Orthodontic nightmare steals shrimp (and other Nutley PD blotter items)

He wanted a job but in the end, he settled for supper.

That was the gist of an unusual incident reported to Nutley Police on Nov. 9.

Police said they were called to a Kingsland St. eatery at 10:28 p.m. on a report of theft.

There, the eatery representative told them that a man with three teeth, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants, walked into the kitchen seeking employment earlier that evening.

When the man was told that no one was available then to speak to him, the man grabbed a bag containing 100 shrimp and a dozen lobster tails and left the restaurant.

Police said the stolen food was valued at $100.

No further information was available about the accused thief or which way he went when he departed the eatery, police said.

Police said the restaurant didn’t immediately contact police because the restaurant was busy.

Among other incidents logged by Nutley PD during the past week:

Nov. 15

At 1:03 p.m., police responded to Abundant Life Academy in the 300 block of Washington Ave. where the principal told officers that a student had found a small firework on the property. Police disposed of the item safely.


Ariel Hernandez, 23, of Union City, was arrested at 4:15 a.m. after police stopped his car along Passaic Ave. Hernandez was ticketed on charges of DWI, failure to possess a driver’s insurance card and failure to possess a driver’s registration card.

A motor vehicle stop on Rt. 21 North, at 1:13 a.m., for excessive speed resulted in the arrest of Darnell Francis, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., on six active warrants: one from Bayonne, one from Bergen Central Municipal Court  and four from Jersey City, police said. Francis also received summonses charging him with driving while suspended, driving with an expired license and speeding.

Nov. 13

At 3:23 p.m., a dog bite incident on Hillside Ave. was reported to police. The victim, a 26-year-old Clifton man, told police he was walking along Hillside when a dog broke off its chain and bit him, breaking his skin. Police said the dog’s owner was issued summonses for alleged township ordinance violations for unlicensed dog and dog at large. Since there were no records of any rabies shots on file with Nutley health officials, police advised the victim to contact his doctor.

A Memphis Ave. homeowner called police at 9:04 a.m. to report an attempted burglary. The resident told police they noticed that the rear door of the house had been compromised. Investigation showed signs of an attempt to force entry to the home, police said. Detectives are pursuing the investigation.


Police said they observed a group of individuals entering the dugout area of Father Glotzbach Park at 10:31 p.m. and advised them that the park was closed at that hour, as prescribed by a township ordinance. After further checking, police said they arrested Jonathan Alamo, 18, of Nutley, on charges of possession of marijuana under 50 grams, disorderly person, possession of drugs with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park and intent to distribute marijuana under one ounce.

At 9:52 a.m., police received a report of criminal mischief to auto on Franklin Ave. The vehicle’s owner told police someone had “keyed” his car from front to back on the driver’s side and hood the day before and, on the passenger side, from front to back, while parked at a different spot a week prior.

Nov. 9

At 9:30 a.m., police were called about a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle parked on Blair Road. The car’s owner told police someone wrapped their vehicle in saran wrap.

At 1:33 a.m., a motor vehicle stop on Rt. 21 North resulted in police issuing summonses to the driver, Mark Wilson, 26, of Maplewood, on charges of speeding and unlicensed driver. Police arrested his passenger, Kanisha Wilson, 35, of Irvington, for an outstanding warrant from Newark. She was released after posting bail, police said. – Ron Leir



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