March 5 th – March 12, 2017

On March 6, 2017 detectives identified a suspect who committed a bank fraud against a township resident. The suspect used a fraudulent identification and counterfeit check to withdraw $2,600.00 from the victim’s bank account. Charges are pending.

On March 6, 2017 a resident reported fraudulent activity involving her PayPal account. The victim discovered more than $900.00 in fraudulent purchases charged to her PayPal account. The incident is under investigation by the detective bureau.

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On March 7, 2017 at 2:56 p.m., patrol officers responded to Staples on a report of a shoplifting. Officers stopped the suspect as she attempted to flee the scene in a taxi cab. She was found to be in possession of more than $400.00 in store merchandise. She was arrested, processed and transported to the Essex County Jail.

On March 7, 2017 at 8:41 p.m., patrol officers responded to the CVS at 1041 Pompton Avenue for a reported shoplifting. Arriving officers quickly located a male and female actor attempting to flee the scene in a taxi cab. Both actors were placed under arrest. Both were processed and issued summonses to appear in municipal court. The female was turned over to Clifton Police on an outstanding warrant.

On March 9, 2017 at 2:04 p.m., Ptl. Kristian Schneider responded to the Cedar Grove High School on a report of a theft. A student reported that $30.00 was removed from his backpack which was left in the boy’s locker room during a gym class. The incident remains under investigation.

On March 9, 2017 at 11:21 p.m., the Cedar Grove Police and Fire Departments responded to the Arbor Glen Nursing Center for a nurse entrapped in the metal linkage that raises and lowers the patient’s bed. The bed had collapsed on the nurse while she was trying lower it for a patient. Fire Department personnel had to cut the metal frame to extricate the nurse. The nurse was then transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital for treatment.

On March 10, 2017 at 4:21 p.m., Sgt. Jason Wolfstirn stopped a vehicle for careless driving on Pompton Avenue. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 20 year old male operator for possession of CDS (marijuana). He was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 10, 2017 at 7:03 p.m., Sgt. Jose Rodriguez stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. It was determined that the 26 year old male operator had a suspended driver’s license. He was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 11, 2017 at 3:25 p.m., Ptl. Dominick Buscio stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. It was subsequently determined that the 29 year old male operator’s driving privileges were suspended. He was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 11, 2017 at 7:11 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Lynch investigated a suspicious person walking along Pompton Avenue. The 23 year old male was subsequently arrested after it was determined that he had an outstanding warrant from the Cedar Grove Municipal Court. He was released after posting the required bail.

On March 11, 2017 at 11:02 p.m., Ptl. Dominick Buscio stopped a vehicle for an observed equipment violation. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a vehicle passenger for possession of CDS (marijuana). He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs. The police department telephone number is 973-239- 4100 and in case of emergency 9-1- 1. All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

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