Police & Fire

West Orange Police Investigate Multiple Incidents of Theft & More


WEST ORANGE, NJ — A Whittlesey Avenue resident learned last week that a thief swiped a package with $200 worth of merchandise from his front porch, according to a police report.

The suspect did not realize, however, that somebody took two photographs of him in the act, according to police.

The alleged thief is between 25 and 44 years old, according to police, and was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans at the time. He loitered in the driveway for a minute or two, removed the package from an open front porch, tried to conceal the package under his tank top and ran south on Whittlesey Avenue toward Washington Street.

Sign Up for E-News

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 973-325-4020.

Meanwhile, on Watson Avenue, a homeowner reported that a $400 television was taken by burglar last week, after the homeowner’s mother startled him, a police report states.

The mother was upstairs sewing. The mother heard noises, came downstairs and screamed at the burglar, who ran out of the house, police said.

West Orange residents also reported to police the theft of three 10-ounce silver bars valued at $573.75 and a $341 Louis Vuitton purse taken from two different homes after they were delivered, according to police reports.

Residents also reported to police last week that their identities were used to set up Sprint phone and PayPal Credit accounts and try to open a Chase Bank Credit Card, according to police.

Chase sent a Carlson Road resident a letter on May 1, informing him that a $1,500 payment scheduled for April 22 was returned unpaid, according to police reports. The letter also lists information about another $9,800 in different cancelled transactions.

Meanwhile, PayPal sent a bill for $167.20 to a Northfield Avenue woman, contending that she owed that amount of money for American Airlines purchases she made, according to reports. But she reported to police that she did not make those purchases.

Another West Orange woman received a phone call from a bill collector on May 1, telling her she owed Sprint $609.33 for an account she set up in February. Four Apple iPhone 7’s were delivered to her address on Lessing Road, where an unknown person was waiting March 13 to sign for the phones, according to police reports.

Good news came for a resident whose red 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK350, valued at $15,000, that was stolen in Newark on June 7 was recovered abandoned on May 2.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Free Flavors Soft Serve Ice Cream (Jr. Cup or Cone) With Coupon

May 23, 2018

Fairfield, NJ - Flavors Homemade Ice Cream is offering a FREE soft serve ice cream (jr. cup or cone) when you spend $10 or more with coupon.

Flavors Homemade Is located at 653 Rt 46 West (1.98 mi) in Fairfield, New Jersey 07004 next to Jose Tejas.

*Homemade Ice Cream

*Italian Ice


*Fresh waffles 

*ice ...

Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, May 28, 10:00 AM

Township Hall, West Orange

2018 Memorial Day Observance

Community Calendar


Mon, May 28, 8:00 PM

West Orange High School, West Orange

Board of Education Meeting

Community Calendar Education


Tue, May 29

Essex County

Primary – Vote by Mail deadline

Clarifying Points Made in Article About WOHS Air Quality Issues

May 14, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I am the advisor to West Orange High School's student newspaper, The Pioneer. My Editor-in-Chief, Anna Favetta, is the student who researched the topic and wrote the article bringing this issue to light. She worked on the article for 4 months before she had adequate and proper information for it to go to print. 

An article on the BOE presentation of the ...

What It Means to Me - A Baseball Story

We are all in amazement of the dedication and talent of our young West Orange athletes. One of the goals of our youth sports programs is to develop our players so they are ready for high school and are prepared for success at that next level of play. Throughout the course of the year we will be featuring some of our talented young athletes and coaches. This week we have the perspective of ...

West Orange On Three!

The spring season is in full swing, and we are excited to debut this new column focusing on all things youth sports!  We thought we would kick things off with an overview of the programs West Orange has to offer, and then go behind the scenes to see what makes youth sports tick.

West Orange Police Athletic League (PAL) and Mountain Top League (MTL), together with the West Orange ...

Summer 2018 Events at the West Orange Public Library

May 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beginning in June, the West Orange Public Library will offer the following events for area residents of all ages:

Dinosaurs’ Rock!                                             

Monday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.

Field Station Dinosaur visits with the ...

10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Receives Donation from Randolph Hockey Family

May 21, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ — While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real-life battles off the ice, there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the members of the Randolph varsity hockey team, when they came together to ...

A Royal Pain

I went to a big wedding over the weekend.  It was in England.

I like to think I was invited, but according to the Royal Guards and the Thames Valley Police I was not.  But more about that later.

You see, not too long ago I received an evite addressed to me from H&M@royalwedbot.co.uk.  Curiously, it was in my spam folder with a warning message. For an evite it was pretty ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...