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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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.

5/12/18

Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding fraud.  The victim stated that while at a family event in Queens, NY, they misplaced a check that they wrote for $50.00.  After a couple of days, the victim reviewed their account and noticed the check was pending for payment.  The fraud department of the victim’s financial institution was informed and will be following up with the incident.

5/13/18

Motor Vehicle Crash – Bloomfield Avenue – Units were dispatched to the area regarding a multi vehicle crash caused damage to three vehicles and the retaining wall of the residence. Milta Diaz, 57, of Dover was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters.  She was issued summonses for:  Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Driving,  advised of her mandatory Court date and released.

5/14/18

Burglary – Passaic Avenue – Officers were directed to the area regarding a past occurred burglary.  The homeowner stated that when they came home they found some things out of place and noticed items missing that were put away for safe keeping.  A canvass was conducted.  The Detective Bureau was advised and responded to take over the investigation. 

5/15/18

Criminal Mischief – Beech Street -  The victim advised Police that someone smashed their front windshield of their vehicle while it was parked in the driveway.    Officers observed a large crack in the center portion of the windshield.  Due to the force of the impact, a large area of the windshield around the initial impact point was damaged.  While checking the remainder of the vehicle, In addition, there were scratches on both windows also damaging the window's tint.  All four doors appeared to be secure. 

Theft from Vehicle – Crestwood Avenue -   dispatch received a call regarding a suspicious party in the area and while investigating Officers found a vehicle with its interior light on and the doors unlocked.  Officers observed the glove compartment partially open and made contact with the vehicle’s owner.  The neighborhood was canvassed for additional information. Detective Bureau was advised of the incident.

Fraud -  Officers responded to the residence of a victim of fraud who stated that they had been paying for services with TecSecure Computer Software who provide computer firewall protection.   During this time the company would send bills for their services and the victim paid by personal check.  The amounts totaled $5,095.06.  The victim then received a message from the company asking for $14,700.00 which they felt was suspicious.  The responded to their financial institution and reported the incident.  The bank advised them that the company appeared to be fraudulent.  The bank had flagged the account and the three credit bureaus were contacted and advised of the incident.

Fraud – the victim stated that their checking account had been compromised due to a phone scam.  A party claiming to be from Microsoft stated that the victim was eligible for a $500 refund and that in order to obtain the refund the victim needed to enter information into several unknown websites online.  The victim was unable to give the information regarding the websites and/or what information was divulged.  Upon checking their checking account transactions, they observed a pending transaction for $5,000 instead of $500.  The caller told the victim that in order to rectify the situation they had to purchased Stop & Shop Google play cards in the amount of $4,300, scratch off the access codes and read them off to the caller.  After completing the tasks, the caller indicated that the transaction did not work and instructed the victim to do the same thing again for $4,000.  The caller stated the transactions didn’t work that time too, and requested the victim go to Walmart and repeat the instructions, but the victim’s bank card was declined.  It was found that the actor/s were able to remove and transfer money between the victim’s accounts and the total loss was $9,000. The financial institution froze all of the victim’s accounts and would be investigating.  The victim was advised of how to obtain a Police report for their records. 

Vehicle Theft – Franklin Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a stolen motorcycle.  The victim stated that they parked their bike on the south side of the building with a black cover on it.  A vehicle was heard “pealing out of the parking lot” when the gray 2016 Yamaha motorcycle was found missing.  The Detective Bureau was advised and will be furthering the investigation.

Property Damage – Gonnelli Street -  Emergency responders arrived to the area during a furious wind & rain storm in regards to tree limbs that fell from a nearby tree causing damage to three vehicles parked in the vicinity.  The fallen tree limb caused damage to the front end of the first vehicle and broke the passenger side mirror off the frame.  The second vehicle had a fallen tree limb land on the roof causing it to collapse and break the back windshield.  

The third vehicle had a tree limb fall on the roof and front end of the car and causing the front windshield to crack.  Insurance information was gathered for all three vehicles and everyone was advised on how to obtain a copy of the reports for their records.

Property Damage – Highfield Lane – Nutley Fire and Police responded to the area regarding a large tree limb that fell on the front property of a residence, and a parked vehicle in the roadway.  The limb also pulled multiple utility wires on the ground, parked vehicle, and the roadway.  The wires were found to be live and the area was taped off due to it being unsafe.  An Officer was posted to the scene for traffic control.  The residents were advised of the situation and advised to remain in their homes for safety precautions.  The homeowner and vehicle owner were advised of how to obtain a copy of the report for their records.  No further action.

Property Damage – Brookfield Avenue – A tree limb fell in the area causing damage to the front end of the homeowner’s Honda, gutter, and several pavers located on the front lawn.  The victim was advised to contact their homeowner’s insurance and their responsibility for the removal of the limb. 

Property Damage – North Road – Nutley Fire and Police responded to the home and observed a large limb that had fractured off a tree causing numerous wires to be removed from the home and falling onto the property and roadway.  The wires were live and unable to be moved until PSE&G responded.  The siding of the residence was damaged and the electric was off.  The neighbor’s home experienced some damage to their siding and the electrical service box was ripped slightly off the siding.  Their power was never lost.  The area was taped off for safety purposes and an Officer was assigned to monitor the traffic.  Both parties were advised of how to obtain a copy of the report for their records.

Property Damage – Stanley Avenue – A fallen tree from Alexander Avenue caused damage to the fencing of two neighboring properties.  Estimated damage was approximately $500 for one party and $5,000 for the other.  Both victims filed a report for documentation purposes.  Nothing further.

Property Damage – Alexander Avenue – Officers responded to the location regarding a tree down.  Upon arrival it was observed that the tree had fallen on the house piercing through the roof causing water to enter the home.  Unknown the amount of damage that was caused.  The family turned to power off to the home and vacated the premises.  Code Enforcement was notified. 

Property Damage – High Street – Two homes suffered external damage from a backyard neighboring tree that fell during the severe thunderstorm.  The tree fell through the fence, crushed two cars, a section of fence and a lawnmower. Officers observed the tree had destroyed two sections of fence before it came to rest on top of the two vehicles.  The second home received damage to their fence, moved their shed, and destroyed an ornamental tree.  Due to the severity of the storm contact could not be made with the backyard neighbor.  No further information at this time.

Property Damage – Passaic Avenue – While traveling south on Passaic Avenue during the severe weather, a large tree limb struck the vehicle causing damage to the roof, windshield and hood.  The tree appeared to be Township owned. 

Wire Down – New Street – Response was made with Nutley Fire and Officers on a report of a tree down.  Upon arrival they observed a large tree which fell from the curb line onto the top of the home.  The tree also took down multiple power lines and snapped the utility pole at the corner of New St. and Speer Pl. causing power outages.  Contact was able to be made with the homeowner who was advised to shelter in place while FD and Police evaluated the scene.  The home was deemed structurally sound by Nutley FD and the residents were advised to stay inside or make arrangements to stay with family until power was restored.  The entire area was cordoned off and Officers remained on scene until PSE&G arrived on scene and began restoration procedures. 

Tree Limb Down – North Spring Garden – Response was made to the location where the property owner stated a tree limb from across the street struck their house causing visible damage to a section of rain gutter and their stockade fence.  The tree came across School Lane and appears to be a town of Nutley tree. No further information at this time.

Property Damage – Beech Street -   The resident stated that during a severe thunderstorm with heavy wind a large tree from the neighboring property fell into their driveway causing damage to three vehicles. The owner of the neighboring property was on scene and fully aware of the situation.  Vehicle 1 suffered extensive damage to the roof and front portion of the vehicle.  Car #2’s roof and rear of vehicle were damaged extensively, and auto 3 suffered minor damage.   The caller is the registered owner of all of the aforementioned vehicles, and was in the process of making notification to their insurance company, and was advised of how to acquire a copy of the report.

5/16/18

Theft – Hillside Avenue – Response was made to the area regarding a package that was taken from the front porch of the residence.  The victim stated they left the package outside for the mailman to mail and when they returned to put the letter on the package, it was gone.  A canvass of the neighborhood was negative for any leads.

5/17/18

Motor Vehicle Investigation – Crestwood Avenue – An investigation was initiated with a party who was found slumped over the steering wheel of a parked vehicle.  Christopher Liloia, 29, of Belleville, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  He was charged with Failure to surrender envelopes with suspected CDS, a Disorderly Person’s Offense, which was placed on complaint summons.  Mr. Liloia was advised of his Court date and released. 

Property Damage – Mountainview Avenue – Officers responded to the area regarding a large tree limb that had fallen from the rear yard of a neighboring home causing damage to the roof of the others garage.  The homeowner of the neighboring property was advised of the incident.

Tree Limb Down – Nutley Avenue -  response was made to the area regarding a hazardous private tree that fell towards the street hanging over the utility wires with the roots ripped out of the ground.  The area was caution taped off and the road closed off for safety.  The homeowner was contacted and stated that a tree service was supposed to remove the tree but due to the rain needed to reschedule for the following day.  The tree service was contacted and confirmed the tree will be removed the following day and the Parks Department was contacted and advised that due to the emergent situation a permit was not needed and approval was given to the tree service to proceed.

5/18/18

Motor Vehicle Stop – Centre Street – A party was found asleep at the wheel of their vehicle while at the stop light.  The driver, Ashley Silverstein, 24, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident.  She was issued traffic offenses for Driving While Intoxicated.  Ms. Silverstein was released from custody with her mandatory Court date.

Theft – Vincent Place – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a theft.  The victim stated that when they got dropped off to school they noticed a phone next to the rear tire of their vehicle.  At the time the victim didn’t think it was their phone because it is usually in their backpack.  While picking up the phone a man, who appeared to be in their thirties, about 5’ 9”, wearing a black t-shirt, black sweatpants, with short black hair approached them and stated that they just dropped their phone and was coming back to pick it up.  The victim gave the actor the phone and later realized it was their phone.  Police responded where the actor was last seen but could not locate the male party.  The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident.