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Nutley Police Blotter - Feb 2, 2019 through Feb. 8, 2019



**********Motor Vehicle Stop – Harrison Street - The driver Michael Rodrigues, 19, of Nutley, was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters without incident. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana a Disorderly Person’s Offense, and issued a summons for No Front License Plate, advised of his Court date, and released. The suspected marijuana was secured into evidence.


*******Attempted/Burglary – Park Avenue – Response was made to the area in regards to a possible attempted burglary. The homeowner stated that while passing the fence to the condo complex, they noticed the fence was open. Upon trying to close the entrance they noticed it had been forced open and damaged. Officers observed parts of the fence scattered all over the ground, and marks on the fence that suggest it was pried open. The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and responded to take over the investigation.


********Stolen Vehicle – River Road – Officers responded to the area regarding a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim stated that they parked and locked their vehicle in their assigned parking space and when they returned to the car it was missing. The Detective Bureau was advised of the incident and will be taking over the investigation. The vehicle was entered into the database as stolen.

*******Identity Theft – Headquarters received a report of a possible identity theft. The victim received a phone call from an unknown 1-800 number where the actor/s stated that the victim had a warrant out for their arrest due to someone using their social security number and committing ten million dollars’ worth of fraud. The actor/s knew their name, address, date of birth, and last four digits of their social security number. The caller asked the victim to confirm their full social security number to which they provided. The actor/s continued to ask for more information, at which time the victim became suspicious and hung up. They immediately responded to Police Headquarters and filled out an Identity Theft File Consent Document to be entered into the database. The victim was advised to inform their respective credit bureaus to monitor their accounts.

********Burglary – Vreeland Avenue – Homeowners contacted Headquarters to report a past occurred burglary. Officers arrived on scene and were advised by the victim that when they returned home and entered their bedroom they found it ransacked. Officers cleared the home for any actor/s, contacted the Detective Bureau to respond and begin processing the scene. Investigation to continue


******Shoplifting – Franklin Avenue – Response was made to the area in regards to a past occurred shoplifting. The store manager explained that when closing the store, they noticed garbage behind some items that were out of place. A receipt showed that 62 Ensure drinks were taken totaling $104.39. No further information could be provided on the accused. Detective Bureau was advised.

Surveillance image of suspect


********Motor Vehicle Stop – Park Avenue – Officers initiated a motor vehicle stop that resulted in the arrest of the passenger, Ricardo Pacheco, 39, of Newark. He was transported to Headquarters without incident, processed and charged with Failure to Surrender CDS to Police, which was placed on a summons. Mr. Pacheco was advised of his mandatory Court date and released from custody. The driver was issued motor vehicle violations for Not Having Headlights On and Driving While Suspended. Nothing further.

***********Fraud – Response was made to Headquarters in regards to walk in report of fraud. The victim stated they received a message via an app on their phone from “Fedex Shipping Services” which informed them that a deposit of $3,200 had been made to their bank account by "Vince LCC". Additionally, the message further stated the victim must send the money to the FBI. The victim contacted their bank and was advised that the money had in fact been deposited, but then it was withdrawn. Because of this, the victim is now responsible for paying a $30 fee from the bank. The victim froze their account with their financial institution and advised that no other money was missing from their account at this time. The victim declined being entered into the Identity Theft Database and was advised of how to obtain a copy of their report. Nothing further.

*********Fraud – Headquarters received a report of possible fraud. The victim stated that they had been in contact with a party through Craig’s list regarding the purchase of a hood to a 2006 CLS 550 Mercedes. They further stated that the hood had been shipped through Greyhound but was not provided any shipping information from the party they purchased it from. The victim used the Zelle App to send $400 dollars for the hood to the actor/s. After more than a month, the victim contacted the actor/s and advised him that they had not received the hood. The actor/s responded that it had been damaged and he would send out another hood. Contact between the two parties ended and the hood has not been received by the victim. Officers attempted to contact the actor/s with negative results. The victim was advised of their right to sign a complaint with the Municipal Court if the item is not received.

*******Aggravated Assault – Franklin Avenue – Response was made to the area regarding a dispute between two adult females which resulted in the arrest of both parties: Justine Allen, 33 of Newark and Christina Marcano, 33, of North Arlington. The two were transported to Headquarters. During transport Justine Allen continued acting erratically by screaming and kicking the interior of the police vehicle.

Ms. Marcano was printed, processed, charged with Obstruction Administration of Law and released.

Ms. Allen was processed and charged with Obstructing Administration of Law, Resisting Arrest/Eluding, Possession of CDS, and 2 counts of Aggravated Assault. She was also found to have two outstanding warrants out of Scotch Plains. Ms. Allen was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility and released to their custody.


***********Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report of fraud. The victim stated that they are an employee of a local business who have a business account with a local bank. A fraudulent check in the amount of $5,107.22 was cashed on the account by an unknown party. The bank was notified of the incident and the Fraud Operations Department of the financial institution mailed a letter stating that they were reviewing the incident and requested to have an affidavit of forgery completed. There was no other information reported at this time.


********Fraud – Headquarters received a walk in report regarding fraud. The victim stated that they were contacted by “an employee of the Social Security Office” and was told that they owed several thousands of dollars for an ongoing investigation. They stated that the victim’s identity was stolen and used to open several vehicle leases that were found to be involved in a crime ring and the victim was responsible to repay the money lost on the vehicle leases. Additionally, the victim was told to not contact any other authority or they would be flagged in their system and the fines would increase. Total amount wired during this scam is over $41,000. Officers advised the victim to contact their financial institutions and alert them to the fraud incident and request printed out statements. Detective Bureau is investigating with Secret Service.


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