Man steals car as its owner inflated tires: Nutley PD

A look at the suspect alleged to have stolen a BMW in Nutley. Nutley PD

A stolen vehicle was reported to police in Nutley Oct. 26 and it all happened in broad daylight as the car’s owner was trying to inflate tires, Det. Lt. Anthony Montanari, of the Nutley Police Department, said. It’s one of several vehicles stolen in the area this past week where the vehicle was left running.

The victim told police that while putting air in their tires, they turned around and witnessed an individual described as a Black man, wearing black pants, a face mask and a black sweatshirt, jump into their 2018 white BMW 430 and drive away south on Washington Avenue.

While the victim was tending to their vehicle, it was left running with the key fob and other personal items inside the car. Surveillance video showed the suspect walking across the gas station toward the victim’s vehicle and he waited for them to turn away prior to jumping in the driver’s seat and pulling away.

Approximately 15 minutes after, Newark PD contacted Nutley headquarters to report the stolen vehicle was recovered in their jurisdiction after being in an accident and the occupant fleeing the scene. The vehicle was towed to headquarters where it was processed by the detective bureau. The investigation ongoing.

In other recent incidents:

A motor vehicle stop Oct. 27 at Washington Avenue and Centre Street resulted in the arrest of driver Christopher Kennelly, 50, of Wallington, on an outstanding want out of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to headquarters without incident, printed/processed, issued three motor vehicle summonses for driving on a suspended license, driving on a suspended registration and and driving with an expired license, all with a mandatory court date.

Kennelly was remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.

A fraud victim made a report Oct. 25. The victim told officers they received a letter from a collection agency hired by PayPal to recover a debt for $9,245.30 from an account number believed to be that of the victim. Upon contacting the collection agency, the victim was advised there was an account created using the victim’s personal-identifying information.

That same day, an Edgar Place resident told police that while having cable installed in their home, they believed a worker stole a sound bar valued at $325. The victim reported the incident to the cable company immediately upon realizing the sound bar was reportedly missing. The cable company is pursuing the matter independently from police.



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