The week in Bloomfield crime from Officer Ralph Marotti, Bloomfield Police Department:
01/29/2017-Police were dispatched at 9:29pm to the area of Arlington Avenue and Watsessing Avenue on a reported Robbery. The victim a 34 year old male was assaulted and robbed of his wallet while walking home from the train station. The victim was struck from behind causing significant bruising to his face. The victim was treated at Clara Maas Hospital for his injuries. Detectives actively investigating incident.
01/24/2017- Bobby Inzar age 43 of Newark was arrested at 12:15pm and charged with shoplifting. The theft occurred at the Staples Store located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue. Mr. Inzar and an unidentified male entered the store and stole (2) Drones. Mr. Inzar was located by police walking in the parking lot. The unidentified male fled the area with the stolen merchandise. Mr. Inzar was held on multiple warrants out of the City of Clifton.
01/25/2017-A homeowner on Watsessing Avenue observed the suspect described as a Hispanic male take a package from her front porch. The suspect fled on foot towards Newark Avenue. The homeowner added this has been the second incident involving the same suspect taking a package from her front porch. Police are actively investigating both thefts.
01/26/2017-Christopher Gonzalez age 26 of Newark was arrested at 7:07pm and charged with Shoplifting. The theft occurred at the 7-Eleven store located at 122 Bloomfield Avenue. Mr. Gonzalez was found to be in possession of (2) debit cards with the electronic chips removed. The cards not belonging to Mr. Gonzalez were secured for further investigation. Mr. Gonzalez was issued a summons and released with a pending court date.
01/26/2017- A woman’s wallet was stolen, when she accidently left her purse unattended in a shopping cart. The incident occurred at 12 Arlington Avenue and was captured on security video. Detectives are actively investigating the theft.
01/27/2017- A 2007 Honda CRV wagon parked on Cottage Place was reportedly burglarized between the hours of 5pm and 6:30am. A wallet containing identification and several credit cards were stolen from inside the vehicle.
01/27/2017- A passenger rear tire was stolen off a vehicle parked on Hoover Avenue. The owner discovered the theft the following morning. The vehicle was left up on a jack with the tire missing.
01/27/2017- The superintendent of 200 Franklin Street reporting 2 incidents where packages have been stolen. The thefts were captured on security video. Detectives are actively investigating both incidents.
01/27/2017- A shoplifting incident occurred at the Stop & Shop Store located 8 Franklin Street. The theft occurred at approximately 2:21pm when the suspect described as a black or Hispanic male exited the store with Nexium and Dayquil medication.
01/28/2017-A theft of 10-15 bundles of Dove soap occurred at Jacks Super Food Town. The suspect described as a black male concealed the merchandise inside a gray duffle bag and ran through the emergency exit doors.
01/28/2017- Shampale Cureton age 27 of Roselle NJ was arrested at 3:30pm and charged with shoplifting. Ms. Cureton entered Sally’s Beauty Supply and stole merchandise valued at $377.00 dollars. Police located Ms. Cureton walking towards the bus stop and recovered stolen merchandise. Ms. Cureton was found to have several active warrants issued by Roselle Park, Irvington, Cranford, Newark and Mountainside.
01/28/2017- A woman reported her wallet was stolen while inside the Aldi Food Store located at 244 Bloomfield Avenue. The wallet was removed from the victim’s purse while she was grabbing her groceries. The incident was captured on store security video and forwarded to police for further investigation.
01/28/2017- Donald Collier age 70 of East Rutherford NJ was arrested at 5:48pm and charged with shoplifting. The incident occurred at the Home Depot Store located at 60 Orange Street. Loss Prevention Officers observed Mr. Collier exit the store with (6) rolls of wire valued at $230.00 dollars each. He was held in lieu of bail.
01/29/2017- Police were dispatched at 4:12am to 1263 Broad Street, Krausers Store on an activated alarm. Officers discovered the front glass door shattered. Several boxes of Newport, Marlboro Red cigarettes and Black & Mild cigars were reported missing. Detectives actively investigating incident.
Motor vehicle Theft
01/26/2017- The registered owner of a 1996 Honda Civic reported his vehicle was broken into with damage to the ignition and steering column in an attempt to steal his vehicle. The vehicle was parked on North 16th Street and locked. The attempt is believed to have occurred overnight.
01/27/2017-A 2012 Ford Van color white was stolen from a parking lot on Ferrand Street. The vehicle was last seen parked in the lot on 01/26 and discovered missing the following morning. An attempted theft also occurred on a second Ford Van parked in the parking lot. The passenger door was damaged along with the ignition and the steering column. Both incidents are believed to have occurred overnight.
01/23/2017- Corey Collins age 24 of East Orange was arrested at 10:45pm for (3) active Newark warrants. The warrants was discovered after a motor vehicle stop was conducted for an expired temporary vehicle registration. Mr. Collins was issued (2) motor vehicle summons and issued a new court date for the traffic warrant.
01/24/2017-Catherine Martinez age 40 of Newark was arrested at 12:34am for an active traffic warrant issued by Linden PD. Ms. Martinez was transported to police headquarters where she was issued a new court date and ROR.
01/25/2017- Candace Gaeta age 18 of Bloomfield was arrested at 7:47pm for several active warrants issued by Bloomfield, East Orange, Cedar Grove, Totowa and Kearny. The discovery of the warrants were a result of a motor vehicle. Ms. Gaeta was transported to police headquarters where she was held awaiting the arrival of East Orange Police. The remaining agencies were notified and issued a new court date for the remaining warrants.
01/26/2017- Christian Santiago age 19 of Newark was arrested at 8:50pm and charged with Possession of CDS. Officers Matthew Rubbinaccio and Joseph Finkler initiated a motor vehicle stop on a silver Mazda for an equipment violation and driving without headlights. During the stop Officers detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle, which led to the discovery of a bag containing suspected marijuana. A small grinder and pipe were also discovered inside the vehicle, which Mr. Santiago, a passenger of the vehicle claimed ownership. Mr. Santiago was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and ROR with a pending court date. The driver was released at the scene.