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Cedar Grove Police Blotter

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November 29 - December 4, 2016

On Tuesday, November 29th, at 11:35 p.m., Sgt. Jose Rodriguez initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 38 year-old vehicle passenger, Jeremy Pholwattna of Elizabeth, after it was determined he was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by Little Falls Municipal Court.  Pholwattna was processed at police headquarters and released after posting the required bail.

On Wednesday, November 30th, at 11:02 p.m., Ptl. Jason Rivers investigated a motor vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the 33 year-old operator of one of the involved vehicles, Rafael Rodriguez of Bloomfield, was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant issued by Woodland Park Municipal Court. Rodriguez was arrested, processed and released after posting bail.

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On Wednesday, November 30th, at 10:55 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the 26 year-old vehicle operator, Nazar Oudah of Little Falls, for operating a vehicle with a suspended license. Oudah was processed at police headquarters and released with a summons to appear in municipal court

On Thursday, December 1st, at 5:05 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 28 year-old vehicle operator, Michael Botrous of Cedar Grove, for possession of CDS marijuana. Botrous was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On Friday, December 2nd, at 9:37 p.m., officers responded to a report of shoplifting that had occurred earlier in the evening. Store employees reported that three actors shopping together approached the register to pay for their items. While the cashier was distracted by one of the actors, another exited the store with a cart full of items. Store employees were able to obtain a license plate of the vehicle they used and provide surveillance video of the incident. The detective bureau is investigating the theft.

On Friday, December 2nd, at 8:35 p.m., Ptl. Dominick Buscio initiated a motor vehicle stop for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 53 year-old passenger, William Neale of Verona, for possession of CDS marijuana as well as an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Neale was processed and released with a summons to appear in Superior Court.

Residents are advised to lock and alarm their vehicles when unattended and to secure all valuables.     

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.

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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