Police Blotter: Marijuana Arrests, Razor Blades Stolen & Counterfeit Bills
● By Rebecca K. Abma
Midland Park Police
The following items were submitted by the Midland Park Police Department:
On Feb. 1, a Midland Park resident reported to Officer Jason Tillson two checks were fraudulently drawn on his checking account. He stated an unknown person(s) made purchases in the amount of $641.98 and $213.99 at TOYS R US in Union, NJ. A transaction is pending (no charges were indicated) for Red Box DVD Rental in Oakbrook, IL. The case was forwarded to the Detective Bureau.
On Feb. 11, a 54-year-old male resident of Midland Park was transported to headquarters after he was arrested for possession of marijuana under fifty grams. Officer Matthew Lombardo stopped the vehicle after the vehicle’s registration returned as expired. The defendant was issued a summons and released with a pending court date. Sgt. Michael Powderley and Officer Tillson assisted in the investigation.
On Feb. 11, Sgt. Gregory Kasbarian took a report from a Midland Park resident who stated she received a voice mail from an individual claiming to be from the IRS. The individual requested an immediate call back to avoid being arrested for tax law violations. She googled the phone number and located many listings identifying the number and associating it with a widespread phone scam.
On Feb. 11, a local business reported to Det. Sgt. John Gibbons a larceny took place the previous day. The complainant stated a male and female shoplifted $168 worth of razor blades. The case is under investigation.
On Feb. 14, several businesses on Central Avenue reported they received counterfeit $100 bills. The actors were seen leaving the area in a tan Toyota and were described as three Hispanic individuals all in their 20s. An employee of one of the businesses chased after the car and was dragged by the vehicle. She sustained minor injuries. Officers Kevin Van Dyk and Mark Berninger investigated. The case was referred to the Detective Bureau.
On Feb. 14, Sgt. Gibbons took a larceny report from a local business. The employee reported the theft of $132 worth of razor blades, which took place on February 12. The case is under investigation.
On Feb. 16, as the result of a traffic stop, a 21-year-old male resident of Midland Park was arrested. Officer Lombardo approached the vehicle and observed the passenger eating a candy cane and, in speaking with the driver an odor of marijuana was detected emanating from within the vehicle. In plain view patrol observed greenish-brown vegetation all over the passenger’s clothing. He was transported to headquarters, processed and released on his own recognizance. He is to appear in the Midland Park Municipal Court. Officer Kenneth Junta and Officer Tillson assisted.
On Feb. 17, a Wyckoff male resident responded to the Midland Park Police Department to satisfy a warrant. The warrant in the amount of $89 emanated out of the Saddle River Municipal Court. Officer Lombardo assisted.
On Feb. 18, as the result of a traffic stop Officer Lombardo arrested a 64-year-old Hawthorne female resident on an outstanding warrant. The warrant in the amount of $150 was issued by Hawthorne Municipal Court. The defendant was transported to headquarters where arrangements were made for the posting of bail. Officer Van Dyk assisted.