Glen Rock Police Blotter June 21, 2021, to June 27, 2021
During the period between June 21, 2021, to June 27, 2021 members of the GRPD handled 391 calls for service, the highlights of which included:
During this past week, the Glen Rock Police Department received 4 additional reports from residents concerning fraudulent unemployment claims. In each case, unknown actor(s) used their personal information to apply for unemployment. The detective bureau continues to receive ongoing 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.
11:11 PM – A Crestwood Drive resident contacted police after detecting a male subject around his home via his Ring doorbell. The resident, who was out of town, observed a male in dark clothing who appeared to be in his 40s or 50s approach the home with a flashlight and begin looking into the windows and the resident’s mailbox. The resident, who did not recognize the individual, lost sight of the subject when he left the front porch and ran across the front lawn. Officers from both Glen Rock and Fair Lawn checked the area with negative results. Nothing around the home appeared to be disturbed, nor was entry attempted. Anyone who may have observed a similar incident is asked to contact the Glen Rock Police Department at 201-652-3800.
8:43 AM – A contractor working at a residence on the 300 block of Ackermann Avenue found that person(s) unknown had damaged the home’s air conditioner condenser unit while attempting to remove the copper coils, a common practice used to steal copper for resale. The unknown actor(s) was unsuccessful in removing the copper, however, caused damage to the unit. This is believed to have occurred sometime over the prior two days.
12:34 PM – A motorist reported that his 2007 silver Honda was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle while parked on the 500 block of Harristown Road near Gramercy Place. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision and can identify the hit-and-run vehicle is asked to contact the Glen Rock Police Department at 201-652-3800.
On the afternoon of June 24, following the last day of school Glen Rock’s Crossing Guards were honored at a luncheon courtesy of Victor Quinn at the Glen Rock Inn, a long-standing tradition. Adult school crossing guards, first established in Glen Rock during the early 1950s, play an important role in the lives of our school children. They help them safely cross the street at key locations. During the 2020 – 2021 school year each of Glen Rock’s crossing guards worked an unprecedented number of hours to accommodate our schools’ hybrid schedule throughout the pandemic. This year Glen Rock employed a record 31 school crossing guards deployed to 21 different locations during four different intervals each day, often adjusting their hours with little notice. These guards, many of them senior citizens, showed up on their posts every day even as Covid 19 cases increased throughout the nation. Crossing Guard Manager Jennette Montgomery, joined by Councilmember and Public Safety liaison Mary Barchetto, and Chief Dean Ackermann presented retiring School Crossing Guard Brian Vitting with a certificate of commendation honoring his years of service to the school children of Glen Rock.
From 3:00 AM through daybreak officers came across numerous large groups of juveniles, perhaps as many as 100, gathered at various locations throughout the Borough. At one point assistance had to be gained from New Jersey Transit to stop train traffic on the Bergen County line railroad when a group gathered on the train tracks. Juveniles were dispersed from the various areas that they were gathering in if circumstances permitted the three officers on duty to do so.
At 7:30 AM security for the Glen Rock Public Schools reported that some chairs had been knocked over and planters damaged on the high school field where graduation had been held. Also reported was the theft of one of the large decorative panther statues – the school mascot – which had been left on the field overnight. When recovered the statue had been destroyed.
Since this time, several concerned citizens have contacted the detective bureau with information and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information or video is asked to contact D/Sgt. James Calaski at (201) 670-3948 or [email protected]
5:49 AM – P.O. Sarah Orsita was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 208 South over De Boer Drive. Upon arrival, she found a vehicle into the curb at the side of the overpass. With the assistance of officers from the Hawthorne Police Department the driver, Angel Concepcion-Gonzalez, age 26 of Union, NJ, was assisted from the vehicle and found to be in an intoxicated state. There were no other occupants or vehicles involved. Mr. Concepcion-Gonzalez was subsequently placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated and his vehicle was impounded in accordance with John’s Law. Following processing, at Police Headquarters he was released in the care of a sober adult. In addition to being charged with DWI, he was also issued summonses for driving while suspended and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.