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Verona Police Blotter: October 16-31, 2017


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This is the Verona Police Department blotter for Oct. 16- 31, 2017.


Dispatch Entries: 1362
Residential Alarms: 11
Business Alarms: 8
Rescue Squad Calls: 77
Fire Calls: 15
Summonses (moving violations): 93
Parking Summonses: 90
Arrests: 3
Fraud Reports: 5
Driving While Intoxicated: 2

On 10/16/2017, Off. Steven Young responded to King’s Supermarket to take a report of a shoplifting incident. Upon arrival, Off. Young spoke with the store manager who reported that he was made aware of a shoplifting which occurred at approximately 4 p.m. in aisle 2 of the store. The manager stated while reviewing the store security cameras, he observed a black male removing pain reliever and eye drop merchandise from the shelves and concealing them in his clothing. The manager further reported that security footage revealed 3 additional dates where the same male is observed in the same aisle at a similar time of day, shoplifting the same type of merchandise. The store manager estimated the total value of stolen merchandise to be approximately $400. A Victim Notification form was filed out and a copy given to the store manager who was also informed to contact the police if the suspect returns to the store.

On 10/17/2017, Off. Giovanni DeSomma responded to a Pompton Ave. service station to take a property damage report. Upon arrival, Off. DeSomma spoke to the caller who reported that after paying for her vehicle’s fuel, she proceeded to drive away, not knowing the gas pump nozzle and hose was still inside her vehicle. She further stated that she believed the gas station attendant had removed the nozzle and hose, before she began to drive away. The value of damage is unknown at this time.

On 10/18/2017, Off. Joseph Pami was dispatched to a Claridge Drive residence on a report of a theft from an apartment. Upon arrival, Off. Pami met the caller who stated that she was in the process of preparing her deceased aunt’s apartment for sale. The caller further stated that the last time she was in the apartment was April 2017. She also stated that on 10/18/2017 she arrived at the apartment and noticed that there were drawers to a bedroom dresser, dining room table chairs, a television and a toilet seat missing. The caller stated that the value of the dining room table chairs was approximately $400, and was unsure of the value of the rest of the items that were missing. The caller noticed that there were two chairs that previously were not in the apartment when she was last there in April. She also noticed that the padlock to her aunt’s storage room had been cut, and items in the storage room were missing as well. The value of the items missing from the storage units is also unknown at this time. The caller was advised that the guest log would be checked to see if anyone was access to the apartment in the last six months. She was also advised to contact the police department if she discovered any other items missing.

On 10/19/2017, Off. Joseph Pami, was dispatched to a Verona Place residence on a report of damage to a vehicle. Upon arrival, Off. Pami was met by the caller who stated that at some time between the night of 10/16/2017 and the morning of 10/17/2017 her vehicle’s hood was dented by an unknown object while it was parked in her driveway. The value of damage to the car is approximately $1,800.

On 10/24/2017, Off. Michael Barone responded to the area of Linn Drive on a report of an unwanted person living inside the storage room. Upon arrival, Off. Barone met with the complex manager who reported a former resident of the complex has been squatting inside a storage room for the past several months and he wanted the person removed. Off. Barone then entered the storage unit and spoke with the unwanted party who stated that he was given permission to stay in the storage unit by the resident who rents the space. A record check of the unwanted party revealed an outstanding warrant in the amount of $394 out of Essex Fells. Essex Fells PD was contacted and a short time late responded to the scene and took the wanted individual into custody. The complex manager was advised of complaint procedures and declined to file any charges at this time. The unwanted person was advised that if he returned to the complex he would be charged with trespassing.

On 10/25/2017, Off. Joseph Pami was dispatched to the area of Green Acres Drive on a report of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, Off. Pami spoke with the caller who stated that she believed she may have been followed into her apartment building by an unknown male. The caller further stated that she then saw the male outside of her apartment standing next to a dark colored vehicle with out of state plates. Off. Pami, along with Off. Alyssa Kirby, checked the interior of the caller’s apartment where everything appeared to be in order. The officers then conducted a check of the area around the apartment complex at which time they were unable to locate anyone matching the description given by the caller.

On 10/26/2017, Off. Joseph Pami was dispatched to a Brookside Terrace residence to take a fraud report. Upon arrival, Off. Pami was met by the victim who stated that four packages that were being delivered to her house by UPS were intercepted en route. The victim further stated that she contacted UPS who informed her that while the driver was en route, he was flagged down by an unknown male who had identification on him with the same last name of the victim. The victim was advised by UPS that UPS Loss Prevention would be conducting an investigation into the matter.

On 10/28/2017, Off. Heriberto Carattini responded to an apartment complex to take a report of a dispute. Upon arrival, Off. Caratinni spoke with the involved persons. Both parties reported that they were engaged in a verbal dispute over a television remote control located in a common area of the buildings complex (TV Room/Lounge). Off. Carattini resolved the dispute and advised both parties to keep the peace.

Submitted by Capt. Stephen DePoe

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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