Police Blotter

November 29, 2023


A convenience store on Valley Street reported that a male patron removed an unidentified beverage from the store’s refrigerator and exited without paying for the merchandise.  The incident was recorded on the store’s security cameras.

November 26, 2023


A shoplifting occurred at a pharmacy on South Orange Ave.  A male actor placed approximately $105 worth of merchandise inside of a book bag and attempted to exit the store without paying.  Responding officers encountered a man exiting the store who was identified by store employees as being the alleged shoplifter.  Matthew Thomas age, 37 of Newark, NJ was charged with shoplifting after further investigation at the scene.    

Theft from Auto

A resident on Hartford Rd reported that their 2021 Ford Bronco was rummaged through during the overnight hours.  The victim reported that a backpack and two laptop computers were stolen from inside.   The incident is currently under investigation.

November 23, 2023

Auto Theft (Vehicle Taken with Keys)

A 2018 Maserati Ghibli was stolen from the driveway of a residence on Rynda Road. The victim reported that the vehicle was unlocked and the keys were left inside.  The vehicle theft is under investigation.  The vehicle was later recovered in the City of Newark, NJ and processed by the South Orange Police Detective Bureau.  

November 15, 2023

Theft from Auto

A backpack was reported stolen from inside a work van that was parked at a residence on Grove Terrace. The victim reported that the van was unlocked at the time.

November 14, 2023

Theft of Gas

A gas station on Irvington Ave. reported that a 2022 BMW 5 series filled up with approximately $60 worth of gasoline and fled without paying.  It was later determined that the involved vehicle had been reported stolen out of Carteret, NJ.  The incident is currently under investigation.   

November 11, 2023

Package Theft

A resident on North Wyoming Ave reported that a package was stolen from their front porch and the actor fled in a waiting silver 4 door sedan.  The incident was captured on a home security camera.  A follow up investigation by Det. Sean Leacock led to Jarrod Flukker, age 28 of Orange, NJ being charged with the theft.


Latest Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics

November 2023

  • Assaults: 1 (with 1 clears & 0 arrests)
  • Burglaries: 1 (with 1 clears & 0 arrests)
  • Thefts: 20 (with 7 clears & 5 arrests)
  • Motor Vehicle Thefts: 4 (with 0 clears, 0 arrests)
  • Homicides: 0
  • Sexual Assaults: 0  
  • Robberies: 0 
  • Arson: 0

Clearance rate for November: 35%

YTD clearance rate: 34%

What is Uniform Crime reporting? 

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCRprogram compiles official data on crime and in turn is published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). UCR is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of over 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes brought to their attention. UCR statistics focuses on eight (8) major crimes, commonly known at Part 1 crimes and are listed above. 

What does clearance rate mean?

Simply put, a police department's clearance rate is calculated by dividing the number of crimes that are "cleared" (criminal charges being brought) by the total number of crimes recorded. Clearance rates are often used as a measure of a police department's effectiveness. It should be noted that a "clear" doesn't always equate to an arrest and that it may sometimes merely indicate that the person who committed the offense has been identified. (ie, the case has been solved)

*National average for Part 1 crimes, clearance rate: 31.6%

*State average for Part 1 crimes, clearance rate: 21.8% 

*Essex County average for Part 1 crimes, clearance rate: 16%