REMINDER: LOCK YOUR VEHICLES
Anyone who has information regarding any crimes can send a (non-emergent) Tip Anonymously by texting CRIMES starting message with NPDTIP or log into www.tipsoft.com and search Nutley
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.
If you sell any item/s on the internet, DO NOT accept a check for more than the item was agreed to be sold. DO NOT deposit checks that have instructions to send a portion of that check to another location. The checks are fraudulent and you WILL lose money from your account.
Suspicious Incident – Satterthwaite Avenue - Officers responded regarding a call of a male wearing a reflective road vest, carrying a glow stick style flashlight, walking around the driveway of the home. When the party saw the caller they walked off heading east. The perimeter of the home and surrounding area were checked with negative results on the suspicious male. Homeowner was advised of the findings.
Dispute – Franklin Avenue – Patrol units were directed to the scene of a dispute within a business. A Cellular store employee and customer engaged in a dispute of the cost of a cell phone repair. Police arrived all information was exchanged to the customer who understood and left the store.
Theft from Vehicle – Roosevelt Street – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a stolen wallet. The victim stated that they parked their vehicle and when they returned to it the wallet was missing. The vehicle was left unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry. The victim drove the vehicle multiple times since the incident and reported the incident to assist in the replacement of their driver’s license. Detective Bureau was notified. Nothing further at this time.
Suspicious Incident – Bloomfield Avenue – Patrol units were directed to the area of Nichols Park adjacent to the waterfalls and along the Bloomfield Avenue property. Observed was graffiti on the wall “Let Art Live and Chill” including a face to the right. The graffiti was photographed and entered into evidence. Nutley Parks and Recreation was advised of the incident. No further information at this time.
Property Damage – North Road – Dispatch directed Officers to the area regarding a report of property damage. The victim stated that several tree limbs fell from the tree near their driveway and landed on their vehicle causing damage to the front windshield as well as several dents and scratches across the top side of the passenger side. The Parks Department was contacted and arrived on scene for clean-up and removal due to it being a Township tree that caused the damage.
Motor Vehicle Theft – Harrison Street – Officers responded to the area regarding a call of a motor vehicle theft. The victim stated that they parked and locked their vehicle in their assigned parking space at their complex and when they returned this morning their vehicle was missing. The victim was in possession of all sets of keys belonging to the van and there were no signs of broken glass in and around the parking spot. The vehicle was entered as stolen in the database and the Detective Bureau was notified of the incident and located vehicle the following day in Irvington. Two men inside the vehicle were charged with receiving stolen property.
Property Lost – Bayard Street - Response was made to the area regarding a missing license plate. The victim stated that when they approached their vehicle this morning they noticed the front license plate had gone missing and appeared to be ripped off the front bumper. The victim was advised to return the rear bumper plate to motor vehicle, advise them of the incident, and request new plates so the old plate can be entered stolen in the system.
Fraud - Headquarters received a walk in report of identity theft. The victim stated that they received a call from an Officer that had an Indian accent. A woman then took over the call and explained that the victim had a warrant out of Texas for $6,000.00 and they would have to come down to Headquarters where they would be placed under arrest and transported to Texas or they could just wire the money. At that point the victim gave the caller their social security number, and at that point realized the call might be a scam. The caller was put on hold and the victim responded to Nutley Headquarters where Officers verified that the call was indeed a scam. The victim opted to enter themselves into the Identity Theft database.
Criminal Mischief – Passaic Avenue – Patrol units responded to the area where they were met by the caller who stated that they observed 3 male juveniles, that ripped an inflatable Halloween decoration off of its air pump and fled south into Belleville. Officers spoke with the owner and informed them of the incident. The decoration was valued at $25.00. The area was checked with negative results, should the suspects be identified, they had the right to file a complaint with the Nutley Municipal Court.
Motor Vehicle Theft – Park Avenue – The victim contacted Police to report that their vehicle was missing from its assigned parking spot. The owner was in possession of the key and believed they locked the vehicle when it was parked. Officers checked the parking lot with negative results and entered the vehicle stolen in the system. The Detective Bureau was notified and responded to the scene to take over the investigation. Police were able to ascertain the identity of the person who took the vehicle and found them to be an associate of the victim, who took the vehicle without permission. The vehicle was returned the following day along with the keys.
Suspicious Person – Rutgers Place – Officers responded to the area of Kingsland Park on a report of a suspicious person sleeping in the park. Which showed a wanted person out of Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department, California. Nutley units contacted Mendocino County regarding the party in custody who confirmed the want. Aaron Wojciechowski, 26, homeless with a last known address of California, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident. A search incident to arrest found some pills in possession that did not have a valid prescription. Mr. Wojciechowski was charged with Failure to Make Lawful Disposition of CDS, which was placed on a summons. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Officers called and confirmed that they would be extraditing Mr. Wojciechowski back to California. He was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility to await extradition.
Defiant Trespass – Passaic Avenue – The manager of a local business called dispatch stating that someone was at their establishment that has been told by Police they were no longer welcome. Upon arrival, Officers saw the party and placed Shaking Davis, 28, homeless, under arrest and transported him to Headquarters without incident. He was charged with Defiant Trespass, a Disorderly Person’s Offense, which was placed on a summons and released from custody.
Suspicious Incident – Headquarters received a report regarding a suspicious phone call. The victim stated they received a call from an unknown actor/s who stated their name was Brian. The actor/s had an accent and told the victim: “Your father hit our car at a gas station and we are illegals who are fugitives. Your father was calling Police so we held a pistol to his head and threw him in the car. We took him to our house and put him in the basement. We tried to get him to cooperate but he wouldn't".
While on the phone there were other unidentified men with accents speaking into the phone who asked for at least $900 for the $15,000 of damage caused by the accident. They didn’t ask for a money transfer but did mention that the money would come from the victim’s insurance. The actor/s had a recording of her father calling her name twice which made it appear that the father was with the actor/s. The victim hung up the phone and made contact with their dad who told them that he too received a call but the actor/s stated to the father that they had the daughter. The caller’s phone number was blocked and could not be given to Officers. They advised the victim of their right to file a complaint upon the identity of the suspects.