On September 16, 2017, Off. Joseph Pami took a report of stolen all-terrain vehicles from a Pompton Ave. business. The victim reported leaving three ATVs locked in his business overnight and when he arrived the next morning he noticed the garage door was ajar and the ATVs were gone.
On September 17, 2017, Off. Brian McMahon stopped a vehicle on Bloomfield Ave. near Sunset Ave. after observing a violation. As Off. McMahon exited his vehicle to speak with the driver, the operator placed the car in drive and fled into Montclair. Off. McMahon was able to positively identify the driver and issued the driver several summonses through the mail.
On September 18, 2017, Off. Giovanni DeSomma took a report of a missing elderly male. While investigating the matter, Off. DeSomma was informed that the missing person was possibly on a train heading to Belmar, N.J. Upon checking the train schedule, Off. DeSomma saw there was a stop in Long Branch, and notified Long Branch Police. The Long Branch Police sent an officer to the train station and found the missing person. The missing person was transported to the Long Branch Police station and picked up a short time later by a family member.
On September 19, 2017, Off. Justin Nielsen took a report of a stolen television from a Claremont Ave. resident. The resident reported that he left a television in the basement of his home sometime in mid-August and discovered it missing on 9/18/2017. The TV was described as a 48 inch Samsung Smart TV valued at $492.18.
On September 20, 2017, Off. Christopher Scheper took a report of a road rage incident. The victim stated while traveling north on Mt. Prospect Avenue in West Orange she observed a vehicle driving erratically. She further stated that while on Mt. Prospect Avenue near the intersection of Woodland Avenue in West Orange, the vehicle drove into oncoming traffic, over the double yellow lines and cut her off. After entering Verona, she stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of Pompton Avenue and Cambridge Road in the left lane. At that time, the vehicle pulled up next to her and the operator punched the front passenger side window or mirror of her vehicle. The vehicle then continued north on Pompton Avenue into Cedar Grove. There was no damage to the victim’s vehicle and the victim was advised of complaint procedures.
On September 21, 2017, Off. Michael Barone took a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The victim reported leaving her car parked in a lot on Pompton Avenue. When she returned to the lot she discovered her black BMW 7 series was missing. The vehicle was entered NCIC as stolen. The value of the vehicle is unknown at this time.
On September 22, 2017, Off. William Frazee took a report of a suspicious incident. A Cumberland Ave. resident reported that she was awakened between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. by a utility service working on wires directly in front of her residence. The caller was not able to identify who was working outside of her home, and in the morning her cable service was no longer working. After checking with several cable companies, they reported that no work was conducted in the area.
On September 23, 2017, Off. Alyssa Kirby was dispatched to the area of 32 Lakeside Ave on a report of a male lying on the grass. Upon her arrival she discovered a male lying on the grass with his legs and bike in the shoulder of the roadway. The male had a laceration above his right eye and lacerations to his right knee. The injured male stated he was unaware of how he obtained the injuries, and stated he sat down to rest for a moment. The Verona Rescue Squad was dispatched to scene to evaluate his injuries. He was then transported to Mountainside Hospital for further treatment.
On September 25, 2017, Off. Michael Barone was dispatched to a Bloomfield Ave. business on a report of a dispute. Upon his arrival, Off. Barone was informed that a delivery vehicle was blocking a driveway to the business. When the business owner asked the delivery driver to move the vehicle a dispute ensued. The dispute escalated into a physical altercation between the delivery driver and the business owner. Both parties did not report being injured and both were advised of complaint procedures.
On September 26, 20177, at 1:11 AM Off. Stephanie Colon observed a suspicious person sleeping in Verona Park. After checking on the individual’s welfare, the person was advised that the park was closed for the evening and sent on their way.
On September 27, 2017, Det./Sgt. Timothy Banta met with a township resident to discuss recovered checks. On Friday September 22, 2017 Det./Sgt. Banta received an alert from the Newark Police Department reporting they had recovered a vehicle with several personal checks and debit cards all of which were presumed to be stolen. One of the checks displayed the account holder’s name of a Verona resident. Det./Sgt. Banta then spoke to the resident who reported that approximately 10-12 days ago a check order was placed and the checks were never received.
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