Bloomfield Crime: Several Shoplifting Incidents, Burglary, Stolen Cars, and Arrests

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

Theft

02/06/2017-Dennis Tompkins age 59 of Bloomfield NJ was arrested at 4:30 and charged with Theft. Mr. Tomkins shoplifted (10) bottles of Nexus shampoo and conditioner valued at $232.89 dollars. He was issued a summons and released.

02/08/2017-Venus Hannah age 53 of Newark was arrested at 1:10pm and charged with shoplifting. The incident occurred at sally’s Beauty Store located at 135 Bloomfield Avenue. Ms. Hannah shoplifted (2) soap containers valued at $19.00 dollars. Police located Ms. Hannah walking through the parking lot. A further check revealed (6) active warrants for Ms. Hannah issued by the Township of Bloomfield. She was issued new court dates and released.

02/08/2017- A shoplifting incident was reported at 6:38pm, occurring at the Marshalls Store located at 8 Franklin Street. The suspect described as a black female shoplifted merchandise valued at $262.00 dollars. The suspect fled the store prior to police arrival.

02/09/2017- Alterese Davis age 47 of Newark was arrested at 2:23pm and charged with shoplifting. Police located Mr. Davis in the area of Bloomfield Ave and Broad Street after he shoplifted towels and candles from the Family Dollar Store located at 600 Bloomfield Avenue. He was issued a summons and released

02/09/2017-John Russo age 39 of Brick NJ was arrested at 8:39pm and charged with shoplifting. Mr. Russo attempted to exit the Marshalls Store with unpaid merchandise. Mr. Russo was also arrested on 02/11/2017 at the same location for shoplifting. Mr. Russo was charged and released on both incidents. He presently has two shoplifting charges with a pending court date.

02/10/2017- Police were dispatched to a Hoover Avenue residence on a report of a theft. The homeowner reported (2) white males came to his residence stating they worked for the water department. Both were allowed inside and escorted to the basement. One of the males went upstairs to run the water. Homeowner advised of a repair cost of $1,500.00 dollars at which time homeowner became suspicious and asked both to leave. Suspects left in a silver pickup truck. Homeowner later discovered money missing from his bedroom. Detectives actively investigating incident.
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Itzhak Perlman Joins Temple Ner Tamid’s Kabbalat Shabbat Band For Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah

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Yitzhak Perlman

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Itzhak Perlman was a very special guest of Bloomfield’s Temple Ner Tamid Kabbalat Shabbat band over the weekend when his grandson, Gilad Perlman- Greenberg, was to become Bar Mitzvah. He is seen with Cantor Meredith Greenberg.

 

 

Bloomfield Council Approves BCA Budget, Considers Designation as “Welcoming City”

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The Bloomfield council approved a $590k 2017 budget for the Bloomfield Center Alliance at Monday night’s council meeting.

Ollyn Lettman, Director of the BCA, presented the organization’s plans for 2017. He stated the emphasis in the coming year would be on marketing and advertising the businesses in Bloomfield Center, as well as continuing to hold events to promote the area. Lettman cited last year’s successful block party as an event that they would repeat in 2017. He also said the BCA plans to work with store owners to utilize empty storefronts for temporary “pop-up” shops or galleries in order to entice more people to come to the Center.

Lettman said the BCA plans to initiate a Gateway to Bloomfield project at Parkway Exit 148. He said he was thankful for the help of the township, which provided $70k to pursue this project, allowing them to hire a consultant to design the plan.

The BCA is a non-profit organization that manages and promotes the Bloomfield Center business district. The majority of the BCA’s budget comes from a tax assessment on businesses in the Special Improvement District in Bloomfield Center. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Brick Thrown Through Parked Car Window, Shoplifting, Drug Arrests, and More

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

Theft

01/30/2017- A theft was reported at Sally’s Beauty Supply located at 131 Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect described as a black male carrying a black backpack stole two flat irons valued at $160.00 dollars. The suspect fled the store prior to police arrival.

01/30/2017-.A car battery was stolen from a 1999 Honda Civic. The vehicle was parked on Willard Street overnight. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Man Attacked and Robbed Walking Home From Watsessing Train Station, Burglary at Krausers Store, Shoplifting, and More

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

Robbery

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.

Theft

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.
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Six Women Face Prostitution Charges in Bloomfield Massage Parlor Sting

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Six women face prostitution-related charges following an undercover police investigation into several massage parlors located in the Township of Bloomfield. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Drug Arrests, Shoplifting, Burglary

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

Theft

01/16/2017- Police were dispatched to Washington Street on a reported theft from a motor vehicle. The registered owner discovered her vehicle rummaged through with money missing from the glove box. The theft is believed to have occurred overnight.

01/16/2017- Police were dispatched to Berkeley Avenue on a reported theft of a Garmin GPS from a parked motor vehicle. The registered owner parked her vehicle on 01/14 and discovered the GPS missing on 01/16.

01/19/2017- William Clark age 46 of Newark NJ was arrested at 2:00pm and charged with Shoplifting. Officers patrolling the area of 8 Franklin Street were informed of a shoplifting incident occurring at the Marshalls Store. The officers located the suspect later identified as Mr. Clark walking through the parking lot. The proceeds described as clothing were located and returned to the store. Mr. Clark was issued a summons and ROR.

01/20/2017- Store manager of the Quick Chek located at 357 Broad Street reported a shoplifting incident. The suspect described as a black male mid 50’s entered the store and placed 12 cans of Red Bull drinks inside a pink gym bag. The suspect fled the store without paying for the merchandise. Continue Reading

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

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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

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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.

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