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March 27th – April 2, 2017

On March 27, 2017 at 5:03 p.m., Officers responded to a Second Avenue residence on a report of a theft. It was determined that two actors posing as utility workers diverted the victim’s attention. One told the resident he needed to inspect her electrical service and led her to the basement. The second actor went to the master bedroom and removed jewelry. The detective bureau is investigating.

On March 28, 2017 at 8:27 a.m., Ptl. Justin Westra responded to a Skytop Road address to investigate a fraud. The victim reported that a message on his computer said that it was infected with a virus and that he must call the displayed phone number. After calling he was advised to purchase $300 in iTunes gift cards and call back with the card serial numbers. The victim complied. After providing the numbers he was advised that the repair would cost additional money. Realizing that he was scammed he contacted the police. The matter remains under investigation.  

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On March 29, 2017 at 11:14 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. It was subsequently determined that the 31 year old male operator’s driving privileges were suspended. He was arrested and processed at police headquarters. His vehicle was also impounded for being uninsured. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 29, 2017 at 1:49 p.m., Sgt. Jason Wolfstirn investigated an attempted scam on a Mountain Ridge Drive resident. The elderly resident was contacted by a scammer requesting that she purchase $1,500 in gift cards. The scammer arranged to have a taxi respond to the victim’s residence to facilitate the purchase. Police were waiting for the taxi when it arrived. The detective bureau currently working with the taxi company to determine who requested the taxi.

On March 29, 2017 at 11:55 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Lynch stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. It was determined that the 22 year old female operator out of Orange had a suspended driver’s license. She was arrested and processed at police headquarters. She was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 30, 2017 at 12:15 a.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume stopped a vehicle for exceeding the posted speed limit on Pompton Avenue. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 26 year old male operator out of Kinnelon. It was determined that he was operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drugs. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 31, 2017 at 6:44 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. It was then determined that the 23 year old male operator out of Cedar Grove was driving a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested and processed at police headquarters. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 31, 2017 at 8:59 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella took a report of an attempted fraud from a township resident. The resident reported that he had texted intimate photographs to a female he met on an online dating site. A week later he was contacted by an unknown male demanding that he purchase $1,500 in gift cards and forward him the serial numbers. The caller threatened to forward the intimate photographs to the victim’s employer. The detective bureau is investigating.

On April 1, 2017 at 9:39 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a vehicle on Pompton Avenue after observing it being operator without its lamps illuminated. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a 23 year old male operator out of Verona for driving while intoxicated. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On April 2, 2017 at 1:20 a.m., Ptl. Nicole Witel stopped a motor vehicle for an improper turn. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 49 year old male operator out of New York. He was charged with possession of CDS (marijuana) and driving with a suspended license. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.  

*********All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. ********

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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