Friday, July 20, 2012
A Hamilton Road resident reported theft; SOPD releases safety tips
A Hamilton Rd. resident reported that a thief pushed a first floor window air conditioner into the house on July 12, and entered through the same window. The thief ransacked the house, stealing a 42-inch television, jewelry and electronics. Flat-screen televisions are a an attractive items to thieves, according to South Orange police. "Secure your TV’s with a child-proof cable or other safety harness (usually accompanying the appliance when you purchased it). Typically these cables are provided to prevent children from pulling these appliances off of consoles or wall brackets; but they will also deter criminals from easily removing them from your home." The SOPD released additional tips for homeowners, compiled and distributed by Sgt. Al …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Police ask public's help finding woman.
An eight-year-old girl was approached on Monday afternoon by a stranger who said she was there to pick up the child. The girl, a camper in the Baird day camp program, was in the field adjacent to Meadowbrook Place at approximately 1 p.m., when she was approached by a white woman in her 60s, described as having curly grey hair, a medium build and about 5'4". The camper reports the woman engaged her in conversation and said she was there to pick up the camper. The woman was last seen walking south across the field toward the Baird Community Center. The police department and the Baird Community Center staff are actively investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding this matter is urged to immediately contact police. The South …
Man charged with stealing books from Seton Hall
Frank Perez, 21, of Belleville was arrested on June 27 at 11:50 a.m. for stealing and then trying to return textbooks. Perez is charged with shoplifting seven books from the Seton Hall University book store, which he tried to return for cash. Perez was taken into custody without incident.
Monday, July 2, 2012
A Newark resident was arrested for theft and fleeing an officer
Shawn Thompson, 25, of Newark, was arrested Thursday afternoon. South Orange detectives determined that Thompson fled from an officer in a stolen car on June 11. At that time, a SOPD officer saw Thompson and two others using fraudulent cards to try getting money from an Academy Street ATM. Thompson and the two others saw the SOPD officer and fled, in the stolen car, into Newark.
Friday, June 22, 2012
A new crime map site reports events of the past week
South Orange residents can keep an eye on crime with a single click. The South Orange Police Department has established "Crimemapping," a site that represents recent criminal activity with a town map and icons. The interactive map allows users to choose a range of dates, and zoom in on specific neighborhoods. Likewise, users can limit their search to types of crime. Try out crimemapping here.
South Orange Police Department issues a summer warning to residents
Two youths told South Orange police on June 19, at approximately 2:45pm, they left a basketball and a iPod in the ball field by the community pool. When they returned a few minutes later, they discovered both items had been stolen. The South Orange Police Department and the Neighborhood Watch Association issued a summer warning to residents: With the warm weather and summer season upon us the South Orange Police Department along with the Neighborhood Watch Association would like to take this moment to remind all family members and especially juveniles to take proactive measures to safeguard their personal property (bicycles, cell phones, Ipods etc.) at all times. This becomes even more pressing during this time of year while children enjoy…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
A student received non-life-threatening injuries at an apartment building, according to a Village statement
A Seton Hall student was shot on Tuesday night, and another was assaulted, according to a statement released by the South Orange Police Department and the Village of South Orange. At 8:13 p.m. on Tuesday, the police received several 911 calls of shots fired in an apartment at 183 South Orange Avenue. Two individuals apparently entered an apartment, where they then assaulted two students inside with a handgun. One victim was shot. The suspects then fled. No arrests have been made as of this time. Both victims were transported to UMDNJ by the South Orange Rescue Squad for non-life threatening injuries. Both victims are Seton Hall students and their families have been notified, according to a university statement. This is not believed to be a…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Isac Chaves alternates between two extremely different professions.
How can law enforcement and fighting go together? You may think the two are polar opposites- one demands holding back, the other an ability to let go, unleash power. But somehow, Isac Chaves manages to put them together. By day, Chaves works for the South Orange Police Department, and by night he is a jiu-jitsu fighter. Chaves has some interesting ideas about both. “American culture mixed drinking and fighting. It shouldn’t be like that,” Chaves said from his desk at the SOPD Headquarters. Chaves, 24, was born in a rural area in Brazil. Although Brazil is known for jiu-jitsu, he did not get involved until six years ago, when, after graduating, he wanted to fill the void left by high school sports. He found the Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Toys will fill the Domestic Violence Children's Room
Toys are more than playthings in the Domestic Violence Children's Room at the South Orange Police Department. The Citizens Public Safety Committee is collecting new and gently-used games, crafts, action figures, stuffed animals, and toys to entertain children who are waiting at the South Orange Police Department. The collection runs through the end of April. While toys galore have been donated already, as the photo supplied by Sheeca Collum shows, the committee continues to seek donations. Toys can be dropped off at the Village Clerk's office in Village Hall. Children play with the toys and sometimes take them home; for this reason, smaller items are best. For more information, contact Maggie VanDiehl, email@example.com
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Woman rams sheriff deputy's car to alert him to crime.
An alert 21-year-old woman thought fast when her car was carjacked Saturday around 2 p.m. in South Orange and she was forced by the carjacker to drive to Newark. While driving through Newark, the woman saw an Essex County sheriff’s vehicle and got a sheriff’s officer’s attention – by ramming the vehicle with her car, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and South Orange Police Chief James Chelel. Following the crash, the suspect ran from the carjacked car and the officer pursued him through Vailsburg Park before losing sight of him. The county Homicide Task Force and South Orange police continued investigating the incident and within four hours arrested Isaiah Green, 22 of Newark. Green has been charged with robbery, …