NPPD Press Release September 3, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

August 20, 2017 through September 3, 2017

The information provided herein may not represent the total scope of police activity. Anyone charged as a result of a police investigation is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

 

COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY: On August 23, 2017 a Central Avenue business reported unknown person(s) passed counterfeit United States currency to the business. The counterfeit bills were taken into evidence and the investigation has been turned over to the United States Secret Service.

 

COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY: On August 23, 2017 a South Street business reported unknown person(s) passed counterfeit United Stated currency to the business. The counterfeit bills were taken into evidence the investigation has been turned over to the United States Secret Service.

 

FRAUD: On August 25, 2017 a Central Avenue financial institution reported that an unknown female had deposited a fraudulent payroll check in the amount of $9,812.42 on August 24, 2017. Bank employees found the fraud after an unidentified male attempted to withdraw a portion of the funds shortly after the check was deposited. The matter is being investigated by the detective bureau. Anyone with information related to this incident is requested to contact Detective Andrew Diamond at 908-665-8275 or adiamond@nppolice.org.

 

WARRANT ARREST: On August 25, 2017 Sergeant Donald Sretenovic arrested Jonathan R. Linton of Basking Ridge, New Jersey for an active traffic warrant out of Union Township Municipal Court. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on Mountain Avenue after a random license plate inquiry revealed that Mr. Linton’s driving privileges were suspended. Mr. Linton was transported to the police department, processed, and subsequently released on his own recognizance by Union Township Police Department. He was issued a summons for driving while suspended and given warnings for failure to maintain lamps and failure to produce an insurance card.

 

THEFT: On August 28, 2017 a resident reported that several parts were stolen from their bicycle while it was locked to a bicycle rack at the New Providence High School. The theft is being investigation by the detective bureau. Anyone with information related to this incident is requested to contact the detective bureau at 908-665-1111.

 

FRAUD: On August 29, 2017 a Central Avenue financial institution reported that an unknown male utilized a fraudulent debit card to withdraw $3,280.00 from the bank’s ATM machine. The matter is under investigation by the Detective Bureau and anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Andrew Diamond @ 908-665-8275 or adiamond@nppolice.org.

 

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: On August 29, 2017 at approximately 0607 hours Corporal Chad Wilson and Patrolman Andrew Lynch investigated a report of suspicious activity at a Springfield Avenue apartment complex. A resident of the complex reported that they observed a white male dressed in dark pants and a black hooded sweatshirt behind a building possibly attempting to either enter into or peer through a building window. The officers canvassed the entire complex and were unable to locate any involved persons or evidence of a crime. Residents are reminded to contact the police department with information related to suspicious activity as soon as safely possible.

 

ASSIST FIRE DEPARTMENT: On August 30, 2017 Corporal Chad Wilson and Patrolman Andrew Lynch responded to an active fire at the New Providence High school. Upon arrival the officer’s found a large work cart and tar kettle being used by a roofing contractor had caught fire. With the assistance of the schools custodial staff and Fire Chief Michael Piana the fire was extinguished with minimal damage.

 

THEFT: On August 30, 2017 a resident reported that several parts were stolen from their bicycle while it was locked to a bicycle rack at the New Providence High School. The theft is being investigation by the detective bureau. Anyone with information related to this or other bicycle related thefts at the high school are requested to contact the Detective Bureau at 908-665-1111.

 

WARRANT ARREST: On August 31, 2017 Corporal Steven W. Opalewski arrested Abhijit B. Patel of Verona, New Jersey on an active warrant out of Woodbridge Municipal Court. The arrest stemmed from a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue after Mr. Patel was observed driving without a seatbelt and for not displaying a front license plate on his vehicle. A subsequent records check revealed the active warrant. Mr. Patel was transported to the police department where he was processed and released after post bail. He was issued summons for failure to wear a seatbelt and improper display of license plates.

 

DWI ARREST: On September 1, 2017 at approximately 1:22AM Patrolman Nicholas Guerriero arrested Daniel E. Kay of New Providence, New Jersey for driving while intoxicated. The arrest stemmed from a motor vehicle stop on Mountain Avenue after Mr. Kay was observed driving in a careless manner. Mr. Kay was subsequently found unfit to be operating a motor vehicle and arrested. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to breath testing, having an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, failure to pull over for a police vehicle, failure to use turn signal, failure to follow marked traffic lanes, and careless driving. He was processed and released to a family member.

 

CDS ARREST: On September 1, 2017 at approximately 1:59AM Patrolman T.J. Hoppe arrested Alexander S. Boyle of Chatham, New Jersey for possession of CDS/cocaine and marijuana. The arrest stemmed from a motor vehicle stop on Union Avenue after a random license plate inquiry revealed that Mr. Boyle’s vehicle registration was suspended. During the course of the motor vehicle stop Mr. Boyle turned over a quantity of marijuana to Patrolman Hoppe and as placed under arrest. A subsequent search of his vehicle revealed a quantity of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Mr. Boyle was charged criminally with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for operating a vehicle with a suspended registration and operating a vehicle while in possession of narcotics. He was issued a mandatory court date in Union County Superior court and released.

 

CDS ARREST: On September 2, 2017 at approximately 11:40PM Patrolman T.J. Hoppe arrested Bridget O’Keefe of New Providence, New Jersey and Joshua Carter of Summit, New Jersey for possession of CDS/marijuana. The arrests stem from an investigation of suspicious activity that was reported by a concerned resident. Both parties were placed under arrest and transported to the police department where they were processed, each charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and subsequently released with a pending municipal court date.

 

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: On September 3, 2017 spray painted graffiti was located on playground equipment and a portable toilet on the property of Allen W. Roberts Elementary School. The damage was removed by custodial staff shortly after its discovery. The detective bureau is currently investigating the incident. Anyone who may have information related to the incident is requested to contact Detective Michael Hand at 908-665-1120 or mhand@nppolice.org.