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GR Police Blotter Dec. 23rd – Dec. 29, 2019


The Glen Rock Police Department would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy New Year!



8:14 AM – The owner of Fausto Pellegrino Hair Design at 190 Rock Road reported the rear door to his business appeared to have been tampered with.  The damage was consistent with someone having attempted to force entry, but it does not appear that the attempt was successful. The rear door is not visible from the street and no video images were recovered.  The detective bureau is currently investigating this matter.  


12:52 PM – The office manager at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church reported a male subject in his 60’s entered the church and began to inquire about the church in a manner that became concerning.  He began to question as to whether the church permitted “gays” to be part of the church and made several anti-gay comments.  Upon leaving the subject left a box full of religious pamphlets near the front door.  

The detective bureau is currently investigating this matter in an effort to determine if this individual is the same subject who engaged in suspicious acts at the Sikh Temple on December 21st. 


9:43 AM – A Glen Rock man reported suspecting that he had been the victim of a technical support imposter scam. He had attempted to obtain online support from the “Geek Squad” and ended up contacting an on-line service with a similar name “”.  After giving the purported technician access to his computer he received a telephone call from an unknown individual asking him if he was having his computer serviced and by whom.  The caller stated that he would send the complainant an email asking about the services rendered.  

Having become suspicious of the entire situation, the complainant terminated the remote access which was in progress.  Neither the alleged-on line technician nor the caller attempted any further contact.  The complainant was unable to determine if his computer had been damaged nor if any of his online accounts had been accessed. 


10:30 AM – Glen Rock Police and Firefighters responded to a reported house fire on Oxford Place.  Upon arrival, officers found a working attic fire at the 2 ½ story single-family residence.  The family and their dogs had safely evacuated, and Glen Rock Firefighters began firefighting operations with mutual aid support from Hawthorne, Fair Lawn, Midland Park, and Paramus.  The cause and origin of the fire were determined to be a malfunctioning ceiling fan.  The home sustained extensive fire and water damage. 


4:05 PM – A Glen Rock woman reported discovering fraudulent activity on a joint Bank of America account which she holds with her son.  Discovered were a total of 5 transactions totaling $750.  She then discovered another 28 transactions on her personal Bank of America account totaling $4,200.  Upon contacting her bank additional fraudulent transactions were discovered all of which occurred between November 29th and December 12th, 2019.  Upon review, representatives at the Bank of America informed the complainant that they believed that the accounts were hacked by someone who “ported” her son’s cellphone number.  The detective bureau is currently reviewing the matter in conjunction with the Bank of America and Verizon.  


10:40 PM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop on Romary Court, P.O. James Donnelly detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle and observed a taser inside the vehicle.  Upon further investigation the driver, an 18-year-old Paterson man and the passenger a 16-year-old Paterson male were found to be in possession of a total of 8 bags of marijuana as well as a scale, 19 empty plastic Ziplock bags and a second taser.  

Both were placed under arrest and transported to Police HQ.  The adult was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and released on his own recognizance pending an appearance in Glen Rock Municipal Court.  He was also issued traffic summonses for the operation of a motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, disregard of a stop sign, failure to signal, driving with a suspended license, being an unlicensed driver, and failure to wear seatbelts.  

The juvenile was turned over to the custody of a parent pending the issuance of a juvenile delinquency petition on similar charges. 

Due to a federal court ruling which invalidated New Jersey’s prohibition of private citizen’s possession of taser type devices, no additional charges have been filed at this time.   


10:30 PM – Patrols were dispatched to a 9-1-1 report of a serious motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Central Avenue and Ackerman Avenue.  There were a total of four injuries, all reported to be non-life threatening.  One of the drivers, a 22-year-old Midland Park woman was transported by ambulance to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. A 15-year-old Glen Rock female was initially picked up at the scene by her mother who later called for assistance at their home upon discovering that the injury sustained in the collision was more serious than initially believed.  The 15-year-old was also transported by ambulance to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.   

The driver of the second vehicle, a 19-year-old Glen Rock woman, was issued traffic summonses by P.O. James Donnelly for careless driving, failure to yield right of way, passengers riding on parts unintended and failure to use seat belts.  The Glen Rock driver will be required to appear in Glen Rock Municipal Court on January 14th, 2020.    Both vehicles were towed from the scene.  

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