WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department reported the following incidents in March, including a suspected armed bank robbery, several warrant arrests and more.

Bank Robbery:

Police responded to the TD Bank on Pleasant Valley Way on March 11 on a report of a bank robbery. According to police, a teller stated upon arrival that some unknown male passed her three deposit slips with a note that read, “I have a gun. Give me all the $50s and $100s and no one will get hurt.”

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Police said the teller handed the white/Hispanic male on dye pack in a plastic bag (includes $100 real money) and approximately $1350 in unknown denominations. The man then placed the money inside his pants pocket and left through the front ATM door and disappeared from sight. Three witnesses did not notice the robbery, according to police, and a check of the area had negative results for the actor or anything of evidential value.

Theft of Motor Vehicle:

Sometime between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 17, some unknown actor(s) removed a red 1999 Ford Van from its location parked curbside on William Street, according to police. The victim reported that the vehicle was locked and that she was in possession of the only key.

Inside the vehicle at the time it was stolen were numerous paintbrushes, tarps, paint buckets, various nail guns, and several industrial vacuums. There were also two 24-foot folding ladders mounted on the roof of the vehicle. According to police, the victim estimates the value of stolen items at $7000.

DWI Arrest:

A motor vehicle crash turned into a DWI (driving under the influence of alcohol) arrest on March 17 when police responded to the intersection of Forest Street/South Valley Road and Rollinson Street on a report of a two-car accident in which Tajenarine Singh was found to be operating a Honda Odyssey while intoxicated.

While speaking to both parties, the second drive stated that she was stopped at the intersection due to another vehicle that had passed through the intersection when suddenly Singh struck the rear of her vehicle. In speaking with Singh, police said the odor of alcohol emanating from his breath grew stronger, began to slur and admitted to having two beers earlier that evening.

According to police, Singh asked the officer if he could urinate in the street/side of the road prior to completing a field sobriety test and continued to ask after the officer said he could not. Singh was not able to walk “heel to toe” and was unable to walk with both feet in a straight line. He was also not able to complete the “one leg stand” test to his fullest ability.

It was determined that, according to officers’ observations, Singh was still under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle and was arrested without incident. AN Alcotest resulted in a .14-percent blood-alcohol content (BAC).

The following motor vehicle summonses were issued to Singh: driving while intoxicated within 1000 feet of a school (Forest Street School), careless driving and improper display/unclear plates.

Warrant Arrests:

The following individuals were arrested on outstanding warrants in the Township of West Orange, according to West Orange Police Department:

Police responded on March 11 to an arrest warrant faxed from Paterson Police Department for terroristic threats. The defendant, Nicholas Williams, was taken into custody from his home, where his mother answered the door, and was transported to headquarters. A record check yielded an additional warrant in the amount of $600 out of Paterson.

Police responded to the East Orange Police Department on March 12 to arrest Daron Morgan on a West Orange warrant for resisting arrest. He was transported to headquarters, where he was processed without incident and ultimately transported to Essex County Jail.  

A motor vehicle stop turned into a warrant arrest on March 17 when an officer was patrolling the area of Washington and Main Street and observed a white Honda civic stopped at the red traffic signal and conducted a random plate check that revealed the registered owner to be suspended and an active warrant for the same. The driver, Devon Ali-Ramroop, was unable to provide his driver’s license and investigation revealed a warrant out of Livingston in the amount of $500. Livingston Police Department took custody of Ali-Ramroop, who was also issued a summons for driving after driver’s license/registration was suspended/revoked.

Police responded to the East Orange Police Department on March 21 to arrest Justin White on a West Orange warrant for theft by unlawful taking ($500). White was transported to police headquarters and processed and was ultimately transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.