News from the Nutley police blotter

June 5 

A customer tried to pass a counterfeit $10 bill to pay a tab at a local establishment, which wasn’t named by police. The bill was forwarded to the Secret Service for review and further investigation.

June 6 

A Kingsland Ave. resident’s Honda was scratched along the side of the vehicle while it was parked in the resident’s driveway.

June 7

A Montclair Ave. resident told police they were being harassed by a phone scammer. The caller wanted the resident to wire funds via Western Union for a Mega Millions winning but the resident refused, only to receive more than 10 repeated calls. Police reminded residents to never transfer or wire money to anyone without proper authenticity.

A Gless Ave. resident reported that a group of juveniles rolled a car tire down a hill, crashing into, and damaging, their Toyota.

Police recovered a broken No Turn on Red sign at Chestnut St. and Hillside Ave.

June 8

An intruder reportedly tried to steal a Myrtle Ave. resident’s dog. The resident told police they saw a man described as African-American, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, in her backyard holding her dog’s chain. Police said the man fled north on Myrtle and couldn’t be located.

Police are investigating five separate auto burglaries that happened overnight and early morning on Hay Ave. Items ranging from GPS systems to personal items including keys were reported taken from the unlocked vehicles.

Police responded to a Centre St. establishment on a report of a fight. Police said one patron reportedly threatened another with a utensil knife but dropped the knife after exchanging words with the other patron.

June 9 

At 9:15 a.m., an officer separated two enraged motorists at Passaic Ave. and Centre St. and managed to calm them.

A Lafayette Ave. resident told police that someone claiming to be an IRS agent called their home to say that a warrant had been issued for their arrest regarding 2002-2013 taxes and that they were ordered to pay more than $2,000 via a voucher. Police determined the caller to be a scammer and noted that several residents have reported phone and internet scam attempts.

At a Lynn Road location, police arrested John Adkins, 27, of Union, who was wanted on various outstanding warrants from several communities. He was turned over to Roselle Park pending his posting the remaining $5,000 bail to other jurisdictions before being released.

June 10

Police recovered a Chevrolet, reported stolen from Lyndhurst several days previously, abandoned on Villa Place. The car’s back window was smashed out. Lyndhurst PD is investigating.

June 11 

A Hancox Ave. resident called police to report a man was banging on their door and subsequently ran south on Union Ave. The man was described as white,, wearing a blue baseball cap, a fluorescent yellow T-shirt with blue stripes on the sleeves and white khaki pants.

Police are investigating a theft of services and fraud reported by a Franklin Ave. eatery. A restaurant representative told police a River Road resident ordered a large delivery and paid with a stolen credit card.

A Centre St. resident reported their home burglarized, with jewelry and other items taken. The intruder apparently gained entry through a lower floor window, police said.

A Bloomfield Ave. resident called police to report seeing two individuals walking around a neighbor’s house in the 500 block. Both were described as white males, possibly driving a black BMW.

Police responded to Nutley High School on a report that one female student made threats against another. Police turned the matter over to school officials.

June 12 

Police are investigating a residential burglary of a Passaic Ave. apartment resulting in the removal of an undetermined amount of jewelry and cash.

– Ron Leir 

The Observer Staff