School Crossing Guards

Posted on December 8, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Department
School Crossing Guards

 
The Cedar Grove Police Department is currently seeking applicants for the position of substitute school crossing guard.  Applications are available at the Police Records window from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

2017 Driver's Education Class

Posted on November 13, 2017


On Friday November 3, 2017  Cedar Grove Police Officers gave a presentation to students in the Driver Education Program at the Cedar Grove High School. Lt. Francis Pumphrey, Ptl. Michael Grasso, Det. Michael Tower and Det. Carolyn Zajack covered topics such as driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, perception/reaction time while driving and the graduated driver’s license provisions. Students had the opportunity to wear “fatal vision googles” that simulate impairment due to alcohol and the dangers of driving while under the influence. 


2016 AAA Traffic Safety Award

Posted on October 20, 2017

AAA presented the Cedar Grove Police Department with the following award for zero traffic fatalities for the year 2016.

Real Panthers Wear Pink

Posted on October 20, 2017

The Cedar Grove Police Department recently took part in the 3rd Annual Susan G. Komen Walk "Real Panthers Wear Pink." The department donned "pink" uniform hats for the Month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness and raised $300 towards this important cause.







Pictured are some members of the Cedar Grove Police Department, Municipal employees, and Township Manager Tom Tucci.


Hurricane Maria Relief

Posted on October 13, 2017

Members of the Cedar Grove Police Department set up a collection site for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Residents donated numerous items including cases of water, diapers and canned food. The collection was organized by the Hispanic Law Enforcement Society of Essex County. Thank you for your generous donations!

Pictured preparing to deliver the collected items are Officer Jeff McElroy, Chief Joseph Cirasa, Det. Carolyn Zajack, Lt. Eileen O’Toole, Police Records Administrator Sasha Perez, and Township Manager Thomas Tucci.

For additional information visit www.hlesofessex.org  

Unattended Cars

Posted on October 13, 2017

With the cooler weather approaching the Cedar Grove Police would like to warn residents about leaving their cars running unattended, in their driveways or out front of the local coffee shop. Criminals are coming into the township specifically targeting those vehicles and vehicles with the Key FOB’s left inside. In fact the keys were left in the last two vehicles stolen out of Cedar Grove. Additionally, and more importantly, many of these thefts end in dangerous motor vehicles pursuits where the lives of the public and police are unnecessarily endangered, and could have simply been prevented. 

National Prescription Take Back 2017

Posted on October 3, 2017

          The Cedar Grove Police Department will be participating in the bi-annual Operation Take Back Program sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This program enables the public to get rid of unused, unwanted and expired medications properly.

          Prescription drug abuse is rapidly becoming one of our nation’s greatest emerging drug problems and it is widely recognized that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets. In addition to this growing drug problem, unused and expired prescription medications also represent a severe environmental hazard. Most individuals are not aware of methods to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away; both potential safety and health hazards.

This service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Any questions regarding regarding the collection contact Sgt. Jose Rodriguez - jrodriguez@cedargrovepd.org
 

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Hours:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Cedar Grove Police Department – 525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove
For more information about the Operation Take Back program visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov



Diversion Type Burglaries

Posted on September 22, 2017

Just as a reminder, the Cedar Grove Police urge residents to remain vigilant for any suspicious activity, specifically activities related to diversionary type burglaries. Diversionary Type Burglaries are those were one actor distracts your attention while another ransacks your house. In March 2017, a Second Avenue resident was the victim of just such a burglary where jewelry was taken. Recently in August we suspect a Stevens Avenue resident was the victim of a Diversionary Burglary when an unexpected individual, alleging to be a township utility employee, was given access to the home by the unsuspecting elderly resident. The worker was supposedly there checking on a water condition inside the home. In this case a safe was taken containing a large amount of cash. We also believe there was an attempt later that month on Center Avenue however the resident denied the subject access and called police. Subsequently the unknown suspicious persons became nervous and fled prior to the arrival of police. Several surrounding communities have also experienced a number of these type incidents. Residents should be skeptical when they are summoned to the door by unexpected persons, especially if they are requesting access to their residence. Ask for identification, look for marked utility vehicles or call the township to confirm workers. Generally, Cedar Grove Township Utility workers need not access your home without appointment and seldom if ever after business hours. Do not allow unscheduled or unexpected workers into your home. If there is any doubt call police immediately.  

Press Release - Stolen Motorcycle

Posted on September 1, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release

 
Date:  August 31, 2017 
 
On Thursday, August 31st 2017, police arrested an adult male on charges that he was in possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The incident began at 2:42 p.m. when Officer Christopher Heck observed the involved vehicle, a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle, traveling East on Reservoir Drive with no visible license plate. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren to initiate a motor vehicle stop. The operator refused to stop and proceeded around another vehicle and accelerated rapidly East onto Normal Ave toward Montclair State University.  When the Yamaha approached the intersection of Upper Mountain Avenue, the operator lost control and dropped the motorcycle in the roadway. The operator attempted to flee on foot, however, Officer Heck was able to apprehend the subject and place him into custody with the assistance of off-duty Port Authority Police Officer Det. David Narvaez. It was determined the Yamaha had been reported stolen by the Stafford County Virginia Sheriff’s Department in 2015. The driver, identified as 36 year old Latwan Munford of Montclair, was charged with possession of the stolen motorcycle, obstruction, eluding, hindering apprehension and multiple motor vehicle offenses. He was transported from the scene to the hospital for minor injuries. Once medically cleared, he was processed on all charges and transported to the Essex County Jail to await a bail hearing. All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

      

Press Release-Motor Vehicle Crash 8-15-17

Posted on August 18, 2017


 

Motorist Life Saved at Scene of Motor Vehicle Crash

Pompton Avenue and Myrtle Avenue 

 
Date:  August 16, 2017
 
     On Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 4:46 pm, police, fire and EMS responded to the scene of a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Pompton Avenue and Myrtle Avenue. Upon arrival, police found one of the vehicles off the roadway. The operator was being pulled from his car by a local business man. He was not breathing and in cardiac arrest. Officers immediately initiated CPR, and AED protocols. Shocks were provided. Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad along with Fire Department personnel arrived. The patient care was transferred to EMS, and he was subsequently transported to Mountainside Hospital. The ambulance personal regained the patients pulse and breathing in route. It was last reported that he was lucid and alert, and today we were told, expected to recover. The cause of the crash is under investigation however it’s suspected that the victim experienced a medical episode prior to the crash. No other injuries were reported. Cedar Grove Police Lt. John Kennedy, Officer John Smigelsky, and Officer Joseph Ligas were first on scene.

Press Release-Stolen Motor Vehicle, Thefts From Autos

Posted on June 20, 2017

Press Release - Stolen Motor Vehicle, Thefts from Autos

During the early morning hours on June 19, 2017 there were six vehicle burglaries and one stolen motor vehicle. Surveillance video captured by the homeowner at one of the burglaries showed an unidentifiable subject going through both of the vehicles parked in his driveway. The stolen vehicle, a BMW, was later recovered by our detectives in Newark and returned to the owner.
 
The actors are specifically targeting high end vehicles such as Cadillac, BMW and Mercedes Benz. They are looking for a vehicles containing key fobs left behind by the owner. This allows them to start the vehicle and drive away. During this same weekend surrounding towns experienced a rash of car burglaries and thefts. Residents are encouraged to remove valuables from their vehicles, remove the key fob from their vehicles and lock the doors. 

MADD Award, Ptl. Raymond Cassella

Posted on June 15, 2017

       On June 14, 2017 Patrolman Raymond Cassella received the Distinguished Service Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Patrolman Cassella received the award for his proactive efforts in keeping the roads safe from impaired drivers. The award was presented at a ceremony held at Rutgers University. 

First Female Detective

Posted on June 12, 2017

         Cedar Grove Police Department is pleased to announce the assignment of Officer Carolyn Zajack to the detective bureau. Detective Zajack was the first female police officer when hired in 2004 and is now the first female detective in the 109 year history of the Cedar Grove Police Department. Detective Zajack is also the department’s school resource officer, crime prevention officer and LEAD instructor to 5th grade students in Cedar Grove. 

2017 Torch Run

Posted on June 12, 2017





 



On Friday June 9, 2017  Cedar Grove Police Officers participated in the annual torch run to benefit and bring awareness to the Special Olympics. Officers gathered donations and ran a 7 mile leg of the course from West Caldwell to Little Falls. The runners were escorted by motor officers Ptl. Michael Grasso and Ptl. Jason Rivers. Pictured above from left to right are Ptl. Michael Passafiume, Lt. Erik Hansson, Ptl. Christopher Lynch, Detective Carolyn Zajack and Lt. John Kennedy.

 

Community Safety Day, Livingston Mall

Posted on May 17, 2017

Cedar Grove, NJ – On Saturday, May 6, 2017, Cedar Grove Police Officers Michael Grasso and Carolyn Zajack assisted at the “Community Safety Day” held at the Livingston Mall. The event was sponsored by the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association. 








 

2017 Special Olympics

Posted on May 5, 2017



Cedar Grove, NJ – On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Cedar Grove Police Lieutenant Eileen O’Toole assisted at the Essex County Special Olympics held at Brookdale park in Bloomfield. The events included track and field competitions. Lt. O’Toole participated in the presentation of awards to the athletes.

2017 Prescription Take Back

Posted on May 1, 2017

                                                                                         

Cedar Grove, NJ – On April 29th, Cedar Grove Police Department participated in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. More than sixty residents turned in unused and expired prescription medications. Ptl. John Smigelsky oversaw the collection process. The program enabled the public to get rid of unused, unwanted and expired medications properly. Prescription drug abuse is rapidly becoming one of our nation’s greatest emerging drug problems and it is widely recognized that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets. In addition to this growing drug problem, unused and expired prescription medications also represent a severe environmental hazard. Most individuals are not aware of methods to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away; both potential safety and health hazards. The program continues to be a success.

Press Release-Lombardi's Burglary

Posted on April 17, 2017

 

Cedar Grove, NJ – On April 13, 2017 at 12:31 a.m., police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at Lombardi’s Bar and Restaurant located at 599 Pompton Avenue. The owner had received an alert on his phone from a recently installed security system. Through his cell phone, the owner observed an unknown actor in his business opening a cash register behind the bar. He immediately contacted the police via 911 to report the incident. The actor had fled the scene prior to police arrival. Upon viewing the surveillance video officers were able to identify the actor as 26 year old Steven O’Connor of Cedar Grove. They responded to his residence and subsequently placed him under arrested after he admitted to committing the burglary. He was charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools. He was processed and taken to the Essex County Jail. 

 

Eagle Scout Memorial

Posted on April 3, 2017

           

  Eagle Scout Nicholas Mossey, representing the Cedar Grove Boy Scouts Troop 65, presented a memorial honoring all who protect and serve the community. The memorial, a restored antique gas pump displaying the Thin Blue Line Flag, will be proudly displayed for all to see in the lobby of the Municipal building. Mossey held a small dedication ceremony at Town Hall honoring the Cedar Grove Police and Fire Departments. In addition, as a special tribute, the gas pump displays a plaque honoring the late Lt. William “Bill” Fearon. Lt. Fearon, a New Jersey State Trooper and member of the Cedar Grove community, passed away late last year after a hard fought battle with cancer. Present at the ceremony were officers from the Cedar Grove Police and Fire Departments, New Jersey State Police, Cedar Grove Mayor Peter Tanella and Janice Fearon. Mossey’s friends and family also attended the ceremony.   



 

Press Release-Diversion Burglary

Posted on March 29, 2017

NEWS RELEASE                                                               
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       
 
March 28, 2017                                                                               
                                                                       
 
Cedar Grove, NJ – Police responded to a Second Avenue address to investigate a diversion burglary where the victim’s attention is diverted by one actor and a second actor commits the theft. An elderly resident reported that two Hispanic males wearing yellow work vests came to her residence. One waited near the curb holding a tool bag and one engaged her in conversation at the door. The male at the door told the victim that he needed to check her electrical service as a result of work being done on service lines in the area. He convinced her to bring him to the basement electrical panel. While in the basement she heard footsteps upstairs. She later discovered that someone had gone through the drawers in her bedroom and that jewelry had been taken.
 
Residents should use caution when they are approached by persons claiming to be utility workers requesting access to their residence. They should ask for proper identification and look for a utility vehicle with official markings. When in doubt do not let them access the home and report the incident to the police department. 

Press Release - Bank Of America ATM

Posted on February 14, 2017

 

NEWS RELEASE                                                               
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      
 
February 14, 2017 
 
Cedar Grove, NJ – Police responded to a report from a Bank of America employee that someone had tampered with the ATM. While opening the bank on Monday, February 13th, the employee discovered that someone had smeared Vaseline over the security camera on the lobby ATM. Officers contacted bank security personnel who confirmed that security video captured a male actor entering the lobby on February 12, 2017 at 4:46 p.m. The actor applied a Vaseline type substance over the camera lens to obscure the video recording. The actor, with his actions obscured, accessed the ATM to make cash withdrawals. The ATM was inspected and no skimming device was found. Investigators believe that the male actor was using cloned debit cards to remove cash and that the actual skimming took place at a different location. The incident remains under investigation.


 

Skimmers are card readers that remove the data off the encoded magnetic strip on the customers ATM card. Criminals use a pinhole camera or an overlay on the existing keyboard to capture the victims PIN number. This information is then used to create a cloned card that is used to access the victims account. Customers should look for any loose parts around the card reader and ensure that the keyboard is securely attached. A good practice is to always cover your hand while entering your PIN number.
 

Press Release

Posted on January 18, 2017

NEWS RELEASE                                                               
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       
 
January 18, 2017 
                                       
 
Cedar Grove, NJ – On January 18, 2017 at 08:26 a.m., Cedar Grove Police Officer Christopher Heck attempted to stop a motor vehicle after he determined that the operator had a suspended driver’s license. The operator of the vehicle failed to stop and attempted to elude the officer. Officer Heck engaged in a brief pursuit of the vehicle which crashed in the intersection of Little Falls Road and Bowden Road. The 24 year old operator, Najee Brown of Bloomfield, was taken into custody without further incident. He was arrested and transported to police headquarters. It was also determined that he was wanted by Bloomfield Police for eluding charges on January 2, 2017. Mr. Brown was not injured in the crash and remains in custody with charges pending. 


Press Release - Structure Fire

Posted on January 6, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release

Structure Fire

Date: January 6, 2017

Cedar Grove, NJ –
On January 5, 2017 at 11:10 a.m., the Cedar Grove Police, Fire Department and Ambulance and Rescue Squad responded to a structure fire at 38 Woodmere Road. The fire was reported by the homeowner and originated in the basement of the residence. Responding police and fire units were met with heavy fire coming from the rear basement stairwell and side basement window. The fire was officially declared under control at 12:23 p.m. The home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage. No injuries were reported. The fire appears to be accidental and the cause is undetermined. The Montclair Fire Department, Verona Fire Department, North Caldwell Fire Department and Caldwell Fire Department assisted at the fire scene.




Press Release - Five Arrested Attempting To Elude Police

Posted on November 21, 2016

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release
 
Five Subjects in Stolen Motor Vehicle Arrested
After Attempting to Elude Police
 
Date:  November 18, 2016 

 
            On Thursday, November 17, 2016, police arrested 5 subjects, 3 adults and 2 juveniles, on charges they were in possession of a stolen motor vehicle while attempting to elude officers.  Incidents leading to the arrests initiated at 3:33 a.m. after Lt. Frank Pumphrey observed the involved vehicle, a 2014 Honda, traveling north on Pompton Avenue with its high beam headlights on.  As the officer turned around to attempt a motor vehicle stop, the vehicle went through a red traffic light at West Bradford Avenue and accelerated rapidly west on West Bradford.  After the officer activated his emergency lights and siren to stop the vehicle, the operator refused to stop and continued west across Grove Avenue onto Kenney Street towards the old Essex County Hospital Property.  When the Honda got to the closed gate prohibiting entry to the property, the driver rammed the gate, knocking it down and dragging it into the property.  The Honda then began to travel behind the old buildings, before the occupants all exited the vehicle and fled on foot.  Following an area search, conducted with the assistance of Verona, North Caldwell, and Essex County Sheriff’s officers, the five subjects were apprehended.  During this period, it was determined the Honda had been stolen while parked in Parsippany earlier in the evening and the owner was not yet aware of the theft.  The driver of the Honda, identified as 18 year-old Rasheed F. Mells of Irvington, was charged with possession of the stolen vehicle, eluding police, resisting arrest and multiple motor vehicle offenses.  Mells was processed on all charges and released pending Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on December 1, 2016. The adult passengers were identified as 23 year-old Kasim A. Williams of Newark and 20 year-old Sharieff N. Copeland of Newark.  Both subjects were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, and obstruction of the administration of the law.  Williams was released pending Superior Court Arraignment and Copeland was turned over to the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department on an outstanding warrant.  Both juveniles are to be charged with same offenses.  One of the juveniles, a 16 year-old East Orange resident, was transported, and is being held at the Essex County Youth House and the other, a 16 year-old Newark resident, was released to the custody of a guardian, pending Juvenile Court proceedings.                                    
The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
 
All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Press Release-Verona / Cedar Grove Drug Investigation

Posted on September 8, 2016

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release
 
Joint Verona/Cedar Grove Police Drug Investigation
Results In Charges Against Three Suspects

 
Date:  September 8, 2016 
 
            A two-month long joint investigation conducted by the Verona and Cedar Grove Police Departments into persons suspected of illegally distributing Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) resulted into the execution of arrest and search warrants on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 on Franklin Street in Verona.  The arrested parties and charges are as follows:
 
Lauren D. Traettino, 26, of Verona was charged with illegally possessing, conspiring to sell, and selling CDS Xanax to an undercover police officer, in addition to illegally possessing nine (9) glassine envelopes containing CDS Heroin, drug paraphernalia and six (6) hypodermic needles.  She was processed on all charges and released pending Superior Court Arraignment in Newark after posting bond on a $50,000 bail.
 
Kathy Y. Hilton-Traettino, 62, of Verona was charged with conspiring with Lauren D. Traettino and Joshua P. Munn to illegally distribute CDS Xanax.  She was processed on the charge and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment.
 
Warrants were issued for the arrest of Joshua P. Munn, 26, of Fairfield on charges he illegally possessed, conspired to sell and sold CDS Xanax to an undercover police officer.  Police are currently seeking Munn and he has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer as a wanted person.

 
The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
 
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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Press Release-Motor Vehicle Burglary

Posted on September 7, 2016

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release

 Police Arrest Motor Vehicle Burglary Suspects

Date:  September 7, 2016  

             On Monday, September 5, 2016, police arrested 3 Newark men on charges of burglary and theft of property from several parked motor vehicles, in addition to the possession of a motor vehicle they had stolen from Montclair earlier the same evening.  The arrest of the suspects, 19 year-old Danny Gonzalez, 19 year-old Antonio L. Torres and 18 year-old Isaiah D. Pettus, followed a 10:51 p.m. citizen’s report of an occupied suspicious vehicle on Haller Drive.  The caller reported that the three occupants, subsequently indentified as the defendants, exited the car and were observed walking down Haller towards Sherman Avenue.  Responding officers located the subjects on Haller and also observed interior lights on in parked vehicles in the immediate area.  Subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the trio after it was determined they had entered at least three parked cars and had stolen numerous items including a mobile GPS device, a debit card, an umbrella and loose change.  Investigation also revealed the vehicle they arrived in, a 2005 Chrysler, had been stolen, but not yet discovered as missing by its owner.  All three defendants were processed at police headquarters and released pending Superior Court Arraignment in Newark on September 15, 2016.  Ptl. Dominick Buscio, Ptl. Michael Passafiume, Ptl. Joseph Johnson and Sgt. Jose Rodriguez were the investigating officers.      

 The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
 
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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Verona PD-Attempt To Identify

Posted on June 29, 2016

Attempt to Identify

 

The Verona Police Department, along with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, is actively investigating and requesting assistance in identifying all persons in the attached photos, as they may have witnessed the crash.

On June 24, 2016, at approximately 9:30pm, a "hit and run" occurred at the intersection of Bloomfield Ave and Hillcrest Ter. that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.

If you can identify any of these people, or if you have any other information regarding this incident, please call the Verona Police Department at 973-239-5000 or the Essex County Prosecutor's Office tip line at 877-TIPS-4EC (877-847-7432).

We are also asking that this message be passed along in an effort to obtain the most coverage possible.

Thank you for your assistance






Operation Take Back 2016

Posted on May 9, 2016

Cedar Grove Police Collect 120 Pounds of Surrendered Pharmaceuticals
as Part of 
Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day

Date:  May 9, 2016 

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the Cedar Grove Police Department collected 120 pounds of surrendered pharmaceuticals as part of Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day.  Approximately 86 citizens participated in the program and the collected pharmaceuticals were turned over to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency for safe destruction.  The Cedar Grove Police Department wishes to thank all who participated in the Take Back New Jersey Initiative. 

 



Photo 1 Caption:  Ptl. Jose Rodriguez transports surrendered pharmaceuticals for destruction as part of Operation Take Back New Jersey.  

ATM Fraud

Posted on March 3, 2016

Cedar Grove Police Department Offers Tips on
Protecting Yourself from ATM Fraud
 
March 3, 2016
 
          In response to four recent reports of credit card fraud, possibly involving skimming devices and cameras installed on area ATM machines, the Cedar Grove Police Department is offering the following tips to help avoid becoming a victim of ATM fraud:
 
1.     When using an ATM machine, be alert for suspicious devices;
 
2.     Check the ATM machine for parts that look crooked or are loose;
 
3.     Look for parts with mismatched colors;
 
4.     Look for parts partially covering machine instructions or other stickers;
 
5.     Since hidden cameras are often used in tandem with skimming devices to capture the victim’s PIN number, the user should conceal the ATM machine key pad with his/her free hand to prevent the camera from recording the number.
 
6.     Pay close attention to your bank statements or balance.  Check often for any unauthorized activity;
 
7.     Contact bank or store personnel or the police if you suspect the ATM machine you are using has been tampered with.
 
If you think you have been a victim of an ATM involved credit card fraud, please contact the Cedar Grove Police Department if you are a resident, or your local police department for assistance. 

Lauterbach-Press Release

Posted on February 19, 2016

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release


Police Arrest Cedar Grove Garden Apartments Burglary Suspect

 
Date:  February 19, 2016 
 
            On Thursday, February 18, 2016, police arrested 37 year-old Kristopher M. Lauterbach on charges relating to the attempted forced entry to an occupied Birch Road apartment located in the Cedar Grove Gardens apartment complex.  Incidents leading to Lauterbach’s arrest initiated at 2:10 p.m., after the apartment resident contacted police reporting a male subject, subsequently identified as Lauterbach, had made way into the locked vestibule of her building and then attempted to forcibly open the front door to her apartment.  The resident reported after hearing someone attempting to open her door, she observed the defendant through the peep hole and called out to him through the door.  The defendant claimed he was looking for someone, before quickly leaving the vestibule in an unknown direction.  The victim also indicated she saw the same subject exiting the rear vestibule door of her building about 10 minutes prior.  Based upon the victim’s description, officers located Lauterbach in another area of the complex and positively identified him as the involved person.  After investigation revealed pry marks on both the rear vestibule door and the victim’s interior front door, Lauterbach was arrested on the charge of burglary.  Subsequent to arrest, the defendant was found to be in possession of a burglary tool (flashlight) and a Controlled Dangerous Substance (93 Alprazolam pills).  Lauterbach, who claimed to be homeless, was processed on all charges and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, after he could not post the required $15,000 bail.  Ptl. Christopher Lynch, Ptl. Robert McDermott, Ptl. Jason Rivers, and Ptl. Carolyn Zajack were the investigating officers.  

 
The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
 
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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
 

Press Release-Primallis Shoplifting

Posted on December 18, 2015

Cedar Grove Police Department                                         
Press Release
 
Police Arrest Kinnelon Woman on Shoplifting Charges

 
Date:  December 18, 2015
 
      On Thursday, December 17, 2015, police arrested 29 year-old Elaina Primallis of Kinnelon on a charge she shoplifted $670.34 worth of store merchandise from the Foodtown Supermarket on Pompton Avenue.  The incidents leading to Primallis’ arrest initiated at 8:31 p.m. Thursday when the Foodtown manager called police reporting the theft of 26 cans of baby formula.  The manager was able to provide video surveillance footage of the incident and still images of the suspect were transmitted over a police information sharing network.  Within 10 minutes, the Pequannock Police contacted Cedar Grove Police identifying Primallis as the suspect.  The defendant was contacted and turned herself at police headquarters at 11:55 p.m.  She was processed on the charge and later released pending a December 31, 2015 Superior Court Arraignment in Newark.  The stolen baby formula has not been recovered at the present time.  Ptl. Nicole O’Halloran and Lt. John Kennedy were the investigating officers.  
                
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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
 
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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
 

 

What Is Suspicious Activity?

Posted on November 16, 2015

With the arrival of the winter months and early sunsets, we would like to remind our residents to be on alert for suspicious activity, since burglars often take advantage of the cover of darkness.  Please read our article on suspicious activity and report any unusual observations to the police department as it occurs.


What is Suspicious Activity?
 

            What is Suspicious Activity?  As followers of the Cedar Grove Police Blotter know, the Police Department always requests that the public report any suspicious activity observed as it occurs.  But what exactly is suspicious activity and when should you call the police to report it?  Past experience has showed us that some people fail to call the police simply because they are not sure of what seemingly innocent activity might be considered suspicious.  Some people hesitate to call for fear of being labeled a nosy neighbor, while others worry about being embarrassed if their suspicions prove to be unfounded.  Please know that your Police Department encourages you to report anything out of the ordinary without worry of embarrassment, it is our job to investigate your reports and we appreciate all calls.  Many criminals have been apprehended as a result of citizens making such reports.  In an effort to assist residents in identifying what suspicious activity is, we are providing a list of some things to look for:

·         Anything that looks out of place or is occurring at an unusual time of day could be criminal                   activity in progress.  Examples of things to watch out for are;
·         A stranger entering your neighbor’s house when they are not home;
·         Open or broken doors or windows at a neighbor’s house when they are not home;
·         The sound of breaking glass, alarms or other loud noises;
·         Anyone observed forcing entry into or tampering with a residence or parked vehicle;
·         Strangers observed walking through a neighbor’s yard;
·         Strangers observed loading a vehicle with televisions, computers or other valuables;
·         Unknown parked or occupied vehicles idling at the curb without an apparent purpose;
·         Strangers walking through the neighborhood looking into parked cars, backyards, etc.;
·         Unknown vehicles moving slowly through the neighborhood or circling the same block                         repeatedly.
 
          While some of these potentially suspicious situations may have innocent explanations, the Police Department would rather immediately investigate the circumstances than be called back when it’s too late.  Remember, your call could help us stop a crime and arrest a criminal. 

The Police Department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.

                                                                                               
 

Press Release-Anderson Pkwy. Burglary

Posted on November 4, 2015


Police Arrest Township Man on Burglary & Theft Charges

 Date:  November 4, 2015
 
       On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, police arrested 41 year-old Christopher L. Amato of Cedar Grove on charges relating to the burglary of a neighbor’s residence on Anderson Parkway and the theft of jewelry.  Incidents leading to Amato’s arrest began at 10:26 a.m. that morning when the victim called police reporting a burglary.  The victim reported that upon returning home, another neighbor informed him he observed Amato enter the victim’s home through a ground floor window at 8:30 a.m. and then exit through the same window about fifteen minutes later.  The victim reported that he immediately observed a ring and a diamond earring missing from his wife’s jewelry.  A subsequent investigation led to Amato’s arrest and the recovery of the stolen ring, the diamond stud has not been accounted for at the present time.  Amato was processed on charges of burglary and theft at police headquarters and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark in lieu of $15,000 Bond/10% Cash Bail Option.  Ptl. Robert McDermott and Sgt. Eileen O’Toole were the investigating officers.
     
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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
 

Operation Take Back New Jersey 2015

Posted on September 30, 2015

Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day

            On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the Cedar Grove Police Department collected 127 pounds of surrendered pharmaceuticals as part of Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day.  Approximately 50 citizens participated in the program and the collected pharmaceuticals were turned over to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency for safe destruction.  The Cedar Grove Police Department wishes to thank all who participated in the Take Back New Jersey Initiative.

 

Ptl. Robert Hectus collects surrendered pharmaceuticals as part of Operation Take Back New Jersey. 

 

127 pounds of collected pharmaceuticals are taken to the DEA for safe destruction.

Press Release-Insurance Fraud

Posted on September 25, 2015

Police Charge Two Following Insurance Fraud Investigation  
Involving Theft, Fraud, & Forgery

 
Date:  September 24, 2015
 
     The Cedar Grove Police Department has arrested two women on charges relating to multiple instances of insurance fraud involving theft, fraud and forgery.  The arrests of the defendants, Carla A. Sousa, 27, of Hillside and Raquel A. Silva, 29, of Elizabeth followed an ongoing detective bureau investigation into a July 27, 2015 report made by a Cedar Grove dentist alleging that Sousa, a former employee, submitted fraudulent claims to insurance companies on behalf of the dentist and then cashed checks issued by insurance companies, keeping the money.  The investigation revealed that between August of 2013 and February of 2015, Sousa submitted numerous fraudulent claims in patient names for work that was not performed and upon receiving checks, forged the doctor’s name and cashed the checks.  The total number of checks located was 77 with an aggregate amount of $32,661.00.  During the investigation, it was also determined that Sousa had submitted ten fraudulent claims in the name of her friend Raquel A. Silva for work that was not performed.  It was determined the checks on those claims were cashed by Silva.  Carla A. Sousa was arrested on September 18, 2015 and charged with Theft, Forgery, Identity Theft and Health Care Claim Fraud.  Raquel A. Silva was arrested on September 21, 2015 and charged with theft with an aggregate total of $2,263.00 for the ten checks she received and cashed.  Both defendants were processed at police headquarters and released pending Superior Court proceedings.  Det. Sgt. Andrew McPhail was the investigating detective.
               
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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
 
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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Press Release-Foodtown Purse Theft

Posted on September 11, 2015

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release
 
Police Identify Suspects Wanted in Connection with
Foodtown Theft/Credit Card Fraud Investigation
 

Date:  September 11, 2015
 
     The Cedar Grove Police Department has identified and issued charges against two suspects wanted in connection with the August 20th. theft of a woman’s pocketbook as she was shopping at the Foodtown Supermarket on Pompton Avenue.  A detective bureau investigation into the incident resulted in the identification of 40 year-old Kashanda D. Hawkins of Newark and a 17 year-old East Orange juvenile as the persons wanted in connection with the theft and the subsequent use of the victim’s credit cards at multiple locations at the Willowbrook Mall.  Detectives were able to identify the pair after receiving information on their identity from persons viewing surveillance video of the theft in progress that was circulated through the media.  The video showed the juvenile suspect taking the victim’s pocketbook from her shopping cart when the victim turned her back.  The juvenile suspect could then be seen immediately leaving the store in the company of Hawkins who was carrying a toddler.  Investigation revealed the pair went directly to the mall following the theft and used the victim’s credit cards at three different locations at the mall before they could be cancelled.  Warrants for the arrest of Hawkins have been issued charging her with conspiracy to commit theft, credit card theft and identity theft and juvenile complaints charging the juvenile defendant with theft, credit card theft and identify theft have also been filed.  The current whereabouts of the defendants is not known at this time.  Detective Michael Tower was the investigating officer.
        
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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
 
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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

2015 Car Seat Update

Posted on September 1, 2015

Press Release-Foodtown Theft

Posted on August 21, 2015

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release

 
Police Seeking to Identify Theft/Credit Card Fraud Suspects

 

              The Cedar Grove Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects wanted in connection with the theft of a pocketbook and the subsequent use of the victim’s credit cards at multiple locations at the Willowbrook Mall on Thursday, August 20th.  The pocketbook theft occurred at 5:21 p.m. while the victim was shopping at the Foodtown Supermarket on Pompton Avenue.  Store surveillance video shows Suspect #1, a younger female, taking the victim’s pocketbook from her shopping cart when the victim turned her back.  Suspect #1 can then be seen immediately leaving the store in the company of Suspect #2, an older female carrying a toddler.  Shortly after discovering the theft, the victim contacted her credit card companies and was informed the cards had just been used at three different locations at the mall.  Officers responded to the mall area but were unable to locate the suspects.  In addition, video from the Foodtown also revealed the pair was traveling in a large black Sport Utility Vehicle believed to Chevrolet.  Any person recognizing the suspects is asked to contact Detective Michael Tower at 973-239-4100.

 

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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

 

All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

Press Release-Skimming Device

Posted on June 22, 2015

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release
 
Police Seeking Suspect Wanted in Connection with Installation of
Skimming Device on Columbia Bank ATM

 
Date:  June 22, 2015
 
     On Saturday, June 20, 2015, a skimming device and camera were discovered attached to the outdoor ATM machine at the Columbia Bank on Pompton Avenue.  Investigation revealed the suspect responsible for installing the devices arrived at the bank at 3:52 p.m. and first installed a wireless camera to the top of the ATM and then installed a skimming device over the traditional debit card input port.  The suspect’s actions apparently triggered the ATM’s internal alarm, resulting in the bank manager’s response and discovery of the devices.  At this time it does not appear the suspect obtained any customer information.  Police are seeking to identity the pictured suspect and ask anyone with information to contact detectives at 973-239-4100.
 


 

    


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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
 
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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty

St. Baldrick's 2015

Posted on March 16, 2015

Ptl. Michael Grasso, Ptl. Robert McDermott, Ptl. Jeffrey McElroy, Det. Sgt. Andrew McPhail, and Ptl Michael Passafiume of the Cedar Grove Police Department with help from Fr. Robert “Mac” McLaughlin of Saint Catherine of Siena show off their bald heads after taking part in the Cedar Grove Elks St. Baldrick’s Event. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for life-saving childhood cancer research.  This year the team raised over $12,000 dollars. For more information check of the St Baldrick’s web site. http://www.stbaldricks.org/

Press Release-Ramos

Posted on March 5, 2015

Cedar Grove Police Department
Press Release


Police Arrest Clifton Man on Charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Assault By Auto Following Motor Vehicle Crash with NJ Transit Bus   

Date:  March 4, 2015
 
     On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, police arrested 23 year-old Alejandro Ramos of Clifton on charges of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Reckless Driving and Assault By Auto.  The defendant’s arrest followed a 10:16 p.m. investigation into a motor vehicle crash involving a vehicle being operated by Ramos and a NJ Transit bus.  Investigation revealed Ramos was traveling southbound on Pompton Avenue near Cedar Street when his vehicle, a 2000 Honda Civic, crossed over into the northbound lane of traffic and struck the bus head on.  As officers interviewed Ramos they observed numerous empty beer cans strewn about his vehicle and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, along with signs of impairment.  Ramos was subsequently placed under arrest for DWI and transported to Mountainside Hospital for treatment of a neck and arm injury.  The 46 year-old bus driver was also transported to Mountainside for treatment of a leg injury.  Due to the involved injuries Ramos was charged with Assault By Auto due to him being under the influence.  Neither injury was considered to be life threatening.  Following processing Ramos was released at the hospital pending a March 11, 2015 Superior Court Arraignment in Newark.  Ptl. John Smigelsky was the arresting officer.           
 
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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.
 
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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
 

Clark-Press Release

Posted on January 20, 2015

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

Police Arrest Bloomfield Man on Multiple Charges Relating to  

Burglaries to Parked Motor Vehicles, Theft of Property,

and Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle  

 

     On Monday, January 19, 2015 at 6:10 a.m., police responded to Longview Road on a citizen’s report of a suspicious person with a flashlight entering and exiting several of his neighbors’ parked vehicles.  The witness reported the subject was last seen walking up the street.  The first arriving officer, Ptl. Christopher Heck, located the subject in another parked vehicle on Longview Road and identified him as 21 year-old Darren D. Clark of Bloomfield.  A subsequent investigation resulted in Clark’s arrest on charges he had burglarized nine (9) motor vehicles that morning and stole a number of items, including a woman’s wallet, cash, credit cards and identification.  Police were also able to link Clark to similar motor vehicle burglaries that occurred on Franklin Street on Saturday, January 17th.  While conducting an area search for additional victims, police also located a parked 2002 Ford that had been reported to the Bloomfield Police as stolen on January 17th.  Police were able to determine that Clark had driven the vehicle to the area that morning and subsequently discovered property belonging to a Franklin Street victim in the car. Clark was taken to police headquarters and charged with eleven (11) counts of burglary, four (4) counts of theft, and possession of a stolen vehicle.  He was processed on all charges and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark in lieu of $75,000.00/No 10% Bail. Ptl. Jason Rivers, Ptl. Kristian Schneider, D/Sgt. Andrew McPhail, Det. Michael Tower, Lt. Erik Hansson, Sgt. Scott Scherer and Sgt. Frank Pumphrey assisted in the investigation.   

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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

Press Release

Posted on November 12, 2014

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

Police Arrest Willingboro Man on Charges of

Eluding/Resisting Arrest and Aggravated Assault  

Date:  November 12, 2014

                On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, police arrested 64 year-old James M. Davis of Willingboro on multiple charges including Eluding/Resisting Arrest and two counts of Aggravated Assault.  The incidents leading to Davis’ arrest began at 8:51 a.m. when Ptl. Michael Grasso attempted to stop a vehicle being operated by Davis for an observed speeding violation on Pompton Avenue.  Instead of stopping, Davis began to accelerate north on Pompton, in an obvious attempt to elude the officer.  At the intersection of Pompton & Bowden Road, Davis crossed over into oncoming traffic and sped through the red traffic light continuing north on Pompton before making a left turn onto Vincent Road.  During an a police area search for the suspect vehicle in the Park Ridge Estates, Davis twice attempted to ram police vehicles, requiring officers to take evasive action to avoid collisions.  Police ultimately located and arrested Davis after he pulled his vehicle into a Ledgewood Court driveway, where he was attempting to avoid detection.  Davis was transported to police headquarters and processed on all charges, which included multiple criminal and motor vehicle violations, such as Speeding, Reckless Driving, Failure to Observe a Red Traffic Signal and Driving While Suspended.  He was then transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark after he could not post bail of $50,000.00.  Police also impounded the defendant’s vehicle, a 2010 Dodge pick-up truck.  Police also arrested a 61 year-old vehicle passenger, Granger S. Kirkpatrick of Orange, after it was determined he was wanted on multiple warrants issued by the Newark Court.  He was processed at police headquarters and turned over to the Newark police.  In addition to Ptl. Grasso, Ptl. Jose Rodriguez, Ptl. Robert Hectus, Ptl. Kristian Schneider, Sgt. Frank Pumphrey and D/Sgt. John Kennedy were involved in the investigation.

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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

Press Release-Lauterbach

Posted on October 6, 2014

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

Police Arrest Burglary Suspect

     On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, police arrested a Caldwell man on charges of burglary and possession of burglar tools.  The arrest of the 36 year-old defendant, Kristopher M. Lauterbach, followed a 4:30 p.m. 9-1-1 call made by a Ridge Road resident reporting a suspicious male subject, subsequently identified as Lauterbach, had been ringing the interior doorbell to her apartment.  The caller reported after answering her the door, Lauterbach made conflicting statements as to why he was there, causing the resident to close her door and contact police.  While conducting an area search, officers located Lauterbach walking in an adjacent apartment complex where he again gave police conflicting statements as to his purpose.  A subsequent investigation resulted in Lauterbach’s arrest on charges he had forced open the exterior door to the caller’s building with the intention to commit burglary to an interior apartment.  Lauterbach was additionally found in possession of burglary tools believed to have been used to facilitate the forced entry into the caller’s complex and also with the illegal possession of several different pills determined to be Controlled Dangerous Substances.  Police also impounded the defendant’s vehicle, a black 2000 Chevy Cavalier, found parked approximately ½ mile from where police located him.  Lauterbach was processed on all charges at police headquarters and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark after he could not post bail of $15,000.00.  Ptl. Michael Grasso, Ptl. Joseph Russomanno, Ptl. Robert McDermott, Sgt. Eileen O’Toole and D/Sgt. John Kennedy were the investigating officers.  

              

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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

Operation Take Back Event, September 2014

Posted on October 1, 2014

Cedar Grove Police Collect 128 Pounds of

Surrendered Pharmaceuticals as Part of

Operation Take Back New Jersey

Medicine Disposal Day

 

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, the Cedar Grove Police Department collected 128 pounds of surrendered pharmaceuticals as part of Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day.  Approximately 80 citizens participated in the program and the collected pharmaceuticals were turned over to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency for safe destruction.  The Cedar Grove Police Department wishes to thank all who participated in the Take Back New Jersey Initiative. 

  Ptl. Dominick Buscio collects surrendered pharmaceuticals as part of Operation Take Back New Jersey. 


128 pounds of collected pharmaceuticals are taken to the DEA for safe destruction.

 

Bicycle Safety Press Release

Posted on May 21, 2014

Thanks to all who attended our 2014 Bicycle Safety Event this past Saturday morning.  During the event, our officers conducted safety inspections for the twenty five children who attended with bicycles and provided new bicycle helmets to twenty children.  Following the inspections, the children were able to ride on a course that simulated stop intersections, turns and balancing skills. This was the second year we held this safety event and we look forward to continuing and growing the event as we go forward and encourage more of our residents to participate next year.  Specials thanks go out to Mr. Ron Esposito of AAA / Florham Park for providing the bicycle helmets and Arctic Falls for donating bottled water for the event and of course to Traffic Safety Officer Sgt. Frank Pumphrey, DARE Officer Carolyn Zajack, Motor Officer Michael Grasso and Det. Michael Tower for organizing and staffing the event. 

 

Chief Richard Vanderstreet

Cedar Grove Police Department

 

Bicycle Safety Event

Posted on May 2, 2014

St Baldrick's 2014

Posted on March 12, 2014

Ptl. Robert McDermott, Ptl. Michael Grasso, Ptl. Jeffrey McElroy and Sgt. Andrew McPhail of the Cedar Grove Police Department with help from Fr. Robert “Mac” McLaughlin of Saint Catherine of Siena show off their bald heads after taking part in the Cedar Grove Elks St. Baldrick’s Event. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for life-saving childhood cancer research.  This year the team raised over $10,000 dollars. For more information check out the St Baldrick’s web site. http://www.stbaldricks.org/

Press Release

Posted on February 21, 2014

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

Flushing Queens Woman Arrested on Prostitution Charge

              A police investigation into suspected prostitution at the Angel Spa on Pompton Avenue led to the arrest of a Flushing, Queens woman on a charge of engaging in prostitution.  The 46 year-old defendant, Shiqing Liu, was arrested at the Angel Spa on February 18, 2014 on a charge she engaged in a sexual activity with another person in exchange for US currency.  At the time of her arrest, Liu was an Angel Spa employee working as a masseuse.  The investigation, which included a variety of investigative means including surveillance, was conducted by the Cedar Grove Police Detective Bureau, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police.  The investigation initiated following citizen complaints alleging prostitution at the location.  The defendant was processed on the charge at police headquarters and released pending a Municipal Court appearance on March 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.    

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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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February 20, 2014

Collecting For Military Serving Overseas

Posted on December 3, 2013

Cedar Grove Police Collecting Care Packages for

United States Military Personnel Serving Overseas

          The Cedar Grove Police Department will once again be collecting donations for care packages to send to our troops serving overseas this Holiday Season.  Thanks to the generosity of our residents, last year’s drive was a great success and we were able to send care packages to many of our soldiers away from their families during the Holidays.  Examples of items being sought include personal items such as toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash or body wash.  Baby wipes, hand or foot warmers, digital or disposable cameras, multi-tool or good folding knife, disposable razors and shaving cream.  Snack items such as Pringles, fruit snacks, gum, hard candy and beef jerky. Miscellaneous items such as comic books, playing cards, crossword puzzles, suntan lotion and sun glasses.  A copy of the complete list is available at the police desk.  Any person wishing to donate items can leave donations in the collection bin located in the Cedar Grove Municipal Building Lobby.  We will be collecting items until Christmas.  Please help us say thank you to our troops by sending them a little piece of home.  Anyone having questions can call Lt. Erik Hansson or Sgt. Eileen O’Toole at 973-239-4100.

Press Release

Posted on November 14, 2013

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

Township Man Arrested On Charge of Attempted Burglary

On Wednesday, November 13th., police arrested a Township man on charges of attempted burglary to a residence, criminal mischief to property and possession of a weapon.  The incidents leading to the arrest of the 30 year-old defendant, Anthony F. Tomaselli, began at 12:39 p.m. on Wednesday after police responded to a Lafayette Drive residence on a report of an intrusion alarm.  Upon arrival, officers discovered a rear window to the home had been smashed out with a large paver stone in an attempt to force entry into the home.  Officers immediately set up perimeters around the home and the general area in order to conduct a search for suspects.  During this period, an area resident reported observing a suspicious person walking in the area just prior to the burglary attempt.  A short time later, Ptl. Carolyn Zajack observed a subject, subsequently identified as Tomaselli, matching the description walking in the parking lot of the nearby Senior Citizen Complex.  As the officer attempted to conduct a field interview, she observed Tomaselli attempt to secrete an object that was determined to be a large 8” kitchen knife.   At that time Tomaselli was taken into custody for the possession of a weapon under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for lawful use.  Subsequent investigation, including the location of Tomaselli’s cell phone in the backyard property of the involved Lafayette Drive home, led to charges he had perpetrated the burglary attempt.  The defendant was processed on all charges at police headquarters and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark in lieu of a $35,000.00 bail.  Ptl. Michael Grasso, Ptl. Robert McDermott, Ptl. Richard Macaluso, Sgt. Andrew McPhail, Lt. Joseph Cirasa, D/Sgt. John Kennedy, Det. Michael Tower, Det. Scott Scherer and the Verona Police Department assisted in the investigation. 

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The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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November 14, 2013

 

 

Deer Advisory

Posted on September 24, 2013

Cedar Grove Police Department Issues Deer Advisory to Motorists

            In response to several deer involved motor vehicle crashes in the past week, the Cedar Grove Police Department is offering motorists the following tips to help avoid being involved a deer related crash:

Be aware that the period between late September and December is deer migration and mating seasons.  This results in a dramatic increase in deer activity and movement.

Be aware that deer are unpredictable, especially when faced with glaring headlights and fast moving vehicles.  Deer will often dart into the roadway.

Be aware that deer often move in groups.  If you see one, there are likely to be more in the vicinity.

Drive with extra caution when operating through wooded areas and areas known to have a large deer population, especially between dusk and dawn.

Decrease your speed when operating in an area known to have a large deer population.

When driving at night in an area known to have deer, use your high beam headlights when there are no other vehicles in the area.  The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of any deer on or near the roadway.

If you see a deer in your path, brake firmly but stay in your lane.  Many serious crashes have occurred when motorists swerve to avoid a deer and hit another car or lose control of the vehicle. 

Always wear your seatbelt.

In the event your vehicle strikes a deer, avoid going near or touching the animal.  A wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself.  If the deer is still in the roadway and poses a danger to other motorists, call 9-1-1 for police assistance. 

Press Release

Posted on September 6, 2013

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

September 6, 2013

Verizon Store Employees Charged with Theft of Smart Phones

          The Cedar Grove Police Department recently charged two Verizon Store employees with the theft of numerous smart phones taken from the Verizon Store on Pompton Avenue.  The two defendants, Jonathan Butler, 26, of Verona and Luis O. Robles, 31, of Paterson were charged following a detective bureau investigation initiated on September 2, 2013 after the store owners reported numerous phones missing from inventory.  A subsequent review of store surveillance video led to the identification of Butler as a suspect in the thefts and further investigation led to the identification of Robles as a second suspect.  The investigation culminated in theft charges being brought against both subjects.  Butler was charged on September 3rd. with the theft of 45 phones having an aggregate value of $27,000.00.  Robles was charged on September 4th. with the theft of 6 phones having an aggregate value of $4,000.00.  Both defendants were processed at police headquarters and released pending a September 12, 2013 Superior Court Arraignment in Newark.  D/Sgt. John Kennedy and Det. Michael Tower were the investigating officers.   *******************

          The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated. 

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Press Release

Posted on August 12, 2013

Cedar Grove Police To Participate In

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

          The Cedar Grove Police Department has announced it will be participating in the impaired driving enforcement campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2013 Labor Day Statewide Crackdown”. This impaired driving enforcement crackdown will take place between the dates of August 16 through September 2, 2013.  During the campaign period, Cedar Grove Officers will be out in full force to detect, arrest and prosecute any motorist found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages. 

A concentrated national effort, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters and banners.  Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period.   

In 2012, alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for nineteen (19) percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities.   As part of the initiative, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety will be providing Cedar Grove with a funding grant to run additional DWI patrols during peak hours of the two week period.

The Cedar Grove Police Department is offering the following advice during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2013 Labor Day Statewide Crackdown”:

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink, before going out.
  • Realize that every drink you have makes it more difficult to know when you’ve had too much to drive.
  • If you plan to drink, take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • If you’ve have too much to drink, spend the night where the activity is being held.
  • Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

Press Release

Posted on August 7, 2013

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

Cedar Grove Police Identify Roseland Man as Foodtown Wallet Theft Suspect

 

          The Cedar Grove Police Department has identified and charged a Roseland man in connection with the Monday, August 5, 2013 theft of a woman’s wallet at the Cedar Grove Foodtown Supermarket on Pompton Avenue.  The 35 year-old suspect, Jason A. Marx, was identified after police received multiple calls from persons recognizing him from the store surveillance video showing him removing the victim’s wallet from her pocketbook while she was momentarily distracted while shopping.  A warrant for Marx’s arrest has been issued and police are currently attempting to locate him.  Marx is also a suspect in a similar incident in West Caldwell.  The Cedar Grove Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in the quick identification of Marx.         

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          The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated. 

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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August 7, 2013

Press Release

Posted on August 6, 2013

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

Cedar Grove Police Seeking Assistance in Identifying Theft Suspect

          The Cedar Grove Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted in connection with the theft of a woman’s wallet at the Cedar Grove Foodtown Supermarket on Pompton Avenue on Monday, August 5, 2013.  Store surveillance video shows the white male suspect remove the victim’s wallet from her pocketbook while she was momentarily distracted.  Shortly after the theft, the suspect left the store and may have been operating an older blue Dodge Durango.  Any person recognizing the suspect is asked to contact Det. Sgt. John Kennedy at 973-239-4100.  All calls will remain confidential. 

          

 

PSE&G And Street Lights

Posted on July 4, 2013

PSE&G has implemented a new web page for reporting street lights that are burned out or in need of repair.  The Township of Cedar Grove is now capable of reporting via this web page.  Any street light issues can be reported to the Cedar Grove Police Department by calling (973) 239-4100 and speak to the desk officer or via email streetlights@cedargrovepd.org.  Please include as much information as possible such as name, address, location of street light, condition and pole number if possible.

Bicycle Safety Event

Posted on June 26, 2013

Press Release

Posted on May 31, 2013

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

 

          On Thursday, May 30, 2013, police investigated the armed robbery of the Burger King restaurant on Pomtpon Avenue.  Police were initially alerted to the robbery at 10:54 p.m. when a passing motorist contacted 9-1-1 reporting she had just pulled into the restaurant parking lot observed a subject wearing a mask standing behind the counter holding a handgun.  Responding officers discovered that a robbery had occurred and the suspect had already fled the store and was last observed running south on Pompton Avenue.  Subsequent investigation revealed that the male robbery suspect, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and black mask, entered the store brandishing a black handgun and announced a robbery.  The suspect then demanded that an employee open the cash registers at which time an as yet undetermined amount of cash was stolen before the man fled the scene.  Officers then conducted an area search for the suspect with negative results.  Detectives also responded, processed the scene for physical evidence, and are conducting a follow-up investigation.  None of the employees were injured in the robbery.  Any person that may witnessed suspicious activity in the Burger King area around the time of the robbery is asked to contact detectives at 973-239-4100.             

 

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          The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated. 

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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March 31, 2013

 

Press Release

Posted on May 23, 2013

 

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

          On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, police investigated the theft of three motor vehicles taken from a Tiffany Court residence.  The homeowner reported the thefts at 7:44 a.m., shortly after seeing two of his vehicles, a red 2012 Mercedes S550 and a Silver 2006 Bentley Flying Spur, being driven away from his residence by unknown actors.  The victim stated that he first observed an unknown Audi A4 pull into his driveway and then heard the two cars being started and driven away, followed by the Audi.  The homeowner subsequently discovered that a third vehicle belonging to him, a white 2012 Mercedes GL450, was also missing from the driveway.  The detective bureau processed the scene for physical evidence and is conducting a follow-up investigation.  Surrounding jurisdictions were notified of the thefts and the three vehicles were entered into the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) as stolen.

           

 

Essex County Prosecutor's Office Press Release

Posted on May 16, 2013

 

ESSEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE

PRESS RELEASE

Authorities Raid Cedar Grove Massage Parlors 

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet have announced that, earlier today, authorities raided four massage parlors operating in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Five women, all of whom were working in the establishments, were arrested during the raids and charged with prostitution offenses.

The investigation began earlier this spring when both the Cedar Grove Police Department and the Prosecutor's office received complaints about possible prostitution activity occurring at the establishments. As the investigation progressed, detectives from the Bergen, Hudson and Passaic County Prosecutor's Offices assisted detectives from Cedar Grove and Essex County.

Earlier this afternoon, detectives from the aforementioned agencies conducted raids at the following locations:

1. Zen Massage and Therapy, 908-B1 Pompton Avenue;

2. Spa Oasis, 412 Pompton Avenue;

3. Angel Spa, 569B Pompton Avenue;

4. Michelle Nails & Spa, 1064 Pompton Avenue.

Arrested at Zen Massage and Therapy was Yu Lanni, age 42,. At Spa Oasis, detectives arrested Neilan Xu, age 49. Xianyu Jin, age 40, was arrested at Angel Spa. At Michelle Spa, detectives arrested Jaeryeong Kimnam, age 45, and Fenyu Piao, age 41. Those arrested are all from Queens, NY.

All five women were charged with Engaging in Prostitution, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly, of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit. All five were released on their own recognizance after being processed on the charges according to Fennelly, who added that the women received summonses to appear in Cedar Grove municipal court in the near future.

Acting Prosecutor Murray praised the work of the detectives from Cedar Grove, and the Bergen, Hudson and Passaic county agencies, as well as the detectives and assistant prosecutors   from her office, who worked on the investigation. Acting Prosecutor Murray added that the assistance provided from the other agencies was instrumental in the success of this operation.

The matter is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor's Homicide and Major Crimes Task Force and the Bloomfield Police Department.

The investigation is continuing at this time, according to Fennelly.

THE CHARGES AGAINST THE ABOVE NAMED INDIVIDUALS ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS. THE DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT AT THIS TIME.

No further information is available at this time.

Thomas S. Fennelly

Chief Assistant Prosecutor

Homicide and Viper Units

Essex County Prosecutor's Office

 (973) 390-0878-cell

E-mail: thomas.fennelly@njecpo.org

 

 

KATHERINE B. CARTER

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

ESSEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE

VETERANS COURTHOUSE

50 WEST MARKET STREET

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY  07102

(973) 621-4021 (BUS.)

(973) 289-9704 (CELL)

KATHERINE.CARTER@NJECPO.ORG

Operation Take Back

Posted on April 1, 2013

Cedar Grove Police to Participate in Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day

The Cedar Grove Police Department will be hosting an Operation Take Back New Jersey local collection site as part of the Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Municipal Building at 525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove.   This initiative, open to all residents, was organized to encourage citizens to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine.

The Operation Take Back New Jersey Initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both potential safety and health hazards.    

This statewide effort, with many New Jersey Police Departments participating, is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division.  Residents looking for more information on the program should visit www.dea.gov.  Please contact Lt. Joseph Cirasa at 973-239-4100  ext. 254 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Press Release

Posted on March 8, 2013

Cedar Grove Press Release

March 7, 2013

            On Thursday, March 7th., police charged Kenneth D. Daniels, 27, of East Orange with several offenses including eluding police and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.  The incident leading to the charges began at 7:27 a.m. when Ptl. Michael Grasso observed the involved vehicle, a 2004 Porsche Cayenne, travelling north on Pompton Avenue at Stevens Avenue and attempted to stop the car for observed violations.  It was at that time that the operator of the Porsche, subsequently identified as Daniels, refused to stop and actively attempted to elude the officer, operating at a high rate of speed.  The officer discontinued his attempts to stop the vehicle after losing sight of it at the Route 23/46/80 interchange.  A check of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer revealed the Porsche had been reported stolen in Little Ferry on February 13, 2013.  Following a State Police Emergency Network (SPEN) broadcast of the incident, the Clifton Police Department observed the stolen Porsche and ultimately stopped the vehicle after it became disabled on Rt. 21, and Daniels was arrested following a foot pursuit.  The defendant was served with his charges, which included reckless driving and driving while suspended, in Clifton where he is being held on charges brought by the Clifton Police. His arraignment on the Cedar Grove charges is scheduled for March 14th. at 9:00 a.m. in Newark. 

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            The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated. 

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All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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March 7, 2013

Press Release

Posted on February 13, 2013

Cedar Grove Police Department

Press Release

          On Wednesday, February 13th.,  police, fire & rescue squad personnel responded to a house fire at 128 Anderson Parkway.  The initial report of the fire was received from a neighboring resident at 5:14 a.m.   The caller reported that the fire victim, an 86 year-old Township woman, had come to her door reporting a smoke condition in her home.  Upon police arrival, officers observed a heavy smoke condition emanating from the home but were unable to make entry.  The arriving fire department subsequently entered the home and following a search, discovered and extinguished a fire in the basement at 5:41 a.m.  The fire victim, who initially complained of shortness of breath, was transported to Mountainside Hospital by the rescue squad for medical evaluation.  The victim stated that she had been asleep in the home when a loud bang from the kitchen woke her up.  At that time she observed the smoke condition and was able to exit through a rear door, going to the neighbor’s house for assistance.  Detective Bureau personnel, along with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office also responded and are currently investigating the cause of the fire.  At the present time the exact cause of the fire is undetermined, but is not considered to be suspicious.  The victim’s residence sustained considerable, fire, smoke and water damage and is presently uninhabitable.  There were no other persons in the home and no injuries were reported.  The Bloomfield, Caldwell, Little Falls, Montclair, North Caldwell and Verona Fire Departments assisted in the fire incident.          

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          The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

 

Press Release-Donations For Overseas Military

Posted on November 26, 2012

Press Release
Date:  November 26, 2012

Cedar Grove Police Collecting Care Packages for
United States Military Personnel Serving Overseas 

          The Cedar Grove Police Department has announced they will once again be collecting donations for care packages to send to our troops serving overseas this Holiday Season.  Thanks to the generosity of our residents, last year’s drive was a great success and we were able to send care packages to many of our soldiers away from their families during the Holidays.  Examples of items being sought include personal items such as toothbrushes, shampoo, disposable razors, shaving cream and body wash, snack items such as Pringles, crackers, cookies, hard candy, beef jerky and miscellaneous items such as comic books, playing cards, crossword puzzles, computer memory sticks, pens, notebooks and envelopes.  A copy of the complete list is available at the police desk.  Any person wishing to donate items can leave donations in the collection bin located in the Cedar Grove Municipal Building Lobby.  We will be collecting items until January 1, 2013.  Please help us say thank you to our troops by sending them a little piece of home.  Anyone having questions can call Lt. Erik Hansson or Sgt. Eileen O’Toole at 973-239-4100.
 

Suspicious Activity

Posted on November 14, 2012

With the arrival of the winter months and early sunsets, we would like to remind our residents to be on alert for suspicious activity, since burglars often take advantage of the cover of darkness.  Please read our article on suspicious activity and report any unusual observations to the police department as it occurs.

What is Suspicious Activity?

            What is Suspicious Activity?  As followers of the Cedar Grove Police Blotter know, the Police Department always requests that the public report any suspicious activity observed as it occurs.  But what exactly is suspicious activity and when should you call the police to report it?  Past experience has showed us that some people fail to call the police simply because they are not sure of what seemingly innocent activity might be considered suspicious.  Some people hesitate to call for fear of being labeled a nosy neighbor, while others worry about being embarrassed if their suspicions prove to be unfounded.  Please know that your Police Department encourages you to report anything out of the ordinary without worry of embarrassment, it is our job to investigate your reports and we appreciate all calls.  Many criminals have been apprehended as a result of citizens making such reports.  In an effort to assist residents in identifying what suspicious activity is, we are providing a list of some things to look for:

  •  Anything that looks out of place or is occurring at an unusual time of day could be criminal activity in progress.  Examples of things to watch out for are;
  • A stranger entering your neighbor’s house when they are not home;
  • Open or broken doors or windows at a neighbor’s house when they are not home;
  • The sound of breaking glass, alarms or other loud noises;
  • Anyone observed forcing entry into or tampering with a residence or parked vehicle;
  • Strangers observed walking through a neighbor’s yard;
  • Strangers observed loading a vehicle with televisions, computers or other valuables;
  • Unknown parked or occupied vehicles idling at the curb without an apparent purpose;
  • Strangers walking through the neighborhood looking into parked cars, backyards, etc.;
  • Unknown vehicles moving slowly through the neighborhood or circling the same block repeatedly.

 

While some of these potentially suspicious situations may have innocent explanations, the Police Department would rather immediately investigate the circumstances than be called back when it’s too late.  Remember, your call could help us stop a crime and arrest a criminal.  The Police Department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.

                                                                                               

 

Deer Advisory

Posted on October 16, 2012

Cedar Grove Police Department Issues Deer Advisory to Motorists

 

            In response to several deer involved motor vehicle crashes in the past weeks, the Cedar Grove Police Department is offering motorists the following tips to help avoid being involved a deer related crash:

 

Be aware that the period between October and December is deer migration and mating seasons.  This results in a dramatic increase in deer activity and movement.

 

Be aware that deer are unpredictable, especially when faced with glaring headlights and fast moving vehicles.  Deer will often dart into the roadway.

 

Be aware that deer often move in groups.  If you see one, there are likely to be more in the vicinity.

 

Drive with extra caution when operating through wooded areas and areas known to have a large deer population, especially between dusk and dawn.

 

Decrease your speed when operating in an area known to have a large deer population.

 

When driving at night in an area known to have deer, use your high beam headlights when there are no other vehicles in the area.  The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of any deer on or near the roadway.

 

If you see a deer in your path, brake firmly but stay in your lane.  Many serious crashes have occurred when motorists swerve to avoid a deer and hit another car or lose control of the vehicle. 

 

Always wear your seatbelt

 

In the event your vehicle strikes a deer, avoid going near or touching the animal.  A wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself.  If the deer is still in the roadway and poses a danger to other motorists, call 9-1-1 for police assistance.

Press Release

Posted on October 1, 2012

Cedar Grove Police Collect 136 Pounds of

Surrendered Pharmaceuticals as Part of

Operation Take Back New Jersey

Medicine Disposal Day

Date:  October 1, 2012

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Cedar Grove Police Department collected 136 pounds of surrendered pharmaceuticals as part of Operation Take Back New Jersey Medicine Disposal Day.  The collected pharmaceuticals were turned over to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency for safe destruction.  The Cedar Grove Police Department wishes to thank all who participated in the Take Back New Jersey Initiative. 

 

 

 

Press Release

Posted on September 3, 2012

Cedar Grove Police Department



Press Release



September 4, 2012

 

          On Monday, September 3rd. at 6:46 p.m., police responded to a Brunswick Road residence on a report of a burglary.  The homeowner reported that sometime between Thursday, August 30th. and Monday evening, some unknown person(s) forced entry into his residence by forcing open a ground floor window.  Upon entry, the actor(s) moved throughout the home removing a number of items, including a laptop computer, jewelry, a jug containing change, and a suitcase.  While conducting a canvas of the area, an area resident reported on Sunday, September 2nd. at around 8:30 p.m., he observed an individual with a flashlight walking through the backyard next to the burglarized home.  The detective bureau processed the scene for physical evidence and is now conducting a follow-up investigation.  Any person having additional information is asked to contact detectives at 973-239-4100. 

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          The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated.

Press Release

Posted on August 16, 2012

Cedar Grove Police To Participate In

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

 

          The Cedar Grove Police Department has announced that it will be participating in the impaired driving enforcement campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Statewide Crackdown”. This impaired driving enforcement crackdown will take place between the dates of August 17 through September 3, 2012.  During the campaign period, Cedar Grove Officers will be out in full force to detect, arrest and prosecute any motorist found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages. 

 

A concentrated national effort, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters and banners.  Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period.   

 

In 2010, alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for twenty (20) percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities.   As part of the initiative, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety will be providing Cedar Grove with a $4,400 Grant to run additional DWI patrols during peak hours of the two week period.

 

The Cedar Grove Police Department is offering the following advice during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Statewide Crackdown”

  • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink, before going out.
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  • Realize that every drink you have makes it more difficult to know when you’ve had too much to drive.
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  • If you plan to drink, take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
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  • If you’ve have too much to drink, spend the night where the activity
  • is being held.
  • Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

Press Release

Posted on July 13, 2012

TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE

DEPARTMENT OF POLICE 

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:  July 13, 2012

 

Cedar Grove Police Investigate Diversion Style Burglary 

On Thursday, July 12th. at 9:19 p.m., a Township woman reported that she had been the victim of a diversion style home burglary.  The 84 year-old victim reported that at 4:15 p.m. that afternoon, two white males in a grey pick-up pulled up to her home and asked her if they could do work on her driveway.  The victim informed the men that she did not need any work done and walked down her driveway with one of the men walking alongside her.  The man continued to talk to the victim and asked if she needed work done in her backyard.  The victim again declined and asked the man to leave.  At this time, the second subject entered the yard and stated to the first man that they had all they needed and could leave.  At that time the two men left the area.  The victim subsequently discovered that jewelry boxes in her bedroom were out of place and numerous items of jewelry were missing.  It is believed that the second subject entered the victim’s home and stole the jewelry while the first subject was distracting the victim in the backyard.  The victim reported that the suspects were in their late twenties, wearing work clothes and appeared dirty.  One of the men was missing teeth.  Any person having additional information is asked to contact detectives at 973-239-4100.  *  Residents are warned to be suspicious of contractors going door-to-door offering to do work.  Local ordinance requires that any such solicitor be licensed by the Township so that proper checks can be made of background and references.  Always ask to see a Township issued solicitors license and always be wary about strangers who come to your home unsolicited.  If you are unsure what to do, please contact the police department at 973-239-4100.    

Press Release

Posted on May 24, 2012

TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE 

DEPARTMENT OF POLICE

PRESS RELEASE  

DATE:  May 23, 2012 

Little Falls Man Charged in Connection with

Motor Vehicle Burglaries in Cedar Grove & Little Falls    

 

          A Little Falls man, identified as 32 year-old Todd E. Parrett, has been identified as the suspect responsible for a number of motor vehicle burglaries that occurred along the Cedar Grove, Little Falls border during the early morning hours of May 15, 2012.  It was during that morning that a number of victims, including one from Bergen Drive in Cedar Grove, reported that parked vehicles had been rummaged through and items such as cash and jewelry had been stolen.  Police were able to identify Parrett as the burglary suspect after a Little Falls Police Officer spotted him walking in Little Falls on May 22nd. and observed that his appearance was similar to the images of the suspect captured by surveillance video provided by one of the Little Falls victims.  Following a field interview with Parrett, the officer developed the probable cause necessary to arrest him in connection with the vehicle burglaries.  Cedar Grove Police processed the defendant on charges of burglary and theft and released him to the custody of the Little Falls Police where he was charged with additional offenses relating to the investigation.  Det. Scott Scherer, Det. Michael Tower and D/Sgt. John Kennedy were the investigating Cedar Grove officers.             

 

           

 

Press Release

Posted on May 11, 2012

TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE

DEPARTMENT OF POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:  May 10, 2012

 

Woodland Park Man Arrested on Charges of Weapons Possession, Marijuana Distribution   

          The Cedar Grove Police Department has announced the arrest of Nicholas A. Rusignuolo, 19, of Woodland Park on charges relating to illegal weapons possession and marijuana distribution.  Rusignuolo’s arrest followed a two month long Narcotics Bureau investigation into reports that the defendant was selling marijuana in the Township.  The investigation led to the issuance and execution of search warrants for the defendant and his vehicle on May 8, 2012 on Slattery Drive.   Subsequent to search warrant execution, the defendant was found to be in possession of over 50 grams of marijuana, two knives, including a specifically prohibited switch blade knife, and drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, packaging material and six marijuana pipes.  Rusignuolo was processed on the following charges and released pending a Superior Court Arraignment on May 16, 2012 in Newark:  Possession with Intent to Distribute Over One Ounce of CDS Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Over One Ounce of CDS Marijuana Within 500 ft. of a Public Park, Possession of CDS Marijuana Over 50 Grams, Possession of a Weapon Under Circumstances Not Manifestly Appropriate for Such Possession, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of Weapons While Distributing CDS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Lt. Joseph Cirasa, Lt. Erik Hansson, Ptl. Jose Rodriguez and Ptl. Dominick Buscio of the Narcotics Bureau participated in the investigation along members of the Verona Police Department. 

Press Release

Posted on May 2, 2012

TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE

DEPARTMENT OF POLICE

PRESS RELEASE 

DATE:  April 30, 2012 

Cedar Grove Police Collect 78 Pounds of

Surrendered Pharmaceuticals as Part of

Operation Take Back New Jersey

           On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Cedar Grove Police Department collected 78 pounds of surrendered pharmaceuticals as part of the Operation Take Back New Jersey medicine disposal day.  Approximately 40 citizens utilized the program to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine.  The collected pharmaceuticals were turned over to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency for safe destruction.  The Cedar Grove Police Department wishes to thank all who participated in the Operation Take Back New Jersey Initiative.

Press Release

Posted on April 17, 2012

TOWNSHIP OF CEDAR GROVE

DEPARTMENT OF POLICE 

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:  April 16, 2012 

Essex County P.B.A. Conference Honors Cedar Grove Police Officers

For Their Efforts in Arrest of Cargo Theft Crew 

Several Cedar Grove Officers were among the honorees at the 30th. Annual Essex County P.B.A. Conference Valor Awards Ceremony held on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at il Tulipano in Cedar Grove.  The Cedar Grove Officers were recognized for their efforts in a special operation that resulted in the arrest of an organized group of criminals caught in the act of burglarizing a Cliffside Drive Factory on January 15, 2011.  The arrest of the five criminals involved in an East Coast Cargo Theft Crew followed a sting operation performed with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Cargo Theft Unit.  After receiving information that the criminals were targeting the Cedar Grove location, the officers secreted themselves both inside and out of the building on surveillance.  The Cargo Theft Crew later arrived, forcibly entered the building, and was in the process of loading $500,000.00 worth of merchandise into two stolen trucks when officers sprung into action and arrested them.  The honored officers were D/Sgt. John Kennedy, Lt. Joseph Cirasa, Lt. Michael Orsulak, Lt. Erik Hansson, Sgt. Frank Pumphrey, Sgt. Eileen O’Toole, Ptl. Michael Grasso, Ptl. Jose Rodriguez, Det. Michael Tower and Chief Richard Vanderstreet.

Press Release

Posted on April 4, 2012

 
OFFICE OF THE COUNTY PROSECUTOR
Essex County Veterans Courthouse
973.621.4700

ACTING ESSEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR
CAROLYN A. MURRAY
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact:  Katherine Carter                                                                                                      
973. 621.4021 (Office)     973 289.9704 (Cell)

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                 
April 3, 2012
Mom Charged with Aggravated Assault for Injuries Sustained by 8-Week-Old 
NewarkActing Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet announced today that Ania Marcinkiewicz, 35, of Cedar Grove was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of 2nd degree aggravated assault and two counts of  2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child.
It is alleged that Marcinkiewicz assaulted her eight-week-old baby girl, resulting in a fractured skull and other injuries. It is further alleged that the mother failed to obtained medical attention for the baby. The assault allegedly occurred between March 22 and March 23 at the family home in Cedar Grove.
The mother was arrested yesterday. She is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility. Bail was set at $300,000 with the condition that the defendant surrenders her passport and has no contact with the victim who is currently in the care of the Division of Youth and Family Services. 
The investigation remains active and ongoing. No other information in available at this time. 
Acting Prosecutor Murray lauded the Cedar Grove Police Department led by Detective Sgt. John J. Kennedy and Detective Michael Tower and Detectives of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit, led by Captain Arnold Valentin. 
These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law.