January 11 - 17, 2016

On Monday, January 11 at 2:46 p.m., police responded to the CVS Pharmacy at 1041 Pompton Avenue on a report of a shoplifting.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of 23-year-old Ashley D. Steitz of Hewitt on a charge she secreted $217.21 worth of store merchandise in her purse and attempted to leave the store without paying before being stopped by store personnel.  In a search incident to arrest, Steitz was also found to be in possession of four (4) glassine envelopes containing the Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Heroin.  The defendant was processed on all charges and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on January 28, 2016.  Ptl. Christopher Heck and Sgt. Eileen O’Toole were the investigating officers.

On Tuesday, January 12 at 8:12 p.m., Ptl. Jason Wolfstirn initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  As the officer secured the operator’s credentials, he detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 31-year-old operator, Anthony P. Dellaterza of Bloomfield, after he was found to be in possession of CDS marijuana (under 50g).  The defendant was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance.

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On Wednesday, January 13 at 9:30 a.m., Ptl. Jose Rodriguez initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation.  Subsequent checks of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) computer revealed the operator’s NJ driving and registration privileges were under suspension.  The 26-year-old operator, Najee Jones of Orange, was arrested on the charges and transported to police headquarters for processing.  A check of the Automated Traffic System (ATS) revealed Jones was also wanted on outstanding warrants issued by the East Orange and Glen Ridge Courts.  The defendant was processed on all charges and turned over to the Glen Ridge Police on their warrant.

On Wednesday, January 13 at 12:38 p.m., Ptl. Robert Hectus initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing the operator talking on a cell phone while driving.  A subsequent investigation revealed the 39-year-old operator, Segundo O. Jachero-Romero of Morristown, was wanted on an outstanding criminal warrant issued by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.  It was also determined Jachero-Romero was operating the vehicle while his North Carolina driving privileges were under suspension.  The defendant was processed at police headquarters and turned over to Morris County authorities on their warrant. 

On Thursday, January 14 at 4:28 p.m., police responded to Pompton Avenue near Brunswick Road on a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a deer.  Investigation revealed the involved vehicle was traveling south on Pompton when the deer ran into the roadway resulting in a collision.  The vehicle, a 2015 Honda, sustained front-end damage and the deer was killed in the crash.  *  Due to the large deer population in the area, motorists are urged to use caution when operating near wooded areas, especially between dusk and dawn.  

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.