Glen Ridge Crime: Juveniles Trespassing, Criminal Mischief, Theft

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 5:57pm  |  COMMENTS (36)

This week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Fred Egnezzo:

Date/Time: 1/18/2013 @ 8:23 PM
Incident: Criminal Trespass Arrest
Description: officers were dispatched to Midland Ave. on a report of juveniles entering a garage. Officer Ryan Schwartz arrived and located several juveniles in a garage and they had no permission to be there. All juveniles were taken into custody for criminal trespass and transported to headquarters for processing, and later released to a guardian.

Date/Time: 1/18/2013 @ 11:49 PM
Incident: Criminal Mischief
Description: Officer Bryan Hackett was dispatched to Inness Pl. on a report of a criminal mischief. Upon arrival the victim reported that unknown suspect broke a window on the house.

Date/Time: 1/19/2013 @ 2:03 AM
Incident: Hindering Apprehension/Warrant Arrest
Description: Officer Ryan Schwartz arrested Tyrone McGill, 27 of Newark, N.J. for proving false information to police and active traffic warrants on Park Ave. He was transported to headquarters for processing, charged and released.

Date/Time: 1/22/2013 @ 3:53 PM
Incident: Theft
Description: Officer Erik DeHope responded to Forest Ave. on a report of a theft. The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) removed jewelry from the residence. The victim reported that there have been workers in the house and they believe one of the workers could have taken the jewelry. The case was turned over to the detective bureau for investigation.

Date/Time: 1/22/2013 @ 5:57 PM
Incident: Burglary/Theft
Description: Officers were dispatched to Oxford St. on a report of a burglary and theft. Upon arrival the victim reported that sometime during the day unknown suspect(s) kicked in the front door. Officers checked the home and reported that the front door had been heavily damaged and personal property was removed from the residence. Anyone with information regarding this case can contact Det. Daniel Manley @ 973-748-5400 X119.

Date/Time: 1/23/2013 @ 12:22 pm
Incident: Shoplifting Arrest
Description: Officers were dispatched to Bottle King on Bloomfield Ave. on a report of a shoplifting that had just occurred. The suspect removed two boxes of wine and fled the store, heading into Bloomfield. The suspect was described a s a middle aged white female, Sgt. Carr observed the suspect in the area of Belleville Ave. and Broad St. in Bloomfield and placed her under arrest. Stacey Callons, 46 of Bloomfield, N.J. was transported to headquarters for processing, charged and released.

During this week the Glen Ridge Police Department investigated (6) motor vehicle accidents which resulted in no injuries.


  1. POSTED BY His Grace, Bishop Sotemohk  |  January 26, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Would it not be a wonderful development, if Glen Ridge’s police force were to direct its attention toward the actual prevention and addressing of crime, rather than making the town’s already racist public image into a reality?

    Caucasian “Ridgers” should be aware of their town’s reputation amongst their fellow citizens of African heritage: the word on the street is that if you are a black man or woman, or most especially a young person, you do not for prudence’ sake drive along Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge lest you be stopped and detained by the town’s finest for the odious offense of DWB.

    Recently, an African-American “Ridger” was arrested (yes, I said arrested!) for jaywalking whilst accompanying his little daughter to her first day of school. The arresting officer’s conduct was such that the small child was traumatized. Confronted by this travesty, a town official surmised that the victim of the arresting officer’s oversealousness, ill-judgment and racism likely had a problem dealing with authority.

    Amazing and repellent, and embarrassing, how this outpost of 1950’s Mississippi could exist in the 21st century Garden State.

  2. POSTED BY cathar  |  January 26, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    I suspect the above post is a joke. A sort of theological version of dear Mathilda, if you will.

    At least I hope so.

  3. POSTED BY His Grace, Bishop Sotemohk  |  January 26, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Would but that it were a joke, my child. Alas, this is no jest.

    The event did in fact occur, and was “hushed up” hurriedly by the town authorities, not unlike a certain infamous rape that occurred there some years ago and formed the factual basis of the 1989 movie, Our Guys.

    Indeed, it is probably worth noting the entry for Glen Ridge from the online Urban Dictionary:

    Glen Ridge is an NJ Yuppie suburb of Montclair, differentiated from it by being mostly white Catholics from New Jersey pretending to be yuppies despite their otherwise roots. Glen Ridge has the 3rd oldest house age in the country, and is distinguished by its excellent public schools with well-known drug and drinking problems … Glen Ridge was once known for the institutionalized implicit racism of the Glen Ridge Country Club …

    The entry goes on to call this an “now all-but-defunct standard” but, alas, virulent racism and xenophobia live on, not the least among the members of the GRPD.

    Were that it were not so!

  4. POSTED BY PAZ  |  January 26, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Time marches on in GR, but the Bishop hasn’t. What reputable town does the Bishop hail from?

  5. POSTED BY cathar  |  January 26, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    I’m not going to bother going to the website myself this afternoon, but if the above post is in fact from the Urban Dictionary, then whoever wrote it probably has English as a (very shaky) second language. And is clearly quite bigoted as well. And what’s a “house age?”

    I also have to note, your prelateship, that the rather unfair (and surely written with an eye towards sensationalism as a means of hyping sales), that “Our Guys” in fact began life as a book.

    Mathilda is funny. You’re not, “bishop.” Not at all.

  6. POSTED BY His Grace, Bishop Sotemohk  |  January 26, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    I was not trying to be “funny” Mr. Cathar. Nor do I see any facet of this dialogue that is in any way, even implicitly, humorous.

  7. POSTED BY desmond57  |  January 26, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    Let me say that as someone who has lived in Glen Ridge for over 30 years I have never seem such warped and false “information” on Glen Ridge.

    Obviously “His Grace, Bishop Sotemohk” has a major chip on his shoulder. If you was us to believe anything he says, he needs to cite sources.

  8. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  January 26, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    perhaps “house age” is median age. in the 2010 census The median age was 40.2 years. or it’s actual house age- 72.8% of its houses having been built before 1939

  9. POSTED BY frobnitz  |  January 26, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    “Our Guys” did NOT begin life as a book. It was an actual crime. Check the facts. FOIA

  10. POSTED BY PAZ  |  January 27, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    Thanks for the gentle reminder Frobnitz but we here in town live with that everyday and have hopefully taught our children well.

  11. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  January 27, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    “Let me say that as someone who has lived in Glen Ridge for over 30 years I have never seem such warped and false “information” on Glen Ridge.”

    —then you must be white…

  12. POSTED BY paolo  |  January 27, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    The Glen Ridge police department has been vigilant about illegal crossings anywhere near the schools. Kids cross at marked cross walks with crossing guards for their own safety.

    I’ve observed police stop motorists who fail to stop for kids / guards in the crossings, and I suspect just about everyone agrees that’s an excellent practice. A school crossing guard was run down and killed by an inattentive motorist in Caldwell in 2010 so the risk isn’t just theoretical.

    If an individual was indeed jaywalking with a child, when protected cross walks were available nearby, that would seem to be sending a terrible message about personal safety.

    If this jaywalking incident occurred as described, there should be an arrest citation recorded. And an NCIC inquiry, and a registration inquiry of the license, etc. Lots of digital trails that are difficult for the “town fathers” and mothers to hush up.

  13. POSTED BY His Grace, Bishop Sotemohk  |  January 27, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Paolo, you write “If an individual was indeed jaywalking with a child, when protected cross walks were available nearby, that would seem to be sending a terrible message about personal safety.” Perhaps so, but is it as bad a message as arresting the individual in question with behavior so apparently menacing as to traumatize a child? If it were your 6- or 7-tear old son or daughter, how would you feel?

    Secondly, you are of course correct in pointing out that “digital trails are difficult for ‘town fathers and mothers’ to hush up.” Unhappily, the efforts of the town’s law enforcement apparatus to handle this matter quietly and summarily coincide with the victim’s (word use intended) reticence to speak out, owing to his perhaps justifiable fear that he, his family and (particularly) his children might be subject to subsequent harassment or other forms of intimidation should he do so. Sad but true. We have seen this very thing countless times, in many places.

    Why should Glen Ridge – which already has a reputation (in my opinion, somewhat deserved) for racism and exclusivism – be any different?

  14. POSTED BY cathar  |  January 27, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Bish, okay, you succeeded in getting a few of the local “progressive” gullible to take you seriously. Congrats. Now go suck on on your pectoral cross in lieu of posting again.

    Frobnitz, who posted that “Our Guys” was an actual crime: yes, a particlarly nasty crime was committed, which led to that self-serving best-seller and subsequent TV movie with the title of “Our Guys.” (And predictably led to the frothy attempting to thus indict all suburban towns which take pride in high school sports.) I’m merely sorry that Glen Ridge has to live now with the “Our Guys”‘s designation as such a horrible place.

    But if it bothers you so much and you wish to blame high school sports in general, by golly, you could always move someplace else yourself. Ridgewood or Willingboro say, or even wherever the good, ah, “bishop” has his diocesan palace.

  15. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  January 27, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    The Bishops POV is valid, I’m afraid. That’s the dirty little secret that is no longer a secret, but nonethless continues to be dirty.

  16. POSTED BY His Grace, Bishop Sotemohk  |  January 27, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    Mr. (or Ms.?) Cathar wrote: “Bish, okay, you succeeded in getting a few of the local “progressive” gullible to take you seriously. Congrats. Now go suck on on your pectoral cross in lieu of posting again.”

    Sir/Madam, I was posting merely to bring a regrettable incident to public attention. I do not understand why it requires “gullibility” to acknowledge its veracity or seriousness nor why its interest should be limited to “progressives.”

    In the end I have done what I feel that I, as a citizen with some interest in the conduct of our public agencies, needed to do.

    I have not the slightest degree of interest in what you believe or disbelieve; and this would be true even were it not for your widely dispersed reputation as a self-important blowhard and needlessly disputatious fool.

    I note also that you are disrespectful (my name and form of address is not ‘Bish’) of those whose views you dispute. You conduct youself like an infant, and not a healthy infant at that.

    One of the most telling symptoms of racism is the refusal to acknowledge its existence.

  17. POSTED BY paolo  |  January 27, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    Not to make too sharp a point of it, but

    In Glen Ridge, it’s my understanding that all police cars are equipped with dash cams. Every stop is recorded automatically. If any officers behaved in a less than professional manner, that would be recorded. And available for review in a complaint process. I wouldn’t be surprised if random stops are reviewed as policy to monitor every day performance.

    I understand that people have their reasons for not standing up for their rights in every circumstance. But, just saying that “driving while black will get you arrested in Glen Ridge” doesn’t meet any reasonable standard of reliability for me.

    In your capacity as a religious leader, ask to meet privately with the chief of police to jointly review the complaint brought to you by a person who has confidence in you.

    I’m sure you will discover that the safety of a six year old child crossing the street at an unsafe location was foremost in the officer’s report. Any other issues derived from that first principle.

  18. POSTED BY cathar  |  January 27, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    What church and what denomination, bish babes? Where’s your parish? Where were you ordained? You’re notably short on details.

    You bet I’m “disrespectful.” But, again, the amazing thing is that you’ve got some people backing up your assertions. If not perhaps your actual ecclesiastical bona fides. “Baristaville” really is an appalling sort of place. Kind of like Mark Twain’s Hadleyburg.

  19. POSTED BY richtw  |  January 27, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    your eminence, I am shocked at your endorsement of that definition of Glen Ridge. The urban dictionary lets you also view all the work of any author, and some of the other items written by JLe, would, I think, offend anyone who espouses the sensibilities you profess…

  20. POSTED BY His Grace, Bishop Sotemohk  |  January 27, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    Paolo, thank you for your suggestions; they are very good ones, and I will follow up on them. I do not think a Police vehicle was involved in this incident, as the officer seems to have been on foot and I’ll not be too surprised to learn that there is no video recording available.

    Mister or Miss Cathar, I note your surly comments inquiring after my ecclesiastic bona fidesare on no way germaine to the issue at hand. You are rude, as well as impertinent and infantile.

  21. POSTED BY redrum  |  January 27, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    10 bucks says the “Bishop” hails from the 4th ward of Montclair. Very typical of the “everyone’s out to get us” mindset that runs rampant in that ward. Its old, its lame, and its pathetic.

  22. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  January 27, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    “everyone’s out to get us”

    redrum, who, may I ask, comprises that so called population of “everyone” from the 4th Ward to whom you refer?

  23. POSTED BY redrum  |  January 27, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    silver, do yourself a favor and attend a 4th ward community meeting. You’ll know what I’m talking about.

    I walked out of one when one of our esteemed state senators told everyone there that the white man in state office was trying to bring our people back 30 or more years. It was a real show. Very Mississippi 1950s, but not in the way you would expect.

  24. POSTED BY redrum  |  January 27, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

    Its comments like the senators, and the so-called bishop’s, that are really harming our community.

  25. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  January 28, 2013 @ 12:19 am

    Really? If you really believe that, why be a hypocrite and add fuel to the fire by saying, “Very typical of the “everyone’s out to get us” mindset that runs rampant in that ward.”

  26. POSTED BY redrum  |  January 28, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    To prove a point, of course.

  27. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  January 28, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    I hardly think so.

    Accusing an unnamed state senator for making a racist comment in defense of your own similar comments does not prove a point. It only proves to be inflammatory and serves no ultimate purpose. In doing so you indict yourself and reveal to all of us your true sentiments on race relations, of course.

  28. POSTED BY His Grace, Bishop Sotemohk  |  January 28, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Mr. or Ms. Redrum, I fear you are letting your imagination and what I suspect is your ideology get the better of you.

    Firstly, I am not a resident of Montclair’s fourth ward. Nor am I of African-American heritage (as your messages nearly imply). What occurs in the fourth ward, and whatever statements were made by one of our state senators at a community meeting there (might one ask that person’s name?) have no bearing whatever on the matter at hand.

    Secondly, in what way do my comments injure the community? I acted – and will continue to act – as a concerned individual who takes my citizenship seriously enough to call to public attention an abuse – a abuse that occurred in a community known for a long-establlshed pattern of officially tolerated racism. I should think that any reasonable person would see the opposite – a lack of action and a lack of calling attention to the problem – would constitute a much more real injury to the common good.

    Thirdly, I must sadly agree with Mr./Ms. Silverleaf: your statement that this dialogue is “very typical of the ‘everyone’s out to get us’ mindset that runs rampant in that ward …” reveal you to likely be a racist and a hopeless beefwit like Mr./Ms. Cathar, your fellow traveller on this forum. As I said earlier, one of the most indicative signs of racism is the denial of its existence.

    Fourthly, I do not understand why there is s much gratuitous impoliteness on this forum: e.g., so-called bishop? I do not care really what I am called (so long as I’m not called late for dinner). But “Bishop” is what and who I am and what I will contine to call myself. As they say, like it or lump it.

  29. POSTED BY sarah  |  January 28, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    I agree that it’s much more injurious to the community if this actually happened and nothing is done. So if something really did happen, please do something about it.

    I do find it hard to believe that someone would be arrested for jaywalking in GR but, from my one and only encounter with GRPD from a few years ago, I can say that there is at least one really rude dick cop in that department who had no qualms about yelling at people (white and non-white) who weren’t doing anything wrong (we were trying to drive around HIS illegally parked car to leave a parking lot but he wanted us to sit and wait until he finished chatting with his buddy). His conduct was so outrageous that, if this jaywalking arrest really did happen, I wouldn’t be shocked if it turned out that that same cop was the one responsible for it.

  30. POSTED BY cathar  |  January 28, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Perhaps, bish, you might learn to spell better before you next post. Start, for example, with “germaine”(sic).

    Again, however, you play very well to the gullible in the galleries. If that was your intention, I salute you. Heck, even if it was not, I salute you for it.

    But now, I suggest you go back to your breviary.

  31. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  January 28, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    Well, I wasn’t there and I don’t have any real solid information (but then neither does the bishop or anyone else posting here on this subject), but the story I heard involved this parent crossing the middle of the street with his child to get to school despite the fact that there was a guarded crosswalk less than 20 yards away. A police officer on duty told the parent to go to the crosswalk, and he was met with invective. He refused the officer’s instructions and continued to scream insults at the cop. At that time, he was arrested.

    Now as I said, I don’t know this for a fact. But it sounds as plausible as any other version of events and, if it is the case, the police officer can hardly be accused of some Bull Connor action.

    Few stories are ever so cut and dry, but so many are willing to accept any version that fits their preconceived opinions.

  32. POSTED BY richtw  |  January 28, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    Here’s my problem with this whole thread. It seems that it is suggested that activities in Glen Ridge are “amazing” “embarrassing” and “repellent” because 1) an entry in an open website written by someone who seems to be harboring their own repellent views says so and 2) because the constabulary alledgedly enforced the law. I would hope for much more solid substantiation when making such statements.

    Lacking any evidence or confirmation, I think you were on better footing with your restaurant review:

  33. POSTED BY kit schackner  |  January 28, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    I have an employee of color who commutes through Glen Ridge to our business in Bloomfield. He was recently pulled over by a hostile and overzealous GR cop, having committed no traffic violation. I personally know him to drive like an old man but he was accused of running a stop sign and then, tellingly, given a verbal “warning” — no ticket. No ticket because there had been no offense, except for DWB. I made a promise to him that if it happened again, get a badge # & I’d go the the chief.

    Anyone who indignantly denies that black drivers are profiled in GR is probably not black.
    I have heard it again and again from black friends and employees, and I believe it is true, not by the entire department, but at least by one rogue cop.

  34. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  January 28, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    richtw – Your “written by someone who seems to be harboring their own repellent views” comment really says it all.

  35. POSTED BY richtw  |  January 28, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    Silverleaf – so we are clear – my reference is to the author of the glen ridge entry on the urban dictionary. The other entries that this person posted to that website are full of stereotypes, some objectionable, and I am not clear why anyone would cite this person’s entries . . . ever

  36. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  January 28, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    I can see that now; sorry if I misinterpreted.

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