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12:06 PM Officer Giovanni Desomma took a report of an unwanted person at a Bloomfield Avenue business. Employees of the business stated a male came into the store asking for free food and coffee. The employee advised that male that he would give him food for the day. The employee then told the male he was not allowed to come back into the store unless he could pay for his purchases. The male became irate and began cursing at the customers in the store. The male was located and spoken to by the officer. The male refused to provide any identifying information to the officers, advised not to return to the store, and sent on his way.


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12:44 AM Officer Brian McMahon stopped a cyclist who was swerving throughout the marked traffic lanes on Bloomfield Avenue. Upon checking the cyclist’s credentials active warrants were located from the Toms River and North Bergen Municipal Courts. The subject, Luis Perez Jr. of Verona was placed under arrest. While searching the subject, officers found that the subject was in possession of CDS. The subject was transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing Perez was issued several summonses, provided with new court dates for the warrants, and released.

10:49 AM D/Sgt Tim Banta took a report of attempted fraud from a Bloomfield Avenue business. The manager of the business reported that on Saturday a male entered the business and attempted to purchase a vehicle. The male only had a photocopy of a Texas driver’s license and wished to take immediate delivery of a vehicle. The manager did not complete the transaction at the time because he felt it was suspicious and wanted to speak to the police about the transaction. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the address the male provided did not match the Texas driver’s license and the picture of the male on the license did not match the individual at the business. The manager was advised to contact the police if the individual returns to the business.


4:59 PM Officer Joe Pami took a report of a larceny from a Hillcrest Terrace resident. The resident reported he advertised an item on Craigslist for $2,600. The resident received a check for the item and deposited it at his bank. At the time he did not notice the check was for more than the agreed upon amount. The buyer than contacted him and stated he overpaid and requested the resident returns the overpayment to him via a “Walmart 2 Walmart” transfer. Once the resident completed the Walmart transfer, the buyer advised the resident that he no longer needed the item. The resident then checked his bank account and discovered that the check he deposited from the purchase was declined. The resident then found out that the funds were removed from his account. When he contacted the bank the resident was advised that the bank would not reimburse the lost funds.


12:32 PM Officer Pami took custody of Thomas Tucci from Bloomfield Police Department on an outstanding warrant from the Verona Municipal Court. After processing, Tucci was transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark.


5:06 PM Officer Pami responded to a report of a dispute on West Lincoln Street between a taxi driver and a passenger. Officers spoke to both the driver and the passenger. It was then determined that the dispute was over the amount that the driver was charging for a trip from JFK Airport to Verona. After speaking with both parties they agreed on an amount and went on their way.


1:41 AM Officer McMahon conducted a check of an occupied motor vehicle in the parking lot of a business which was closed for the evening. Upon speaking to the operator of the vehicle, he appeared confused and could not explain how or why he arrived at the business. The Verona Rescue Squad was contacted and transported the individual to Mountainside Hospital for an evaluation.


7:39 PM Officer Robert Juliano took a report of a suspicious incident from an Otis Place resident. The resident reported that he had an aide coming to his home to assist a family member. On today’s date a substitute aide arrived at the residence as the regular aide was off. The resident reported he has various video cameras set up in his home that stream to his computer. The resident reported he observed the aide going through papers in the dining room. He then observed her take out a cell phone and began tapping it as if taking pictures. The resident reported he had papers on the table which contain personal information including a social security number. The resident contacted the agency where the aide is from and advised them of the incident. The owner of the agency advised the resident that they would look into the incident and in the meantime advised the resident to file a police report.

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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