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Police Blotter August 24th – August 29th, 2020


Several residents have reported receiving telephone solicitations on behalf of an organization claiming to be raising money for local law enforcement due to current stressful conditions and the perceived defunding movement. One resident reported she received a call from 609-564-5823, but other numbers may be used. We know of no legitimate organizations soliciting for this purpose. 
The Glen Rock Police Department DOES NOT solicit over the telephone. Glen Rock police officers are members of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association: Local 110. As a fraternal group, Glen Rock P.B.A. Local 110 ONLY conducts solicitation through the mail, usually once annually. The Glen Rock PBA Logo is clearly displayed, and any responses are directed to a Glen Rock Post Office Box. 
Telephone calls from other groups representing themselves as “law enforcement” organizations are frequently made by telemarketing firms, many of which are not legitimate and may be operated from overseas. These solicitations DO NOT benefit the Glen Rock Police Department or P.B.A. Local 110 in any way. These telemarketers are not police officers, and often use high-pressure tactics to get you to participate. Some will even say that they are affiliated with other Bergen county police agencies.
We urge you to use extreme caution should you decide to contribute to these companies. If you wish to contribute to a telemarketing solicitation, always ask for the name, address and telephone number so that you may call back after careful consideration. All legitimate fraternal and charitable organizations must be registered with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs Charities Registration Section.

We greatly appreciate the generosity among Glen Rock Residents and would ask that those who wish to give back to the community at this difficult time consider doing so by patronizing our local merchants who have been struggling since the outbreak of COVID-19. Please don’t be taken in by those who are attempting to take advantage of this community’s generous nature.


2:33 AM – A Ridge Road resident reported witnessing an unknown male enter his unlocked vehicle which was parked on the street in front of his home.  He recounted that a small dark colored vehicle had been driving down the street. The vehicle stopped near his home and a male in dark clothing exited from the driver’s seat.  The subject briefly entered the complainant’s vehicle and then fled the area as the man called for police assistance.  
Responding officers did find two vehicles fitting the general description, however, they were determined not to be involved and the occupants did not report witnessing any unusual activity. 
The complainant determined that an envelope containing approximately $30 was taken from his vehicle. 

8:15 AM – A Glen Rock man reported receiving an email from what appeared to be PayPal advising him that suspicious activity had been detected on his account.  The notice provided a link to resolve the issue.  The man followed the instructions and provided credit card information which was requested.  

Later in the day the man learned that the email was fraudulent and contacted his credit card company to cancel the transaction.  He also learned that there were two additional fraudulent transactions pending on his account which had been flagged.  The detective bureau is currently reviewing this matter.  

12:23 PM – Officers were dispatched to Dean Street on a 9-1-1 report of dogs fighting in the street.  A preliminary investigation found that a Glen Rock woman was walking her dog, a chihuahua, on Dean Street when a bulldog ran out of a nearby home and approached them.  Subsequently the bulldog grabbed ahold of the chihuahua.  An area resident heard the woman screaming and ran to assist. He was subsequently able to separate the dogs.  The chihuahua was found by the officers to be deceased.  The bulldog had apparently been able to get out of its home due to a young child not properly latching a door.  

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. 

This incident is in no way related to a similar incident where a dog was also killed on Dean Street on August 21st at around the same time of the day.  

1:18 PM – A Glen Rock man reported that he had been contacted by purported representatives of Verizon, Apple and the Social Security Administration concerning possible fraudulent activity in his name. The complainant is contacting each of these entities individually, in an effort to verify this information.  He will also be requesting copies of his credit reports.  As of the report there has been no monetary loss.

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