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GRPD Police Blotter

March 20th 2017 through March 26th 2017



12:11 AM –  GRPD patrol units were dispatched to 390 South Maple Avenue, the Exxon Gas Station on an activated burglar alarm. Responding units found the door to the attendant booth to be forced open in what appeared to be a burglary. Surveillance video was reviewed and it was confirmed that a male suspect had unsuccessfully attempted to pry open the door of the attendant booth and the main store door. He then forced the booth door open but fled with no proceeds after the audible alarm activated. Further investigation led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Glen Rock man, who was taken into custody on 3/21/2017 at 8:30 PM by Det. Mike Trover, Det. Jim Calaski, P.O. Bryan Scott and P.O. Sarah Orsita. He was charged with burglary and lodged in the Bergen County Jail pending an appearance in Superior Court Central Judicial Processing within 48 hours.


12:04 PM –  A Valley Road resident reported being contacted by investigators from the Internal Revenue Service regarding a fraudulent tax return filed in her husband’s name.  The IRS had flagged the transaction before it went through and an investigation is in progress.  The victims have obtained a seven-year credit protection plan through the credit reporting agencies.

Anyone who has been the victim of a fraudulent tax return you should contact the IRS for specialized assistance at 800-908-4490. These IRS employees are available to answer questions about identity theft and resolve any tax account issues that resulted from identity theft.


1:10 PM –  Patrol units were dispatched to 216 Rock Road, Sweet Love and Cake on a reported burglary in the past. Surveillance video was reviewed by responding officers and detectives which showed a male suspect entering the store at 1220 PM on 3/20/2017. The actor forced the cash register open and stole $503.00 before fleeing the scene. A 17-year-old Glen Rock male was identified as the suspect after reviewing the surveillance video. At 5:30 PM on 3/21/2017, Det. Trover located the juvenile male suspect, who had also been reported missing at the time of the burglary, and placed him under arrest. He was transported to headquarters and charged with burglary and theft and released to his parents.



4:18 PM –  A Boulevard resident reported that she mailed a check to woman in Nevada for $225 who never received it, however, her bank records showed it was cashed.  When her bank produced a copy of the cashed check she found that it had been altered with another payee’s name written on the check.  The detective bureau is reviewing the matter.


6:43 AM –  During a motor vehicle stop on Hamilton Avenue, P.O. John Tarantino arrested a 29-year-old Paterson man on an outstanding warrant out of Midland Park.  The man was released after posting $139 bail.


2:26 AM –  During a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Avenue, P.O. John Tarantino arrested a 22-year-old Hawthorne woman for driving while intoxicated.  The driver’s vehicle was impounded and she was transported to Police HQ for processing.  The driver was subsequently released to a sober individual in accordance with John’s Law.  Additional summonses were issued for speeding and careless driving.


1:51 PM –  A fugitive from an October 26th, 2016 shoplifting, which occurred at Super Fresh on Lincoln Avenue, was apprehended by the Saddle River Police Department.  The subject, a 48-year-old Ramsey man, was taken into custody by P.O. Bryan Scott and P.O. Sarah Orsita at Saddle River Police HQ.  Following processing at Glen Rock PD HQ the man was transported to the Bergen County Jail.

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