Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robbery, Several Stolen Cars, and Many Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

ROBBERY

On February 22, 2015 a Chinese food restaurant, The Chopstick House located at 2 Bloomfield Avenue was robbed at gunpoint. A 40 year old male employee of the restaurant reported to police 12:08 am, that a dark-skinned Hispanic male entered the restaurant, placed a black handgun on the counter and took three hundred dollars that was near the register. The suspect exited the restaurant and entered the passenger side of a grey or black SUV and fled south on N 13th Street. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and a white scarf covering his face.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.

BURGLARY

On February 18, 2015 a 19 year old Ella Street resident reported to police that he interrupted a suspect at 11:41 am trying to burglarize his residence. The victim observed the suspect attempting to open a basement window of his home and when the suspect realized that the victim was home and caught him trying to enter, he fled the area on foot.

12/19/15 The superintendent of an apartment building on the 100 block of Franklin Street reported to police that he discovered an ex-tenant, who had broken into his building, hiding in the basement at 10:24 pm. The suspect fled prior to police arrival.

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Bloomfield Crime: Robbery, Burglaries, Phone Scam and Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

ROBBERY

On February 14, 2015 Officers Frank Falco, Raymond Diaz and Nicholas Mauriello were dispatched at 11:55 PM to a customer disturbance, which turned out to be a robbery that occurred at the Crown Fried Chicken, 582 Bloomfield Ave. The officers arrived and located 3 victims, 2 Bloomfield residents ages 19 and 20 and one 17 year old male juvenile victim from Arizona. The 3 victims and 1 witness reported that two male suspects, entered the Crown Fried Chicken and became involved in an argument with the victims. One of the suspects produced a knife and robbed the juvenile victim of his cell phone then threatened the other two victims with bodily harm if they tried to intervene. The second suspect talked the first suspect into giving back the cell phone then both suspects fled. Officers Mauriello and Diaz apprehended the suspects a short time and distance from the crime scene at the taxi stand on Bloomfield Ave.

The suspects were identified and charged as follows:

Gilfredo Martinez age 33 of the Bronx, NY

  • Robbery
  • Possession of a weapon
  • Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose
  • Enis Koljenovic age 34 of Bloomfield

  • Robbery
  • Both men were given $50,000.00 full bail set by The Honorable Judge Vincent Pirone for their respective robbery charges and Mr. Martinez was given additional bail amounts of $20,000.00 with a 10% cash option for his Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and $2500.00 with 10% cash option available for his Possession of a weapon charge. A court date of 02/25/15 is pending for all charges.

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    Bloomfield Council: Appointments, Auxiliary Police Force, Renters’ Concerns

    BY  |  Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

     

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    After two cancellations due to weather, the Bloomfield council had a full agenda for their conference meeting on Monday evening, focusing on appointments, awards of contracts, and plans to create an auxiliary police force, among other issues.

    Auxiliary Police Force

    Acting Police Director Sam DeMaio presented a plan to create an auxiliary police force to the Mayor and council. He said they had reached out to Roseland, which has a successful auxiliary police force, to learn from their experiences. The plan is to hire eight auxiliary police officers to start with. They will be provided with uniforms that differ from the look of regular police uniforms, at a cost of $3000 per person. Funding for the hiring of the eight auxiliary police officers has not yet been determined. DeMaio said it could come from grants, the municipal budget, or forfeitures.

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    Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Criminal Mischief, and Arrests

    BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

    crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

    BURGLARY

    2/04/15 – On the 100 block of Orange St. a victim reported that between 1/31/14 and 1/04/15 an unknown suspect or suspects stole 150 feet of copper-lined generator cables from the elevator room on the roof of the building. The suspect(s) gained access to the roof by breaking the door knob to the roof door.

    2/06/15 – On the 200 block of Grove St. a storage rental unit was burglarized and the renter reported that two dirt bikes valued at approximately $4000.00 were stolen. The incident occurred at 10:00 pm.

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    Essex County Sheriffs and Bloomfield PD Make Several Arrest in Drug Raid

    BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 12:55pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

    crimeThis just in from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office:

    Armed with a battering ram, Essex County sheriff’s detectives and Bloomfield police yesterday made a forced entry into a local residence where they arrested three suspects, two males and a female, on drug trafficking charges.

    Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that detectives from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics and Bloomfield police detectives executed a search warrant on Tuesday afternoon for a third floor apartment at 147 Franklin Street. Fontoura added that the search warrant was obtained after a two-week long joint investigation which was prompted by numerous neighborhood complaints of narcotics trafficking at that location.

    Seized during the raid were 9 grams of heroin, 26 grams of ‘crack’ cocaine, 256 grams of marijuana, 21 Xanax tablets and 17 vials of Propofol. The estimated street value of the drugs is $8,000.

    Taken into custody were Julio “Big Man” Lebron, age 27, Joel Alejo, age 23, and Denise Taveras, age 28. All three suspects are residents of the Bronx, New York.

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    Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Thefts, and Several Arrests

    BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

    crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

    BURGLARY

    On January 27, 2015 an ATM machine was stolen from inside of the Dunkin Donuts, located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue.

    After reviewing video surveillance investigators determined that the crime occurred at approximately 4:15 am, when a vehicle intentionally reversed through the side wall and plate glass window of the business to create an opening to access the ATM machine.

    Investigators have determined that an SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee, was used as an accomplice / lookout vehicle that parked in a disabled parking space near the crime scene and a male suspect exited. A second vehicle, possibly a 4 door Dodge pick-up truck backed into a parking space adjacent to the first suspect vehicle, then reversed through the plate glass window. One of the male suspects entered the building through the hole created by the crash, picked up the ATM and put it in the bed of the pick-up truck. Both actors got into their respective vehicles and fled the scene north on Grove Street. The suspects are described as follows:

  • Heavy male wearing a hooded sweatshirt, approximately 5’9” tall
  • Thin male wearing a hooded sweatshirt, approximately 6’2” tall.
  • On January 29, 2015 at 9:42 am, Officer Robert Estelle was dispatched to a possible burglary in progress call, on the 100 block of Franklin St.

    When Officer Estelle arrived he spoke with the victim, a 46 year old Bloomfield resident, who reported that he was inside his apartment when a dark skin male, 6’4” tall, wearing a red jacket, ski mask and gloves, forced his way into his apartment. The victim emerged from his bedroom after hearing the sounds of the forced entry, only to find the suspect standing in his apartment. The suspect said to the victim “sorry there was a mistake” and fled the scene. Another witness relayed to police that he believes that he witnessed the suspect before he entered the victim’s apartment and he believes the suspect had a partial beard and mustache. If anyone has information about this incident please contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.

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    Burglary at Bloomfield Dunkin Donuts, ATM Stolen

    BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

    Burglary at Bloomfield Dunkin Donuts, ATM Stolen

    The Bloomfield Police Department are searching for two suspects who drove a SUV into the Dunkin Donuts, located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue, on January 27, and stole an ATM:

    After reviewing video surveillance investigators determined that the crime occurred at approximately 4:15 am, when a vehicle intentionally reversed through the side wall and plate glass window of the business to create an opening to access the ATM machine.

    Investigators have determined that an SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee, was used as an accomplice/lookout vehicle that parked in a disabled parking space near the crime scene and a male suspect exited. A second vehicle, possibly a 4 door Dodge pick-up truck backed into a parking space adjacent to the first suspect vehicle, then reversed through the plate glass window. One of the male suspects entered the building through the hole created by the crash, picked up the ATM and put it in the bed of the pick-up truck. Both actors got into their respective vehicles and fled the scene north on Grove Street.

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    Bloomfield Crime: Robbery, Burglaries, and Several Arrests

    BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

    ROBBERY

    1/19/15 – At 8 Franklin St. the Stop & Shop, a suspect stole four bags of shrimp and two packs of bacon at 10:39 am. A loss prevention officer attempted to stop the suspect when the suspect pushed him knocking him on the ground. The suspect fled the area however he was identified and arrested later in the day.

    The suspect was identified as Albert Andujar age 46 of Bloomfield who was charged with robbery .

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    Bloomfield Crime: Robbery, Burglary, Several Arrests

    BY  |  Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

    ROBBERY

    On January 12, 2015 a 20 year old Bloomfield man was robbed of his BEATS headphones as he walked on 1st Ave. near N 16th St. The victim reported to police that at 5:15 pm he was approached by a group of 5 males wearing face masks as he was walking east on 1st Ave. The group of suspects demanded that he give them his headphones and when he refused they jumped him taking the headphones by force before running away north on N 17th St.

    The victim also reported that he recognized one of the suspects and gave investigators what information he could. A 17 year old Bloomfield resident later turned himself in to the Bloomfield Police Department Juvenile Unit. The investigation continues for the other four suspects who could only be described by the victim as being black males wearing black masks.

    BURGLARY

    1/12/15 – A residence on Oakwood Ave. was burglarized between 8:30 am and 10:00 am. There were no signs of forced entry however the victim reported finding the back door of the residence wide open. A large amount of cash was taken from the home and Bloomfield Detectives are following some leads in the investigation.

    1/14/15 – On Oak Tree Lane a resident reported a diversionary theft where three males posed as township workers to gain entry into his home. At approximately 12:00 noon the three suspect’s approached the home and told the victim that they were investigating a chemical spill in the area and needed access to the house to check the water. During a forty-five minute period, two of the suspects entered the home and diverted the homeowner’s attention by checking water pipes, and engaging in conversation. It is believed that during this time frame the third suspect entered the home and stole the cash from a lockbox and a safe. Anyone who has experienced similar incidents or anyone that has information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.

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    Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robberies, Burglaries, Several Arrests

    BY  |  Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

    ROBBERY / CARJACKING

    On January 8, 2015 a 62 year old business owner was robbed at gunpoint while working in his store on the 400 block of Bloomfield Ave. The victim reported to police that at 5:50 pm the suspect entered the store talking on his cell phone. Once inside the store, the suspect revealed a black handgun and told the victim to give him his money and jewelry. As the victim was turning over his belongings the suspect broke a gold bracelet off of his wrist. In an attempt to get his property back the victim went around the counter and confronted the suspect however the suspect put away the handgun and pulled out a knife instructing the victim to “back up” before fleeing east on Bloomfield Avenue, then onto Sherman Court or Hill Street. The victim described the suspect as being a Hispanic male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and backpack in his early 20s with a mustache. The total estimated value of the property and cash stolen was estimated to be approximately $6,800.00.

    On January 9, 2015 a 52 year old East Orange resident called the Bloomfield Police at approximately 11:19 am to report that he had been robbed approximately 15-20 minutes prior while walking on JFK Drive South in the area of Locust St. The victim, who was not injured in this robbery, stated that two black males came out of a car and pointed a gun at him as they relieved him of a bag he was carrying containing identification documents, a Samsung tablet and approximately $5.00 in cash. Police canvassed the area for a suspect where the robbery occurred, and although they did not find a suspect they did locate a brown wallet that contained identification belonging to a victim of an armed robbery that occurred on Grove St in Montclair approximately 30 minutes earlier. The Bloomfield robbery victim was not able to provide a good description of the suspects or their vehicle but the Montclair robbery victim described the assailants as being two skinny black males, approximately 19-20 years old, wearing tight jeans, approximately 5’7” to 5’9”tall, who fled in a gold or tan Nissan Maxima. Anyone with information about these robberies or any other crime is encouraged to please call the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.

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