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Verona Police Blotter: December 30, 2016 – January 6, 2017
12:24 PM: Officer Giovanni DeSomma took a report of fraud from a Valley View Road resident. The resident reported that she received a letter from a department store denying her request for a credit card, as she already had an account with them. The resident reported that she never applied for a credit card. She also reports receiving letters and cards from several other companies.
12:30 PM: Officer Ed Ruff conducted a motor vehicle stop on Bloomfield Avenue after a random check of the vehicle license plate showed the registration was suspended. Upon checking the operator’s credentials, a warrant from the Verona Municipal Court was located. The operator, Beverly Collins of Maryland, was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. After processing, Collins posted the bail and was released.
1:45 PM: Officer Erin McGarrity took a report of a fraud from a Claremont Avenue resident. The resident reported that her mail had been opened prior to her receiving it. She was advised to contact the U.S. Postal Service.
4:25 PM: Officer Michael Barone took a report of a theft of a wallet form a Keansburg, N.J. resident. The resident reported that his wallet was stolen from the center console of his vehicle. The wallet contained credit cards and miscellaneous identification. He was advised to contact his credit card companies.
December 31, 2016
1:06 PM: Officer Robert Maguire conducted a motor vehicle stop on Peters Lane after detecting a strong odor of marijuana as the vehicle passed him on Pease Avenue. Upon speaking with the driver, the officer could still smell a storing odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The occupants were asked to step from the vehicle and upon speaking with them, they admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, drug paraphernalia as well as marijuana were located. Both subjects, John Cardon of Verona and John Crandall of Essex Fells, were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. After processing, both were released with a pending court date.
11:15 AM: Officer Stephanie Colon took a report of harassing text messages from a Highland Terrace resident. The resident reported that she received several text messages from an unknown number. She was advised to block the unknown number.
2:52 PM: Officer Chris Scheper took a report of a fraud from a Montrose Avenue resident. The resident reported several unauthorized charges on his credit card. The resident contacted the vendors and advised them that he did not authorize the charges. He also contacted his credit card company and advised them of the fraudulent charges. The resident was provided with identity theft information.
3:52 PM: Officers Jordan Descafano and Stephanie Colon responded to Union Police Department to take custody of Anthony Rosario-Gomez of Irvington on an outstanding warrant from the Verona Municipal Court. After processing, Rosario-Gomez posted bail and was released.
January 1, 2017
2:36 AM: Officer Justin Nielsen conducted a motor vehicle stop on Claremont Avenue for an observed violation. While speaking with the operator, Officer Nielsen observed that his movements were slow and his voice was slurred. The operator was asked to step from the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. After the completion of the tests, the operator, Gary Edgerton of Piscataway, was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. Edgerton was transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing, he was released to a friend.
January 2, 2017
12:10 PM: Officer Brendan Huber took a report of a fraud from a Claremont Avenue resident. The resident reported that she sold an item on eBay and after she mailed the item, she was contacted by eBay that the buyer had been flagged as a suspicious buyer. EBay put a hold on the payment and reported that it would not be released until delivery of the package was confirmed.
January 3, 2017
6:08 PM: Officer Giovanni DeSomma took a report of a dispute at a Bloomfield Avenue business. The customer reported that he came to pick up his vehicle, but was advised it would not be ready for several days. The customer then requested a refund but was refused as there was a signed contract. The officers spoke with the business owner who agreed to give the customer a partial refund on the following day.
8:32 PM:Officer Thomas Conroy took a report of a fraud from a Kenwood Avenue resident. The resident reported that his credit card and iPhone were stolen while he was out of state. He further reported over 20 unauthorized transactions on his credit card. He has been in contact with the credit card company and cancelled the card. He was provided with identity theft information.
January 4, 2017
1:47 AM: Officer Robert Juliano conducted a motor vehicle stop on Pompton Avenue for an observed violation. Upon checking the operator’s credentials, an active warrant was located from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. The operator, Raheem Martin of Jersey City, was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing Martin was turned over to the Hudson County Sheriffs Department.
4:14 PM: Officer Brian McMahon conducted a motor vehicle stop on Bloomfield Avenue after a random check of the vehicle license plate showed outstanding warrants for the vehicle owner. Upon obtaining the operators credentials, active warrants were confirmed from the Bloomfield, Newark and Highland Park municipal courts. The operator, Xiang Chi of Montclair, was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. After processing Chi was released with pending court dates for each municipality.
9:09 PM:Officer Thomas Conroy took a report of an attempted burglary at a Morningside Road resident. The resident reported that she discovered a rear basement window that had been forced open. Officers also observed two doors that appeared to have been tampered with. It does not appear that entry was gained into the residence.
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