Verona Police Blotter: May 7-13, 2017


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Verona Police Department logoThe Verona Police Department logged a total of 379 assignments during the week of May 7-13, 2017. Responses included the following:

  • 14 burglar alarms (9 residential, 5 commercial)
  • 32 Rescue Squad dispatches
  • 12 Fire Department dispatches
  • 10 motor vehicle crash scenes
  • 6 arrests
  • 2 frauds
  • 105 motor vehicle stops that resulted in 100 traffic summonses and 54 warning notices being issued.

May 7, 2017
4:21 PM: Officer Justin Nielsen took a report of harassment from a Pine Street resident. The resident reported that her daughter had been receiving threatening messages via Snapchat from an unknown person. The resident stated she sent a picture of herself along with a message to the unknown person advising them to stop communicating with her daughter.

May 8, 2017
8:51 AM: Officer Giovanni Desomma took a report of a dispute on Fairview Avenue. A motorist flagged the officer down and reported that while on Orchard Street slowly moving towards the crosswalk to make a turn onto Fairview Avenue, a pedestrian trying to use the crosswalk began knocking on her window and yelling at her. The motorist was able to make her turn and left the area. The officer was able to locate the pedestrian who confirmed the verbal argument. All parties were advised of complaint procedures.
8:26 PM: Officer Steve Young took a report of a burglary to a motor vehicle from a Parkhurst Place resident. The resident reported that his Mac Book Pro was taken from his vehicle while it was parked in his driveway. The value of the computer is approximately $1000.

May 10, 2017
10:18 AM: During the weekly municipal court session, after finding him guilty of a probation violation, the judge allowed Robert Tucker to use his cell phone in the hallway. The judge also ordered Tucker not to leave the building. While monitoring Tucker, Officer McMahon, who was assigned to assist during the court session, observed him suddenly run down the stairs and out of the municipal building. Officer McMahon pursued the Tucker and was able to apprehend him on Park Place. Tucker, of North Caldwell, was transported back to police headquarters where he was charged with obstructing the administration of law, resisting arrest and escape. He was remanded to the Essex County Jail on $25,000 bail for the violation of probation. Tucker was transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark.
11:32 AM: Officer Giovanni DeSomma took a report of a dispute. A New York resident reported that he needed to retrieve his license plates from a local car dealer. The dealer reported that he had sent out the plates to be terminated as the vehicle they were on had been repossessed. A short time later, the dealer contacted the officer and reported that he was able to retrieve the plates and the owner could pick them up later in the afternoon.
4:27 PM: Officer Alyssa Kirby took a report of a burglary at a Fellswood Drive residence. The caretaker of the residence reported that he found the back door open when he arrived at the house. Nothing appears to be disturbed or missing from inside the house. The officer did observe pry marks on the doorframe.

May 11, 2017
2:32 AM: Officer Robert Juliano conducted a motor vehicle stop on Brookdale Avenue after a random check of the vehicle license plate showed an expired registration. While speaking with the vehicle operator, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Both occupants were asked to step from the vehicle, and due to the strong odor emanating from the occupants they were both searched. The passenger, Julian Infusino of Verona, was found to be in possession of CDS. Drug paraphernalia was also located in the vehicle. A warrant was located from the Cedar Grove Municipal Court for the operator. Michael Dollaway of Verona. Infusino and Dollaway were transported to police headquarters and processed. After processing, Dollaway was issued several motor vehicle summonses and released with a new court date for the Cedar grove warrant. Infusino was charged with possession of CDS and possession of drug
paraphernalia and released with a pending court date.
9:53 AM: Officer Ed Ruff took a report of a fraud from a Lakeside Avenue resident. The resident reported that he received an alert from American Express advising him of several unauthorized purchases on his account. The resident also reported that his cell phone account had been transferred to another carrier without his authorization. The resident has been in touch with American Express as well as his cell phone carrier. He was provided with identity theft information.
5:49 PM: Officer Brian McMahon took a report of a shoplifting from a Pompton Avenue business. The store employee reported on the previous day a black female had entered the store and began asking her questions about items in the store. A short time later, a black male entered the store and began browsing the aisles. The male then made a purchase using cash, and both individuals then left the store. When closing the store, the employee noticed several items missing from the shelf but was unsure if another employee sold them. After checking with the other employees and checking the store video, it was determined that the male took the items. The value of the missing items is approximately $230.

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