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Car Reported Stolen Friday from Essex County Country Club and More From TAP into West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ—A Long Valley resident reported to township police that his 2014 Toyota Corolla was stolen from a parking lot of the Essex County Country Club sometime between the morning and the afternoon on August 19.

According to the victim, a number of items were in the car, including men’s golf clothing, children’s clothing, golf clubs and shoes, a child’s car seat, several pairs of sunglasses, golf rain gear, a check book, a pro shop key, a bottle containing prescription medication and a G Shock Watch.

The Long Valley resident also reported the vehicle contained a valet key that was in the glove box and the only other key was in his possession. The car windows were open slightly but there were not signs of broken glass on the vehicle.

Other incidents reported included:

  • Gerald Williams of Orange was charged with shoplifting on Friday after Patrolman Michael Delplato observed him leaving the Rite Aid on Main Street with a white garbage bag that later was found to contain Craig headphones and a Craig windshield mount, A Rite Aid employee told police Williams had put the items into the garbage bag and run out of the store, apparently without paying for the items.
  • A Gregory Avenue resident reported a wallet containing his Social Security card, a New Jersey driver’s license and debit and credit cards were stolen from his 2016 Jeep Wrangler in his driveway between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
  • Township police went to the home of Ahmed Attia of North Bergen because his vehicle was seen leaving the Shoprite in Essex Green Plaza after a shoplifting on Thursday. They were unable to locate Attia.
  • Officer James Urso reported on Thursday the discovery near the front of the Washington Mini Mart on Watchung Avenue of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee that apparently had been stolen. The back end of the car was partially in the lane of travel, the driver’s side window was down, there was front end damage, the passenger side window had been popped out and the ignition cylinder was taken out and found in the center console. Just as the vehicle was being towed headquarters informed the officers on the scene that its owner had reported it stolen.
  • On Aug. 17 a resident reported theft of $200 and a credit card from the console of her vehicle.
  • Personnel at the Rite Aid store at 262 Main Street reported the shoplifting of several baby items on Wednesday evening.
  • Township police charged Sean Banan Street of West Orange with several counts of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, distribution of controlled dangerous substances, heroine and cocaine and careless driving on Wednesday after they reportedly saw him conducting a drug transaction and leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.
  • Police reported a possible fraud on Wednesday after a store employee reported someone called a township store, identified himself as “7 Eleven Tech Support” and asked the employee to activate a GreenDot Mastercard account and place $495.50 into the account. The employee reported the call because he was skeptical of the transaction. He did not provide the caller with the number of the account. Although the employee told police the card still was physically in the store, a call to GreenDot verified the funds had been depleted although the organization had no information about the time or location at which the card was used. Police will review the store’s video footage of the call.
  • Between Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, a bicycle was reported stolen from Ridgeview Avenue home and five Star-Ledger newspapers were reported stolen from a store at 208 Watchung Avenue.
  • Sometime between Aug.11 and Aug. 15 someone attempted to break into a Hillcrest Avenue home while the residents were on vacation. The suspect apparently pushed in some semi-circular glass doors on the home to gain entry. Nothing seemed to be missing from the home.
  • On Tuesday, a resident of High Street reported someone three a glass bottle containing liquid at his bedroom window and the bottle shattered the glass on the window and damaged the screen.
  • A Sayres Place resident reported that he believed, that sometime between the evenings of Aug. 14 and 15, several items of clothing were taken from his basement laundry. Two black males on a pink bicycle carrying a black bag were seen near the scene of the possible burglary.
  • An employee of AMP Financial Services on Harrison Avenue reported that, between the evening of Aug. 12 and the morning of Aug. 13, someone broke into the business and took approximately $600 in cash from a desk drawer.
  • Noaha S. Dean of Bloomfield was arrested on Aug. 16 in connected with an Aug. 12 incident during which several people were seen ripping up the infield and outfield grass at Colgate Park with dirt bikes.
  • A Glenview Drive resident that someone punctured two tires on her vehicle that had been parked at the home on the evening of Aug. 11.
  • On Aug. 11 Jonathan Crawford of West Orange was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled, dangerous substance and failure to make repairs to a motor vehicle in the area of the Washington Street/Orange border.

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