Glen Rock Police Blotter August 17th – August 23, 2020
08-17-20209:45 AM – Patrols were dispatched to the 700 block of Prospect Street in response to a 9-1-1 report of an injured subject laying on a sidewalk. The injured subject, a 47-year-old Garfield man working at a nearby home repair project, was found to be in an intoxicated state believed to be due to the use of narcotics. Another individual, who was not providing any aid to the injured subject, fled the area when officers arrived. After the injured subject was turned over to EMT’s and Paramedics, officers located the subject, who fled the area, in an attempt to interview him about what may have occurred. Thesubject, a 47-year-old Jersey City man, stated he was employed by the injured man who had just started “freaking and tripping out” after taking an unknown substance. While officers were speaking with the Jersey City man, a glassine envelope – commonly used to hold Heroin – fell from his shirt. The officers also observed both fresh and old track marks both on the man’s forearm and the back of his hands, a common sign of intravenous drug use.Upon further investigation officers recovered three hypodermic syringes, four bundles – a total of approximately 40 glassineenvelopes – believed to contain Heroin, 5 plastic containers believed to contain crack cocaine as well as a glass crack pipe. The Jersey City man was arrested by P.O. T.J. Graziani and transported to Police HQ. The actor was processed and charged with possession of Heroin and Crack Cocaine, possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession with Intent to Use a Hypodermic Syringe. He was subsequently released on his own recognizance pending an appearance before Central Judicial Processing at the Superior Court in Hackensack on August 28th. The injured male, who is believed to have overdosed on Heroin,as well as a third party who called 9-1-1 for assistance, were notsubjects of this investigation. Under state law, persons who overdose on narcotics and those who call for help are immune from prosecution in order to encourage victims to seek immediate assistance during these life-threatening emergencies. For those struggling with addiction, as well as their family members, the Bergen County Department of Health Services Office of Alcohol and Drug Dependency (OADD) is committed to the prevention and treatment of substance use and substance abuse disorders. For more information you may contact them at (201) 634-2740. Services are also available through Care Plus NJ at (201) 986-5000.08-17-20202:53 PM – A Glen Rock man, seeking to resolve an issue with his gmail account, conducted an internet search for gmail customer support. After making contact through what he believed to be a legitimate customer service number, the purported technician instructed him to go to CVS and purchase a $500 Target gift card and then provide the card information to the technician. After doing so, he was told that further payment would be necessary at which point the man realized he was the victim of a scam. The detective bureau is currently reviewing this matter. 08-17-20203:10 PM – A resident of Rock Road, near Lincoln Avenue, reported the theft of a Mountain Bike valued at just over $500. The bicycle had been stored in the resident’s garage which had been left open. The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between 10AM and 3PM. 08-17-20207:57 PM – During a heavy downpour of rain, a 20-year-old Hawthorne man drove his 2012 BMW into 3 feet of water which had accumulated under the Maple Avenue Railroad Trestle. The man was able to remove himself from the disabled vehicle safely. Once the water receded officers were able to push the vehicle to a safe location while the driver called for a tow truck. 08-17-20208 PM – Patrols, along with Fire Fighters, responded to a Nottingham Road residence which was struck by a tree during heavy rains. A tree from the rear yard fell onto the home damaging the roof and a skylight. No one inside the home was injured. The Fire Department ensured that the home was safe and temporarily put a tarp over the skylight until the resident is able to contact a contractor. 08-17-20208 PM – While checking a flooding condition at the intersection of Ackerman Avenue and Delmar Avenue, officers recovered a vehicle’s bumper in the roadway. As the license plate was still attached, the officer was able to contact the Saddle River man who owned the vehicle so that he could retrieve it. 08-20-20207:10 AM – Employees of the Glen Rock DPW reported that a DPW truck had been entered overnight and appeared to have been rummaged through while parked at the Recycling Center. Investigation found that both the truck and the gate to the Recycling Center had been left unlocked. 08-20-20207:03 PM – A Glen Rock woman riding her bicycle along Harristown Road near Hamilton Avenue was struck by a vehicle making a sharp left turn onto Hamilton Avenue. The woman was not injured; however, the vehicle left the scene without stopping. According to witnesses the hit and run vehicle is described as a light blue or grey small SUV driven by a white female who appeared to be young with a female passenger. No license plate number could be provided. Any other witness who may be able to identify the vehicle involved is asked to contact the Glen Rock Police Department at (201) 652-3800. 08-21-202010:01 AM – A resident on the 100 block of Glen Avenue reported a package had been stolen from the front of his home. According to the tracking number provided by the shipper the package had been delivered on Monday August 17th. When he returned home from vacation on August 19th, the package was not there. 08-21-202012:01 PM – Patrols were dispatched to Dean Street on a 9-1-1 report of two dogs fighting, with a dog walker also injured. A preliminary investigation found that a 69-year-old Glen Rock man was walking a family member’s pit-bull when a small boy, who was also walking a dog approached. As the boy approached, the dog he was walking broke loose from its harness and got away from him. Subsequently the pit-bull grabbed ahold of the other dog. The man unsuccessfully attempted to pull the dogs apart and was bitten when he attempted to do so. The second dog, a Bichon Frise was found by the officers to be deceased. The man, who suffered lacerations to his hand, refused medical attention. The mother of the young boy responded to the scene with her son who had run home for help during the dog fight. TYCO Animal Control responded to the scene to assume the investigation and further handling of the incident from the responding officers. Incidents of this nature are investigated by Animal Control in cooperation with Bergen County Health Services. 08-21-20201:07 PM – A Glen Rock woman reported that a fraudulent unemployment claim had been filed in her name. She contacted the NJ Department of Labor who flagged the claim and reported that no payments had been made on the account. The detective bureau has received several complaints of this nature and is working with the NJ Division of Criminal Justice which is the lead investigating agency on fraudulent unemployment claims being filed throughout the state. 08-22-202011:58 AM – Patrols were dispatched to the intersection of Grove Street and Prospect Street on a reported motor vehicle crash. During the course of the investigation, P.O. T.J. Graziani arrested a 61-year-old Paramus man for Driving While Intoxicated. He was subsequently transported to police HQ where he was processed and released to the custody of a sober adult in accordance with John’s Law and his vehicle was impounded. Additional traffic summonses were issued to the man for Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, Careless Driving and Failure to Possess a driver’s license and vehicle registration. 08-22-202010:14 PM – Patrols were dispatched to a resident’s 9-1-1 report of a male subject on the railroad tracks between Leone Court and Broad Street. The subject appeared to be intoxicated and in distress. P.O. Will Holguin located the subject who upon his arrival was unconscious and laying across the railroad tracks directly behind the storage facility at 500 Broad Street. While enroute to assist, P.O. Annamaire Mattina was flagged down by a woman who was looking for her brother who had left a nearby friend’s home in an intoxicated state and possibly in distress. Officers were able to awaken the subject, a 26-year-old Wayne man, who was found to be highly intoxicated and to havesuffered a laceration to his head. He was removed from the railroad tracks and treated by EMT’s on scene. The man refused medical assistance and his sister agreed to get him home safely and care for him. Shortly thereafter, the same woman flagged down Sgt. Mike Trover on Maple Avenue at the Fair Lawn border. She reported that her brother became agitated and argumentative on the ride home and ran from her vehicle. She expressed concern for her brother’s safety and welfare. Sgt. Trover located and pursued the man on foot with the assistance of officers from Glen Rock and Fair Lawn. After a brief chase the man was detained for his own protection and was subsequently transported to New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus for detox.