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Police Blotter - Mar. 12th-Mar. 19th: Do Not Buy Gift Cards for Strangers

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 Incidents involving juveniles will not be published.


Tuesday, March 19th - Suspicious Incident, Wood Street

An employee of Washington School called to report a message written in chalk on the playground that said “subscribe to PewDiePie.” RPD determined that PewDiePie is a popular YouTube blogger. The employee felt satisfied and is going to wash it off.

Tuesday, March 19th - Suspicious Incident, East Pierrepont Ave

An 87 year old resident reported a vehicle parked in front of her residence with someone inside completing an unknown task. RPD identified a silver 2004 Cadillac CT with West Virginia license plates that had a flat tire and its driver was waiting for Uber. The driver was deemed to be in violation of driving with a suspended license. Since the vehicle was disabled they were given permission to park there temporarily.

Monday, March 18th - Suspicious Person, Crane Ave

An 83 year old female resident called to say a white male in his 20s wearing a gray hoodie, black jacket and backpack was looking into the bushes nearby. The individual did not make any attempts to go near the house and left on foot on Crane ave towards Route 17. He was gone upon RPD’s arrival.

Friday, March 15th - Suspicious Incident, Riverview Ave

A Grandfather thought that a vehicle driving by had taken a picture of his granddaughter while outside. The vehicle was identified and it was determined that the driver was just adjusting his phone in the mount in his car and it was a misunderstanding.

Friday, March 15th - Attempted Motor Vehicle Theft, Park Ave

A 2011 white 2-door BMW 335, which had previously been stolen from the same location on March 9th after it was left running with the keys in the ignition and ultimately located and returned, was the target of another attempted theft on March 15 at 2:05 pm. The suspects were chased off but there had been another high end vehicle attempted theft the week prior.

Thursday, March 14th - Theft, Tamblyn Field

A set of Apple earbuds, keys and cell phone were left wrapped in a sweatshirt unattended at Tamblyn Field. When the owner went back to retrieve it, the earbuds were missing. No reported witnesses. RDP advises you to never leave your items unattended.

Thursday, March 14th - Suspicious Incident, Station Square

A person called RPD to say there was excessive amount traffic at Station Square at 3:30 in the afternoon. The responding officer did not see anything out of the ordinary

Thursday, March 14th - Suspicious Person, Feronia Way

At approximately 1:50pm, a caller reported an unknown party knocking at her door. Officers located the person who was conducting a survey for Republic Services, a waste management company, who did not have a solicitor’s permit and was given information on how to apply for a permit

Wednesday, March 13th - Attempted Burglary, Hastings Ave

A 25 year old male from Rutherford reported that he went to his garage in Hastings Village to start his motor vehicle. While sitting inside his vehicle, he saw an unknown man walk behind the car and search his belongings in his garage. The resident thought he observed the man grab a bag of his belongings and run. The unknown party was described as 6 ft tall with a puffy jacket and jeans. The resident pursued the man but lost sight of him before calling RPD. RPD advises you to not chase a suspicious person or person of interest. Call RPD immediately.

Tuesday, March 12th - Fraud, Mountain Way

An 88 year male reported being the victim of a scam and defrauded out of $3,600. On March 8th at approximately 2pm, the resident was contacted by an unknown male party who identified himself as “Jack”. Jack said he was contacting the resident about a refund for $400 due from a computer management software company that was going out of business and issuing refunds. Jack told the resident it had been part of his original computer purchase. Jack instructed the elderly resident to open “team viewer” on his computer (a program that allows 3rd parties to access your computer). This software surrendered control of the resident’s computer to Jack. Jack said he needed to do this in order to make repairs and update the system. Jack took control of the computer and asked the resident to access his bank account and transfer money from his savings to checking while Jack observed. The resident was then instructed to go out and buy $1800 worth of Google Play cards, return home and give Jack the 20 digit code on the back. The resident did as he was instructed and left his computer logged on with Jack still in control. Upon return, he gave Jack the codes. On March 11th, Jack called back at 2pm and requested the resident go out again and purchase another $1800 of Google Play cards as the last cards were not valid. The resident did what he was told. On March 12th, Jack called again and advised the resident that the previous $1800 were again not valid. At this point the resident advised Jack he would no longer send money as he had been made aware he was the victim of a scam. Jack hung up on him. Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has been notified and his banking institution has been advised to monitor further activity.

Tuesday, March 12th - DWI, Carmita Ave

A 55 year old male from East Rutherford and 21 year old male from Rutherford were observed by an off-duty detective operating a motor vehicle while possibly under the influence at 3:28 pm. An officer responded and determined that both were under the influence and that both had driven the vehicle. Both parties were arrested, transported to headquarters, processed and released after receiving summonses. They were released to an individual who signed off on John’s Law [in which a relative or friend takes written legal responsibility to ensure that the individual that was arrested does not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while they are still intoxicated.]

Tuesday, March 12th - Criminal Mischief, Park Ave

A 70 year old male resident reported that two rear front tires and the passenger tire had been flattened on his car. It appears the air was let out as there was no puncture holes. He reported it at 7:45 am on March 12th and said it must have happened during the previous night on Marginal Road near College Place.

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