The week in crime from D/Lt. Angel L. Roman Jr., Detective Bureau Commander:


On 02/14/2014 at 0818 hours, officers took a walk in theft report. The victim informed officers that on 02/13 at approx 1850 he was at the Exxon Gas Station on Bloomfield Avenue. As he entered the store 4 males, approximately 17-19 years old, entered behind him (no further description available). One of the individuals bumped into him on his left side (where he had his black 16GB iPhone 5s in left jacket pocket) very hard. The group then asked the cashier how much a pair of gloves were and left without making a purchase. When victim left the store he realized his phone, valued at $649, was missing.

On 02/15/2014 at 1646 hours, officers responded to Lackawanna Plaza on a stolen purse report. The victim informed officers that she was out in front of the entrance to the plaza near the sliding doors that face Bloomfield Avenue when her purse was snatched from her cart by a young male. The male was described as: a black male, medium build, approximately 5’7 in height; wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white writing in the front, blue jeans and gray sneakers.

On 02/142014 at 1414 hours, officers responded to the area of 22 Mission Street on a possible stabbing. Officers arriving met with the victim who stated he was involved in a physical altercation as a result of snow balls being thrown. At some point, while a third party was intervening to stop the fight, the victim was stabbed just above his right bicep. Victim was taken to University Hospital where he received five stitches and released shortly after the incident. The actor was described as a black male wearing a gray shirt with black stripes. Case is under investigation by detectives.

On 02/10/2014 at 1642 hours, officers responded to a Montague Place address on a dispute. Upon arrival officers were informed by the homeowner that two tenants were giving her problems and that they both had outstanding warrants for their arrests. She was referred to landlord/tenant court. Both parties were checked for warrants and it was confirmed they were wanted. 57 yr old Richard Pierson of Montclair (Clifton warrant in the amount of $658) and 52 yr old Gwendolyn Walker of Montclair (Montclair warrant in the amount of $183 and East Orange warrant for $500) were taken into custody without incident.

Reminder to residents. Possible PSE&G scam. Gates Avenue resident reports on 02/15 an individual going door to door advising that rates are rising and he could help keep energy costs down. When asked for identification he could not provide any. Police did not locate suspect but want to remind residents during rough winter to be alert and confirm any offers through PSE&G.

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