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South Orange Crime Blotter
8/19/2014 to 9/2/2014

9/1/2014
Robbery/arrests
Estrada Guillermo, a 19 year old Irvington resident, Lynwood Duncan, a 19 year old Newark resident along with Lamont Harris also a Newark resident were arrested on 8-28-14 after an investigation conducted by the Detectives of the South Orange Police department determined that all three subjects were responsible for committing the armed robbery of four Seton Hall University students a few days prior. The subjects were charged with numerous criminal complaints ranging from robbery to kidnapping stemming from their involvement in the crime. All three subjects were remanded to the Essex County Jail in Newark awaiting the judicial process.

Criminal mischief
An East orange resident stated that on 8-31-14 at approximately 7:00pm she had parked her vehicle (2010 Honda) in the Transit lot adjacent to Church St. and when she returned to it a few hours later she discovered that an unknown actor(s) had slashed her front tire.

Burglary to apartment
An Irvington Ave. resident stated that sometime during the afternoon or evening hours of 8-27-14 an unknown actor(s) had entered his apartment and removed a camera and computer equipment. The victim believes the actor may have entered his apartment through the first floor window. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Theft of cell phone
A Fairview Ave. resident stated that on 8-29-14 at approximately 7:50pm he was walking on Fairview Ave. when two juveniles described as black males approximately 16 years of age asked to use his cell phone to call their home. When the victim handed one of the juveniles his I-phone to use both actors then fled the scene with the phone in hand. Officers responded to the scene and canvassed the surrounding streets with negative results.

8/26/2014
Attempted burglaries to dwellings
On 8-25-14 between approximately 2:00pm and 3:00pm an unknown actor had attempted to gain entry into a dwelling on Vose Ave. and a dwelling on West Montrose Ave. In both cases the actor(s) had made a cut resembling an upside down T in the screens covering the window. Two windows were in the rear of the dwelling and on the dwelling located on West Montrose the actor appeared to have scaled the front vestibule and cut the screen on the second floor. Entry was not gained to either dwelling. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incidents.

Criminal mischief
Sometime during the afternoon or overnight hours of 8-25-14 an unknown actor(s) had spray painted graffiti on the new construction site located at the intersection of Valley St. and Third St.

Theft of bicycle
A Meeker St. resident stated that sometime between 7:00pm and 9:00pm on 8-25-14 an unknown actor(s) had removed his unlocked bicycle which was left unattended in front of his garage. The stolen bicycle is a Men's red and silver Gary Fischer Tassajara model with a child seat attached to the rear.

8/25/2014
CDS/arrests
Alexander Rudolph, a 19 year old Flemington resident along with Ryan O'Connor, an 18 year old East Windsor resident were arrested on 8-24-14 at approximately 12:40am after officers responded to a large house party on Hamilton Rd. and during said field investigation discovered the actors to be in possession of CDS (marijuana). Both subjects were arrested at the scene and processed accordingly.

Theft of bicycle
A Scotland Rd. resident stated that sometime between 7-26-14 and 8-10-14 an unknown actor(s) had entered his garage and removed a black men's Trek bicycle.

Robbery
On 8/24/14 at approximately 1:00am four victims were robbed at gunpoint while they were walking north on Prospect St. The victims stated that four black males all wearing hooded sweatshirts exited a dark green colored mini-van and proceeded to rob them at gunpoint of their cell phones and wallets. Two victims were physically struck by the actors before the actors re-entered the mini-van and fled the scene east on Irvington Ave. The Detective Bureau is actively investigating the incident.

Theft of vegetables
An Irvington Ave. resident stated that on 8-21-14 at approximately 4:00pm she looked into her rear yard and discovered an actor described as a blond haired white female removing vegetables from her garden. The actor fled the scene after removing the items.

8/22/2014
Warrant arrest
Tanja Contreras, a 26 year old Newark resident was arrested on 8-21-14 at approximately 10:20pm after she was stopped for making a motor vehicle violation on South Orange Ave. within a DWI checkpoint. During the stop it was determined that the subject had an outstanding warrant issued for her arrest out of Bloomfield. The subject was arrested without incident and processed accordingly.

Trespassing/arrests
Marcus Jackson, an 18 year old Maplewood resident along with two 17 year old juveniles from Maplewood were arrested on 8-20-14 at approximately 11:00pm after officers responded to a call of actors inside a church located on Irvington Ave. The church had previously reported a burglary/theft from one of their offices. All three subjects were taken into custody by responding officers and processed accordingly for trespass.

Warrant arrest
Ricky Granger, a 55 year old Irvington resident was arrested on 8-20-14 at approximately 9:20pm after Detectives observed the subject enter private property where several vehicles were parked on Irvington Ave. During the field inquiry as to the subject's actions it was discovered that the subject was a wanted person out of the Essex County Sheriff's department stemming from a previous criminal offense. The subject was arrested at the scene and processed accordingly.

8/21/2014
Burglary/theft from dwelling
A Mountain Dr. resident stated that sometime between 8-14-14 and 8-21-14 an unknown actor(s) had entered his dwelling and removed credit cards that were utilized without his knowledge. The victim stated that he is currently having work done on his residence and has provided the information to the Detectives assigned to investigate same. At the time of the report it is unknown what other items may have been removed. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident


Departments

Numbers To Know
Police Dept
(973) 763-3000
Investigations
(973) 763-3000 x7794
Records Room
(973) 763-3000 x7782
Community Relations
(973) 763-3000 x7783
Juvenile Bureau
(973) 763-3000 x7788
Municipal Court
(973) 762-2839