On February 13, 2017, Officers responded to an Essex Road residence on a report of a burglary to an automobile. The victim reported that during the overnight hours someone had entered his unlocked vehicle while it was parked in his driveway. The actor removed a container with loose change and a pair of gloves. Residents are again reminded to remove key fobs and lock all vehicles parked in driveways.
On February 14, 2017 at 8:03 a.m., Police and Fire Departments responded to the Meadowbrook Garden Apartments for a carbon monoxide alarm activation. The fire department conducted tests of the air in the affected units. The tests revealed excessive levels of carbon monoxide. The units were ventilated and PSE&G responded to assist in determining the source of the CO. A boiler unit that supplies heat and hot water was determined to be the cause. The unit was shut down until repairs could be made. The Cedar Grove Building Department, NJ State Division of Fire Safety and NJ State Division of Housing responded to investigate the incident.
On February 14, 2017, a resident contacted police after she believed that she was the victim of a fraud. She had received a fraudulent letter advising her that someone had attempted to open a Kohl’s credit card in her name. She called the sender as requested in the letter to resolve the matter. She was asked to provide personal information and became suspicious. It was later determined that the letter was fraudulent and not sent by Kohl’s Department Stores. Residents should use caution before providing personal information over the phone and report any suspicious incidents to police.
On February 15, 2017 at 3:09 p.m., Officer Christopher Heck stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The 24 year old male operator was arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
On February 16, 2017 at 3:48 p.m. Officer Carolyn Zajack stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation. It was determined that the 29 year old male operator had two outstanding traffic warrants. He was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. He posted the required bail and was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
On February 16, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. Officer Joseph Johnson conducted a random license plate check on a passing vehicle. The inquiry revealed that the vehicle owner was wanted on an outstanding traffic warrant. He stopped the vehicle after identifying an occupant of the vehicle as the wanted person. The wanted person, a 49 year old male, was arrested and taken to police headquarters. He posted the required bail and was released.
On February 18, 2017 at 12:13 a.m. Lieutenant Francis Pumphrey investigated an occupied vehicle parked in Mill’s Reservation after the park was closed. His investigation resulted in the arrest of the 19 year old male operator for possession of CDS (marijuana). The subject was processed at police headquarters 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. All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.