.  The driver of the company working in the area stated they witnessed a male wearing a white T-shirt with a Puerto Rican flag on one of the sleeves, black shorts, between twenty and thirty years old, stocky build, with long hair tied in a bun, load the generator into a red Honda Civic.  The Supervisor was advised to contact Headquarters to record serial number.  Detective Bureau was notified of the incident.

Dispute – East Centre Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a verbal dispute.  The victim stated that they received a package of items they ordered that were worth approximately $340 and noticed the box was empty and open.  The victim was arguing with the mail carrier because they believed they stole the items.  The supervisor was called to the scene.  The victim was advised to contact the company to see if they can re-send the items.  Nothing further.

Animal Bite Incident – Roma Street – The victim in the incident reported to Headquarters that while they were walking on the sidewalk, a Pitbull attacked them.  The dog was leashed, and jumped on them biting their arm and back.  Officers observed scratches and marks on the victim which appeared to be consistent with a dog bite.  The owner was contacted and responded to Headquarters to confirm that the dog was currently licensed.  The victim was advised of their right to file a complaint with the Nutley Municipal Court.  Nothing further at this time.

Motor Vehicle Stop – Route 21 – Patrol units initiated a motor vehicle stop that resulted in the arrest of Michael Batista, age 40, of Harrison, for two outstanding warrants out of Clifton.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident and able to post the appropriate bail.  He was issued motor vehicle summonses for:  Seatbelt Usage-Driver’s Responsibility, Crossing Roadway Signal, Suspended License, and Notification of Change of Residence and released.  


Theft of Services – Crestwood Avenue - Multiple patrol units responded to the area near Crestwood Avenue and Hope Street on a call of a male not paying for his taxi fare and fleeing the area. The driver stated that they picked up a white male in Rutherford and transported them to Nutley and when they attempted to pay the $20.00 fare with a credit card, it was declined.  The driver indicated that this was not the first time the same individual failed to pay his fair, and was advised of their right to sign a complaint with the Nutley Municipal Court.  The area was checked for the male at the address given, with negative results.


Field Interview – Harrison Street – A field interview resulted in the arrest of Stephen Nemec, 24, of Nutley, for an outstanding warrant out of Spring Lakes Heights Municipal Court.  He was transported to Headquarters without incident, unable to post the appropriate bail, and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility. 


Theft of Motor Vehicle– Ideal Court – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of a motor vehicle theft.  The victim stated when they were walking their dog this morning they noticed that their car had been stolen from the driveway.  The vehicle was left locked in the driveway the evening before.  The area where the car was left had no signs of broken glass.  Headquarters entered the vehicle stolen in the database.  No further Police action at this time.


Eluding/Resisting Arrest – Franklin Avenue – Officers on traffic post at the Franklin and Centre Street intersection observed a speeding motorcycle and signaled the operator to stop and pull to the curb.  The operator slowed and pulled over coming almost to a stop then driver sped off disregarding instructions.  Another officer was able to stop the vehicle on Franklin Avenue.  The driver, Gerald Cetrulo, 26, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters.  He was processed, charged with Eluding Police, issued motor vehicle summonses for Improper Passing, No Insurance, and released. 


Overdose – Nutley Police responded to Harrison St regarding an overdose. They were able to deploy NARCAN and revive the victim. After becoming alert and conscious they were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

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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