March 27-April 2, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on April 3, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

March 27– April 2, 2017

           
            On March 27, 2017 at 5:03 p.m., Officers responded to a Second Avenue residence on a report of a theft. It was determined that two actors posing as utility workers diverted the victim’s attention. One told the resident he needed to inspect her electrical service and led her to the basement. The second actor went to the master bedroom and removed jewelry. The detective bureau is investigating.
           
            On March 28, 2017 at 8:27 a.m., Ptl. Justin Westra responded to a Skytop Road address to investigate a fraud. The victim reported that a message on his computer said that it was infected with a virus and that he must call the displayed phone number. After calling he was advised to purchase $300 in iTunes gift cards and call back with the card serial numbers. The victim complied. After providing the numbers he was advised that the repair would cost additional money. Realizing that he was scammed he contacted the police. The matter remains under investigation.  
 
            On March 29, 2017 at 11:14 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a motor vehicle for an observed equipment violation. It was subsequently determined that the 31 year old male operator’s driving privileges were suspended. He was arrested and processed at police headquarters. His vehicle was also impounded for being uninsured. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On March 29, 2017 at 1:49 p.m., Sgt. Jason Wolfstirn investigated an attempted scam on a Mountain Ridge Drive resident. The elderly resident was contacted by a scammer requesting that she purchase $1,500 in gift cards. The scammer arranged to have a taxi respond to the victim’s residence to facilitate the purchase. Police were waiting for the taxi when it arrived. The detective bureau currently working with the taxi company to determine who requested the taxi.
 
            On March 29, 2017 at 11:55 p.m., Ptl. Christopher Lynch stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. It was determined that the 22 year old female operator out of Orange had a suspended driver’s license. She was arrested and processed at police headquarters. She was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On March 30, 2017 at 12:15 a.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume stopped a vehicle for exceeding the posted speed limit on Pompton Avenue. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 26 year old male operator out of Kinnelon. It was determined that he was operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drugs. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On March 31, 2017 at 6:44 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. It was then determined that the 23 year old male operator out of Cedar Grove was driving a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested and processed at police headquarters. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On March 31, 2017 at 8:59 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella took a report of an attempted fraud from a township resident. The resident reported that he had texted intimate photographs to a female he met on an online dating site. A week later he was contacted by an unknown male demanding that he purchase $1,500 in gift cards and forward him the serial numbers. The caller threatened to forward the intimate photographs to the victim’s employer. The detective bureau is investigating.
           
            On April 1, 2017 at 9:39 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a vehicle on Pompton Avenue after observing it being operator without its lamps illuminated. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a 23 year old male operator out of Verona for driving while intoxicated. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 2, 2017 at 1:20 a.m., Ptl. Nicole Witel stopped a motor vehicle for an improper turn. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 49 year old male operator out of New York. He was charged with possession of CDS (marijuana) and driving with a suspended license. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court. 
 

*********All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. ********

April 2-9, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on April 10, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

 April 2-9, 2017

 
            On April 3, 2017 at 8:38 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a vehicle for an observed moving violation. The vehicle operator, a 53 year old male out of Bronx, NY, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 4, 2017 at 1:34 p.m., Ptl. Kyle Vergano stopped a vehicle for an observed moving violation. The vehicle operator, a 29 year old male out of Clifton, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
           
            On April 4, 2017 at 7:21 p.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume stopped a vehicle after a random check on his mobile data terminal revealed that the registration was expired. The vehicle operator, a 50 year old male out of Caldwell, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
           
            On April 4, 2017 at 7:35 a.m., Ptl. John Smigelsky stopped a vehicle after a random check on his mobile data terminal revealed that the registration was suspended. The vehicle operator, a 31 year old female out of Elmwood Park, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that her driving privileges were suspended. She was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 5, 2017 at 10:47 a.m., Ptl. John Smigelsky investigated a two car motor vehicle crash with injuries in the area of 1190 Pompton Avenue. His investigation revealed that one of the vehicle operators, a 70 year female out of West Orange, was operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs. She was arrested, processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 5, 2017 at 10:22 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Ligas stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The vehicle operator, a 19 year old male out of Verona, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 7, 2017 at 8:20 a.m., Ptl. Michael Passafiume stopped a vehicle for a moving violation.  The vehicle operator, a 49 year old male out of Bloomfield, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 8, 2017 at 2:38 a.m., Police responded to The Grasshopper Bar and Restaurant for a large fight. Several of the involved parties had left the scene prior to police arrival. Two individuals with minor injuries were located standing outside the business. They were evaluated by the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad and declined further medical treatment. None of the involved parties wished to pursue criminal charges.
 
            On April 8, 2017 at 12:05 p.m., Sgt. Jason Wolfstirn stopped a vehicle for an expired inspection decal. The vehicle operator, a 38 year old male out of Carteret, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 8, 2017 at 4:50 p.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The vehicle operator, a 23 year old male out of Newark, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 9, 2017 at 8:35 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The vehicle operator, a 44 year old female out of Montclair, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that her driving privileges were suspended. She was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 

*********All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. ********

April 10-16, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on April 19, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter
 
 April 10-16, 2017
     
             
            On April 10, 2017 at 1:41 a.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The vehicle operator, a 21 year old male out of Newark, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            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. 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. He was charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools. He was processed and taken to the Essex County Jail. 
 
            On April 14, 2017 at 6:57 p.m., Ptl. Justin Westra stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The vehicle operator, a 32 year old male out of Newark, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 

*********All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. ********

April 17-23, 2017 Police Blotter

Posted on April 24, 2017

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

 April 17-23, 2017 
    
 
            On April 17, 2017 at 3:24 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The vehicle operator, a 20 year old male out of Bergenfield, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 18, 2017 at 8:49 p.m., Ptl. Joseph Johnson stopped a vehicle that was tailgating another vehicle on the roadway. The vehicle operator, a 20 year old female out of Clifton, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that her driving privileges were suspended. She was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 20, 2017 at 4:49 a.m., Ptl. Anthony Cardona stopped a vehicle that was speeding and being operated in an erratic manner. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 35 year old female vehicle operator out of Totowa for driving while intoxicated. She was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 21, 2017 at 2:06 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella stopped a vehicle after a check on his mobile data terminal revealed that the registration was expired. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the vehicle operator for possession of marijuana. The vehicle operator, an 18 year old female out of Brewster, NY, was processes and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 21, 2017 at 11:35 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a vehicle for an observed violation. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 35 year old male passenger out of East Orange for possession of marijuana. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.
 
            On April 21, 2017 at 5:03 p.m., Ptl. Kyle Vergano stopped a vehicle after observing the operator using a cell phone while driving. The vehicle operator, a 28 year old male out of Deerfield Beach, FL, was subsequently arrested after it was determined that his driving privileges were suspended. He was released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

 *********All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty. ********