Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, Burglary, Theft, and Arrests

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:

Theft

01/09/2017-Brandon Figueroa age 20 of North Arlington NJ was arrested at 4:04pm and charged with shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store located at 8 Franklin Street. Loss Prevention observed Mr. Figueroa conceal 4 bags of shrimp and a package of chicken down his pants. She was detained until the arrival of the police. Mr. Figueroa was charged with Theft and released with a pending court date.

01/11/2017- Police were dispatched to the Family Dollar Store located at 600 Bloomfield Avenue on a reported shoplifting incident. Store employee reported the suspect described as a black male in his 40’s entered the store and shoplifted 3 bars of Dove soap. The suspect was last seen walking west on Bloomfield Avenue.

01/13/2017-Anthony Walker age 48 of Newark NJ was arrested at 2:22pm and charged with shoplifting. The incident occurred at the CVS Pharmacy located at 331 Broad Street. Mr. Walker was observed in the center aisle placing store merchandise in a white bag. He was issued a summons and released with a pending court date.

01/14/2017-A vehicle parked on Watsessing Ave was reportedly entered by an unknown actor during the overnight hours. The owner discovered the interior rummaged through with 4 dollars in loose change missing.
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Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, DUI, Burglary, Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:

Theft

01/02/2017-Alexandri Thomas age 18 of Bloomfield NJ was arrested at 1:41pm and charged with shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store located at 8 Franklin Street. Loss Prevention observed Ms. Thomas place store items inside a shopping bag and exited the store without paying. She was detained until the arrival of the police. Ms. Thomas was charged with Theft and released with a pending court date.

01/02/2017- A resident on Glenwood Avenue reported a package was stolen from the front of his house between the hours of 1:00pm and 6:00pm. The package was delivered by US Postal and left at the door. The owner discovered the package opened with the contents missing. The package contained a remote control helicopter valued at $250.00 dollars.

01/04/2017-Mason Yu age 65 of Newark NJ was arrested at 3:11pm and charged with shoplifting at the Stop & Shop Store located at 8 Franklin Street. Loss Prevention observed Mr. Yu place store items inside a Nike bag and exited the store without paying. He was detained until the arrival of the police. Ms. Yu was charged with Theft and released with a pending court date.
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Bloomfield Council Discusses “Predatory Booting” of Vehicles, Makes Appointments

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Councilman Nick Joanow brought up the issue of “predatory bootings” taking place at private parking lots at Monday’s brief conference meeting.

Photo credit: Maria Probst

Photo credit: Maria Probst

Joanow explained that “booting” a car meant attaching a mechanical device to a vehicle that immobilizes it. He said a lot of residents had told him that they had been booted when parking in private lots and had had to pay $100 or $200 (depending on location) in cash in order to get the device removed. While emphasizing that the residents had parked illegally and should not have done so, he said, “I’m offended by a company that would prey on our own residents. It’s like killing a flea with a sledgehammer.”

He reiterated to residents, “Do not park in private lots; they will do what the sign says they will do…They are aggressively enforcing.” Joanow went on to say, “My charge to the Administrator is to look at the county level. There is ‘predatory towing.’ Let’s not gouge the residents.” He explained that the agencies booting residents’ vehicles are “waiting for you – that’s the predatory part.” He asked the administration to see what leverage the town may have to protect the residents. Joanow mentioned that the McDonald’s on Broad Street is one of the locations where residents are being booted for parking illegally.

The council voted to create a cap bank to give the administration flexibility for future appropriations as needed. Township Administrator Watkins explained that this does not raise taxes, but simply protects money that the township has already saved. According to the NJ Department of Community Affairs, a municipality may bank (for up to two years) the difference between its final appropriation subject to the budget cap, and 3.5%.

Finance Director Robert Renna announced the township had held a successful sale of bonds totaling $24.4 million at a net interest rate of 1.15%.

The mayor and council also voted to approve members to numerous boards and commissions. Leo Sceurman and Jessica Alfreds were promoted from alternate to regular members of the Zoning Board, and new member Greg Moormann was appointed as an alternate. Thess Prince and Trevor Munson were reappointed as alternates. On the Planning Board, Greg Babula was reappointed and Zeke Harvey appointed as an alternate. Denise Seabay was reappointed to the Board of Health, and Nicole Williams was reappointed to the Parking Authority.

Other Business

The council also passed a number of other action items awarding contracts for various township functions, including Township Attorney. They also voted to reject and rebid for the purchase of a truck cab with chassis.

Councilor Wartyna Davis reported on the upcoming Martin Luther King Day events. Saturday, January 14, will be the MLK Day of Service, to be held at Berkeley School. Check-in time for participants is 8 a.m. Monday, January 16, will be the MLK Day Celebration, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the New Light Baptist Church.Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams will be the key speaker. In addition, Davis said, they will be presenting service awards.

The next meeting will be a regular meeting, to be held on Monday, January 23, 2017, in the council chambers at 7 p.m.

Bloomfield Crime: Home Burglaries, Shoplifting, Car Thefts, Arrests

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:

Theft

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.
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Bloomfield Police Arrest 3 in Connection With Robberies in Bloomfield and Belleville

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeBloomfield police arrested 3 suspects (Lee Jones, 23, of Newark; Isaiah Hayes, 21, of Newark; and Worthy Shannon, 18, of Bloomfield) in connection with robberies that took place in Bloomfield and Belleville. Three suspects were charged with two counts of Robbery in Bloomfield (Lexington Ave and Willard) and one count of robbery in Belleville (Harrison Street)

The full report from Officer Ralph Marotti of the Bloomfield PD:

On December 23, 2016 at approximately 6:00pm Bloomfield Police were dispatched to Lexington Avenue on a reported Robbery. The female victim a Bloomfield resident reported she was robbed at the intersection of Lexington Ave and Florence Ave. The victim stated two black males exited a small vehicle and approached her pushing her to the ground. She was choked and robbed of her bag containing money and identification. The suspects fled towards Grove St. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Shortly before the call of the robbery at Lexington Ave, Belleville experienced a robbery at 73 Harrison Street with two suspects and vehicle matching the robbery in Bloomfield. The information from both robberies were relayed to surrounding police agencies with a description of the suspects and vehicle.
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Bloomfield Crime: Theft From Grave Headstones, Stolen Christmas Decorations, Prostitution Arrest at Health Spa, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:

Theft

12/12/2016- Several bronze vases from grave headstones were reported missing. Each vase is valued at $375.00 dollars and have been stolen over past few months from the Glendale Cemetery. Police are investigating all incidents.

12/12/2016- A cell phone was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on Belleville Ave. The owner briefly went into a store leaving the vehicle unlocked. He returned to discover the window down and his IPhone 7 plus missing.

12/12/2016-Twenty dollars in loose change was reported stolen from a 2012 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle was parked overnight in the driveway of a residence on Merkel Drive. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting, Stolen Cars, Theft, Drug Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:

Theft

12/05/2016- Police responded to the Marshalls Store located at 8 Franklin Street on a report of (2) shoplifters. Loss Prevention observed the suspects placing store merchandise inside a bag. Arrested were Bobby Reed-Gavin age 22 of Newark and Ahmari Gilmore age 21 of Edison. Both were issued summons and released with a pending court date.

12/06/2016- A homeowner on Bromley Place reported (2) Holiday outdoor lights were stolen from the front lawn. The lights were valued at $100.00 dollars.

12/06/2016-Twenty dollars in loose change was reported stolen from a 2012 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle was parked overnight in the driveway of a residence on Merkel Drive.

12/07/2016- A shoplifting offense was reported to the police occurring at the 7-Eleven Store located at 122 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect described as a black female age 45-50 years old, entered the store at 5:48am and stole approximately $41.00 dollars in merchandise. The suspect fled the store on foot prior to police arrival. The incident was captured on store video and forwarded to the police department.

12/08/2016- Police were dispatched to North 16th Street on a report of a burglary into a motor vehicle. The vehicle a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant was parked between the hours of 9:30pm and 12:30am with the door left unlocked. The owner reported a backpack containing credit cards and a MacBook Pro was missing from the vehicle.

12/08/2016-A juvenile male age 17 of Newark NJ was arrested at 1:30pm and charged with Theft. PO Salvatore Cordi, while on patrol in the area of LaFrance Ave and Beardsley Ave, observed the juvenile male carrying a package. The package was recently stolen from a residence on Floyd Avenue. The juvenile was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters and turned over to the Youth Aid Bureau for processing and release.
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Bloomfield Council Passes Lion Gate Bond Ordinance – Again

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

council12_12_16The Bloomfield mayor and council passed an ordinance Monday evening appropriating $10.5 million, including $9.975m in bonds, to fund the purchase of the former Scientific Glass site on Lion Gate Drive.

The township had previously passed the bond ordinance in August of 2014, allowing the town to move forward with the purchase of the land in order to preserve it as open space. The purchase was completed in February of 2015. The site had originally been owned by a developer who intended to build 104 town houses on the property.

Shortly after the 2014 vote, four Bloomfield residents (former Mayor Raymond McCarthy, former mayoral candidate Russell Mollica, James Wollner and Chris Stanziale) filed a lawsuit alleging that Councilman Nick Joanow, whose property borders the Scientific Glass site, had a conflict of interest by participating in the vote on the bond ordinance. Continue Reading

Vote For Your Favorite Bloomfield Center Holiday Window Display

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Bloomfield Center Holiday Window Display

Bloomfield Center is all decked out for the holidays and is running a contest for your favorite window display.

Chekc out all the participants on Bloomfield Center Alliance’s Facebook page and then vote for your favorite window by clicking like on the photo.

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Bloomfield Crime: Shots Fired Injuring Five at Sports in the City Lounge, Slashed a Snowman Decoration, Shoplifting, Arrests, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:

Theft

11/28/2016- A wallet was reported stolen from the console of a parked vehicle. The theft occurred while the owner was unloading items from his vehicle. The wallet contained money, credit cards and owner’s identification.

11/28/2016- Home Depot Loss Prevention reported a shoplifting incident occurring at 10:00am. The suspect described as a black male in his mid-30’s stole several power tools valued at $685.00 dollars. The incident was captured on store video and forwarded to the Detective Division for further investigation.

11/28/2016-Bruce Fleming age 58 of Newark was arrested at 6:53pm and charged with shoplifting. The incident occurred at the Home Depot Store located at 60 Orange Street. Mr. Fleming fled the store with (2) tool boxes and was apprehended by store security. He was detained until the arrival of police. Mr. Fleming was issued a summons and ROR.

11/29/2016-The Sunoco Station located at 72 Bloomfield Avenue reported a shoplifting incident occurring on 11/28/2016. The suspect described as a black male stole $50.00 dollars’ worth of gum. The suspect concealed the boxes and fled the store in a vehicle. The incident was captured on store video and forwarded to the Detective Division.

12/03/2016- A tote bag containing money and credit cards was reported stolen from the Home Depot store located at 60 Orange Street. The bag was taken from a shopping cart inside the store while the customer was shopping.
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