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South Orange Crime Blotter
8/17/2015 to 8/31/2015

Theft from vehicle
A Vose Ave. resident stated that sometime during the overnight hours of 8-26-15 an unknown actor(s) had entered her unlocked vehicle (2001 Jetta) which was parked in the driveway and removed approximately $10 in change.

Jethro Exantus, an 18 year old Maplewood resident was arrested on 8-26-15 at approximately 2:50pm after Officers responded to the area of Prospect St. on a report of a vehicle striking a tree. During the ensuing field investigation it was discovered that the subject had been operating his vehicle while under the influence. The subject was arrested at the scene without incident, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.

A 16 year old South Orange resident was arrested on 8-27-15 at approximately 10:55am when he was observed by a Detective to be in possession of CDS (marijuana) while the he was sitting in a park located on West Third St. The juvenile was taken into custody at the scene without incident, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.

Criminal mischief
A Centre St. resident stated that sometime during the overnight hours of 8-27-15 an unknown actor(s) had broken two lanterns that were situated on his driveway.

Selvin Hernandez-Lopez, a 23 year old Newark resident was arrested on 8-24-15 at approximately 4:40pm after Detectives determined that the subject was in possession of a cell phone (I-phone) that was stolen from a food establishment located on Sloan St. on 8-21-15. The subject attempted to extort funds from the owner of the cell phone in order to return same. Detectives investigating the incident arranged to meet with the subject in West Orange and upon doing so placed same under arrest after he was found to be in possession of the stolen phone.

Theft from vehicle
A Pennsylvania resident stated on 8-26-15 at approximately 12:45am that he had parked his vehicle (2001 Ford) on Montrose St. and when he returned to it at approximately 5:40am he discovered that an unknown actor(s) had broken into his vehicle and removed his car radio. The actor(s) had smashed the driver's side car window to gain access.

A 16 year old juvenile and resident of Newark was arrested on 8-25-15 at approximately 4:00pm after Detectives determined that he was an additional actor involved in an early morning strong-arm robbery that occurred in South Orange on 8-10-15. The juvenile was observed by Detectives walking on Brookdale Ave. in Newark and was subsequently placed into custody, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.

Theft of cell phone
A South Orange resident stated that on 8-21-15 at approximately 8:30pm she had left her I-phone on the counter of a food establishment located on Sloan St. and when she returned to it a few minutes later she discovered that it had been stolen. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Criminal mischief
Sometime between 5:00pm on 8-21-15 and 8:35am on 8-22-15 an unknown actor(s) had broken a large flower pot on South Orange Ave. which was located in the area of Scotland Rd.

A Lenox Ave. resident stated on Friday 8-21-15 at approximately 2:50 pm he was walking home on Walton Ave. in the area of Lenox Ave. when a black male later identified as Tajee McGriff, a 20 year old Newark resident ran up behind him, bumped him and then grabbed a cell phone from his hand before fleeing west on Lenox Ave. The victim gave chase and was able to recover his cell phone from the actor. Officers responding to the scene located the actor a short distance away and place same into custody for the offense. The actor was transported to police headquarters from the scene without incident and processed accordingly.

Criminal mischief
A Holland Rd. resident stated that sometime between 7:30pm and 11:00pm on 8-22-15 an unknown actor(s) had spray painted letters in black paint on the front of his garage door.

Assault Arrest
On Thursday, 8-20-15 at approximately 4:25 pm, SOPD officers arrested Sir Johnson, an 18 year old Irvington resident for assault. Officers responded to Irvington Avenue, where a victim stated that a group of three men were walking east on Irvington Avenue on the other side of the street when one of the men yelled at him, broke away from the group and after a brief confrontation, slapped him in the face. Maplewood Police located the individuals just over the border in their town and the victim positively identified them as his assailants. SOPD officers arrested Mr. Johnson and transported him to police headquarters where he was charged accordingly.

Burglary/Stolen Auto
On 8-18-15, at approximately 1:40 am, SOPD officers responded to an activated burglary alarm to a residence on Hamilton Road. Officers located a broken window and an open door indicating forced entry. Officers checked the interior of the residence and nothing appeared out of place and no actor(s) were located. After speaking with a neighbor, it was determined that the actor(s)stole a Porsche Cayenne (2009, which was parked in the driveway. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Village Ordinace Violation
On 8-20-2015, at 1025 pm, SOPD officers observed John Cardone, a 31 year old South Orange resident walking on Sloan Street carrying an open container (bottle) of beer. Officers cited Mr. Cardone for the violation and he was sent on his way.

On Tuesday, 8-18-15 at 2:50 am, SOPD officers observed two men who appeared to be disoriented, walking south on Ward Place and stopped them to inquire about their well-being. After further investigation at the scene officers determined that one of the men was in possession of alcoholic beverages while under the legal age. Officers cited 20 year old, Thomas Merighi appropriately and the two men were sent on their way.

Motor Vehicle Violation / PULA
On Wednesday, 8-19-15 at 4:04 am, SOPD officers stopped Samantha Nieves, a 19 year old resident of West Orange for a minor traffic violation. Further investigation during the motor vehicle stop revealed that the vehicle Ms. Nieves was driving was unregistered and Ms. Nieves was in possession of an alcoholic beverage. Officers cited Ms. Nieves for possession under the legal age, the traffic violations and impounded the vehicle.

On 8-14-15 at approximately 1:13pm officers responded to a call at a bank located on South Orange Ave. in which an actor passed a note to a teller demanding cash. The actor is described as being a black male in his late thirties approximately 6'1" in height with a slim build and was observed to be wearing jeans, a white collared shirt, a ball cap and sunglasses. The actor fled the scene after taking possession of an undisclosed amount of cash. The Detectives along with the FBI are investigating the incident.


Numbers To Know
Police Dept
(973) 763-3000
(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