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Highlights from the Nutley Police blotter

April 26

A township school bus driver notified police at 9:17 a.m. that someone had smashed in one of the driver’s side windows of their assigned bus, sometime during the night while the bus was parked in the Cortlandt St. parking lot. At 6:59 a.m., police responded to a Walnut St. location on a report of a burglary to an auto. The owner told police that someone had entered two of their unlocked vehicles, a Cadillac and GMC, and ransacked the interior. Police said no damage was done to the vehicles and nothing was apparently taken.

While on patrol, at 1:34 a.m., police said they saw a patron leaving a Franklin Ave. eatery and urinate. Police said the 20-year-old patron, who was not identified, was charged with under-age consumption of alcohol and improper behavior in public.

April 25

A New St. resident called police, at 1:49 p.m., to report that an unknown man, in his 20s, wearing shorts and carrying a backpack, was walking around their home. Police searched the area but found no one matching that description. Police said they found no signs of an attempted forced entry to the house.

April 24

Police responded to a Bloomfield Ave. residence, at 6:04 p.m., on a report of criminal mischief. The homeowner told police that, upon returning home, they found graffiti in black spray paint on their garage door and two dents.

April 22

A Cottage Place resident called police at 4:33 p.m. to report a burglary. The owner told police that, upon returning home, they noticed that the downstairs and upstairs bedrooms had been ransacked and that $1,000 and ring valued at $400 were missing. Police said they found no signs of forced entry.

At 7:49 a.m., a Beech St. resident reported a burglary to their work van. The owner told police someone had broke into their vehicle overnight and removed tools valued at $4,000 from it. Police said the lock on the van’s sliding door had been damaged.

At 6:34 a.m., police received a report of a burglary to an auto on Chadwick Drive. The owner told police they’d parked their PSE&G work truck on the street and left it locked during the weekend. Returning to the vehicle on Monday, the owner said he noticed that the van’s side and back doors were open and some of their tools missing. Those tools were valued at more than $1,000. Police said none of the locks were damaged.

April 20

A Florence St. homeowner called police at 10:39 a.m. to report that someone had broken off the left side mirror from their vehicle while the vehicle was parked in their driveway, causing $500 in damages.

– Ron Leir

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