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Verona Police Blotter: January 15-21, 2017

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Verona Police Department logoJanuary 15, 2017

10:16 AM: Officer Brendan Huber took a report of found property from a Brentwood Drive resident. The resident reported finding numerous credit cards and vehicle registrations in his driveway. The officer was able to locate the owner and the items were returned.

January 16, 2017

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12:02 PM: Officer Brendan Huber took a report of lost property from a Linden Avenue resident. The resident reported that she had lost her NJ Driver’s License.

January 17, 2017

10:28 AM: Detectives Anthony Condorelli and Joel Martin responded to the Bergen County Jail to pick up Bekim Mehmeti of Lodi who was being held on an outstanding warrant from the Verona Municipal Court. Mehmeti was transported to police headquarters and processed. On January 18 he appeared in court and was sentenced to eight days in jail. Mehmeti was then transported to the Essex County Jail.

10:33 AM: Officer Erin McGarrity took a report of property damage on Bloomfield Avenue. A decorative light pole appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. Value of the damage is unknown at this time.

1:57 PM: Officer Stephanie Colon took a report of a larceny at a Bloomfield Avenue business. The general manager reported that numerous customers have been reporting items missing from their vehicles. The manager set up a video camera and a short time later observed an employee remove change from a vehicle. At the request of the manager, the employee was asked to leave the property and was advised not to return.

January 18, 2017

8:53AM: Officer Erin McGarrity took a report of criminal mischief on Bloomfield Avenue. An employee reported that metal clamps and wiring to a fence had been removed. No damage was observed to the fence.

1:18 PM: Officer Bill Frazee responded along with the Verona Fire Department to a report of a car fire on Fairview Avenue. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. The value of the damage is unknown at this time.

6:22 PM: Officer Chris Scheper took a report of a fraud from a Martin Road resident. The resident reported that he was hired by on online company. His assignment was to attempt to collect an outstanding debt. Several days after speaking with the person who owed the debt, the resident received a partial payment on a check from a company in Michigan. When the resident contacted the company, they advised that the check was fraudulent check. The resident was provided with identity theft information and advised to contact the police if he has any additional correspondence with the online company.

8:01 PM: Officer Chris Scheper responded to a Bloomfield Avenue business to check on a person sleeping on the front steps. Upon checking the person’s credentials, an outstanding warrant was located from the Morris County Sheriff’s Department. Justin Giannetti of West Caldwell was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. After processing, Giannetti was turned over to the Morris County Sheriff’s Department.

January 19, 2017

9:45 AM: Officer Ed Ruff took a report of a fraud from a Cedar Grove resident. The resident discovered unauthorized charges on her debit card. The resident has been in touch with her credit card company and the account has been closed.

January 20, 2017

7:30 AM: Officers Stephanie Colon and Brendan Huber responded to East Orange Police Department to pick up Kyle Ruth on an outstanding warrant from the Verona Municipal Court. Ruth was transported to police headquarters and processed. After processing, he was transported to the Essex County Jail.

January 21, 2017

1:30 AM:
Officer Robert Juliano responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Elmwood Road. While tending to the driver’s injuries, Officer Juliano detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. Upon checking for identification in a purse located in the vehicle, officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The Verona Rescue Squad transported the operator of the vehicle, Natalie Aracil of Verona, to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Aracil was issued summonses for driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

8:24 AM: Officer Michael Barone took a report of a township ordinance violation from a Derwent Avenue resident. The resident reported that his neighbor’s dog had come into his yard several times and attempted to bite him. He stated he had attempted to speak with his neighbor without success. The officer spoke to the neighbor and advised him to keep the dog in his yard. The resident was advised of complaint procedures.

12:29 PM: Officer Stephanie Colon arrested Michael Garcia of Woodcliff Lake on an outstanding warrant from the Verona Municipal Court. After processing, Garcia posted bail and was released.

1:41 PM: Sgt. Dan Greco responded along with the Verona Fire Department to a report of a smoke condition at a Montrose Avenue residence. The fire department determined that the smoke was coming from the furnace, which had cracked due to a lack of water in the boiler. The owner was advised to contact a plumber to replace the boiler. The value of the damage is unknown at this time.

Any individual named in these reports is presumed innocent until a decision is rendered by the courts. MyVeronaNJ.com updates police blotter reports with the disposition of the case upon request and with submission of documentary proof. We do not remove stories or delete names based on an expungement.

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