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Glen Rock Police Blotter July 12, 2021 to July 18, 2021

members of the GRPD  Glen Rock PD handled 315 calls for service



05:48 AM – A Southboro Lane resident reported that their 2013 Honda Civic had been stolen from their driveway overnight.  The vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys in it.  The resident also reported that $9,000 worth of golf equipment and a laptop computer in the vehicle, along with $218,000 worth of orthopedic instruments and implants associated with the resident’s employment, had been in the vehicle when it was taken.

The vehicle was located on the morning of July 14 by the Paterson Police Department in the parking lot of a business on the 300 block of Broadway.  Through investigation and the use of video surveillance footage recovered in Paterson, D/Sgt James Calaski identified a 39-year-old Glen Rock man as operating the stolen vehicle. 

With the assistance of P.O. Nick Onove, D/Sgt Calaski located the man in the parking lot of American Fried Chicken on Broadway in Paterson and placed him under arrest.  He was transported back to Glen Rock Police Headquarters, where he was processed and charged with receiving stolen property.  He was subsequently lodged in the Bergen County jail pending an appearance before Central Judicial Processing at the Superior Court in Hackensack.

An inventory of the property recovered inside the vehicle by the owner is pending. 


2:45 PM – The owner of Jalapenos Bar and Grille on Prospect Street reported having received a check for $709.06 in payment for a catering order.  The check was deposited and was ultimately rejected by the bank due to insufficient funds.  The owner indicated that he has been unsuccessful in contacting the person who wrote the check.  The matter was documented, and the complainant was referred to the Glen Rock Municipal Court should he desire to sign criminal complaints.  


Following a 2 ½ week investigation into damages done on the Glen Rock High School field, the morning after graduation, D/Sgt Jim Calaski issued motor vehicle summonses to an 18-year-old Glen Rock male for reckless driving and a violation of New Jersey’s graduated driver’s license provisions.  The subject was identified, through video surveillance, as having driven a motor vehicle onto the track around the high school field.

While the Glen Rock Police Department received unsubstantiated, third party, anonymous tips concerning those individuals who may have been responsible for the damages, none of those tips could be corroborated with actual evidence that would be admissible in any court.  Potential witnesses who were identified declined to provide any information of substance. While the Glen Rock Public Schools security and administration, who cooperated with the investigation, were able to provide video surveillance images, these images were insufficient to identify anyone committing an unlawful act beyond the motor vehicle violation charged.  After exhausting all potential leads and seeking legal advice from the Municipal Prosecutor, the case has been classified as inactive unless a cooperative witness comes forward. 


9:26 AM – The staff at Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s Glen Rock office received a phone call informing them that a man who had the potential to become violent was on the way to their office.  Additional information was developed that the man was aggrieved over the lack of responsiveness he felt he was receiving from various governmental agencies in response to a complaint he had made.  He was coming to the congressman’s office to seek his assistance and informed an associate that they should call the police as he did not know what he was going to do if the congressman could not help him, alluding to potential violence.  The subject was subsequently located with the assistance of the Oakland Police Department.  Officers found that the man showed signs of being in psychiatric distress and called for a psychiatric screener from 262-HELP.  Following the screening, he was transported without incident to Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus for further assistance. No criminal charges are anticipated.

Also assisting on scene were the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and the Bergen County Regional SWAT Patrol.  Investigative assistance was provided by the US Capitol Police and NJ State Police.  


11:42 AM – The manager of Bottle King Liquors on Prospect Street reported that on Saturday, July 10, two individuals, a male, and a female both wearing masks, had shoplifted $776 worth of alcohol from the store.  This was detected when a subsequent inventory was conducted and video surveillance footage was reviewed.  The manager also indicated that the same suspects had returned to the store prior to this report being filed, and it is believed additional alcohol had been stolen.  The management will be conducting a follow-up inventory in order to determine what had been taken.  Video footage has been forwarded to the detective bureau in an attempt to identify the actors.  

On July 16 at 1:12 PM, store employees called police when the same couple returned to the store.  However, the couple apparently noticed staff watching them and quickly departed before officers arrived.  Nothing was reported to have been taken at this time.  The investigation is ongoing.  


12:39 PM – While investigating a report of vehicles blocking traffic at the intersection of Rock Road and Marlboro Road, Special Officer James Harte came across a road rage incident that had just occurred.  A 21-year-old Saddle Brooke man reported that he was attempting to park his vehicle when the driver of a white pickup truck damaged his vehicle and assaulted him.  The pickup truck had left the scene prior to the officer’s arrival.  

P.O. Anna Marie Mattina subsequently located the driver of the pickup truck. The driver, a 40-year-old Glen Rock man, claimed that words were exchanged and that he was assaulted.  

No independent witnesses to the alleged assaults could be located.  Both men were advised of their right to sign a complaint with the Glen Rock Municipal Court.  At the time of the report, neither was interested in doing so; no injuries were reported.  

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