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GRPD POlice Blotter for March 19th – 25th, 2018


submitted by GRPD Chief Ackermann 


11:30 AM –  A Glen Rock man reported the he had received a package from Home Depot containing 100 feet of rope which he had not ordered.  When he contacted Home Depot he discovered that person(s) unknown had obtained a Home Depot credit card in his name.  The transaction occurred on line and without his authorization.  An additional $1,600 had been charged to the account but it could not be determined if the transactions occurred on line or at a store.  The Detective Bureau is currently reviewing the matter in cooperation with Home Depot.              


2:42 PM – A Glen Rock woman reported a missing gold chain and pendant of unknown value.  The item went missing sometime over the last month while numerous contractors were working in her home.      


4:09 PM – A Wyckoff livery driver reported that he was contracted to drive a Ferndale Avenue resident from Glen Rock to New York City.  The fare, in the amount of $250, was paid by check which was not honored by the bank due to a stop payment.  The complainant was advised as to the bad check procedures established by state law as well as the options available to him.  


1:25 PM – Sgt. Scott Mc Govern was dispatched to check on the welfare of a man passed out behind the wheel van blocking the entrance to the Prospect Street strip mall.  Upon arrival he found the driver, a 48-year-old Garfield man, asleep behind the wheel of the running van with a bottle of vodka on the floor.  When awoken by the officer the driver was found to be in a highly intoxicated state.  The man had difficulty standing without assistance and standardized field sobriety tests could not be completed on scene.

The driver was placed under arrest for DWI and transported to Police HQ for processing while his vehicle was impounded.  The man refused to submit to breath tests and due to his highly intoxicated state he was transported to New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus for his own safety and detox.  In addition to the DWI charge, he was also issued traffic summonses for refusal to submit to breath test, open container of alcohol in motor vehicle and obstructing passage of other vehicles.  


4:35 PM – While on patrol in the area of Berkeley Place and Carol Court, P.O. James Mc Gill observed a vehicle parked at the side of the road idling with excessive smoke coming from the tailpipe.  Before approaching the occupied vehicle, he ran an NCIC check on the patrol vehicles laptop which disclosed a stolen license plate hit.  Upon the arrival of a back-up officer, P.O. Bob Surdyka, they field contacted the vehicle’s driver, a 25-year-old New Windsor NY man.  He claimed that he did not own the vehicle which had previously been under the control of his mother and his cousin.  He was unable to produce a vehicle registration nor proof of insurance.  A check of the vehicle identification number found the vehicle was owned by an Auto Dealer in Paterson and was not reported as stolen.  Attempts to reach the dealership provided unsuccessful.  The vehicle also had a strong odor of Marijuana emanating from it, however, a subsequent search did not yield any illegal contraband.  

The vehicle was subsequently impounded and the driver was issued summonses for operating/parking an unregistered and uninsured vehicle on a public street, display of fictitious plates, failure to notify DMV of change of address.  The matter was turned over the Detectives for further investigation.  


6:34 PM –  Patrols responded along with the Glen Rock Fire Department and Ambulance Corps to a serious one vehicle accident with the driver trapped inside on Maple Avenue just north of Harristown Road.  The driver who sustained apparent serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, had to be cut from the vehicle by Fire Fighters.    He was subsequently transported to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. 

According to a witness, who had been driving behind the vehicle as it traveled southbound on Maple Avenue, the vehicle began to swerve and drove directly into a borough shade tree on the opposite side of the street.  Officers recovered numerous vehicle parts which became dislodged and landed in a nearby parking lot.  

The were no signs present that the driver, 63-year-old Ho Ho Kus man, was under the influence of alcohol or any other substance.  


12:26 PM – A Glen Rock man reported receiving a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that he had applied for disability benefits.  When he contacted Social Security representatives to inform them he had not made an application, he learned that an application for retirement benefits had also been filed in his name.  The Social Security Administration began an investigation into the application and advised him to file a police report on the matter.  He was advised by P.O. Sarah Orsita to obtain copies of his credit reports and to check his bank and credit card records to search for any other discrepancies.  


1:17 AM – While assigned to a DWI Enforcement detail, paid for through funds provided through the New Jersey Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund, P.O. John Tarantino arrested a 17-year-old Oakland male for operating a vehicle under the influence of Marijuana.  The driver was transported to Police HQ where he was processed and charged with DWI, being under the influence of CDS, possession of Marijuana under 50 grams.  He was also issued traffic summonses for careless driving, failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle, improper license plates, violation of hours of operation for a GDL holder and operation of a motor vehicle while in possession of CDS. Assistance was provided to the Glen Rock Police Department by a Drug Recognition Expert from the Mahwah Police Department.  

The driver was subsequently released to the custody of a sober family member and his vehicle was impounded in accordance with the provision of John’s Law.  

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