January 29, 2018 – February 4, 2018

On January 30, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., Ptl. Joseph Russomanno took a report of a theft of backup batteries from the AT&T cell tower at 89 Pompton Avenue. A total of eight batteries valued at $400 each were taken from the facility. The incident remains under investigation.

On January 30, 2018 at 2:50 p.m., officers responded to Nicholas Markets Foodtown at 597 Pompton Avenue for a shoplifting in progress. Officers were able to stop and arrest the suspect as he attempted to flee in a motor vehicle. It was determined that Richard Burwell, a 48 year old male from East Orange, had shoplifted merchandise from Foodtown and was in possession of a large quantity of merchandise shoplifted from stores outside this jurisdiction. Mr. Burwell was also suspect in a previous shoplifting at Foodtown and was wanted by numerous jurisdictions for shoplifting offenses. He was charged with shoplifting and receiving stolen property. He was turned over to Morris County Sheriff’s Detectives who transported him to the Morris County Jail.

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On January 31, 2018 at 12:12 a.m., Ptl. Anthony Cardona stopped a vehicle with an inoperable center brake lamp and tinted windows. It was determined that the 21 year old female operator from Lodi was driving with a suspended license. She was arrested processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On January 31, at 12:52 p.m., officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Devonshire Road South. While in route to the scene they were advised that a second caller reported that two suspicious males had been in his home. It was determined that unknown actors approached the homeowner and presented false identification identifying themselves as utility workers. They requested to test house water supply. They homeowner allowed them in and became suspicious when they quickly left the residence. It was determined that the first actor distracted the homeowner in one part of the home while a second actor entered the master bedroom. The actors were last seen fleeing the area in a newer model black Nissan Titan pickup truck. The incident remains under investigation by the detective bureau. Residents should be suspicious of anyone requesting access to their homes. They should contact the police if they believe something is suspicious.

On January 31, 2018 at 8:48 p.m., Ptl. Anthony Grigolo stopped a vehicle after it made an unsafe lane change. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 37 year old female operator from Newark for driving with a suspended license. She was arrested processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On February 1, 2018 at 5:29 p.m., officers responded to the scene of a single car motor vehicle crash on Ridge Road. Arriving officers found the operator, a 27 year old female from Cedar Grove, unconscious in the driver’s seat. The operator, who had regained consciousness, was found to be in possession of heroin and admitted to ingesting it prior to operating the vehicle. She submitted to field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested for driving while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug. She was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On February 2, 2018 at 8:21 p.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume stopped a vehicle with a bracket obstructing the view of the rear license plate. A subsequent investigation revealed that the 35 year old male operator from Newark was driving with a suspended license. He was arrested processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On February 4, 2018 at 1:28 a.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas stopped a vehicle for speeding along Pompton Avenue. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 25 year old female operator from Union for driving while intoxicated. She was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.  

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