South Orange Police Blotter as of Dec. 31

Robbery - A Newark resident reported that he was robbed on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at approximately 4:35 p.m., while he was walking on South Orange Ave. near Ward Place. An unknown actor, driving a red car approached the victim and asked to use his cell phone. When the victim leaned into open window of the vehicle to give assistance, the actor grabbed his phone and drove away heading east on South Orange Ave. into Newark. The victim held onto the vehicle and was dragged for several feet before letting go. The victim suffered cuts and scratches to his hands and was provided medical attention by the rescue squad. The victim described the actor as a dark skinned, 30 year old, black male with a full beard who was wearing a black knit cap and a dark hoodie. The vehicle is described as a red, older model, 4 door sedan. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Robbery - A South Orange resident reported that he was robbed on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at approximately 5:10 p.m., while he was walking on Academy Street near Milligan Place. An unknown actor approached the victim and without warning, the actor punched the victim in the chest, which knocked him to the ground. The actor then grabbed the victim's cell phone and jumped into a white vehicle, which fled the scene heading south on Academy Street. The victim described the actor as a black male, 5' 9" in height, medium build, wearing red cargo pants, a grey baseball cap and a varsity style jacket (possibly blue). The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

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Disturbance - Adult Arrests - Joseph Bethune and Gyny Cuff, both 27 year old Newark residents, were arrested on Saturday, Dec. 23, at approximately 12:12 p.m. for robbery, weapon possession and other charges. Officers responded to Municipal Parking Lot # 9 for a disturbance call involving a knife.  After further investigation at the scene, officers determined that Bethune and Cuff were actually trying to rob the other couple and they were subsequently arrested. Officers transported the subjects to headquarters to be processed.  At headquarters, a records check also revealed active arrest warrants out of East Orange and  Newark for Cuff, as well as an active arrest warrant out of Newark for Bethune. Subjects were charged accordingly.

Burglary to Auto - A Mount Olive resident reported that sometime between 2 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., Monday Dec. 25, actor(s) unknown entered his vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of an East Clark residence and removed his wallet with his DL, credit cards, and other items inside.

Theft - A Turrell Ave. resident reported that sometime between 4:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 23, actor(s) unknown removed two packages that were confirmed delivered by US Postal Service.

Theft - A Centre St resident reported that sometime between between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 20, actor(s) unknown opened and removed several mens' clothing items from a shipping box that had been confirmed delivered at 1 p.m. There was an attempt to gain entry into her garage, but were unsuccessful. There was no damage to the garage and nothing else appeared to be missing.

Warrant Arrest - Devon Mungin, a 26 year old East Orange resident was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at approximately 12:05 a.m. for an outstanding arrest warrant out of East Orange. Officers stopped a white Mitsubishi for a motor vehicle violation on Wilden Place and during the motor vehicle stop, a records check revealed the active warrant. Officers arrested Mungin without further incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.