Use Internet to report scams: NPD

NPD_webNutley PD is asking residents to use the internet to report frauds and non-threatening incidents as a time-saving move.

To make an online report, go to www.nutleynj.org, locate the triangular police shield image on the lower left side of the screen and click on Citizens Online Reporting. Then, follow directions.

Anyone with knowledge or information about criminal activity is encouraged to contact Nutley PD at 973- 284-4940 or use the anonymous TIP Hotline by texting information to “CRIMES” (274637), using keyword “NPDTIPS”, or log onto Tipsoft.com.

Between April 18 and 24, the Nutley PD logged these incidents:

April 18 

Abalino Abergas, 68, of Nutley, was charged with shoplifting at a Franklin Ave. store. The manager told police he found Abergas walking around the store with a large bulge under his shirt. Further checking disclosed that various store items had been concealed there, police said.

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A motorist reported that while driving along a stretch of River Road, they encountered several unavoidable large pot holes in their lane of travel which caused damage to their vehicle’s tires and rims. The driver was referred to the Essex County Road Department since River Road is a county roadway.

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After conducting a motor vehicle stop on Brookfield Ave., police arrested David Rubin, 25, of Suffern, N.Y. Police said Rubin turned over a small black case that reportedly contained two zip lock bags with green vegetative buds suspected of being marijuana. He was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana.

April 19 

Police responded to a report of an attempted burglary by a man reportedly trying to enter a green Buick parked near Spring St. by pulling on the rear passenger door handle several times. The vehicle’s owner described the suspect as Hispanic and wearing a black hat. Police said they spotted a man who matched the description entering a black vehicle and driving away. After he was stopped and identified, Jose Laracuente Jr., 37, of Nutley, was arrested on an attempted burglary charge.

April 21 

Police pulled over a blue Chevrolet van traveling west on Kingsland St. after the driver allegedly had failed to maintain their lane. Joseph Devlin, 21, of Nutley, was ticketed for that infraction and was arrested after police learned he was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Tinton Falls. He was released, pending a court date, after posting bail.

April 22 

An employee of a Centre St. shop reported their wallet missing from the shelf under the counter where they keep it while working, police said. Another employee found the wallet outside the store on the ground next to a parked vehicle but the contents – an undisclosed amount of cash and debit cards – were gone, police said. An investigation is continuing.

Ron Leir | Observer Correspondent

Ron Leir has been a newspaperman since the late ’60s, starting his career with The Jersey Journal, having served as a summer reporter during college. He became a full-time scribe in February 1972, working mostly as a general assignment reporter in all areas except sports, including a 3-year stint as an assistant editor for entertainment, features, religion, etc. He retired from the JJ in May 2009 and came to The Observer shortly thereafter. He is also a part-time actor, mostly on stage, having worked most recently with the Kearny-based W.H.A.T. Co. and plays Sunday softball in Central Park, N.Y.