Subject: Police Blotter
On 04/05/2014, at approx. 1018 hours, officers responded to parking lot of 35 Lackawanna Plaza on a vandalism report. The caller informed officers that he parked his 2004 maroon Toyota Scion in the lot Thursday 04/03 at 1530 hours. When he returned to it around midnight the vehicle had an excessive amount of scratch marks on the roof. Anyone with information contact Det. Shaub at 973 509 4717.
On 04/01/2014, at approx. 1346 hours, officers responded to Nishuane Road on an attempted motor vehicle theft report. The vehicle owner informed officers that he parked his 2000 Jeep Cherokee in his driveway on 03/31 at approx 20:00 hours. When he attempted to enter his vehicle on 04/01 at 1200 hours he observed the driver’s side door lock punched out. His ignition housing was also damaged. Nothing was taken. Anyone with information contact Det. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.
On 04/05/2014, at approx. 1306 hours, officers responded to the 300 block of Orange Road on attempted burglary report. Officers were informed by the homeowner that she left the home at approx 0730 and all windows were closed in the home. When she returned she found the kitchen screen window open and the window slightly open. An attempt to enter had been made but the window stops prevented entry. A neighbor reported hearing the downstairs doorbell ring. He looked out and observed a black male approx 18 yrs of age standing on front steps looking around. He just moved to the area and believed it was another resident who forgot his keys and thought nothing of it. He could not provide any further description. Anyone with information contact Det. Cunningham at 973 509 4716.
On 04/05/2014, at approx. 2317 hours, officers responded to 571 Bloomfield Avenue ( Merit Fine Wines) on a physical altercation taking place. Officers were informed by a female employee that she witnessed a customer conceal a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey within a black coat he was carrying and attempt to leave the store. When confronted, the actor pushed her into the door, kicked her and shoved her out of the way in order to leave the store. He was described as a black male approx 20 yrs old, wearing all white clothing. This was dispatched to other units who stopped an individual matching the description. He was found in possession of the coat and bottle of Whiskey. 19 yr old Bruce Francois of West Orange was taken into custody without incident. He was also found in possession of two small bags of marijuana. He was charged with Robbery, shoplifting and possession of marijuana.
On 04/05/2014, at approx. 1524 hours, officers responded to the 20 block of Franklin Place on a report of suspicious activity. The caller stated there was a subject in the rear of a neighbor’s property and that the subject did not reside there. The homeowner was also not home at the time. Officers arrived and checked the home while they spoke to the individual identified as 45 yr old Jameel Brown of Montclair. There were no signs of forced entry however a warrant check revealed an outstanding arrest warrant out of Glenridge as well as the Essex County Sheriff’s department for Mr. Brown. He was taken into custody without incident awaiting pick up by the Sheriff’s department.
DLt. Angel Roman
Montclair Police Department
Subject: Police Blotter
On 3/25/2014, at 09:12 am., Officers responded to the corner of Lackawanna Plaza and Bloomfield Avenue on report of a verbal disturbance between several parties. Upon arrival of Officers, they met with the callers who are a Montclair couple who explained that the third person involved in this incident, Marrell Sutton, a 29 year old Montclair man, had been following the complaining female caller throughout the Township for the past several months. Officers conducted an investigation and discovered that Sutton had an outstanding warrant out of Montclair for a prior incident where he was charged with Criminal Mischief for kicking and breaking a door on a local business. That incident occurred 02/16/2013. Sutton was placed under arrest and the allegations of following the complaining caller are being investigated.
On 3/25/2014, at approx 02:00 pm, Officers responded to Belleville Police Dept. to arrest Robert T. Frucci, a 26 Belleville man, on outstanding warrants out of Montclair for a 2012 narcotics offense. Frucci was in custody of Belleville PD. Frucci was placed under arrest and transported to Montclair where he will be housed pending Court.
On 3/25/2014, at 07:29 pm Officers placed Abraham D Muralles, a 43 year old Plainfield man, into custody as he appeared before Montclair Municipal Court to answer a summons issued to him for Driving While Suspended. As a result of that appearance, Muralles was sentenced to 10 days in the county jail. During processing Muralles was found to have outstanding warrants out of Boundbrook, Dunnellen and Hillborough Courts.
On 03/27/2014, at approx 05:20 pm, Officers observed Joseph Foglio, a 33 year old Livingston man, picking up trash and throwing it on the side walk in the area of North Willow Street and Claremont Avenue. He was stopped by Officers and a field investigation was conducted. As a result, Mr. Foglio was issued a summons for littering and released.
On 03/27/2014, at approx 08:15 pm, Officers responded to a Mission Street property, a second floor apartment, on report of individuals trespassing as the apartment is supposed to be vacant. Upon arrival of Officers, the owner/ landlord was present and stated that parties were “hanging out on the second floor” and he wanted them removed. Officers found three parties on the premises. One of the three, Tyree Barba, a 21 year old Montclair man, was found to have outstanding warrants out of Irvington and Newark. Barba was placed under arrest and was later picked up by Irvington on that warrant. The other two parties were released at the scene.
On 03/29/2014, at approx 11pm, Ivonne Cammano, an 18 year old Fiskill NY woman, was arrested after acting belligerently and assaulting a security officer at the Wellmont Theatre. Officers responded to assist the female security officer who was escorting Cammano out of the theatre and she continued to act out resisting Officers. It was determined that she was intoxicated as well. While hand-cuffing Cammano, she kicked an Officer. Cammano was placed under arrest and charged with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Underage Consumption of Alcoholic Beverage.
On 3/25/2014, approx. 04:52 pm, Officers responded to a residence on Elm Street in Montclair on report of a burglary. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the homeowner who reported that the home was left unoccupied at approx 2pm. At 04:40 pm, the resident arrived to find the home had been entered. Missing from the residence was a MacBook computer, and a black and white Under Armour back pack. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Schaub at 973-509-4717.
On 3/28/2014, at approx 08:16 pm, Officers responded to an Orange Rd residence on report of a burglary. Upon arrival, Officers met the caller who reported seeing an open window in a first floor apartment in that residence. Officer checked the residence and found it clear of any intruders. It could not be determined if anything was missing at the time of this report as the homeowner could not be reached. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.
On 03/28/2014, at 11:14 am, officers responded 50 Upper Montclair Plaza on report of graffiti found on the rear of the building. Upon arrival of Officers, they check the rear of #50 and found graffiti painted on the rear of the building. Officer check further check along the tracks to find several buildings with graffiti that appeared to be old. The graffiti on the rear of #50 is said to be new, within a couple of days. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4733.
On 03/25/2014, at approx 10:20 pm, Officers responded to an Elm Street address on report of a motor vehicle theft. Upon arrival of Officers, they spoke with the victim who reported parking the 2001 Audi A4, 4 door, color black, in the driveway at approx 5 pm this date. The last time the vehicle was observed by the owner was 8 pm. At approx 10:20 pm, the owner noticed the vehicle was gone. The vehicle was immediately entered in the CJIS (Criminal Justice Information System) system as stolen. As a result, Newark PD observed the vehicle parked and unoccupied on 03/28/2014 at 5 North 12th street. The theft remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725.
On 03/25/2014, at 08:51 am, Officers responded to Verasoni Worldwide, a Park Street business, on report of a computer theft. Upon arrival of Officers, they met the caller who reported that his 15” Macbook laptop computer was missing from his office. The computer was valued at $2000. He states that the computer was last seen on 03/21/2014 at the close of business. On 03/23/2014, at approx 1pm the computer was noticed missing. There was no sign of forced entry to the building or the office. The building is only accessed by a cleaning crew over the weekends. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.
On 03/28/2014, at approx. 12:44 pm, Officers responded to Immaculate Conception Church on North Fullerton Avenue on report of a theft. Upon arrival, Officers met with the victim who reported that while walking to the front of the Church to receive communion, leaving her purse on the pew, her
wallet was taken. She suspects a male who was seated behind her. She suspects this party because he was sitting there when she walk to the front of the Church and when she was walking back to her seat, she observed this party walking out of the door of the church. It was at this time that she noticed that her wallet was missing from her purse. The suspect is described as follows:
Black male, 30-40 years old, approx 5’06” tall, wearing a black or dark green jacket with a wool cap and dark pants.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725.
On 03/28/2014, at 09:26pm, Officers responded to 65 Glenridge Avenue Caggiano’s Liquor Store on report of a hold up alarm. Enroute to the location, information was transmitted that approx. 10 juveniles had broken merchandise within the store and fled. Upon arrival, Officers learned that two groups of young males were fighting in the store and fled prior to police arrival. The owner reported that initially, a group of approx. 5 males came into the store. Soon thereafter, another group of two to three parties came into the store. The two groups began to argue and soon began to fight in the store. After about 10 seconds the two groups ran out of the store. As a result of the fight approx. $150 of merchandise was damaged. This investigation is ongoing to identify the parties involved. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4733.
DSgt. W. Young
Montclair Police Department
Friday, March 28, 2014
Officers Michael J. McCue and Scott A. Tait were sworn in yesterday as Montclair Police Department probationary officers by Deputy Municipal Clerk Juliet Lee in Township Council Chambers.
Officer McCue is a class of 2013 graduate of the Bergen County Police Academy Alternate Route Program (self-funded by the trainee). He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in justice studies at Montclair State University in 2010. Officer McCue served for two years with the Fair Lawn and Hillsdale police departments as a civilian police dispatcher and was a volunteer firefighter with the Paramus Volunteer Fire Department for three years. He will wear badge #259.
Officer Tait Graduated Bergen County Community College in 2012 with an Associate Degree in criminal justice. He previously served as a volunteer class II special deputy sheriff with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Tait will enter the Essex County College Police Academy this month for additional training toward his certification as a full-time police officer. He will wear badge #260.
Subject: Police Blotter
On 3/20/2014, at 1130 am, Nicholas Zappulla, a 25 year old Nutley man, appeared in Montclair Municipal Court for a probation violation. He was sentenced to 90 days in the Essex County Jail for not abiding by the terms of his probation. His sentence was subsequently suspended and there is a new date set for him to appear later in April. Zappulla was initially charged with a theft from a motor vehicle in Feb of 2013.
On 3/20/2014, at approx 6:50 pm, Officers conducting an investigation into an armed robbery attempted to stop and conduct a field interview with a party identified as Lander Ceaser, a 32 year old Montclair man. Ceaser was observed in the area of Claremont and Greenwood Avenue. Upon Officers identifying themselves and ordering Ceaser to stop, Ceaser fled, running from Officers. He was quickly caught and detained. Officers determined he was not a suspect from the robbery and he was subsequently arrested for Obstruction of Justice. He received a summons and was released.
On 3/22/2014, at 1249 pm Athena Reid-Azam, a 41 year old Montclair woman, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Criminal Mischief. The charge resulted from a complaint from Zeus Rental Cars complaining of damage to a vehicle.
On 3/20/2014, at 4:50 am, Officers responded to an apartment building on Pine Street on report of a possible intruder. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the caller who stated that she was awakened by a man standing at the foot of her bed. The caller stated that upon waking, the man said to her, “Are you ready for me?” The caller then screamed and the intruder is said to have casually walk out of the apartment via the back door. The intruder is described as a black male, 30-40 yrs old, wearing blue jeans and no shirt. The intruder is said to have a mustache, very thin at the waist and wearing some sort of head wear. The intruder reportedly did not get into the bed and did not touch the caller. The caller believes the back door to the apartment was left open at the time she retired for the evening. The caller states that she does not recognize the intruder as anyone that she knows. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716. The State Police were contacted to do a composite sketch which is attached.
On 3/22/2014, at approx 9:00 am, Officers responded to a Stonebridge Rd residence on report of a burglary to a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the caller who relayed that she parked her 2008 Kia Sportage at approx 7pm on 03/21 and on 03/22 at 900 am she returned to her vehicle to find items missing. The following was reported missing: a wallet, NJ DL, Visa CC, Garmin GPS and $40 cash. It was further reported that one of the doors of the vehicle may have been unlocked. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.
On 3/22/2014, at approx 9:56 am, Officers responded to a St. Lukes Place residence on report of a theft from a garage. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the caller who reported that between 6 pm on 3/21 and 9:45 am on 03/22 someone entered their unlocked garage and removed a bicycle. The bike is described as a 10 year old, men’s 21 speed mountain bike with a water bottle holder, red and black in color. The value of the bike is said to be approx. $500 when it was purchased. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4733.
On 03/20/2014, at 6:53 PM, officers responded 35 Lackawanna Plaza on report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, Officer spoke with the victim who reported to Officers that he met an individual at the Mall to purchase Marijuana. Upon meeting the seller, he came with a second male who the caller did not know. At this meeting, the caller was directed down the emergency exit hallway in the northwest corner of the mall. Once inside the hallway one of the two suspects brandished a small black handgun and ordered the caller to give up the money. The caller gave the two men a $100 dollar bill and the two fled the mall running to the rear of 50 Greenwood Avenue where they were last seen running north toward Claremont Avenue. The two suspects are described as follows:
Suspect #1 – green camouflage pants and a dark hooded sweat shirt
Suspect #2 – blue jeans, dark-gray hooded sweat shirt, black jacket and dark wool hat.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Schaub at 973-509-4717.
On 03/24/2014, at approx 11:14 am, Officers met with an Upper Mountain Avenue resident of Montclair who reported that he was the victim of a Fraud. The victim reports that he planned a vacation for this summer in Ocean City N.J. and located an apartment for rent on Craigslist. The victim reports communicating with a party who identified himself as Edwin Dennarda via the internet and email. Through these communications, a block of time was reserved and the victim paid $1100 via a bank transfer. Upon transferring funds, it was learned that there was a different name on the account that was receiving the funds. The funds were transferred as agreed despite the name on the account. After the transaction was complete, the victim investigated further and found that the apartment in question did not belong to the man who was paid the $1100. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Department Detective Bureau, Det. R. Singleton at 973-509-4722.
On 03/24/2014, at approx 3:20 pm Officers took a report of theft of Jewelry. The victim, an Edgecliff Road resident, reported that between Thanksgiving and the time of this report, several pieces of jewelry were taken from his home and he does not know by whom. Total loss $12,971. The caller reports several venders throughout the home during this time period. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4717.
On 03/22/2014, at approx. 5:09 pm, Officers took a report from a Glen Ridge resident who reported the theft of her wallet. The victim came into Police Hq. to report shopping at several different locations, some of which are in Montclair when she discovered that her wallet was missing out of her purse. Subsequent to discovering her wallet missing, she received a call from American Express regarding her card being used at a CVS in Bloomfield, NJ. She then discovered that other credit cards had been used and attempted at various locations. Anyone with any information is urged to call the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. Singleton at 973-509-4722.
On 03/21/2014, at approx. 6:42 pm, Officers responded to a Midland Avenue address on report of a possible luring incident involving a juvenile male. Upon arrival, it was reported by the mother of a 12 year old boy that while walking South on Midland Avenue from Watchung Avenue, on the West side of the street a white sedan pulled up where the young man was walking and the driver stated, “boy, get in the car”. The young man ignored the driver and continued walking South and the vehicle drove away without incident. The incident is said to have occurred at 5:30 pm. The driver is described as a black male in his late 30’s early 40’s with a mustache. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4733.
Flim-Flam/ Money Scam
On 03/19/2014, at approx 7:30 pm, Officers took a report from a Montclair woman regarding some type of possible flim-flam situation that occurred at Lackawanna Plaza. The victim explained that she entered Lackawanna Plaza from the East side of the building to purchase a coffee. As she attempted to exit the plaza, she was approached by two females described as follows:
Suspect #1 – younger than Suspect 2, 5’08” – 5’10”, thin build, wearing a dress with a jacket, heavy make-up, and a wig
Suspect #2 – Older than Suspect 1, 5’6” – 5’08”, average to heavy build, wearing pants with a jacket, heavy make-up and a wig.
The two approached the victim and stated that they found a wallet. A ladies black patent leather wallet with a single zipper that contained money was shown. The two stated that they would share the money with the victim if she would help them. They never specifically stated what they wanted. The victim stated to the two, that they should just call the police if they found someone’s property and
Subject: Police Blotter
Flim-Flam/ Money Scam continued.
she tried to walk away from them. It was further reported that the two continued to show a wad of cash and badger the victim to help them. The victim got to the parking lot and unlocked her car with the remote when the two actors jumped into her car. One got into the front seat and one got into the back. The victim began to scream at the two to get out of her car and that she was going to call the police. The two then exited the vehicle and walked through the lot toward the TD Bank. The victim got in her car and left the area. It is unknown where the two women went. If anyone has seen these two women, know who they are or has any information they are urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, DSgt. W. Young at 973-509-4719.
DSgt. W. Young
Montclair Police Department