The Glen Rock Police Department wishes everyone a happy, healthy and safe New Year. We also wish to remind everyone that New Year’s Eve is notorious for being the most dangerous driving day of the year. Whether you’re celebrating with friends in Glen Rock this year or traveling for the holidays, be sure to follow these tips to ensure a safe arrival home:
- One of the most basic ways to help keep the streets safe on New Year’s Eve is to ensure that the person driving your group from point A to point B is sober.
- If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.
- Stick together: Going to parties, bars and dance clubs can be hectic, and with too much alcohol, some people lose control. Traveling in groups creates a safety net.
- Walking while intoxicated can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- If you must drive, be aware of your surroundings, drive defensively and call the police if you see anything illegal or suspicious taking place. As always, wear your seat belt and don’t drive distracted.
9:55 AM – A Glen Rock resident reported that an unknown individual attempted to open a Home Depot credit account in his name. The attempt was detected by his LifeLock protection and the account was declined.
2:19 PM – A resident on the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue reported that the contents of a package delivered to his home had been stolen. He was able to locate the ripped open package, however, the wireless Xbox valued at $150, it had contained was missing. There were no known witnesses.
7:45 PM – A resident on the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue reported that the contents of two packages delivered to his home had been stolen. A neighbor had found the opened packages, however the contents, valued at $25.20, were missing. There were no known witnesses.
12:01 PM – Off duty Ridgewood P.O. Michael Mc Dermott saw something that did not look right. He observed two men who appeared to be taking packages from the front steps of a Glen Rock home. The men quickly fled on Boulevard onto Fairview.
He immediately notified Glen Rock Officers and P.O. Sam Evans, who was working a nearby road construction detail, apprehended both actors on Lincoln Avenue near William Place. P.O. Mc Dermott was able to positively identify both and officers recovered several stolen packages. Assisting were Det. Sgt. Jim Calaski, P.O. Bob Surdyka, P.O. Nick Onove and P.O. T.J. Graziani.
Officers arrested Rafael G. Del Rosario age 20 of Butler Street in Paterson and Anthony Chalas age 18 of Rock Road in Hawthorne who were each charged with receiving stolen property and littering. Both were processed and released on their own recognizance in accordance with New Jersey’s new bail reform system.
Det. Sgt. Calaski is investigating to see if the same actors are responsible for additional thefts in the area over the past two days. Residents with home video systems or Ring style doorbells are asked to contact the GRPD if they find any footage of suspicious people in the area. The investigation is still on going, Det. Sgt. Calaski can be contacted at (201) 670-3948 or [email protected]
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Following the arrest of Rafael Del Rosario and Anthony Chalas, additional package thefts were reported on Boulevard and Fairview Avenue. Detectives are attempting to determine if these two actors were involved.
5:12 PM – A Harding Road resident reported that person(s) unknown cut the wire to a set of his Christmas lights. There are no known witnesses or suspect.
6:13 PM – A Romary Court resident reported that an Amazon package had been stolen from the front steps of her home on December 19th. A UPS package, delivered on the same day, was not taken. The stolen package contained a laptop cover valued at $13.00.
6:33 PM – A Cornelia Place resident reported that she had placed two packages on her front steps for return pick-up by UPS on December 20th. Upon her return home, she discovered that one of the packages had been taken, but the other remained. It was determined that UPS had not yet made a pick-up at the residence. The stolen package had contained a jacket valued at $70.00.
11:37 AM – Patrols, along with the Glen Rock Fire Department, responded to a reported oven fire at an Iona Place residence. Investigation determined that the owner’s manual had been left inside the oven, it began to smoke when the oven was turned on. The scene was rendered safe by the Fire Department.
12:08 PM – A Glen Rock senior citizen reported that an unknown male had attempted to scam her out of $2,500 by claiming to be her nephew who needed bail money. The victim attempted to send the money though Western Union, however, the transaction did not go through due to spelling error in the receiving person’s name.