A motor vehicle stop, at 2:21 a.m., on Centre St. led to the arrest of Jeffrey Jonas, 43, of Nutley, on a DWI charge. Jonas was also ticketed on charges of driving without headlamps on, failure to keep right and refusal to take an Alcotest. He was released pending a court appearance.
At 4:26 p.m., a Bloomfield Ave. business owner reported that copper wire was missing from one of the vehicles parked in their lot. Nothing else appeared to have been taken, police said.
A William St. resident called police at 9:36 a.m. to report a burglary of their storage unit. The owner told police someone had removed several Christmas decorations of unknown value given as gifts. The unit’s locks have been changed, police said.
At 4:43 p.m., police received a report of a theft from a church on Brookline Ave. Police said an intruder broke the offering box and removed an undisclosed amount of money. Police are reviewing surveillance film for possible clues.
A motor vehicle stop on Rt. 21, at 3:16 p.m., resulted in the arrest of Jonathon Washington, 28, of East Orange, who, police said, was wanted on outstanding warrants from Mahwah, Irvington and Greenwich Township. He was also issued summonses charging him with speeding, driving while suspended and unlicensed driver. Police said the vehicle’s registered owner was ticketed for allowing a suspended driver to operate a vehicle and for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle. He was turned over to Mahwah P.D. on the warrant.
At 3:34 a.m., police arrested Krystina Tracey-Vaughan, 21, of North Arlington, for an active warrant from Elmwood Park after she was stopped while driving on River Road. Police also issued her tickets charging her with driving while suspended and maintenance of lamps. She was turned over to Elmwood Park P.D. after failing to post bail.
The victim of a credit card fraud told police their bank had called to ask them if they’d made an online purchase of $800 which they hadn’t done. Further checking of recent transactions on that card account revealed that about $4,000 in fraudulent online charges had been made in the past week, the victim told police. The bank has launched a fraud investigation, police said.
A Bronx, N.Y., man was arrested at 3:02 p.m. at a local bank where police had responded on a report of a fraudulent check. Police said Neville Grant, 30, gave another name, provided documents and alleged that the check was given to him and signed by the rightful owner. However, police said they learned Grant’s true I.D. and he was charged with two counts of false government documents (a fake license and social security card), forgery, bad checks, impersonation/ theft of identity (AARP card and Master- Card) and hindering apprehension. Grant was taken to Essex County Jail after failing to post $25,000 bail with 10% cash option.
David Bell, 23, of Bloomfield, was arrested at 1:27 a.m. on Cross St. after police learned that Bell was wanted on active warrants from Belleville and Point Pleasant. Bell was turned over to Point Pleasant P.D., police said.
– Ron Leir