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Police Blotter 2/16-2/23: Have You Seen The Bike Thieves?; Don't Ask Strangers For Rides

Updated: Feb 29

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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 Incidents involving juveniles will not be published.

Sunday, February 23 - Suspicious Incident, West Pierrepont Ave

A 63 year old resident contacted RPD while on vacation to report two videos from his Ring doorbell that depicted a white juvenile male ringing his doorbell and knocking several times. The juvenile is seen using a small iPad while on the porch. He also gives the middle finger to the doorbell camera. The caller does not recognize the party and found it suspicious. RPD checked his property which seems secure.


Sunday, February 23 - Suspicious Incident, Station Square

At approximately 2:29 am a 32 year old female reported an intoxicated man she believed to be in his 20s, 5 ft 8 with blond hair, walked up to her car and requested a ride and pulled on the door handle. When he couldn’t make entry to the car he cursed at her. Officers located the party who lives in Clifton. He admitted to making a poor decision in requesting multiple drivers for rides. He was driven to a family member’s home on West Passaic Ave.


Sunday, February 23 - Noise Complaint, Union Ave

At approximately 12:43 am a caller reported a large party at a nearby house. RPD confirmed the large party and the 50 year old homeowner stated he’d comply with the noise ordinance. Later in the evening a second complaint was made. The homeowner was given a final warning and told to keep the noise down.


Saturday, February 22 - Suspicious Person, Rt 3 East

At approximately 1:34 pm an anonymous caller reported a white male wearing a tan jacket walking on the highway. Officers located the party who reported he was attempting to walk home to Clifton. He seemed disoriented and RPD transported him to headquarters where contact was made with a family member to pick him up.


Friday, February 21 - Suspicious Incident, Park Ave

At approximately 1:23 am a 51 year old female working inside her place of business reported a party in all black wearing a ski mask tried to pull open the back doors of her property, who then fled west towards Orient Way. Officers dispatched checked the area to negative results.


Thursday, February 20 - Fraud, Park Ave

A 31 year old male reported his Chase credit card was hacked by an unknown party who ultimately used his rewards points in order to fraudulently receive $250 worth of Foot Locker gift cards. Chase was able to cancel the account and void the transaction before being sent to an address at 255 North Bradley Drive, Chicago Heights, IL, and address unknown to the victim.


Thursday, February 20 - Suspicious Person, Wood Street

At approximately 12:16 pm a 57 year old male reported observing a person wearing an orange hoodie and brown jacket holding a shovel and metal detector. RPD located the person who stated he owns a land survey company and was on a public sidewalk regarding a house survey he had been hired for.


Tuesday, February 18 - Annoying Phone Calls, Ames Ave

Rutherford Taxi reported receiving harassing phone calls from the same number daily for two weeks. A database search located the owner of the phone who was contacted by Officer Merli. The accused is a juvenile male who informed the officer he did not make the calls. He was informed that the business has his number on caller ID and would sign a complaint if the harassment continued. He stated he understood and his parent was spoken to as well. Rutherford Taxi was advised of the outcome and no further harassing calls have been made.


Tuesday, February 18 - Theft, Park Ave

At approximately 4:16 pm a 23 year old female reported her bicycle stolen from outside of Dairy Queen, her place of employment. She stated she drives her blue, black and gray Mongoose bicycle to work and left it unlocked leaning against the Dairy Queen. Video surveillance shows a male wearing a red sweatshirt, gray sweat pants and light colored shoes carrying a black backpack and a female wearing a gray sweatshirt and unknown varsity jacket with dark shoes and pants placing the bicycle in the rear of a red pick up truck at approximately 2:30 pm on February 18.