The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:
12/26/2016-A woman’s purse was stolen from the lobby of an apartment building located at 1246 Broad Street. The purse was mistakenly left in the lobby while packages were being carried to an apartment. The purse contained cash and personal identifications.
12/27/2016- A theft was reported from the backyard of a residence on Maple Street. A gold minivan with tinted windows was observed pulling into the driveway. A suspect described as a white male was observed taking a red air compressor and placing into the van. The theft occurred on 12/26/2016 at approximately 1:00pm. Police are actively investigating the theft.
12/28/2016-A package was reported stolen from a Lexington Avenue residence. The theft is believed to have occurred on 12/26 between the hours of 2:30 and 3:00pm. The package was confirmed delivered and left on the door step of the residence.
12/28/2016-Frances Henry age 55 of Newark NJ was arrested at 5:06pm and charged with Shoplifting at the 7-Eleven Store located at 122 Bloomfield Ave. Ms. Henry was observed by a store employee take several packs of red bull drink and exit the store. The thefts were also captured on store security video. Ms. Henry was also in possession of a glass tube commonly used to inhale a CDS. She was charged accordingly and ROR with a pending court date.
01/01/2017-David Bittle age 47 of Newark NJ was arrested at 8:31pm and charged with shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store located at 8 Franklin Street. Loss Prevention observed Mr. Bittle place store items inside his pants and attempt to exit the store. He was detained until the arrival of the police. Mr. Bittle was also found to be in possession of a counterfeit $100.00 dollar bill. He was charged accordingly and released with a pending court date.
Motor Vehicle Theft
12/26/2016-2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen at approximately 7:00pm from the corner of Berkeley Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue. The vehicle was left running while the owner was speaking with his employee. An unknown person entered the vehicle and drove off towards Watsessing Avenue.
12/26/2016-2003 Ford F250 truck was stolen from the parking lot of 440 Franklin Street. The truck was last seen parked on 12/24/2016 at 6pm. The vehicle was also equipped with a snow plow. Broken glass was discovered on the ground, where the vehicle was last parked.
12/31/2016-2015 Maserati GHI color white was stolen after the owner left the vehicle running while inside a store located at 406 Bloomfield Avenue. The vehicle was seen driving off east on Bloomfield Avenue. No description of the actor.
Theft from Auto
12/26/2016-2015 Nissan GTR parked at 318 Bloomfield was broken into with a gym bag reported missing. The driver side window was partially broken and removed from the vehicle. The theft was discovered later in the evening at 8:00pm.
01/01/2017-Police are investigating a theft from a motor vehicle parked on Division Street. The vehicle described as a 2010 Chrysler Wagon was parked overnight and left unlocked. Several other vehicles parked in the area were also entered with no items reported missing. The incidents are believed to have occurred overnight with all the vehicle left unlocked.
12/27/2016- A home on Berkeley Ave was burglarized between 12/23/2016 and 12/27/2016. The homeowner returned home and discovered her laptop and a necklace missing. A bedroom door was also discovered damaged as a result of being forced open. Detective Bureau actively investigating incident.
12/27/2016-A home on Craig Place was burglarized while the homeowners were away for the holiday. A jewelry box containing numerous pieces of jewelry was missing from the master bedroom. Police are actively investigating the Burglary.
12/27/2016-Gustavo Alameda age 23 of Newark NJ was arrested at 9:08pm and charged with Attempted Burglary into a Motor vehicle. PO Joseph Davis and PO Nicholas Mauriello were dispatched to Linden Avenue on a suspicious person. Officers located the person fitting the description given out by a resident on Linden Ave. The suspect was observed by police attempting to gain entry into a parked vehicle. Mr. Alameda was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. He was additionally charged with giving false information to police, after providing a false name and address.
12/26/2016-Police discovered graffiti in several areas of the train station located at 250 Glenwood Avenue. (4) Locations were sprayed with black spray paint. The graffiti was photographed for further investigation.
12/26/2016-Mason Boccardo age 25 of Montclair was arrested at 2:53am for (2) active Montclair Warrants. PO Godson Noel while on patrol observed a vehicle on Highfield Road with the passenger door open. Officers located Mr. Boccardo walking in the area and conducted a field inquiry, which led to the discovery of the (2) warrants. Mr. Boccardo was transported to Montclair PD without incident. The vehicle door was possibly left open by the owner.
12/30/2016-Quwan Ward age 39 of Newark NJ was arrested at 9:00am for an active East Orange Warrant in the amount of $750.00 dollars. PO Stefano Barillari initiated a motor vehicle stop which led to the discovery of the warrant. Mr. Ward was additionally issued a summons for driving with a suspended driver license. He was later released after posting bail and receiving a new court date from East Orange.
12/29/2016-Willie Brooks age 32 of Belleville was arrested at 4:40pm and charged with Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Police were dispatched to a residence on Edison Street on a report of an assault with a baseball bat. Police arrived and arrested Mr. Brooks for striking the victim a 33 year old male in the arm and head causing bruising and swelling. Mr. Brooks admitted to striking the victim after he heard derogatory comments about his dog. Mr. Brooks was released after posting bail.
12/26/2016-Jose Montijo age 40 of Colonia NJ was arrested at 6:47pm and charged with Possession of CDS. Lt. Nicholas Polidoro observed a vehicle swerving in and out of lanes on Bloomfield Avenue. A motor vehicle stop led to the discovery of a glassine envelope containing suspected heroin. Mr. Montijo claimed ownership of the CDS and was placed under arrest. A second glassine envelope was discovered in Mr. Montijo shoe during his processing at police headquarters. Mr. Montijo was held awaiting the arrival of the Essex County Sheriff Department on (2) active warrants. The driver of the vehicle was issued the appropriate summons and released at the scene.
12/26/2017-Mohammad Abu age 23 of Garfield NJ was arrested at 10:00pm and charged with Possession of CDS. PO Joseph Davis observed a vehicle traveling on Grove Street in violation of Safety Glass Requirement. A motor vehicle stop was initiated which led to the discovery of marijuana after the officer detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Mr. Abu was issued a summons for Possession of marijuana and released with a pending court date.
12/27/2016-Daniel Needs age 31 of Vermont was arrested at 12:39am and charged with Possession of CDS. Police were dispatched to a residence on Hill Street regarding an unwanted party. Mr. Needs was visiting his friend and was asked to leave the residence after having an argument with his friend. Police arrived and discovered Mr. Needs to have a Glen Ridge Warrant. He was found to be in possession of (3) glass vials of suspected cocaine and (1) glassine envelope of suspected heroin. Mr. Needs was charged 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. He was held in lieu of bail set at $10,000.00 with 10% option.
12/30/2016-Joseph Alexander age 25 of Bethlehem Pa was arrested at 10:01pm and charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. PO Timothy Kealy and PO Damian Sorrentino initiated a motor vehicle stop on Conger Street for darkly tinted windows. The passenger Mr. Alexander was found to be in possession of a Xanax pill a scheduled narcotic without any prescription. Mr. Alexander was charged accordingly and released with a pending court date. The driver was issued the appropriate motor vehicle summons and released at the scene.