South Orange Crime Blotter
6/6/2013 to 6/20/2013
Caleb Odestin, a 35 year old Orange resident was arrested on Monday 6-17-13 at approximately 11:00am after he was stopped on Scotland Rd. for committing a motor vehicle violation (speeding). During the subsequent field interview it was discovered that the subject was giving false information as to his identity and had several warrants issued for his arrest out of the city of Orange. As a result of same the subject was arrested at the scene and processed accordingly.
Derrick Myers, a 44 year old Newark resident was arrested on Monday 6-17-13 at approximately 1:40am after a Detective observed the subject walking on South Orange Ave. in the area of Prospect St. The Detective had prior knowledge of the subject having an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest out of the city of East Orange. The subject was arrested at the scene and processed accordingly.
Burglary to dwelling
A Fairview Ave. resident stated that sometime between midnight and 12:20pm on Sunday 6-16-13 an unknown actor(s) had entered her dwelling and removed a laptop computer and charger from the second floor. The actor(s) had gained entry into the dwelling by tearing the screen off the rear door and entering same. There were no other items removed during the incident. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.
Attempted theft of vehicle
A Fairview Ave. resident stated that sometime between Tuesday 6-11-13 and Sunday 6-16-13 an unknown actor(s) had attempted to steal his vehicle (2005 Dodge van) which was parked in his driveway. The actor(s) damaged the driver's side door lock as well as the ignition.
Janson Wardlaw, an 18 year old Orange resident was arrested on Friday 6-14-13 at approximately 10:50pm after a victim stated that the subject had pulled a firearm on him while he was walking on the platform of the main train station. The subject was apprehended by responding Officers and turned over to NJ Transit Police for further processing. At the time of the arrest no weapon was located.
Three juveniles were arrested on Friday 6-14-13 at approximately 7:45pm after Officers working a special detail observed the subjects in possession of several alcoholic beverages after exiting a liquor store located on South Orange Ave. The juveniles were taken into custody on Centre St. and processed accordingly.
Julia Harvey, an 18 year old Maplewood resident along with Dory Summer also an 18 year old were each issued a special summons after they were found by Officers to be in possession of alcoholic beverages after exiting a liquor store on Valley St. The subjects were issued the summons on Roland Ave. and released.
Theft from school
A juvenile victim reported that his I-phone was removed from his desk in the Midde school sometime during the day on Wednesday 6-12-13
Kaiyri Bennett, a 24 year old Newark resident was arrested on 6-13-13 at approximately 5:00pm after Detectives determined through their investigation that he was one of the actors involved in the robbery and firearm assault of a Seton Hall University student which occurred back on May 8, 2012 in an apartment complex located on South Orange Ave. The subject was processed accordingly and transported to the Essex County jail in Newark. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Attempted theft of vehicle
A Fairview Ave. resident stated that sometime between 9:00am on Thursday 6-13-13 and 3:00am on Friday 6-14-13 an unknown actor(s) attempted to steal his vehicle (2007 Jeep) while in was parked in his driveway. The vehicle was unlocked at the time and the actor(s) had damaged the ignition in an attempt to steal same.
Theft from vehicle
A Riggs Pl. resident stated that sometime between 9:45pm on Monday 6-10-13 and 10:15am on Wednesday 6-12-13 an unknown actor(s) entered his unlocked vehicle (2006 Toyota) that was parked in his driveway and ransacked the center console removing three small books.
On Tuesday 6-11-13 at approximately 11:45am Detectives observed a stolen vehicle (1999 teal colored van) believed to be invovled in several burglaries throughout local jurisdictions just over the South Orange border in the city of Newark. The Detectives along with Officers from South Orange and Newark were able to apprehend three actors after they exited the stolen vehicle on Kerrigan Blvd. in Newark. All three actors were turned over to Newark PD and the investigation as it relates to other criminal activity involving these actors is continuing at this time.
A 15 year old male stated that he was walking on South Orange Ave. in the area of Seton Hall University at approximately 4:00pm on Monday 6-10-13 when a suspicious vehicle (sky blue colored van) pulled alongside him. The victim stated that an actor inside the van asked him if he could urinate in a can for them because they needed to take a drug test. The victim refused the request and the actors drove off. The actors are described as being two black males in their late 20's or early 30's and one of the actors had shoulder length dread locks. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.
Theft from school
A 12 year old female stated that sometime during the school day of 6-4-13 at the South Orange Middle school an unknown actor(s) removed her flute from the band room.
Theft of vehicle
A victim stated that she had parked her vehicle (2002 Jeep) in a driveway on Prospect St. at approximately 7:00pm on 6-10-13 and when she returned to it at 6:45am she discovered it had been stolen.
A 12 year old South Orange resident stated that on 6-8-13 at approximately 11:30am he was at the South Orange Public library when an actor ran off with his phone after asking to use it. The actor is described as a black male approximately 16 years of age 6'2" in height and was observed to be wearing a red t-shirt, black shorts and purple and yellow sneakers.
A Fairview Ave. resident stated that sometime during the overnight hours of 6-7-13 an unknown actor(s) had smashed the passenger's side window and then disconnected her battery. Nothing was reported missing from her vehicle (1993 Toyota) which was parked in the driveway.
Elizabeth Witman, a 20 year old Pottsville PA resident was issued a special summons after she was observed by Officers exit a liquor store on Valley St. in possession of alcoholic beverages. The subject was found to be in possession of identification not belonging to her which she presented to the store clerk at the time of purchase. The subject was processed accordingly at the scene (Valley St.) and released.
Theft from vehicle
A victim stated that she had parked her vehicle (2006 Charger) in a friend's driveway on So. Kingman Rd. and at approximately midnight on 6-7-13 she heard a dog barking and when she went to the window she observed an actor inside her vehicle. The victim yelled to the actor who then fled the scene into an awaiting vehicle. The victim stated that the actor was a black male and was observed to be wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. The actor removed the dashboard to steal a GPS system and also removed numerous articles of jewelry from the trunk area.
Theft from vehicle
A Cameron Rd. resident stated that sometime during the overnight hours of Tuesday 6-4-13 an unknown actor(s) had entered his unlocked vehicle (2002 Toyota) which was parked in his driveway and removed approximately three dollars in change. The actor(s) also ransacked the glove box area.
Theft from vehicle/garage
A Seton Pl. resident stated that sometime between 6:00pm on Tuesday 6-4-13 and 7:30am on Wednesday 6-5-13 an unknown actor(s) entered his unlocked vehicle (2012 Chevy) which was parked in the driveway and removed a cell phone, a wallet and a Garmin GPS unit. The actor(s) then used the garage door opener found in the vehicle to enter the garage and remove two Dalouh Folding style bicycles.
Natasha Marques, a 23 year old Newark resident was arrested on Wednesday 6-5-13 at approximately 7:45pm after it was confirmed via a license plate check that she had an outstanding warrant issued for her arrest out of the city of Secaucus. The subject was arrested at the scene of the motor vehicle stop (West South Orange Ave.) and processed accordingly.