2:38 PM – The owner of a Bergenfield-based landscaping service reported the theft of a company vehicle while working on Pinelynn Road. According to the complainant the truck, a grey 2019 Ford F-150 pickup was taken by a day laborer sometime between 11 AM and 11:30 AM who never returned to the worksite. At approximately 2:30 PM the vehicle was recovered by the Pennsylvania State Police following a motor vehicle crash in Blakeslee PA where the operator of the vehicle fled from the scene.
The business owner was unable to provide the full name of the suspect, a homeless individual whom he was trying to help by providing him with work. The Detective Bureau is currently investigating in cooperation with the Pennsylvania State Police.
9:04 PM – Patrols were dispatched to the area of Lincoln Avenue and Diamond Bridge Avenue to investigate a report of two individuals struck by a vehicle. The victims, a 48-year-old man, and a 48-year-old woman from Hawthorne were struck near the intersection on what was later determined to be on the Hawthorne side of the roadway. The driver of the vehicle, a commercial van, remained on the scene and cooperated with the investigation which is still in progress. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Hawthorne Police Department at (973) 427-1800.
2:48 PM – A Glen Rock resident reported discovering a fraudulent check cashed against their account in the amount of $12,700. The check had been made payable to an individual they are unfamiliar with. The bank was notified, and the Detective Bureau is currently reviewing the matter.
3:40 PM – A Glen Rock resident reported that they had been the victim of a romance fraud. The victim recounted that over the course of a year they were involved in an online relationship through Facebook and WhatsApp. During the course of online exchanges, the victim agreed to provide approximately $30,000 to cover a family member’s medical expenses in a foreign country. A third party in the United States reportedly assisted in converting the funds into Bitcoin. As the exchanges continued, the victim suspected this was a scam and contacted the police. The Detective Bureau is currently reviewing the matter.
11:24 AM – Patrols, along with Glen Rock Firefighters, were dispatched to Route 208 on a report of high-tension power lines down across the highway in the area of De Boer Drive. The downed power lines ignited brush fires at several locations alongside the highway which was closed in both directions. A second power line also came down behind a De Boer Drive warehouse requiring the closure of the NJ Transit Main Line Railroad.
Glen Rock personnel were assisted by police, fire, and EMS from Fair Lawn, Hawthorne, NJ Transit and NJ DOT. Emergency operations continued until 2PM.
12:31 PM – A Glen Rock resident reported that $2,693.32 was fraudulently charged to their credit card. They recounted that they had shipped a package through the US Postal Service via the Glen Rock Post Office on July 28th. They subsequently received a text message, purportedly from the US Postal Service, claiming that an additional fee of $1.99 was required. The victim clicked on the link and provided their credit card information to pay the additional fee. They subsequently received an alert from their credit card company advising them that the transaction was fraudulent. The matter has been referred to the Detective Bureau for review and will most likely be transferred to the US Postal Inspection Service for investigation.