Police Blotter: Marijuana Arrest, Fraudulent Credit Cards, Warrants & More
● By Rebecca K. Abma
Midland Park Police
The following items were submitted to the Midland Park Police Department:
On Sept. 8, the owner of a local business reported to Officer Steven Vander Pyl that her vehicle key, credit card and office key were stolen from her business. She stated she was notified by her credit card company that an unknown person(s) charged $400 to her card at a bar in New York City.
On Sept. 10, Officer Kenneth Junta arrested a 31-year-old male resident of Paterson on an outstanding warrant as the result of investigating a suspicious vehicle parked near a loading dock at a local business. The warrant in the amount of $500 emanated out of the Elmwood Park Municipal Court. The defendant was transported to headquarters where arrangements were made to satisfy the warrant. Following up on the suspicious incident Det. Sgt. John Gibbons contacted the manger of the business and advised him to check the loading dock. The manager discovered a bail of cardboard, valued at $100, was missing. At the conclusion of the investigation it was determined the driver had removed the cardboard. He was charged with the theft of moveable property and is to appear in the Midland Municipal Court. Officer Thomas Bedoe assisted.
On Sept. 13, Officer Jason Tillson arrested a 21-year-old Midland Park resident following a report of a suspicious vehicle. In speaking with the occupants, patrol detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. In further speaking with the occupants the female reached down into her purse and retrieved a glass smoking pipe with burnt marijuana inside, and a metal grinder containing fresh marijuana. She was transported to headquarters, processed and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was released with a pending court appearance. Sgt. Noah Van Vliet and Officer Christopher Birch assisted.
On Sept. 4, officers were dispatched to 85 Godwin Ave on a report of a suspicious person. Upon their arrival they spoke with the complainant who stated a male had entered the store and asked unusual questions. The complainant also pointed out a car that the suspicious party had arrived in. The officer approached the vehicle and spoke with the passenger, 31-year-old female from Ozone Park, NY While speaking with this female, officers observed a stack of credit cards on the floor board of the car. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, officers discovered additional credit cards and an iPad Mini. It was discovered the female used a fraudulent credit card to purchase the I-Pad at the Radio Shack located at 85 Godwin Ave. She was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters where she was charged with Use of Fraudulent Credit Cards and Theft by Deception and was transported to Bergen County Jail. A search of the area around 85 Godwin Ave was conducted, but the suspicious male was never found. Det. Sgt. Gibbons, Officers Kevin Van Dyk, Bedoe, Birch investigated.
On Sept. 17, Officer Bedoe took a report from a business owner who believes she is the victim of a fraud. In response to an email she posted on craigslist for tutoring services she heard from someone who was interested in obtaining help for his daughter, and stated he would be sending her a check which she should cash against her bank account. The check in the amount of $2,500 was received, but not deposited.