ATM at bank compromised, police say

Something suspicious was going on at a local financial institution that prompted Nutley PD to visit on Feb. 2.

Police said the branch manager told them that it appeared that someone had placed a skimming device on the ATM located on the outside of the building near the drive-thru.

Officers observed an adhesive residue left on the machine where the ATM card is inserted, police said.

Photographs of the area were taken and detectives were assigned to continue an investigation. Police did not identify the banks involved.

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In other situations logged between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6, Nutley PD responded to 33 medical calls, 10 disputes/ disturbances, 26 motor vehicle accidents, 15 suspicious incidents/persons and these issues:

Jan. 31 

A fraud victim told police they’d received an email indicating that an additional phone and phone number had been added to their existing account. All account information was changed, police said.

Feb. 1 

Police responded to Prospect St. and Vreeland Ave. on a report of a suspicious male. After interviewing the suspect, police arrested Michael Dickerson, 65, of Newark, on two outstanding warrants from Clifton and Caldwell. He was turned over to Clifton PD after failing to post bail.

Feb. 3 

An Eastwick College student reported that someone broke into their vehicle and took their $300 Michael Kors pocketbook containing their wallet, valued at $200, containing $30 in cash and credit cards. Detectives are investigating.

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A Union Ave. property owner reported damage allegedly to be done by the previous tenants. The owner showed officers damage to walls along the staircase leading to the second floor and to carpets in various areas including a large burn hole on the third floor and ripped carpet on the staircase leading to the third floor. The owner also said that various large objects were left behind and that the apartment was left in a general state of disarray. No estimate of the damages was given. Feb. 4  Police received a report on several instances of identity theft. The victim showed officers several forms of mail with information on accounts – three checking and two savings – opened with their name, their mother’s maiden name, their address and social security number. Police said all accounts have been canceled and Social Security was being notified.

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A resident reported that their W-2 form was found to be damaged upon receipt by mail, with some personal information accessible for public viewing.

Feb. 5 

Police ticketed four homeowners for allowing a hazardous condition for allegedly having failed to shovel their sidewalks on Kenzel and Franklin Aves. and New St. within a 36-hour grace period as provided by township ordinance.

Feb. 6 

A U.S. postal employee reported a suspicious incident. They said that when they applied for a loan through the company savings bank account they were told that their password had been changed even though they had not requested a change and that, therefore, they suspected the account may have been compromised. Police advised the employee to notify the savings bank and their employer.

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A motor vehicle stop resulted in the arrest of Windy Jeanbaptiste, 25, of Hillside, for outstanding traffic warrants from Irvington. He was turned over to Irvington PD and subsequently released with a new court date.

The Observer Staff