Verona Police Blotter: October 1-15, 2017


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Verona Police Department logoStatistics
1,270 Dispatch entries
20 Residential alarms
7 Business alarms
83 Rescue Squad calls
24 Fire calls
60 Summonses (moving violations)
140 Parking summonses
10 Arrests
6 Fraud reports
2 Driving while intoxicated

On 10/1/2017, Off. Robert Maguire was conducting routine patrol at 1:20 AM in the area of a Bloomfield Ave. business. At this time he observed a male and female urinating in a parking lot. Both individuals were issued a summons for urinating in public.

On 10/3/2017, Off. Joseph Pami took a report of stolen property. The victim reported that in July of 2016 she hired a moving company to move her into a new apartment. During the move she had a laptop computer in a box which was placed in the basement of her new apartment. On 10/3/2017 she went to retrieve the laptop and discovered that it was missing. The victim further stated that her calls to the moving company were not returned. The value of the missing computer is approximately $480. The victim was advised of complaint procedures and given a Victim Notification Form.

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On 10/4/2017, Off. Brendan Huber responded to a Grove Ave. business on a report of a female causing a disturbance. Upon arrival Off. Huber discovered a female siting in a vehicle listening to loud music with numerous bags scattered around the outside of the car. The woman appeared as if she had not slept in a while, and was not making sense while speaking to the officer. Being concerned for her well-being, the Verona Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene and transported the woman to a local hospital for an evaluation.

On 10/5/2017, Off. Alyssa Kirby took a report from a woman who was involved in a motor vehicle crash on October 2, 2017. The woman reported that her vehicle was struck from behind and her bumper was damaged. Instead of filing a report, the driver of the vehicle who struck her car promised to pay for the damages. The two then exchanged information. When the woman attempted to contact the person who struck her car, she was informed that she had the wrong number. The woman was given a crash report to fill out and submit to her insurance company.

On 10/6/2017, Off. Stephanie Colon observed a vehicle drive through a red light on Pompton Ave. Off. Colon stopped the car and discovered that the driver had an outstanding warrant out of East Orange. The driver was arrested and transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing the driver was released on his own recognizance and given a new court date for East Orange Municipal Court. The driver was also issued a summons for failing to observe a traffic control device.

On 10/7/2017, Off. Giovanni DeSomma took a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The victim reported last seeing his 2013 Mercedes Benz GL4 in his driveway around midnight. He further stated that his mother-in-law discovered the car missing from the driveway around 5:30 AM. The victim also stated that at approximately 5:15 AM his mother-in-law heard the car start but believed it was her son-in-law leaving. The victim believes that the vehicle was unlocked and there was a spare key left in a gym bag on the backseat of the car. The car was entered in the computer system as stolen, and the victim was given a Victim Notification Form.

On 10/8/2017, Off. Robert Juliano was dispatched to Balston Dr. to take a report of a dispute. The caller reported that he was given a key to his neighbor’s house ten years ago. During that time he used the key to bring in his neighbor’s mail and help with groceries. The neighbor had recently passed away, and when a family member of the deceased arrived at the house, the caller informed the family member that they were not allowed in the house until they could produce a will. Upon hearing this, a dispute ensued between the caller and the family member. When Off.
Juliano arrived on the scene he advised the caller that the family would be allowed in the house and also instructed the caller to stay away from the house at the request of the family. All of the parties involved were satisfied with the outcome and were advised to call the police if they needed any further assistance.

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On 10/9/2017, Off. Justin Nielsen took a report from a resident who believes that a person was trying to get her to cash a fraudulent check. The resident stated she had an item for sale on a website for $500. She further stated that she received a response to the ad. The person responding to the ad agreed to the listed price and added an additional $50 as a forward payment for a third party to pick-up the item for sale. On October 4, 2017 the resident received a check for $3350 for the item she was selling. The following day the resident received a text from the buyer asking why the check had not been cashed. The resident believed this to be suspicious and immediately responded to the police station to report the incident.

On 10/10/2017, Sgt. Anthony Condorelli took a report of a road rage incident. A Montclair resident reported while he was stopped at a traffic light on Mount Prospect Ave. a white car occupied by three females pulled up next to him. He further stated that the driver of the car threw an open can of soda at his vehicle damaging the interior. The car then fled the area. The complainant was able to get the license plate of the vehicle before it fled the area. The complainant was advised of complaint procedures and that the incident would be documented.

On 10/11/2017, Off. Robert Juliano was dispatched to a Pompton Ave. service station to take a report of a black van that had left the service station without paying for fuel. While responding to the area, Off. Juliano located a van matching the description of the suspect vehicle around the corner from the station. Upon closer inspection of the vehicle, Off. Juliano determined that the van was locked, however, he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and observed marijuana on the front passenger seat and a bag of marijuana in a small compartment
above the radio. Due to heavy tints on the rest of the windows and bench seats in the van, it could not be determined if anyone was still inside the van. After knocking on the vans doors and windows and requesting anyone inside the van to come out it appeared that the van was unoccupied. The vehicle was then impounded for processing. While the van was being towed, the tow truck driver felt the van rock from side to side while stopped at a red light. The tow truck driver immediately contacted police dispatch and asked to inform the officer that was following the tow truck that the van was moving. The officer then discovered two people hiding in the van. The two occupants that were hiding in the van were placed under arrest, processed, issued several summonses each and released on their own recognizance.

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On 10/13/2017, Off. Christopher Scheper took a report of harassing phone calls. The victim stated that she received a voice mail message saying that a charity website that was created for her was going to be removed. The victim further stated that this is an ongoing issue and the caller constantly harasses the victim. The victim was advised of complaint procedures.

On 10/14/2017, Lt. David Wardrope was dispatched to Ozone Avenue at approximately 1 AM after a passerby called to report an elderly male lying in the roadway in the area of the town garage. Upon arrival Lt. Wardrope discovered an elderly, confused, and disoriented male with a laceration on his hand and pain in his shoulder. The Verona Rescue Squad was dispatched and transported the elderly male to Mountainside Hospital for further treatment. A family member of the elderly male was located and notified that the elderly male had been transported to the hospital.

On 10/15/2017, Off. Justin Nielsen took a report of a stolen package from a Gordon Place resident. The victim reported that on October 12, 2017 he received confirmation that a package was delivered to his residence and left on the front steps. The victim further stated that sometime between 12:00 PM and 3:30 PM the package that contained items worth $100 was taken off his front steps.

Submitted by Capt. Stephen DePoe, officer in charge.

Any individual named in these reports is presumed innocent until a decision is rendered by the courts. 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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