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Police Blotter 2/10-2/15: Not Your Normal Noisy Neighbors; Mystery Explosion

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This is Rutherford publishes incidents that the public may find interesting or informative. The Blotter represents a small fraction of the total calls the RDP responds to regularly. The following information was provided to TIR by the Rutherford Police. All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Incidents involving juveniles will not be published.

Saturday, February 15 - Suspicious Incident, Ridge Road

At approximately 6:56 pm a caller reported that three of his cell phones were not working and that he had heard an explosion outside. Officers responded and did not report any issues in the area. There was no sign of explosion and the caller was advised to contact his cell provider.


Friday, February 14 - Suspicious Incident, Elycroft Parkway

At approximately 6:58 pm a caller reported observing two teenagers by her vehicle, kicking it and playing with the door handle and thought it a possible attempt to break into the vehicle. She described them as two white males, one tall with curly brown hair. After she confronted them they walked south on Elycroft Parkway. The vehicle was locked and no entry gained.


Friday, February 14 - Criminal Mischief, Vreeland Ave

At approximately 7:50 am a caller reported his vehicle had been egged sometime between 7:00 pm on February 13 and 7:00 am on February 14 by an unknown party. The vehicle was egged on the front driver’s side with no other damage.


Friday, February 14 - Aid and Assist, Chestnut Street

At approximately 4:59 am a caller reported a flood in her apartment coming from the toilet. RPD responded and found the toilet was just clogged and were able to shut off the water. The woman was advised to contact her building’s superintendent.


Thursday, February 13 - Suspicious Incident, Winslow Place

At approximately 12:17 am a caller reported an unknown male party knocking at the door. When confronted, the man walked away south on Orient Way. RPD located the suspect who stated he was hanging out at a friend’s house on Winslow Place but left to take the bus home. When the bus didn’t arrive, he returned to what he thought was his friend’s house but went to the wrong house. He apologized for the inconvenience.


Tuesday, February 11 - Noise Complaint, Meadow Road

At approximately 10:29 pm, a caller to 911 reported hearing a female screaming. The caller believed the screaming was coming from a specific apartment unit in her building. RPD made contact with a 62- year-old male and a 28-year-old female who identified themselves as new residents of the apartment unit in question. The man reported they were simply having consensual sex and apologized and will keep it down in the future.


Tuesday, February 11 - Harassment, Park Ave

A 19-year-old female reported a former friend giving out her personal information to older men via the dating app Tinder. She stated that since her former friend became upset with her, she had begun to receive multiple phone calls from men who said they found her through a Tinder profile, which the victim did not create. The caller was advised on how to sign complaints.


Monday, February 10 - Burglary, Milton Court

Based on reports of multiple thefts that occurred in the Felician University dorms, complaints were signed against 3 men: two 19-year-olds and an 18-year-old, all from Newark. They were charged with possession of fewer than 50 grams of CDS, conspiracy and theft of moveable property, conspiracy and burglary and conspiracy and theft. An additional 18-year-old male from Linden was also implicated later in the investigation, which is ongoing.