Post-Halloween criminal-mischief: NPD

It was a busy two-day stretch for the Nutley Police Department Nov. 4 and 5 as they took at least five criminal-mischief reports those two days.

The first incident was on Hampton Place Nov. 4. There, a resident told police his home was egged twice. There was no damage other than some sticky walls.

The next four incidents took place Nov. 5.

In the first incident, a Hillside Ave. resident told police his car was keyed along the passenger side.

In the next incident, a High St. resident reported a tree shrub being ripped out of his garden. Police said the shrub was not stolen, however.

Next, a Fanwood Terrace resident told police his car was vandalized in his driveway after he found two front and rear windshield wipers, valued at $80, missing.

Finally, police said they caught five juveniles spray painting the field house at Kingsland Park. Of the five kids, two admitted to using orange spray paint on the field House [Perhaps they were upset over the Mets losing the World Series?]

All five juveniles were released into the custody of their parents and the NPD Juvenile Detective Bureau was notified.

Meanwhile, the NPD released the following reports of incidents that took place between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6:

Oct. 31 

• Aracelys Garay, 22, of Millburn, was arrested on an outstanding Bloomfield warrant. Police said they learned of the warrant after pulling Garay over for speeding. Garay posted bail on the warrant and was released, pending court.

• Leonard Spera, 46, of Clifton, was arrested on two outstanding Passaic warrants. Police said they’d noticed Spear stumbling near a Franklin Ave. post office. When they stopped to speak with Spera, they learned of the warrants. Spera was released into the custody of the Passaic PD, the NPD said.

• Samantha Eques, 24, of Nutley, was arrested on an outstanding Parsippany warrant. Police said they’d stopped Eques, after learning she was driving with a suspended driver’s license and that she had the active warrant. Police said Eques was also issued a summons for using a cell phone while driving. She was released after posting bail on the warrant, the NPD said.

Nov. 1 

• A fraud victim told police someone used his American Express card to make $900 in unauthorized purchases from The resident was entered into the Identity Theft Victim database, the NPD said. • Another fraud victim told police someone used his credit-union debit card to make two purchases totaling $148. The card has since been canceled, the NPD said. Nov. 2

• Matthew Grilo, 22, of Nutley, was arrested on Walnut St., and charged with possession of pot under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia, after being pulled over for failing to signal a turn. After being processed, Grilo was released on his own recognizance and was able to take possession of his car, the NPD said.

• Raphael Valdez, 25, of Morrisville, Pa., was arrested and charged with drunken driving and refusal to take a breath test — and he was also issued summonses accusing him of speeding, failing to keep right, failure to wear a seat belt, having tinted windows and careless driving — following a motor-vehicle stop, police said.

Valdez was also wanted by the Lawrenceville Police Department, police said. He posted bail on the Lawrenceville warrant and was later released into the custody of a family member, the NPD said.

Nov. 3 

• Thomas Rousselle, 48, of Newark, was arrested and charged with shoplifting from a Harrison St. business and resisting arrest. Police said the store manager told them Rousselle fled on foot toward Franklin Ave. He was apprehended by detectives shortly thereafter, police said.

Rousselle also had an open warrant out of Lyndhurst, the NPD said. Rousselle was released on his own recognizance, pending court in both Lyndhurst and Nutley, according to the NPD.

• A resident reported fraud after he learned he had a bill for more than $1,600 from Verizon, despite never holding a Verizon account. The resident declined entry into the federal ID fraud database, police said.

Nov. 6 

A Bloomfield Ave. resident reported what he thought was a burglary-in-progress. Police said the resident told him he’d heard footsteps coming from a vacant second-floor apartment. When police arrived, they were unable to locate any suspects — and there was no damage or forced entry into the apartment, the NPD said.

– Kevin Canessa Jr. 

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