News from the Nutley Police blotter

Nov. 28

A fraud victim told police someone attempted to use the routing numbers of their two checking accounts to withdraw about $3,300. Detectives are investigating.

Nov. 27

At 12:57 p.m., police responded to a Prospect St. home on a call about an activated alarm. The homeowner told police that after arriving home, they got a notification from their alarm company and noticed pry marks around the frame of the inner porch door. Police said they saw paint and wood shavings on the floor. Police said it appeared that the intruder didn’t get inside. A witness told police they saw a man described as about fivefeet- 10, 200 pounds, wearing a tan jacket and carrying a soft briefcase walking hurriedly near the house. Detectives are investigating.

A fraud victim told police that someone had made three transactions involving their checking and savings accounts, withdrawing a total of $6,455, in person from a bank.

Nov. 26

At 5:53 p.m., police responded to an accident at Kenzel and Kingsland Aves., resulting in the arrest of Brigette Lyons, 71, of Allendale. Police issued Lyons summonses charging her with DWI, refusal to submit to an Alcotest and failure to exhibit insurance card. She was released pending a court date.

At 11 a.m., while on patrol on Frank St., police said they came across a stolen vehicle. Police said the vehicle’s side door lock, ignition, glove compartment and middle console had been damaged. There was also some body damage but police said they weren’t sure when that occurred. Police notified the owner.

Nov. 25

At 4:54 p.m., police responded to a Franklin Ave. business on a theft report. A patron in the store told police that they’d walked away from their shopping cart momentarily and, upon returning, noticed that the cart and purse inside the cart had been moved. Police said a store employee located the missing items in the back of the produce aisle, about 100 feet from where the patron had left them. After looking through her purse, the patron told police that it was missing $100. Store security personnel were reviewing surveillance footage, police said.

At 11:45 a.m., police arrested Murray Giardelli, 54, of Nutley, following a suspicious person report. Giardelli was charged with five counts of possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to Essex County Jail after failing to post bail of $25,000 with a 10% cash option.

Nov. 24

At 2:41 p.m., police were called to a Centre St. location where a motorist told police they were traveling east on Centre near Monroe St. when an unknown object struck their windshield, causing two cracks in the upper right corner. The motorist told police the object may have come from a large truck with a tarp traveling west on Centre at the same time.

At 10:56 a.m., police responded to an E. Centre St. location where the superintendent of a building showed them a crack in the glass of the lobby door. Police said the damage, estimated at $300, happened overnight. Surveillance video is being reviewed for possible clues, police said.

Nov. 23

Police are investigating a possible fraud originating at an Evergreen Ave. location. Police said the victim paid, by check, $4,000 to an individual offering to repair large dents in the fender over the front passenger side tire and scratches to the bumper. After investigating, police said it appeared that the front fender had been hammered out and was full of ripples and looked to have just been spray-painted.

– Ron Leir

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