News from the Nutley Police blotter


Aug. 28

Daniel Silva, 45, of Newark, was given a summons for shoplifting at a local business at 5:54 p.m. after police said he was found to have three packages of a dietary supplement in his backpack that he didn’t pay for. Police didn’t identify the business.

A River Road resident told police someone damaged the door lock to their 2002 BMW during the night. No entry was gained to the vehicle, police said.

Someone broke the door lock and opened the front windows of a vehicle parked on River Road and removed a GPS unit and an iPod. The incident was logged at 12:14 p.m.

Aug. 27

The owner of a vehicle told police their car was damaged while parked in the lot of a local business not identified by police. Police said the owner told them that as shopping carts were being moved from the lot to the front entrance, a few carts came loose and rolled into their car, damaging the passenger door and front right panel. The incident was reported at 12:30 p.m.

Aug. 26

Residents of a Stager Street home reported a burglary at the house at 1:34 a.m. They told police they were pulling in the driveway when they spotted two men walking from the driveway while carrying a box and then they noticed that their rear basement door was wide open. The residents were uncertain whether anything had been taken.

Aug. 25

Two local businesses, not identified by police, reported suspected cases of theft by deception at 2:43 and 7:37 p.m., respectively. Police said the same mode of operation was reported in each instance: the suspect slipped merchandise from the store into bags and demanded cash refunds at the register. In each case, the business representative described the suspect as a tall black man, over 300 pounds, over 6 feet tall, wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts. Surveillance video from the stores are being reviewed by detectives, police said.

– Ron Leir

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