News from the Nutley Police blotter

Feb. 7

After responding to a report of a disturbance at a Copolla St. location, at 5:05 p.m., police arrested Jimmy Nunez, 20, of New Brunswick, for outstanding warrants from South Brunswick and Bridgewater. He was also charged with hindering apprehension and released after posting bail on the warrants.

Feb. 8

A motor vehicle stop at Washington and Pershing Aves., at 1:40 p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver, Isaiah Suber, 23, of Paterson, for two active warrants from Newark and Hawthorne, and his passenger, Hassan Wright, 25, of Paterson, on a charge of possession of marijuana. Suber was also issued two motor vehicle violation notices. Both were released pending court dates.

Feb. 9

A report of criminal mischief brought police to a Nutley Ave. location at 10:04 a.m. where a resident told officers that someone broke a fence post cap on the west side of their home. The resident said that during the night, they heard a hammering noise and discovered two more fence post caps broken on the same fence. The three caps were valued at about $90.

Feb. 10

A case of apparent fraud was reported to police at 6:13 p.m. The victim told police they were contacted by Verizon Fios about an account opened in their name using their Social Security number and email account but was closed after it was discovered to be fraudulent.

Feb. 11

Belleville resident Vincent Buttacavoli, 54, was arrested, at 5:18 a.m., after a motor vehicle step on Kingsland St. for an active warrant from Montclair. Police said they also ticketed Buttacavoli on a charge of driving while suspended. He was released after posting bail on the warrant, pending court dates in Montclair and Nutley.

The victim of an apparent fraud provided a report to police at 10:54 a.m. The victim told police that while at their bank on Centre St., they were advised that someone had opened two accounts in their name in the amount of $50 each and showed a green card, Social Security card and date of birth bearing the victim’s name, along with the name of the victim’s employer and the victim’s address and two phone numbers. After the victim told the bank they hadn’t opened those accounts, the bank immediately closed the accounts, police said. A bank representative told the victim that the suspected scammer asked to withdraw funds from the victim’s other accounts and was told to use their debit card.

At 6:40 p.m., police arrested Nicholas Stefanelli, 44, of Clifton, on a charge of shoplifting at a Franklin Ave. business. He was released pending a court date.

Feb. 12

The victim of an apparent credit card fraud told police that someone made fraudulent charges totaling $700 to their debit card during the past month. The bank was alerted and canceled the account, police said.

Feb. 13

At 8:43 a.m., while at the scene of a motor vehicle crash, police said they learned that the driver, Michael Ix, 28, of Lyndhurst, had an active warrant from Bloomfield. He was arrested and also ticketed on a charge of driving while suspended. Ix was released after posting bail on the warrant pending court hearings.

– Ron Leir

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