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NUTLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT BLOTTER APR. 14, 2018 THROUGH APR. 20, 2018

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4/14/18

******Tree Limb Down – Cottage Place - Officers responded to the Nichols Park Path behind Cottage Place on a report of a tree down. Upon arrival, the homeowner stated a tree from their property fell into the park, resting on the path, and causing damage to a fence on an adjacent property. The owners of the property were not able to be contacted and the Parks Department Shade Tree Division was advised of the incident and stated they would be responding. Officers cautioned taped the area off for safety purposes.

4/15/18

*******Fire Department Call – Joerg Avenue - Headquarters dispatched Officers with Firefighters on a report of arcing electrical lines. Upon arrival, the neighbor stated they observed the power lines on the neighbor’s house sparking. NFD and Officers attempted to raise the resident of the home, yielding negative results, so NFD gained access to the home to shut down the main breaker and alerted PSE&G, who immediately responded to shut power to the entire residence. The home was able to be secured and Officers were able to leave a message for the homeowner to contact Headquarters upon receiving the message.

4/16/18

*******Shoplifting – Harrison Street – Response was made to the area regarding a report of shoplifting. The store manager stated that they witnessed a male attempting to take items without paying. The party was described as a light skin, Hispanic male, with facial hair, wearing black jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt, black hat, sunglasses on top of his head and a gray drawstring backpack. The manager stopped the male as he was exiting the store at which time he said the male pulled out items from the store valued over 200.00. The male then exited the store and rode away on his mountain bike east on Harrison St. and then proceeded south onto Franklin Avenue. Units checked the area for the suspect with negative results. It is believed that all of the merchandise was recovered and there were no other proceeds.

*******Motor Vehicle Accident – Route 21 – Dispatch received a report of a vehicle that crashed into a tree at full speed with injuries. The driver, Damian Shupe, 31, of Lyndhurst, was transported to UMDNJ, under custody of the Police, due to his condition. He was issued motor vehicle summonses for Driving While Intoxicated, Careless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane. He was advised of his mandatory Court date upon release.

4/17/18

**********Stolen Vehicle – Wesley Place - Officers responded to the area regarding a missing vehicle. The victim stated they parked their car in the driveway the night before and when they returned the vehicle was no longer there. It is not known whether the vehicle was locked. The Detective Bureau was advised and assumed the investigation.

********Fraud – Headquarters received a report regarding fraud. The victim stated that they sent checks for their company’s bill payments and mailed them at the Nutley Post Office. They found that some of the checks were altered and cashed but unknown parties. The financial institution was contacted to stop payment on the remaining checks. Total amount cashed was approximately $3,800. The victim was advised to contact Headquarters if they should have any other information regarding the checks.

4/18/18

*******Theft from Vehicle – Conover Avenue – Headquarters received a report regarding a theft from auto. The victim stated that they parked their vehicle in their driveway and when they returned to it the following morning they observed their work laptop missing. The doors were reportedly left unlocked. Additionally, taken grey Peacoat, headphones.

********Identity Theft – The victim of identity theft responded to Headquarters to report that 4 accounts were opened in their name and social security number for AT&T (3 accounts) and Best Buy, with approximately $4,000 in charges. All the accounts have been contacted and closed. The victim elected to be entered into the Identity Theft Victim database. Nothing further.

4/19/18

*******Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding a fraud. The victim stated that they were having trouble signing into their Tinder account dating app. They attempted to search the internet for contact information for Tinder and found a website and phone number. The victim spoke with “Roger” who stated the victim’s account had been hacked and that they would need to purchase software to “unhack” the Tinder account. “Roger” instructed the victim to purchase a Google Play card for $200 to pay for the software. The victim purchased a Google Play card and then purchased the software over the phone with “Roger.” “Roger called back two more times asking for $300 and $400 Google Play cards respectively, and still called a third time trying to get another $200 Google Play card when the victim realized they were being scammed. The victim contacted their financial institution who told them they could not reimburse them the funds and to make a Police report. Additionally, Google Play was contacted and they instructed the victim to make a Police report regarding the incident. The victim was advised of how to obtain a copy of their report.

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