Verona Police Blotter: December 16-31, 2017


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verona policeVerona Police Blotter, December 16, 2017 – December 31, 2017


Dispatch Entries: 1285
Residential Alarms: 14
Business Alarms: 6
Rescue Squad Calls: 69
Fire Calls: 18
Summonses (moving violations): 77
Parking Summonses: 33
Arrests: 7
Fraud Reports: 4
Driving While Intoxicated: 2

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On 12/16/201 Off. Giovanni DeSomma and Off. Brendan Huber responded to King’s Supermarket on a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival, the officers were informed by the store manager that an individual was observed leaving the store with $40 worth of fish without paying. A description of the shoplifter and the vehicle he was driving was broadcasted to surrounding towns. A short time later the shoplifter’s vehicle was discovered in the parking lot of Foodtown in Cedar Grove. The Verona officers then responded to Foodtown and took the shoplifter into custody when he exited the store. After being processed the shoplifter was released with a pending court date.

On 12/17/2017, at approximately 6:39 p.m., Off. Christopher Shceper and Off. Aaron Seubert responded to the area of 900 Bloomfield Ave. to backup Off. Joseph Pami on a motor vehicle stop. At this time it was discovered that the driver of the car had an outstanding warrant out of Fairfield. The driver was arrested, transported to police headquarters, and processed. After processing the driver was released on his own recognizance.

On 12/18/2017 Off. Aaron Seubert took a fraud report from a resident. The resident reported receiving several notices from department stores in New York. The notifications informed the resident that there were several attempts to open lines of credit in the residents’ wife’s name. The resident further stated that when he checked his wife’s credit report he noticed that there were four attempts to open credit cards under his wife’s name. The resident was advised of the identity theft procedures and advised to contact Headquarters if he notices any other fraudulent activity.

On 12/19/2017 Off. Edward Ruff took a property damage report from a Pease Ave. resident. The resident reported that sometime between 10 p.m. on December 18, 2017 and 8:15 a.m. on December 19, 2017 someone or something damaged a light fixture pole. The pole had an indentation and marks which were consistent with the pole being struck by a car. The value of damage and the cost to replace the pole is unknown at this time.

On 12/20/2017 Off. Aaron Seubert responded to a Linden Ave. residence to take a report of damage to a retaining wall. Upon arrival, Off. Seubert observed that an approximately 1-foot-high block retaining wall appeared to have been struck by a vehicle and some of the blocks were moved. Off. Seubert was able to reposition the blocks that were dislodged and the resident was satisfied with such action and did not request anything further assistance.

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On 12/21/2017 Off. Alyssa Kirby took a report of fraud from a resident. The resident reported opening up a savings account and a credit card account. At the time a bank representative asked the resident if they were interested in ordering checks as well. The resident did not order any checks. A short time later the resident discovered that six checks totaling over $1,000 were cashed on checks that he never ordered and the address on the checks were from a previous address. The bank was contacted and the savings account was put on hold until further notice, the bank was advised of the fraudulent activity and is in the process of completing paperwork to refund the money.

On 12/23/2017, at approximately 1:01 a.m., Off. Brian McMahon was patrolling the area of Kings Supermarket parking lot when he observed a red car parked in the far rear corner of the lot, facing Claridge Drive. Due to previous encounters with this vehicle, Off. McMahon recognized the vehicle to be regularly driven by a local resident. While checking the vehicle to see if there were any occupants inside, Off. McMahon observed the resident walking down the pathway connecting the Kings parking lot to Claridge Drive. A records check revealed that there was an active ATS warrant out of Clifton, NJ for $250. The resident was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing the resident was release with a new court date from Clifton.

On 12/27/2017 Off. Joseph Pami took a fraud report from a local resident. The resident stated that earlier this month he received an e-mail from Macy’s stating that his purchase had shipped. The resident further stated that he did not make a purchase at that time, and after checking his Macy’s account he noticed that a purchase was made totaling $167.78, which was shipped to a Tennessee address. The resident also stated that he was contacted by e-mail from Wells Fargo informing him that his account was suspended. When the resident called Wells Fargo to inquire about the e-mail he was informed that it was not an official e-mail from Wells Fargo. The resident was informed by both Macy’s and Wells Fargo that the incidents would be investigated.

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On 12/29/2017 Off. Michael Barone took a report of property damage from a Hillside Ave. resident. The resident reported upon returning home after being away for a few days he observed a window broken on the front of his home and damage to the front storm door. The damage was apparently caused by a rock which was observed on the front walk. The value of the damage is unknown at this time.

On 12/30/2017 Off. Aaron Seubert took a report of a tenant-landlord dispute. According to the tenant, he has not had heat in his apartment for 15 days. The tenant further stated that he contacted the property manager on several occasions about the heating issue. Off. Seubert contacted the property manager who advised the officer that two heaters were placed in the apartment and he was attempting to hire a plumber to fix the problem. The tenant was advised that the landlord was working on the problem. The issue was eventually fixed on the same day the report was made to the police.

On 12/31/2017, at approximately 1:16 a.m., Off. Stephanie Colon along with Off. Heriberto Carattini responded to a local bar on a report of an unwanted patron. Upon their arrival the officers met with the establishment’s employees who requested the assistance in removing the unwanted patron. The officers met with the unwanted party who left the bar voluntarily, and was informed to not return to the bar.

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