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South Orange Crime Blotter
9/18/2014 to 10/2/2014

A worker at the constructionsite at Valley Street and Third Street reported that sometime between 5:00 pm Tuesday, 9-30-14 and 6:50 am Wednesday, 10-01-14 actor(s) unknown gained entry into an enclosed and locked trailer and removed several thousand dollars worth of power tools.  It appears the actor(s) damaged the trailer as well as part of the fence that surrounds the perimeter of the site when entry was gained.  The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

An employee of the Delta Gas Station on Irvington Avenue reported that on Monday, 09-29-14 at approximately 10:40 hours, two actors wearing ski masks and brandishing handguns came running off of Tichenor Avenue and robbed him of the money he had in his pocket.  The actors then fled south on Tichenor Avenue.  The victim could only describe the actors as one tall, heavy set male and one short, skinny male.  SOPD units searched the area, but could not locate the actors.  The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Robbery/Juvenile Arrests
A Seton Hall University student reported that on Tuesday, 9-23-14 at approximately 8:20 pm, while he was walking on campus, four juveniles attempted to grab his cell phone from him.  After a brief struggle, the juveniles fled and the victim called police.  Several SOPD units responded quickly and were able to locate all four actors who matched the descriptions given by the victim.  The victim positively identified the actors as the ones who committed the crime and SOPD units took the four juveniles into custody.  They were transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly. 

Burglary to Auto / Theft
A Radel Terrace resident reported that between the hours of midnight and 5:00 am on Monday, 9/29/14 that actor(s) unknown removed two "Ponderosa" brand mountain bikes from her vehicle (2007 Chrysler), which was parked in the victim's driveway at the time.  One of the bicycles is white and orange in color and the other is white, blue and black.  There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle.

Burglary to Garage
An Irvington Avenue resident reported that sometime between the hours of 10:00 pm Sunday, 9-28-14 and 6:30 am Monday, 9-29-14 actor(s) unknown entered his garage and removed a bicycle.  The bicycle was found nearby on a neighbor's lawn and nothing else appears to be missing from the garage.  The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

CDS Arrest
Dondre Straker, a 21 year old Irvington resident was arrested on Sunday, 9-28-14 at approximately 2:10 am for possession of CDS.  After receiving a call from a concerned citizen for an possibly intoxicated driver, SOPD units stopped Mr. Straker, who was driving a vehicle (2014 Hyundai) that matched the description given by the concerned citizen.  Further investigation during the motor vehicle stop revealed that Mr. Straker was in possession of CDS as well as an open container of alcohol inside the vehicle.  Eric Davidson, a 21 year old Kansas resident, a passenger in the vehicle was also arrested for possession of CDS.  SOPD arrested both men and they were charged accordingly.

Theft of cell phone
A juvenile stated that at approximately 2:00pm on 9-18-14 an unknown actor(s) had removed his cell phone from a table he had placed it on while in the South Orange Public Library.

Jasmine Larmond, a 23 year old Montclair resident was arrested on 9-18-14 at approximately 1:20am after she failed to comply with officers instructions during a fluid investigation involving a disturbance adjacent to Grove Park. The subject was arrested at the scene, transported to police headquarters and processed accordingly.

Theft from vehicle
A Highland Rd. resident stated that sometime during the overnight hours of 9-18-14 an unknown actor(s) had entered his unlocked vehicle (2014 Acura) which was parked in his driveway and removed an I-pod and approximately $15 in coins.

Burglary to dwelling
A Meeker St. resident stated that sometime between 4:00pm and 4:30pm on 9-22-14 an unknown actor(s) had entered his residence through a rear kitchen window and removed several items including a computer. Officers responding to the scene had located the computer in shrubbery nearby. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

The owner of a restaurant located in the center of town stated that on 9-20-14 at approximately 6:30pm two actors described as being black females had entered the officer area of the restaurant and removed a lap top and approximately $100 in cash. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

A victim stated that on 9-20-14 at approximately 5:15pm he had responded to Holland Rd. in an attempt to make a sale of his I-phone to an individual he had communicated with via Craig's List. When the victim met up with the actor the actor stated he had a gun and to turn over the I-phone. Upon taking possession of the cell phone the actor fled the scene on foot into the city of Newark. The Essex County K-9 unit responded to the scene and assisted officers in tracking the actor however, the scent was lost after traveling a few blocks into Newark. The actor is described as being a black male with a tattoo on the his hand. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident

Att. theft of bicycle
An Academy St. resident stated that on 9-18-14 at approximately 4:45pm he discovered an actor described as a tall skinny white male wearing a red t-shirt attempting to remove his bicycle from his front porch. The victim stated he informed the actor he was notifying the police and upon hearing same the actor fled the scene on foot.

Rex Hill, a 26 year old Orange resident was arrested on 9-18-14 at approximately 11:00 after Detectives determined that he was the actor responsible for committing a prior theft of a cell phone while at the Pathmark Supermarket located on Valley St. The subject was informed of his rights and processed accordingly for the offense.


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