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South Orange Crime Blotter
10/6/2014 to 10/20/2014

10/20/2014
Theft of vehicle
A resident of Randolph Pl. stated that sometime between midnight and 8:30am on 10-19-14 an unknown actor(s) had removed his vehicle (1994 Honda) which had been parked on the street. The vehicle was recovered this date in the city of Orange.

Assault
A teacher at the South Orange Middle school stated that on 10-17-14 at approximately 4:30pm she was exiting the school when a 13 year old male student had thrown a coin at the teacher striking her in the head. The Juvenile Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Police Information
A Ridgewood Rd. resident stated that sometime during the overnight hours of 10-19-14 an unknown actor(s) had placed a lawn chair from the rear of his yard up against his dwelling and under a first floor window. There were no signs of an attempt to gain entry on the window or any other area of the dwelling.

Theft of cell phone
A juvenile resident of South Orange stated that on 10-17-14 at approximately 9:38pm he was walking on Radel Terr. when an actor came up behind him and grabbed his Samsung cell phone from his hand and fled on foot. The actor is described as being a black male juvenile approximately 5'11" in height and was observed to be wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

10/17/2014
Theft of pocketbook
A Meadowbrook Lane resident stated that on 10-16-14 at approximately 8:00pm she was walking on Mead St. when an actor ran up behind her and slipped her shoulder purse from her shoulder and fled on foot. The victim stated that the actor was accompanied by two other individuals and that all of the actors were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts. The actors fled the area toward South Orange Ave. Contained inside the purse was the victim's I-phone, credit cards and personal identification. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

10/16/2014
Burglary/arrest
Abdus Bey, a 27 year old East Orange resident was arrested on 10/14/14 after an investigation conducted by the Detective Bureau had determined via forensic evidence that the subject had committed a daytime burglary to a dwelling on Meeker St. The subject was transported to police headquarters from his residence and processed accordingly.

Theft from garage
A Halsey Pl. resident stated that sometime between 10-13-14 and 10-15-14 an unknown actor(s) had entered his garage and removed three bicycles. Two of the bicycles were adult bikes color black and the third bicycle was a child's bike color green.

10/15/2014
Robbery
A Hartford Court resident reported that at approximately 11:05 pm on Friday, 10-10-14 he was robbed by four actors while walking home on Hartford Road from Mountain Train Station.  The victim described all the actors as thin, black males, 16 to 18 years old in age, varying in heights from 5'6" to 6'0" and all were wearing jeans.  One of the actors,  who the victim stated was wearing a blue, long sleeve shirt revealed what appeared to be a handle of a handgun.  Proceeds from the robbery included a backpack, which contained a Galaxy cell phone, a Galaxy tablet, two cameras, cash and several personal items.  A search of the area by SOPD units was negative and the Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Burglary to Garage / Theft
An Irving Avenue resident reported that sometime between 12:00 pm, Sunday 10-12-14 and 6:00 pm, Tuesday 10-14-14 actor(s) unknown entered the garage of the residence and removed a red, 24" Mongoose bicycle.† The incident is under investigation.

Burglary
A Prospect Street resident reported that between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:45 pm on Saturday, 10-11-14 actor(s) unknown entered his residence and removed several hundred dollars worth of Apple products (iPad 2 & iPhone 6).† It appears the actor(s) broke a window to gain entry and exited through a side door.† The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Burglary to Garage / Theft
A Woodland Place resident reported that sometime between 6:00 am, Thursday 10-09-14 and 12:45, Friday 10-10-14, actor(s) unknown entered the garage of his residence and removed his red Citizen Miami folding bicycle.† The incident is under investigation.

Theft
A Warwick Avenue resident reported that sometime between midnight and 6:00 am on Sunday, 10-12-14 actor(s) unknown stole two Trek bicycles from her backyard.† One is a large blue bicycle and the other is a medium sized black and red bicycle.†

Burglary to Auto
At approximately 6:15 am on Sunday, 10-12-14, a Clark Street resident observed a man inside his vehicle (2006 Honda), which was parked in front of his residence.  The victim described the actor as a an older black male wearing dark clothing and a cap.  The actor was carrying a draw string bag and was in possession of a bicycle.  SOPD officers immediately responded to the scene and pursued the actor on foot.  SOPD units were able to recover the bicycle and bag (which appeared to contain proceeds from another incident), however officers were unable to locate the actor.  It does not appear that anything was taken from the victim's vehicle.  The incident is under investigation.

10/10/2014
DWI / CDS Arrest
SOPD officers arrested Benjamin Eliasaint, a 22 year old Maplewood resident for DWI and possession of CDS at approximately 11:55 pm on Thursday, 10-09-14.  An SOPD officer observed a vehicle (2002 Subaru) driving at excessive speed on Grove Road and after initiating a motor vehicle stop for the offense, the officer suspected that the driver, Mr. Eliasaint was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.  Further investigation at the scene confirmed the officer's suspicion and Mr. Eliasaint was arrested for DWI.  During the arrest, officers located a bag of green vegetation, later confirmed to be marijuana, in Mr. Eliasaint's possession.  Officers transported Mr. Eliasaint to police headquarters where he was charged accordingly.

Burglary to Garage / Theft
A Charlton Avenue resident reported that sometime between 6:45 pm Thursday, 10-09-14 and 6:55 am Friday, 10-10-14, actor(s) unknown entered the victim's garage, rifled through the interior of two vehicles, which were parked inside and stole an unknown amount of loose change.  It appears the actor(s) entered the garage through a side door and neither vehicle sustained any damage.  The incident is under investigation.

10/9/2014
Robbery/Armed
A Paterson resident reported that he was robbed on Holland Road while he was there to conduct a business transaction on Wednesday, 10-08-14 at approximately 9:30 am.  The victim was meeting an individual with whom he was corresponding on Craig's List to purchase iPhone 6 cell phones.  While the victim was sitting in his vehicle awaiting the "seller", an unknown actor approached and pulled out a silver semi-automatic hand gun, pointed it at the victim and robbed him of his cash, a cell phone & some keys.  The actor then fled the scene and was last seen running down Longfellow Avenue in Newark.  A search for the actor by SOPD proved negative.  The victim described the actor as a tall, unshaven black male (6'0") wearing a black sweat suit with a white stripe down the sleeves, white sneakers and a white cap.  The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Theft of Auto
A Radel Terrace resident reported that between the hours of 7:00 pm Wednesday, 10-08-14 and 7:20 am Thursday, 10-09-14, actor(s) unknown stole her vehicle (1997 Honda), which was parked in the driveway of her residence.

10/6/2014
Adult Arrest
Chas Garland, a 27 year old Montclair resident was arrested at approximately 5:55 pm on Sunday, 10-05-14 on an outstanding arrest warrant out of Montclair.  SOPD officers responded to a call of two men selling compact discs on Sloan Street and observed two individuals who matched the description of the actors near Starbucks.  Officers stopped them for further investigation and checked both men through NCIC for wants and warrants.  One of the actors involved, Silas Haynes was negative for wants & warrants, however SOPD officers cited him for having an open container of alcohol and he was sent on his way.  Mr. Garland was arrested for the outstanding arrest warrant out of Montclair, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.

CDS Arrest
Thomas Lopresti, an 18 year old New York City resident was arrested at approximately 10:30 pm on Thursday, 10-02-14 after SOPD officers found marijuana in his possession.  An SOPD officer observed what appeared to be a light from a cell phone coming from the area near the playground of Grove Park.  The officer located Mr. Lopresti, who was sitting on the playground slide.  Further investigation revealed that Mr. Lopresti was in possession of marijuana and CDS paraphernalia.  Mr. Lopresti was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where he was charged accordingly.

Theft
A Warren Court resident reported that between 6:00 pm Wednesday, 10-01-14 and 3:00 pm Thursday, 10-02-14 actor(s) unknown stole a black address sign, which was lsecured to a post located on her front lawn.


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