Police & Fire

West Orange Police Respond to Multiple Reports of Burglary and Theft


WEST ORANGE, NJ – Burglaries taking place on Pillot Place, Highwood Road, Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Franklin Avenue were among the numerous crimes involving theft that were reported to West Orange police in early June. The major burglaries included:  

1. Patrol units were dispatched on June 13 to the area of Pillot Place on the report of a burglary from a motor vehicle. The officers were met by the reporting person, who was detaining a juvenile Hispanic male who had burglarized the victim’s 2016 Mercedes-Benz SUV.

According to police, the victim stated that $15 was removed from the driver-side door pocket of the vehicle. It was subsequently returned to her when she detained the defendant, according to the police report.

Sign Up for E-News

The defendant was reported to have fled east on Pillot Place toward Valley Road. The victim gave chase, caught the defendant and returned him to the scene. According to the report, the defendant returned the stolen money to the victim and apologized.

Police said there was another defendant on scene who served as a lookout for the defendant who stole the money. The lookout also fled. When he reappeared on Pillot Place on his bicycle, he was ordered to stop by an officer. This person proceeded to flee again, but was caught by police.

Both defendants were charged with burglary, theft and conspiracy, according to police. The one who fled a second time was also charged with obstruction. Police said the Juvenile-Aid Bureau will follow-up on this matter.

2. Officers responded to a report of an activated burglar alarm at a home on Highwood Road on June 9. An exterior check found that the front double doors on the east side of the structure were ajar, according to police.

Police also said that an interior check revealed that a second-floor door leading to the rear yard was open, and that a sliding glass door was unsecured. In the master bedroom, police found a pair of cufflinks on the floor and opened drawers in the walk-in closet.

The homeowner was contacted. According to police, he stated that all the doors were secured when he left the house.

According to the police report, the items reported missing were two Longines Calibre watches worth $2000 each, a RADO female’s watch worth $1500, a Seiko watch worth $300, a titanium wedding band valued at $250, and a pair of New York Yankees cufflinks worth $150.

3. Three officers responded to a report of a residential burglary at a home on Mt. Pleasant Avenue on June 12.

The reporting person told police that all doors and windows were locked when she left the home earlier in the day. When she got back home, she observed the front door was wide open.

According to her report, she also observed that the molding on the front door was cracked, and the lock strike plate was on the floor. On the first floor, she observed that her dresser drawers were all pulled out and ransacked. She reported that she immediately ran out of the house and called the police.

When the police searched the house, they saw that the two upstairs bedrooms were ransacked. Again, all the dresser drawers were pulled out, and clothing was thrown around the floor, according to police.

Items that were reported stolen were a Akribos watch worth $90, five pink pearl necklaces worth $370 combined, an Anne Klein women’s watch worth $100, a Juicy Couture women’s watch worth $70, six silver bracelets valued at $225, a Tommy Hilfiger men’s watch worth $100, 20 assorted costume jewelry necklaces valued at $300, and a leather jewelry box worth $100.

According to police, the suspects remain unknown.

4. Two police officers responded to the West Orange Elk’s Lounge on June 16 to meet with an employee on a report of a burglary to a motor vehicle parked on Franklin Avenue. According to police, they were told by the victim that her 2007 Chevrolet was entered by an unknown actor, who removed a black case containing Rayban sunglasses and a Buxton wallet containing $100.

She also reported that the actor left a small white rag on the passenger seat. Police said there were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle and that the victim was not sure whether she locked the doors.

The white rag was taken in as evidence for possible DNA and secured for evidence, according to the police report.

5. A victim told police on June 16 that in late May and early June an unknown actor opened three credit cards using his personal information. According to police, two of the credit cards were at Home Depot: one for a commercial line of credit, where $7,226.43 was charged in Philadelphia, and a second for a personal line of credit, where $5,300 was charged in Virginia.

The victim contacted Home Depot’s fraud department, and had both cards cancelled, police said.

The third card was for Kohls, where $778 was charged in Virginia. The victim’s report stated that he contacted the Kohls’ fraud department, and cancelled this card.

In addition, the victim contacted the three major credit bureaus (Experion, Transunion, Equifax), and had a hold placed on his credit. The victim was given an identity theft packet to be completed and returned to the Detective Bureau. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Livingston Smiles - $150 Value

March 21, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston Smiles is offering a Smile Analysis and FREE consultation - $150 value.  Call today to make an appointment: (973) 992-4099.  Mention this ad to claim this offer!

Take the quiz to find out if you should take advantage Dr. Krugmans' offer!

About Dr. Krugman:

A lifetime resident of Livingston, Dr. Gary Krugman has dedicated over 35 years to ...

New Challenge Starts April 9 at Max Challenge of West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Max Challenge of West Orange is gearing up for its next Challenge.

"Enrolling in The Max Challenge of West Orange is like having a Personal Trainer, a Nutritionist and a Success Coach all in one! Our fitness classes are for ALL FITNESS LEVELS offering modifications for all exercises whether you are just starting out or just need something different!"

Visit ...

10% OFF at Advantage Pest Control

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Advantage Pest Control is now offering 10% OFF new termite services. Call now to take advantage of this limit time offer! Call and ask for the "TAP DISCOUNT" (973) 736-1007

"We combine our knowledge of construction and termite biology so we can offer the right options for treatment to fit any situation and budget. We feature Termidor termiticide ...

Police: Dead Body Found Face Down in Upper Montclair

March 7, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ -  The body of a 67-year-old man was recovered in upper Montclair on Friday morning near Toney's Brook in the area of upper Mountain Avenue training station.

Responding officers suspect that the man may have suffered from a medical emergency while walking toward the bus stop around 11 p.m. Thursday night. 

According to Sgt.

Upcoming Events


Wed, March 21, 6:00 PM

Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Conference Room A/B, First Floor, Livingston

Colon Cancer Screening Education Program at Saint ...

Health & Wellness


Wed, March 21, 7:00 PM

Edison SChool LMC, West Orange


Community Calendar


Thu, March 22, 6:30 PM

Town Hall - Room 106, West Orange

Mayor Parisi's Open Office Hours

Community Calendar Government

To the Editor: This National Literacy Month, Let's Rein In Screen Time

March 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

As speech-language pathologists across New Jersey prepare to mark “National March into Literacy Month,” let’s address the alarming number of young children who spend countless hours a day on a handheld screen.

According to a study from the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the more time that children under two years spend on smartphones, tablets and ...

Conserve and Protect the Environment by Participating in Earth Hour

March 21, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — For the past seven years, Town Council President Susan McCartney has registered the Township of West Orange as a community pledging to participate in this global Earth Hour event—the simple act of joining millions of others from 170 countries around the world in turning off the lights for one hour, she explained.

Each year, the township is joined by a ...

Former Rumson Student Arrested for Possessing MSR-15 Patrol Rifle, Silencer, Explosive Chemicals

March 19, 2018

MONMOUTH, NJ — A former Rumson High School student, Maximilien Reynolds, 19, was arrested in Ithaca, NY, and charged with Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device/Silencer, False Statement in Acquisition of a Firearm and False Statement in Required Firearm Record.

Specifically, he is alleged to have possessed an MSR-15 Patrol ...

Valyrian Steel: Where is it All? Should We Still Care?

There is a glaring hole in recent Game of Thrones seasons that needs to be addressed: the ability of Valyrian steel to destroy White Walkers has not been acknowledged since before Jon Snow’s death.

In fact, it hasn’t been mentioned since the Season Five finale when Jon Snow reveals this discovery to Sam Tarly. Jon has cared about little more than the war between the living and ...

Coffee, Tea or Fleas?

Two ducks are on a flight to Miami.  The first duck says to the second, “you flying south for the winter?”  The second duck replies, “Oh wow, a talking emotional support duck!”


Pa rum pum.


There have been a lot of news stories lately about animals traveling on airplanes.  Some are humorous, like the woman who recently tried to bring ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...