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Highlights from the Nutley Police blotter

Sept. 5

Two residents of a River Road apartment complex called police at 5:41 p.m. to report that paint was found on their vehicles during the time that fire escapes at the complex were being painted by an outside contractor.

At 5:46 p.m., police were called to a Park Ave. location on a report of attempted burglary to auto. The owner pointed out damage to the driver’s side rear door handle and police spotted an apparent hand print on the door.

Sept. 4

A Milton Ave. resident called police at 7:34 p.m. to report that someone had damaged their property. Police said they found a shattered curb, cracked sidewalk and broken PVC drain pipe, possibly caused by a passing vehicle.

At 9:17 p.m., police responded to a Franklin Ave. business on report of a shoplifting in progress by a Latino man who had allegedly placed merchandise in his backpack. Police said they found a man matching the description given by the store operator and said he had three Gillette razors, five king-size Reese’s candies and 26 regular size Reese’s candies, all valued at about $75, which were reportedly taken without payment from the store. Police said they also found on the man a glassine envelope with a white powdery residue and a pill bottle with its label ripped out, containing eight Lorazepam, one Naloxone and two Acetaminophen/ Butalbital/caffeine pills. Police listed Lorazepam and Naloxone as Schedule III drugs. Police charged Rafael Almodavar, 38, of Belleville, with possession of drugs, shoplifting and possession of paraphernalia. He was taken to Essex County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail with 10% cash option.

At 6:30 p.m., police responded to a Newark Ave. residence on a report of an open back door. Police searched the area but nothing appeared to be disturbed or missing.

At 12:28 p.m., police patrolling Municipal Lot 1 came across someone known to them to have an active warrant. After confirming the warrant, police arrested Jhad Meadows, 23, of Bloomfield, for the warrant out of Parsippany. Meadows was later turned over to Parsippany P.D. for lack of bail.

Sept. 3

A report of a burglary to auto brought police to a Franklin Ave. location at 9:30 p.m. where the victim told them that while assisting with repairs to an individual’s vehicle, the individual stole their purse from inside their truck. The owner said the purse contained cash and various credit and bank cards. All the cards were later canceled, police said.

At 8:20 p.m., a Clement St. resident reported a burglary to their home. The resident told police when they arrived home, they noticed several items valued at $800, plus some banking paperwork, missing. Detectives are investigating.

A Cross St. resident reported an act of criminal mischief at 7:59 p.m. The resident told police someone had broken and ripped their landscaping light, priced at about $80, from their property.

At 2:06 a.m., police executed a motor vehicle stop on Glendale St. and arrested Kevin Williams, 25, of Hackensack, on two outstanding warrants from Orange. He was released on his own recognizance by Orange P.D. after being given a new court date.

Sept. 1

A motor vehicle stop, at 1:05 a.m., on Bloomfield Ave. resulted in the arrest of Sarah Plaskow, 27, of Verona, on a charge of possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Plaskow was also issued two tickets charging her with possession of drugs in a motor vehicle and failure to keep to the right.

Aug. 31

Police responded to Franklin Ave. and Centre St., at 10:30 p.m., on a report of a suspicious party and, after investigation, took into custody Turman Lawson, 42, of Belleville, on an active warrant from Parsippany. He was turned over to Parsippany P.D. after failing to post bail.

Aug. 30

Police were sent to a Franklin Ave. liquor store at 11:19 a.m. on a report of shoplifting. Police said a man described as Latino, five-feet-10 inches, in his 20s, wearing an orange hat, red-and-white shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap had placed two bottles of Hennessy cognac in his jeans and was last seen heading south on Franklin Ave. Police said they searched the area without results.

– Ron Leir

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