Nutley Police Director Alphonse Petracco and Chief Thomas Strumolo are advising resident of an incident that took place Tuesday, Oct. 31, requiring several schools to be placed on a lockdown.
Strumolo said on Tuesday morning, Oct. 31, Newark police requested assistance in locating an Amber Alert vehicle that was carjacked there with a toddler inside. Information received was the vehicle could be in Nutley and therefore, Nutley police, in cooperation with US Marshals, Belleville, Lyndhurst and State police, conducted a search of the southeast area of town.
As a precaution, the schools located within the area were secured while police searched. At approximately 10:50 a.m., police received information the vehicle and toddler were located in Jersey City.
At no time was anyone in the township in danger or at risk — the secure in place was strictly precautionary.
Meanwhile, on Oct. 28, a victim told Nutley police they were contacted by someone through a social media app from their friend list, advising them they were “hacked.” They were advised of an opportunity to receive a grant since the victim was a cancer survivor. After following the given instructions, the victim sent funds to the suspect and was told to send even more funds over time.
After sending approximately $20,000, the victim realized they were being scammed.
The financial institution was advised of the incident. The Nutley PD’s Detective Bureau continues to investigate.
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