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South Orange Police Blotter - Two Early Morning Robberies Reported


South Orange Police Blotter as of April 17

Robbery - A Milton Place resident reported that at approximately 2:32 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, she was robbed by an unknown actor as she exited from the front passenger seat of her friend's vehicle, after they had pulled into and parked in the driveway of her residence. The victim and witnesses described the actor as a black male, approximately 5'9" in height, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, all dark clothing and brandishing a black handgun. The actor stole the victim's purse (containing her wallet, identification, credit cards, cash, and a cell phone) and then got into a small, dark colored, SUV and fled south on Milton Place towards Varsity Rd. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Robbery - A Fords resident reported on Sunday, April 9, at approximately 3:43 a.m. that he was robbed of his cell phone while walking on Ward Pl. near Seton Hall University. The victim could not remember exactly what had occurred and did not see the actor(s). A witness stated that he observed two actors running away from the victim, who was lying on the ground at the time near the curb in front of the Ward Pl gate. The witness described both actors as tall and skinny, light-skinned black males, one of whom had a goatee and sideburns. The witness stated that he had last seen both actors running towards Wilden Place. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

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Theft / Purse Snatch - A West Orange resident reported that on Friday, April 7, at approximately 8 a.m., while she was waking near the intersection of West Montrose Ave. and Hillside Terr., a black SUV type vehicle with out of state plates, pulled over in front of her and the driver jumped out and grabbed her shoulder bag.  A brief struggle ensued and the actor raised his fist as if was going to throw a punch and the victim let go of the bag. The actor then ran back to the vehicle and fled west on West Montrose Ave. The victim described the actor as a heavy set black male in his late twenties, about 5'7" who was wearing a black puffy jacket, dark sweat pants, a black cap and a black scarf wrapped around his face. The victim was not physically injured during the incident and the bag contained a cell phone, identification, credit cards and other personal items. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident. 

Theft of Bicycle - A Tichenor Rd. resident reported that between 5:15 p.m. and 6:47 p.m. on Monday, April 10, his bicycle (Men's 21 speed, black & yellow, GNC road bike, with green handlebar tape) was stolen while it was securely locked in Municipal Lot # 9.

Adult Arrest - Burglary - Lavante Turner, a 25 year old Newark resident, was arrested on Tuesday, April 11, at approximately 8:03 a.m. for multiple counts of burglary. Officers responded to Kingman Rd on a call of a suspicious trespasser, described by the witness as a black male who was wearing a black baseball cap with red lettering and a grey sweatshirt. The witness stated the subject appeared to be looking into several vehicles in the neighborhood. Officers responded to the area, located the subject and stopped him on a nearby street in Newark. After further investigation, officers determined that the subject was the actor involved in the trespassing incident, as well as other recent burglary to autos in the area. Officers arrested Turner without further incident and transported him to headquarters where he gave detectives a statement in regards to several burglary to autos. He was then processed accordingly.

Burglary to Auto - A Wilden Place resident reported on Friday, April 7, at approximately 11:48 p.m., he observed an unknown actor rummaging through the inside of his friend's vehicle (2005 Toyota) while it was parked in the driveway. The victim described the actor as a black male in his late teens/early twenties, wearing a dark colored, puffy "Northface type" jacket. The victim called out to the actor and he subsequently fled the scene, heading east through the backyards. Nothing appeared to be taken from the vehicle and the detective bureau responded to investigate.

Burglary to Auto - A University Ct. resident reported that between 10 p.m., Friday, April 7, and 12:38 a.m., Saturday, April 8, actor(s) unknown entered his unlocked vehicle (2006 Jeep) while it was parked on Garfield Place. Nothing appeared to have been taken from the vehicle.

Burglary to Auto - A Ward Pl. resident reported that between 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, and 1 a.m., Thursday, April 13, actor(s) unknown entered her unlocked vehicle (2012 Hyundai), which was parked on the street and removed a wallet that contained cash, identification cards and numerous credit cards.

Criminal Mischief - On Saturday, April 8, at approximately 1:39 a.m., officers observed a vehicle parked in a driveway on Richmond Ave. with it's interior light on. Upon further investigation, officers determined that the vehicle had been burglarized. Officers were able to make contact with the owner, who checked his vehicle.  At the time of the report, it did not appear that anything was missing.

Adult Arrest - DWI - Emory Scipio, a 33 year old East Orange resident, was arrested on Saturday, April 8, at approximately midnight for DWI. Officers stropped Scipio, who was driving a 2001 Honda at the intersection of Valley St. and 2nd St. for a motor vehicle violation. After further investigation during the traffic stop, officers determined that Scipio was driving while under the influence. Officers arrested Scipio and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

Adult Arrest - DWI - Anisha Joseph, a 38 year old South Orange resident, was arrested on Friday, April 14, at approximately 1:32 a.m. for DWI. While on patrol on West South Orange Avenue, an officer observed a vehicle (2013 Infiniti) pass by him with heavy front end and passenger side damage, driving on its front rim as well as an apparently flat, passenger-side rear tire. Officers stopped the vehicle at South Orange Ave. and Briar Ct. and after further investigation during the traffic stop, officers determined that the driver was DWI. Officers arrested Joseph and transported her to headquarters where she was processed accordingly.  

Warrant Arrest - Hassan Foster, a 46 year old Newark resident, was arrested on Monday, April 10, at approximately 11:45 p.m. for an outstanding arrest warrant out of South Orange. Officers are familiar with Foster and were aware of the active warrant when they observed him walking on South Orange Ave. Officers arrested Foster without further incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

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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