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South Orange Police Blotter: Robbery Reported on South Orange Avenue

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South Orange Police Blotter as of June 16

Robbery - An Alpha, NJ resident reported that he was robbed on Sunday, June 3, at approximately 12:30 a.m. while he was walking on South Orange Avenue near Scotland Road. The victim stated that he was approached by three unknown actors who punched him and knocked him to the ground. The actors then stole his cell phone and wallet before fleeing the scene in a white SUV.  The victim described the actors as three black males, all approximately 5'8"-5'9" in height in their early 20's. One of the actors was described as having short, dread-lock style hair. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Adult Arrest - Burglary - Ryan Clark-Barnett, a 20 year old Newark resident was arrested on Tuesday, June 5, at approximately 10:40 a.m. for burglary and theft. Detectives responded to East Orange Police where Clark-Barnett was being detained by on active NCIC arrest warrants out of South Orange. Detectives arrested Clark-Barnett and transported him to police headquarters for processing. Once at headquarters, Clark-Barnett gave Detectives a statement admitting his involvement in two recent commercial burglaries and detectives charged him accordingly.

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Adult Arrest - CDS - Alonte Bowman, a 25 year old Irvington resident, was arrested on Sunday, June 3, at approximately 9:26 a.m. for possession of CDS (marijuana). Officers observed an illegally parked and occupied vehicle on Wilden Place. The two occupants appeared to be sleeping and officers stopped to check their welfare. After further investigation, officers determined that the passenger (Bowman) was in possession of marijuana. Officers arrested Bowman without incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

Burglary - A business owner on West South Orange Avenue reported that sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and 9 a.m. Sunday, June 3, actor(s) unknown entered his business through a rear window and removed cash from the register as well as items from a cooler. Detectives responded to process the scene and are investigating the incident.  

Theft of Bicycle - A South Orange resident reported that sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6:50 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, actor(s) unknown stole his black, Iron Horse brand hybrid bicycle, which he had left locked and secured to the bike rack at the South Orange Train Station on Sloan Street.

Theft of Bicycle - A South Orange resident reported that sometime between 9 a.m. and 7:45 p.m., Tuesday June 12, actor(s) unknown stole his dark green, Torelli brand bicycle, which he had left locked and secured to the bike rack at the South Orange Train Station on Sloan Street.

Adult Arrest - Shoplifting - Henry Rodriguez, a 55 year old Newark resident was arrested on Tuesday, June 12, at approximately 4:53 p.m. for shoplifting. Officers responded to the Stop & Shop on Valley Street where store security had detained a subject (Rodriguez) who had attempted to steal store merchandise.  Officers arrested Rodriguez without further incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.  

Burglary to Auto - A Hamilton Road resident reported that between 10 p.m., Sunday, June 10, and 11 a.m., Monday, June 11, actor(s) unknown entered his unlocked vehicle, rummaged through the interior and stole a Lenova laptop computer. The car was parked in the driveway at the time.

Burglary/Theft - A Ward Place resident reported that sometime between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., Wednesday June 6, actor(s) unknown entered his residence, which he shares with several others and removed his Apple Macbook laptop and charger from his room. No other items appear to have been taken at this time. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident further.

Theft - An employee of the Delta Gas Station on Irvington Avenue reported a theft of gasoline on Wednesday, June 6, at approximately 10:00 a.m. The employee stated that a black male driving a navy blue vehicle had received $20 in gas and then sped off without paying for it. The vehicle was last seen heading west on Irvington Avenue. There is no further description at this time and the incident is being investigated further.

Criminal Mischief - A Securitas employee, who works at Seton Hall University reported that at approximately 3:15 a.m., Thursday, June 7, an unknown actor in a black BMW sedan threw a large stone through the rear window of the vehicle he was driving (Nissan Rogue), while he was stopped at the red light at South Orange Avenue and Riggs Place. The black BMW then fled the scene and headed east on South Orange Avenue. SOPD units searched the area but could not locate the vehicle. 

Criminal Mischief - A Kingman Road resident reported that at approximately 11 p.m. on Monday, June 4, actor(s) unknown damaged the driver's side door of her vehicle in an attempt to enter the vehicle. Due to the vehicle's alarm sounding, the actors were unable to gain entry and they fled the scene. Upon arrival, officers searched the area but could not locate the actors.

Warrant Arrest - Travis Smith, a 38 year old Irvington resident was arrested on Wednesday, June 6, at approximately 10:50 a.m. for multiple warrants out of Irvington and Lyndhurst. Officers stopped a vehicle (white Chevy van) at the intersection of South Orange Avenue and South Kingman Road that was suspected of removing used cooking oil from a South Orange merchant. During the on-scene investigation, a records check revealed the outstanding warrants for Smith, a passenger in the vehicle. Officers arrested Smith without further incident and transported him to headquarters, where he was processed accordingly. Officers impounded the vehicle, which was unregistered and issued summonses to the vehicle's driver and registered owner, who was then sent on his way.

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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