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Police Blotter: Claims of Theft, Fraud, Shoplifting and More Reported to West Orange Police


WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department recently received the following reports of theft, fraud, shoplifting, use of counterfeit bills, burglaries to vehicles and more:

On Nov. 17, a Mountain Way man reported his debit card was fraudently used for purchases of $855.93 at a Secaucus Walmart. An attempted transaction for $19.50 at an unknown Mc Donald’s was declined. The man also reported a replacement card he was told was mailed by the bank was not received.

On Nov. 18, police responded to a Prospect Avenue store on a report of shoplifting. According to a store manager, an employee reported that she may have observed a man steal a bottle of vodka on Nov. 17 around 7:30 p.m. Surveillance video shows the man place a one liter bottle of Belvedere Vodka in the back of his pants and cover it with his jacket. Video also shows the man appears to grab a 50 ml combo pack of Patron on his way out.

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On Nov. 19, a Main Street eatery reported two women ordered $53.38 in food then left without paying their bill. One of the women, said the waitress, told her that the other was in the bathroom around 4:17 p.m. However, the woman left as the waitress tended to other customers.

On Nov. 22, a Northfield Avenue gas station employee reported a customer tried to use a fake $100 bill at 12:08 p.m. on Nov. 19. The subject, who attempted to pay for $10 in gas, fled when the bill was determined to be a fake.

On Nov. 19, a man reported that someone broke into his white Ford E-250. The man says he parked the car on Whittlesey Avenue on Nov. 18 around 4 p.m. and returned the next day to find the passenger door unlocked. The man estimates more than $300 in valuables were removed from the vehicle.

On Nov. 22, a Koewing Place resident reported that her rear passenger side tire was damaged while parked in her driveway.

On Nov. 22, a Lapis Circle resident reported his personal belongings were stolen from the front of his house. The incident occurred sometime after 4 p.m., when home’s female placed the man’s belongings curbside. The woman assumed the man had picked up his belongings. The missing items total $1,000, including the subject’s birth certificate.

On Nov. 22, a Manger Road resident reported theft of property from her 2013 White Chevy Equinox. The resident stated she left the vehicle parked in her driveway sometime after 1 p.m. with the front side window partially opened. She returned sometime before 11 p.m. to find approximately $21 in items removed from the vehicle.

On Nov. 23, a Ralph Road resident reported theft of property from her 2015 Jeep Patriot. The woman stated she left the vehicle parked in her driveway on Nov. 22 sometime around 10 p.m. She says an envelope with approximately $90 was removed from the vehicle.

On Nov 26, a Westminster Terrace resident reported that her 2008 Acura was burglarized. The resident says incident took place on Nov. 25 sometime before10 a.m. The subject said she is unsure if the vehicle was left unlocked.

On Nov. 27, a woman reported a car parked in the driveway of a Bakley Terrace residence was now missing. The complainant said she is unsure if the vehicle was left unlocked.

On Nov. 27, a Hooper Street resident reported that a large package of his personal items delivered by FedEx on Nov. 22 was missing. The man says the missing items total more than $3,700.

On Nov. 27, a Marmon Terrace resident reported that the credit agencies alerted him that someone in Georgia had used his identity to open a cable account and get medical treatment totaling more the $370.

On Nov. 28, a woman reported that her front and rear driver-side tires were slashed while parked on Liberty Street.

On Nov. 29, a Burnett Terrace resident reported a credit card mailed to the residence but never received was used to make $1907.08 in fraudulent charges.

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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