Police responded to a Washington Ave. location at 4:13 p.m. on a report of criminal mischief to an auto. The owner showed police that the vehicle’s passenger window had been shattered. Police said a witness had observed a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt run from the auto south on Washington. Police checked the area but couldn’t find anyone matching the witness’s description.
At 9:37 a.m., police answered an animal complaint at a Lincoln St. location. The victim told police they were in their back yard when a neighbor’s black dog ran towards them aggressively and bit their right leg. Police radioed HQ for EMS. The dog owner told police they were taking their dog to the kennel when the animal ran towards the victim. The owner said that when they called the dog, it returned and they didn’t notice that the dog had bitten the neighbor. Police said they discovered that the dog was not registered with the township and advised the owner to do so. In the meantime, police issued two summonses to the owner for dog at large and unlicensed dog and advised the owner to quartine the dog for 10 days. The Health Department was advised, police said.
A motor vehicle stop on Rt. 21, at 2:01 p.m., resulted in the arrest of Tyron Owens, 23, of Passaic, for three active warrants from Passaic and Paterson, police said. Owens was also ticketed by Nutley PD for driving while suspended and maintenance of lamps before being turned over to Passaic PD on the warrants.
At 7:13 p.m., police were sent to a Washington Ave. location on a report of a burglary to auto. The owner told police that when they returned to the vehicle after work, they found that their glove box was open and that their registration, insurance card and owner’s manual were missing, along with six music CDs. Police said that they found no sign of forced entry and that the doors were locked and the alarm armed.
At 8:33 a.m., police responded to an E. Centre St. construction site on a report of a burglary and theft. Police said the construction manager told them that several hundred feet of electrical wire that an electrical contractor had installed during the “rough-in stage” of the building, had been cut out and stolen, along with several small pieces of scrap steel. Detectives are investigating.
Police said HQ received a call at 11:03 a.m. about criminal mischief at an Evergreen Ave. location where a tree that the township had just planted in front of a home appeared to have cut down.
At 1:25 p.m., police said a “suspicious” male was reported seen on Adams Court in an apartment storage room. Police said the man, identified as William Barthel, 55, of Nutley, had two active warrants from Rutherford. Police said Rutherford PD released Barthel after he was given a new court date and advised not to enter a space designated for employees only at the apartment complex.
At 7:08 p.m., police said they found Frederick Bambo, 21, of Nutley, who was wanted on a Paterson warrant, at Centre St. and Franklin Ave. He was turned over to Paterson PD who released him with a new court date.
At 9:29 a.m., a Walnut St. resident called police about a suspicious incident. The resident gave the following account: A man dressed all in black with an ID tag reading “Water Department” came to the door, identified himself as a Water Department employee and said he had to check the water. After being admitted to the residence, he tried the sink and showed the resident that the water was brown, then accompanied the resident into the basement for about 20 minutes while running the water in a slop sink. He then pulled out a $20 bill and asked for change and said that for $15, he could fix the discolored water. When the resident refused, the man left in a black colored van. Police said the resident didn’t notice anything missing. Police said they advised the resident not to let anyone inside they didn’t know and, if unsure, to contact the police. They also advised the resident that township Water Department employees wear blue uniforms with shirts reading: “Township of Nutley Water Department,” and drive white vehicles with township markings.
At 12:02 p.m., a Satterthwaite Ave. resident called police to report having received a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit, looking for one of the people living at that location. The person left a return call number and, when reached, said they had a warrant for that individual’s arrest. When officers called back, police said they got a message saying it was the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit but, after further checking, discovered it was a scam number. – Ron Leir