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Police Blotter 2/20/17 – 2/26/17


During the period between February 20th 2017 and February 26th 2017 members of the GRPD handled 204 calls for service, the highlights of which included:  


2:27 AM –  Glen Rock officers responded to assist the NJ Transit Police with an intoxicated individual along the NJT Main Line RR Tracks in the area opposite the Glen Court Apartments.  The trespasser was not injured and was charged by the Transit Police with defiant trespassing.  The subject was subsequently transported to his residence and left with family members due to his state of intoxication.


07:57 AM –  A Radburn Road resident reported being notified by Chase Bank that $ 4,377.48 worth of fraudulent transactions had occurred on his checking account.  The transactions occurred at a Walmart in Texas.  The matter is being reviewed by the detective bureau.


5:22 PM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop on Maple Avenue near the Fair Lawn border, Det. Mike Trover arrested a 41-year-old Ridgewood man for DWI.  The man was also found to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe.  He was transported to Police HQ where he was processed and charged with unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe, DWI and refusal to submit to breath tests, failure to keep right and possession of open alcohol in a motor vehicle.  His vehicle was impounded and he was released to the care of a friend as required by John’s Law.  An appearance in Glen Rock Municipal Court has been scheduled for February 28th 2017.


6:44 PM – Sgt. Robert Wojtecki was dispatched along with the Glen Rock Fire Department to investigate what was initially reported by residents to be a transformer explosion.  No such condition was found, however, a Clifton Place resident reported seeing smoke in his neighbor’s rear yard.  Upon checking the area, it was discovered that there was a 2” X 6” hole in the grass of the yard as well as damage to the lower section of a vinyl fence.  It appears that the damage was caused by fireworks, however, no one in the area witnessed what had occurred.


7:32 PM – A 9-1-1 report was received of smoke coming from a house on the 500 block of Prospect Street.  The first arriving officer, Sgt. Frank Riggio, confirmed that there was a working structure fire at the one story single family dwelling. The resident had already evacuated the home before police arrived on scene.   Fire fighters from Glen Rock, Ridgewood, Hawthorne, Fair Lawn and Midland Park responded to assist.  EMS units from both Glen Rock and Ridgewood, as well as Ridgewood Emergency Services were also present on scene.

Two Ridgewood Fire Fighters were injured when the floor of the house gave way and they fell through.  They were pulled out by two Glen Rock Firefighters and were transported to the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood with non-life threatening injuries.  Glen Rock Fire Chief Tom Jennings credited the two Glen Rock Fire Fighters with saving the lives of the two Ridgewood Fire Fighters.


12:47 AM – P.O.’s Murray Yang, Lucas Doney and John Tarantino were dispatched to a Forest Road home in response to a resident’s report of two unknown men loitering in her rear yard while a third rang her door bell.  With the assistance of Ridgewood P.O.’s Steven Cummings and Peter Tuchol a total of four individuals were detained.

Through investigation P.O. Murray Yang arrested all four individuals who were charged as follows:

  1. A 27-year-old Passaic woman was charged with possession of burglary tools and released on her own recognizance;
  2. A 22-year-old Paterson man was charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of Marijuana under 50 grams, hindering apprehension by giving false information to police and was turned over to the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department when it was determined he had an active no bail warrant out of the Superior Court in Passaic County.
  3. A 22-year-old Jersey City man was charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of Marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and hindering apprehension by giving false information to police. He was released on his own recognizance.
  4. A 35-year-old Paterson man was charged with possession of burglary tools and hindering apprehension by giving false information to police.  He was turned over to the Paterson Police Department when it was determined that he had an active criminal warrant out of the Paterson Municipal Court.


Between 8 AM and 8:30 AM – Three residents on the 300 block of Boulevard reported that their vehicles were entered overnight.  A Garmin GPS Unit was taken from one vehicle; the other two vehicles were rummaged through but nothing appeared to be missing.  Two of the vehicles had been left unlocked and while the owner of the third vehicle claimed it had been locked, there were no signs of forced entry.  There are no known witnesses and no evidence was recovered.


12:19 AM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Diamond Bridge P.O. Sam Evans arrested the driver for DWI and a passenger for possession of Marijuana.  The Driver, a 26-year-old Prospect Park man, was charged with DWI and issued summonses for careless driving, operating with a suspended license and failure to maintain lane.  His vehicle was impounded and he was released to the custody of a sober friend in accordance with John’s Law. The driver was also found to have active warrants out of Belmar and Prospect Park, however, he was released on his own recognizance by those jurisdictions due to his state of intoxication.

The passenger, a 27-year-old Hackensack woman, was charged with possession of Marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on her own recognizance.

Both have pending court appearances in Glen Rock Municipal Court on March 14th 2017.


3:55 PM – A Hamilton Avenue resident reported unauthorized transactions had been made on her debit card account.  According to the Bank these transactions occurred in the United Kingdom.  The account has since been closed.  The detective bureau is reviewing the matter.


8:07 PM – A Robinson Avenue resident reported that family member visiting from China had gone out for a walk at 4PM and had not yet returned.  The subject, a 79-year-old man, was not familiar with the area and does not speak English.

At 11PM he was returned to the residence by the owner of an Elmwood Park Chinese Food Restaurant who came to his aid after learning that the man was lost.


8:08 PM – A 46-year-old Parsippany man was detained by the Morris County Sheriff’s Department on an active warrant out of the Glen Rock Municipal Court.  Unable to post $858 bail, he was taken into custody by Det. James Calaski and P.O. Annamarie Mattina at the Morris County Jail and transported to the Bergen County Jail.

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