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HOPATCONG POLICE PRESS RELEASES

     Every Police Department in the State of New Jersey is bound by laws when it comes to releasing information.  We want to keep you informed of what your department is doing.  However,  we cannot disseminate the following investigations or cases: domestic violence, certain child abuse cases, juvenile information, sexual assault victim information, wire tap or surveillance information, medical examiner's reports, confessions, mug shots, copies of criminal histories, defendants statements, name of a deceased until the next of kin has been notified, test results (polygraph, fingerprint comparison, ballistics test, or breathalyer tests) information that will be evidentiary in trial, information that will hinder an investigation and any opinion on a case.  What we will give you is what we give the local news and more local events that the newspapers usually do not print.

THESE CHARGES ARE MERELY AN ACCUSATION AND THE DEFENDANT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY


   

   
07/22/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 07/22/14                     CASE:14-08185

TIME OF STOP: 23:44

ROADWAY: Maxim Drive

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Elise Palaia

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 44

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Courtet Drive Wharton

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Failure to keep right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Open Alcoholic Beverage in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Maintenance of Lamps and Failure to Keep Right

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was behind Palaia's vehicle when he saw her crossing over the double yellow lines.  He stopped her and found that she had been drinking alcohol.  Palaia was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  Inside the car were empty and half empty Smirnoff vodka airplane bottles.  Palaia was taken to headquarters and given the Alcotest.  She was charged and later released to a family member

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/23/14

 

 

THEFT:

 

DATE: 06/19/14-07/21/14                 CASE:14-07068

TIME: N/A

LOCATION: 14 Shore Road Hopatcong

WHAT WAS TAKEN: Money

VALUED AT: $800.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Detective Sutphen

NAME OF ACCUSED: Christine Derosa

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 14 Shore Road Hopatcong

AGE OF ACCUSED: 48

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Theft

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes $5,000.00

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A person from Park Ridge went on Craigslist and found a dock for rent at 14 Shore Road.  He made contact with the "owner" who was Derosa.  He sent her $800.00 for a deposit.  After many communications he was told by Derosa that the dock had been damaged during the winter and it could not be rented.  She told him she would send the money back by May.  May came and went and he never received his deposit back.  Detective Sutphen called Derosa.  She did agree that she was going to return the money but had been to busy.  Derosa planned to give the money back by June 27th.  On June 30th the money was still not returned.  On July 21st Detective Sutphen charged Derosa with theft.  She was arrested charged and taken to Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail.

If anyone else had a similar dealing with Derosa they are asked to contact the Hopatcong Borough Police Department.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/19/14

 

 

ASSAULT

 

DATE: 07/19/14                     CASE: 14-08024

TIME: 01:47

WHERE IT HAPPENED: 126 Brooklyn Stanhope Road

HOW WERE POLICE NOTIFIED: A resident called in a fight

NAME OF ACCUSED: 3 See below

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Lotito

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: assault

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, $10,000.00

VICTIM: Harry Stickle

VICTIM’S AGE: 21

VICTIM LIVES IN: Hopatcong

VICTIM WENT TO HOSPITAL: Y N

VITIM’S INJURIES: All over body

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Brothers Andrew Laureano age 20 of  Brooklyn Stanhope Road Hopatcong, Francisco Torres age 22 of Liberty Street Camden and Nathan Torres age 18 Lakeside Blvd Hopatcong jumped Harry Stickle after a argument.  The three kicked and punched Stickle all over his body.  Two of the Torres brothers were just arrested on 07/17/14 for assault.  Stickle went to the hospital.  He did not suffer major injuries.  Bail was sought because of the danger they pose to the community.  All three were lodged in the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $10,000.00 bail issued by Judge Cohen

The photo is of Laureano.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/17/14

 

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

DATE: 07/17/14 CASE:14-07963
TIME: 21:38
LOCATION: Hopatcong Garden off of Bell Ave
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kraus
NAME OF ACCUSED: Juvenile
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Juvenile
AGE OF ACCUSED: 17
ANY RESISTANCE: No
CHARGES: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of CDS in a Vehicle
WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Offcier Kraus observed a vehicle parked in the woods by the community garden. When the occupants saw him the driver started the car and went to leave. Offcier Kraus stopped them and could smell the odor of burnt marijuana. The 17-year old driver had a crusher a fake 7up soda can with marijuana in it 4 empy glassine baggies, and a glass marijuana smoking pipe. The provisional driver was arreseted, charged and later released to a relative.

PARENTS: Look at this can. Has your son or daughter been walking around with a can or bottle all the time? As parents we need to keep up on what our children are doing. 

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/17/14

 

 

 

RESISTING ARREST, ASSAULT:

 

DATE: 07/17/14                     CASE: 14-07948

TIME: 14:41

WHERE IT HAPPENED: The assault on the woman was in Rite Aid parking lot, the Resisting on Hopatchung

NAME OF ACCUSED: Francisco Torres Liberty Street Camden age 22 and his brother Nathan Torres Lakeside Blvd Hopatcong age 18

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Sgt. Magrini and Det. Sutphen

CHARGES: Francisco: Resisting arrest, Assault, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct.  Nathan: Obstruction and Resisting Arrest

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Sgt. Magrini responded to a call in the Rite Aid parking lot of a woman who was punched in the face by a young male.  The description was given of two males and a female who were now walking on Hopatchung Road.  Officer Magrini stopped the female but the two males kept on walking.  After being ordered to stop they turned and approached the Officer.  Francisco walked right towards the officer saying that the officer does not know who he is and he will **** him up.  Nathan stepped in between the officer and his brother to try and stop his brother.  Francisco was highly agitated.  He was placed in handcuffs for Sgt. Magrini's safety.  Francisco continued to curse and threaten Sgt. Magrini.  He was arrested for his threats. As Sgt. Magrini was going to place him in the patrol car Francisco spun away from him and was trying to knee him. Sgt. Magrini took Francisco to the ground.  Francisco sustained abrasions to his face.  Sgt. Magrini sustained an abrasion to his elbow, ripped his patrol pants and broke his holster.  At that time Nathan started to walk away after being ordered to keep his hands on the patrol car.  Officer Sutphen responded and arrested Nathan who tried to pull away from him.  Both were brought to headquarters.  The Hopatcong Ambulance responded and tended to Francisco and Sgt. Magrini's injuries. The woman who was assaulted stated that she was walking out of the stores and saw the males sitting on her car talking to others inside of a car.  She said excuse me that is my car.  Francisco punched her in her jaw.  She dropped her food ran inside and called 911. The two brothers were later charged and released. The photo on the right is Nathan

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/17/14

 

POSSESSION OF CDS, LEAVING THE SCENE:

 

DATE: 07/17/14                 CASE:14-07915

TIME: 00:31

LOCATION: Lakeside Ave

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli

NAME OF ACCUSED: James Duffy

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Conklin Ave Hopatcong

AGE OF ACCUSED: 36

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of Marijuana, Careless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Report an Accident, Failure to Keep Right, Reckless Driving, Failure to Park off the Roadway and Possession of CDS in a Vehicle

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli responded to report of a crash where the driver left the scene on Lakeside Ave. Officer Bianculli found the car on a bad turn up from Daydream Lane partially in the road.  There is still a long black tire mark showing where this vehicle came from and how it went over the double yellow lines.  No one was in nor in the area of the vehicle. Officer Bianculli found marijuana within the vehicle. Sgt. O'Shea went to the home of the registered owner.  She told them her son James drives her vehicle.  She gave Sgt. O'Shea a phone number for James.  Sgt. O'Shea called James and wanted to speak with him in person.  James would not cooperate nor tell Sgt. O'Shea where he was. The next day James came into headquarters to get his vehicle.  He told Officer Bianculli he was taking a drink out of his water bottle and went off of the road.  from this he got a flat tire. He called his friend to pick him up.  James was charged and released. 

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/15/14

YOUR GRANDSON IS IN JAIL:

    On July 14, 2014 a resident received a phone call from a Jimmy Smith who said he was an attorney from Nevada.  The attorney was calling to say that the residents oldest grandson was in an accident and was arrested for DWI. The resident could bail him out with $3,000.00.  He was to go to the Jefferson 7-11 next to New Orleans steakhouse and purchase 6 packs of green dot money packs.
   SCAM SCAM SCAM.  He did not fall for this but many do.  Please spread the word to our senior citizens out there. (No I am not one yet). Lt. Kmetz

 
07/14/14

 

FRAUD:

 

DATE: 07/14/14                     CASE: 14-07836

TIME: 13:01

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Hopatcong

NAME OF ACCUSED: Joseph Bartek out of Denville NJ

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Mancuso

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A resident hired Joseph Bartek from Craigslist to do sheet rock work in their home.  Bartek showed up and said he needed $160.00 to get materials.  He left and never came back.  Officer Mancuso and the resident tried to contact him but he would not return any phone calls. 

If you hire someone off of Craigslist remember; "Caveat emptor".  Let the buyer beware.  Get references, call past customers or you too may be a victim.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/10/14

 

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT:

 

DATE: 07/07/14             CASE:14-07660

TIME: 07:30

LOCATION: Enrite gas station Hopatchung Road

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Snyder

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A resident came into the police station to report a possible fraud.  He stated he got gas at the Enrite gas station in the amount of $40.58. He used a credit card to pay for the gas and asked for a receipt.  The attendant told him he had to go inside to make a receipt. The complainant thought this was suspicious because you get the receipt from the pump not from inside. The attendant returned and gave him a receipt.  On 07/10/14 the complainant found that Enrite charged him the $40.48 plus $20.00.  The complainant went to Enrite and showed this to the same attendant.  That attendant gave him $20.00 out of his pocket.

The Hopatcong Police Department is investigating this. We are asking that if anyone had a similar situation at this Enrite, please check their credit card statement. If  there is a double charge report this to the Hopatcong Police Department.  

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
07/03/14

DWI AND ALLOWING:

 

DATE: 07/03/14                     CASE:14-07371

TIME OF STOP: 22:30

ROADWAY: Quick Chek

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Two. See below

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Binaculli

REASON FOR THE STOP: They were arguing and the dispute was called in

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: See below

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli responded to the Quick Chek on a call of a dispute between and male and female.  When he arrived he found that Karyn Kronyak of West End Ave Hopatcong age: 36 was arguing with her boyfriend who is Christopher DelVecchio of West End Ave Hopatcong age: 36. The two drove into Quick Chek then started to argue.  Officer Bianculli found that both of them had been drinking alcohol.  Each said the other was the driver.  When Officer Binaculli said he was going to review the security cameras to see who drove, Kronyak stated she drove.  She was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  She was arrested and taken to headquarters. DelVecchio was also arrested for allowing an intoxicated driver to drive his vehicle.  Kronyak was given the Alcotest.  She was charged and later handed over to the Morris County Sheriff Department for an outstanding Superior Court warrant.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/20/14

  

POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND SYRINGE:

DATE: 06/19/14  CASE:14-06806
TIME: 22:11
LOCATION: Pathmark Roxbury
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Mancuso
NAME OF ACCUSED: 3, see below
ANY RESISTANCE: No
CHARGES: See below
WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes and No
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Hopatcong Police received information that Jennifer Nicholson who was wanted for credit card theft (see below post) was going to the Pathmark in Roxbury. Patrols waited and stopped her when she drove in.  She was arrested on our outstanding warrant.  There were two passengers with her. In the vehicle there were empty folds of heroin in a cigarette pack. There was also a metal cap with empty heroin folds inside.  No one claimed ownership of the paraphernalia.  The following people were arrested and charged as follows:
- Jennifer Nicholson:  Age: 28 of Lackawanna Trail Hopatcong. Possession of Paraphernalia and our outstanding warrants.
- Thomas Schwarz: Age: 27 of New Road Parsippany. Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe.
- Jennifer Kain: Age: 40 of Market Street Belvidere. Possession of Paraphernalia
Kain and Schwarz were charged and released.  Nicholson was taken to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail. The photos are in order as above.
Again, look at the ages. Why are we seeing so many 20 somethings doing heroin?  Parents.  Talk to your children in this age range. Yes they are adults but we all would be remiss by not seeing that this age group is the populous of our heroin users.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/20/14

 

POSSESSION OF A HYPODERMIC NEEDLE:

 

DATE: 06/19/14                 CASE:14-06791

TIME: 17:28

LOCATION: River Styx Road and Sharps Ave

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Barta

NAME OF ACCUSED: Charles Tredway

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Carol Drive Succasunna

AGE OF ACCUSED: 27

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of a Hypodermic needle

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: He already had a no bail warrant

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Barta received information that Charles Tredway was wanted out of Morris County for a no bail warrant for violation of parole. Barta was told Tredway was walking on River Styx Road by Sharps Ave.  Officer Barta stopped Tredway and arrested him on the warrant.  Tredway possessed a Hypodermic needle and was charged.  He was later picked up by officers of the Morris County Sheriffs Department.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/19/14

  

THREE ARRESTED FOR DEALING DRUGS:

DATE: 06/16/14  CASE:14-04715
TIME: 19:30
LOCATION: Papakating Road Hopatcong
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Detective Tracey and officers from the Hopatcong Police Department
NAME OF ACCUSED: Three. See narrative
ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: See narrative
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Through an extensive investigation Detective Tracey found that Scott Brady Jr Age:18 of Tomahawk Trail Sparta and now living with his girlfriend on Papakating Road Hopatcong was selling large amounts of Marijuana out of the house on Papakating Road.  A Search Warrant was obtained and executed on June 16, 2014.  Brady was arrested. Seized in the home were: Approximately 4 pounds of marijuana, numerous marijuana smoking devices, $1,028.00 in cash, Marijuana wax, a sentry safe, drug packaging items, containers and scales. Brady was arrested and charged with: 3 counts of Possession of greater than one ounce but less than 5 lbs of Marijuana with intent to distribute. 3rd degree, 2 counts of Distribution of Marijuana. 3rd degree, 2 counts of Distribution of Marijuana within 500 feet of a park. 2nd degree and 3 counts of Possession of Marijuana. 3rd degree.
Also arrested were:
- Justin Faschan of Birch Road Andover NJ. Age: 18.  He was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 50 grams, 4th degree and Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute greater than one ounce but less than 5 lbs. 3rd degree.
- Abigail Smith of Papakating Road Hopatcong Age:18 She was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 50 grams. 4th degree and Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute greater than one ounce but less than 5 lbs. 3rd degree. 
Abigail lives with Brady in her parents home on Papakating.  The parents were not charged. It was found that Brady moved in about 3 months ago and has been selling marijuana from the home. Faschan sells marijuana for Brady and has been for approximately 2 years. All cooperated with the investigation, charged and later released.
The Pictures from left to right are Brady, Faschan and Smith
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/18/14

 

FRAUD:

 

DATE: 06/09/14                     CASE: 14-06409       

TIME: 14:00

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Lackawanna Trail Hopatcong

NAME OF ACCUSED: Jennifer Nicholson

AGE OF ACCUSED: 26

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Unknown

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Luciani

DATE OF ARREST: First charged on 06/09/14 for CDS. Now we have a warrant for her arrest

CHARGES: Possession of Marijuana, Forgery 3rd degree, Credit Card Theft 4th degree, and Theft D.P.

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes $15,000.00 from Judge Bowkley

VICTIM: Not disclosed by police

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A woman came into headquarters to report theft from her husband.  He was not present because he is a hospice patient.  The woman stated that she thinks its her sons girlfriend who is Jennifer Nicholson. She was living in the home with them.  Officer Luciani found Nicholson later in the shift.  In her room was a marijuana cigarette.  She was arrested on that and 3 warrants.  They were as follows: Bedminister $1000.00, and two from Roxbury for $500.00 each.  Nicholson was arrested and brought to the police station.  She was questioned about the theft of the credit card but denied using it.  Officer Luciani told her he will be getting video and it would show her using the stolen credit card. She still would not cooperate.  Nicholson's boyfriend bailed her out on the three outstanding warrants. She was charged for possession of marijuana and released.

Officer Luciani then went after the surveillance tapes as follows: Liquor Factory in Hopatcong, Walmart in Flanders, Quick Chek in Hopatcong, Shoprite in Succasunna, MCDonalds in Byram and Rite Aid in Hopatcong.  He found Nicholson using the stolen credit card.  Officer Luciani could not locate Nicholson who no longer lives with the victim.  There is now a warrant for $15,000.00 for her arrest from these charges.  There is also two $500.00 warrants out of Hopatcong for Nicholson for failure to appear for the possession of marijuana charge that she did not show up in court for and a driving while suspended charge.   

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/16/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 06/16/14                     CASE:14-06653

TIME OF STOP: 00:16

ROADWAY: Hopatchung Road

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Sean Kerr

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 23

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Schwarz Blvd Lake Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: He crashed into a telephone pole

REASON FOR THE STOP: The pole

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to Report an Accident

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Barta, Schultz and Janosko responded to the area of Hopatchung Road by Rite Aid for a vehicle that crashed.  When they arrived they found that a pick up truck had crashed into a telephone pole.  No one was in nor around the vehicle.  Two officers searched the area and found Kerr on Bell Ave walking with a female.  Kerr broke two teeth and was bleeding from his mouth.  The female was a passenger in the vehicle and was trying to get Kerr to go back to the scene. She was not injured.  She said they turned onto Hopatchung from Durban Ave. Kerr then crashed into the pole.  Kerr stated he got scared and ran from the accident.  The officers found both full and empty beer cans in the bed of the truck.  Kerr stated he had two beers. Due to his injuries he was taken to Dover St. Clares Hospital.  Blood was drawn by the hospital staff for the DWI charge.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/18/14

 

This is NJ. This is Hopatcong. This is not going to go away: 


“Given the new face of opiate addiction, it is not enough that we re-invigorate public awareness campaigns that expose the horrors of heroin. Those past campaigns were highly successful in stigmatizing that substance. Today, however, we must not only repeat and reinforce that traditional anti-drug message, but go further by explaining to the public the connection between prescription pills dispensed by a trusted pharmacist and heroin sold by a street dealer.

The problem we face in presenting that message is compounded by the widely-held stereotype of what a person addicted to opiates looks like. Many of the New Jerseyans whose lives have already been affected live in quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods. Their stories defy the conventional stereotype of heroin abuse. It is tragically ironic that when parents believe that their households are beyond the reach of heroin traffickers, their children may be at greater risk of falling prey to heroin addiction. These families fail to recognize their vulnerability, and that, in turn, makes it more likely that they will not take affirmative steps in their households to prevent and deter abuse, and more likely that they will not recognize the red flags of opiate abuse if and when it invades their world”.

For the entire report see the link below. Lt. Kmetz 

http://gcada.nj.gov/policy/master/documents/2014_TaskForce_Report.pdf

 
06/11/14

 

 

 

BURGLARY ARREST:

 

DATE OF CRIME: 06/10/14                   CASE:14-06448

TIME: 18:08

LOCATION: Skidmore Trail Hopatcong

STRUCTURE ENTERED: Home

FORCED ENTRY: No

STRUCTURE LOCKED: Yes, but they had a key

CRIME WITH BURGLARY: Theft

IF THEFT WHAT AND VALUE: Attempted theft of a washer and dryer

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Schultz, Ptl. Barta and Sgt. Magrini

NAME OF ACCUSED: Two see below

CHARGES: Burglary, Theft and eluding

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, see below bail set by Judge Bowkley

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: "Caller states there is a grey truck in the driveway. The garage door keeps opening a little bit & then closing. Caller saw this truck or one similar to it leave the house about a month ago, with a refrigerator in the back of it. She thinks that they might be stealing items from the residence. No front plate on the truck" 

Patrols responded to Skidmore Trail for the above complaint. When they arrived one black male with dreadlocks ran from the home.  Sgt. Magrini gave chase after him.  Officer Schultz assisted in trying to find this male.  When patrols lost the male they went back to the home where Officer Barta had another male.  He was Freddie Hamilton Jr Age: 24 of 310 Indiana Street Union NJ.  He told patrols he and the other male were there to do an inspection on the house for the bank.  Hamilton could not produce a work order.  It was later found the bank hired a contractor who hired Hamilton Hamilton was never given any work order for the home. He had the key legitimately and used it to go in and steal items.

Inside a washer and a dryer were in the middle of the room and so was a hand truck.  Hamilton was arrested for burglary and theft.

The male that ran away was seen by residents running through backyards.  A resident said that the accused may still be in the backyard of 15 Divito Trail.  Officer Schultz found a male there hiding under a deck matching the description of the male that ran.  He was identified as Kelvin Fridy Jr age: 26 of 66 Bedford Terrace Irvington NJ. He told Officer Schultz he ran because he thought he had outstanding warrants.  Fridy was arrested and charged with burglary, theft and eluding for fleeing the scene. Both were taken to the Sussex County Jail. Fridy's bail was $25,000.00 Hamilton's bail was $15,000.00 Fridy has the beard in the photo.

Again, Great Job residents. You ARE the eyes and ears of your Police Department.  The caller could have just "minded her own business" but instead "minded the business of her community".  And that people, lead to these arrests.  Awesome.   

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 

 

 
06/11/14

 

WELFARE CHECK:

 

DATE: 06/10/14             CASE:14-06439

TIME: 14:17

LOCATION: Hopatcong

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kraus

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A counselor from a VA hospital called in a welfare check on an 85-year old male.  The counselor tried calling him numerous times and was concerned for his health.  When patrols got there they found the male on the floor. He was conscious but he could not remember how he got on the floor nor could he get up on his own.  He had dried blood in and around his mouth. Hopatcong Ambulance and ALS 505 responded and took the male to the hospital.  The victims daughter was notified.
It would have been tragic for this Veteran or anyone else to lay helpless on the floor of their home until they pass. Yes, we have had that in Hopatcong. Neighbors, if you have an elderly neighbor who lives alone and you haven't seen them maybe take a walk over and say hi.  Family members please do not assume your elderly mom or dad can fend for themselves.  Yes they will yell at you but isn't that better than what could happen?

 

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/11/14

 

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT:

 

DATE: 06/10/14             CASE:14-06431

TIME: 13:16

LOCATION: Leland/Oklahoma Trail

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kraus, Chief Brennan, Captain Kraus, Lt. Kmetz DSG. Houtz, Det. Sutphen, Sgt. O'Shea and Ptl. Luciani,

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Police Department received a call of a suicidal male who has a gun. This male left his home in the area of Leland and Oklahoma Trail with a .45 cal. pistol, a box of ammo and a magazine for the gun.  He walked into the woods and the caller did not know where he was.  Every officer working responded to the area.  The roads were shut down and people were ordered to stay in their homes.  Patrols started to search the woods in around the home. A SWAT team was called in.  The male was seen circling back to a garage. Patrols took safe positions and talked him out of the garage.  He was cooperative.  The handgun and magazine were found in the garage where he said he put it.  No ammunition was found.  The SWAT team was cancelled before they could respond. The male was brought to headquarters, questioned and brought to Newton Mental Health. We took the pistol from the garage and a shotgun from the home. Both weapons were legally owned.

 

It should not have to be said but needs to….when you see officers carrying shotguns and rifles it is safe to assume there is a major risk in your neighborhood and you need to keep indoors until we leave.  Far to many residents were outside watching us as we screamed at them to get back into their houses.   

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/11/14

License Plates, Buying and selling modes of transport:
- If you sell your vehicle you MUST remove your license plate. And sign the title over. We continually get people who leave the plate on the vehicle and then the new owner goes through EZ-pass or parks illegally and now you are stuck with the tickets.

- If you find a good deal on Craigslist for a boat, wave runner, car, any merchandise, house for rent, dock space for rent (etc) Do your homework. Treat every transaction as suspicious and you wont get burned. Trust everyone and sooner or later you will be calling us. Lt. Kmetz

 
06/10/14

Suspicious driving leads to drug arrest:

We have bombarded you on here about calling in suspicious behavior. And it is working. A woman motorist yesterday saw a vehicle go onto a curb. She called in the plate. The accused was already out of Hopatcong. Our dispatch called Roxbury Police who stopped the car. The male driver was found to be in possession of heroin and paraphernalia. He told the Roxbury officer he hit the curb because he was looking at his cell phone. 

Again awesome job reporting suspicious people and erratic drivers. Remember that post of the woman who was DWI at 10:00 am. Or the burglar at 2:00 pm caught on video. Do not think suspicious behavior is not suspicious just because it is during the day rather than late at night. Call it in. Thanks, Lt. Kmetz

 
05/31/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 05/31/14                     CASE:14-06032

TIME OF STOP: 02:20

ROADWAY: Squire Road Hopatcong

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Richard Reider II

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 46

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Tamarack Road Sparta

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Driver talking on cell phone

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Cell Phone, Seat Belt,  Possession of CDS in a Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was behind Reider's vehicle on Squire Road when he saw Reider on the cell phone.  Officer Kraus stopped Reider on West End Ave.  When Officer Kraus approached the vehicle Reider was still talking on his cell phone.  Officer Kraus saw what he believed to be a marijuana smoking pipe in the center console. He had Reider step out of the vehicle.  Reider was showing signs of intoxication.  Reider was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed. Officer Kraus retrieved the marijuana smoking device.  Also in the vehicle was a plastic pill bottle that contained marijuana, a glass bottle containing marijuana, a grinder and 4 marijuana smoking devices.  He was arrested and taken to the Hopatcong Police Department for processing.  Reider was given the Alcotest. He was later charged and released to a friend.  

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
06/01/14

 

MOTORCYCLE FIRE:

 

 DATE: 06/01/14           CASE:14-06099  

TIME: 09:36

LOCATION: 504 Brooklyn Mtn Road

WHAT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED: Hopatcong Fire Department

WHERE DID IT START: Under the fuel tank

IS ARSON SUSPECTED: No

WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE: The motorcycle was destroyed and secondary damage to another motorcycle

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Sgt. Magrini and Officer Luciani responded to a motorcycle that was on fire.  When they arrived they found the bike fully engulfed.  They could not get near it with fire extinguishers.

The owner had her bike running by two cars and another motorcycle. She ran inside for a something.  She heard her boyfriend who is Joseph Dandrea yelling that the bike was on fire and to call the fire department. Dandrea saw that a plastic shroud was catching fire under the gas tank.  He quickly moved the bike away from the house and put the burning bike next to the road. His actions saved the two other vehicles and motorcycle.  The other bike did sustain damage to the seat and plastic when the bike turned fully engulfed. The Hopatcong Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
05/23/14

 

POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL UNDERAGE:

 

DATE: 05/23/14                 CASE:14-05679

TIME: 22:37

LOCATION: Madison Trail Hopatcong

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Cirri, Sgt. Wojtach

NAME OF ACCUSED: Juvenile

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Juvenile

AGE OF ACCUSED: 17

DATE OF ARREST: 05/23/14

ANY RESISTANCE: No he couldn't even stand up

CHARGES: Possession/consumption of alcohol underage

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Cirri responded to a call of a intoxicated male in the roadway.  When he arrived he found a 17-year old male laying face down on the side of the road. The male tried to stand up but fell back down. Sgt. Wojtach and Ptl. Cirri picked him up and brought him over to a patrol car. The male then urinated in his pants and vomited.  He asked the officers if he was going to die.  Because of the high level of intoxicaton they called for both EMS and Medics.  The male was taken to Hackettstown Hospital.  When Officer Cirri spoke to the juvenile's mother she stated that he was not even supposed to be in Hopatcong he was supposed to be staying at a friends house in Netcong.

 

Do you remember on TV when the ad came on…"Its 10pm do you know where your child is?"  The lesson here is that children lie.  Yes your child too. We did, they do and a hundred years from now their childrens children will also. The idea is to catch them when they lie and prevent them from ending up like this kid.  He is lucky he didn't fall into a ditch and wind up dead from choking on his vomit.    

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
05/23/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 05/23/14                     CASE:14-05619

TIME OF STOP: 01:57

ROADWAY: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Casey Cottrell

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 22

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Stedwick Drive Budd Lake

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Brake light out and failure to keep right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Maintenance of Lamps and Failure to Keep Right

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was behind Cottrell's vehicle.  He saw that a brake light was out.  As he followed the vehicle he saw it drift out of its lane of travel several times.  When he stopped the vehicle he found that Cottrell had been drinking alcohol at the Stanhope House.  Cottrell was given Field Sobriety Tests and failed.  He was arrested and taken to headquarters.  He was given the Alcotest, processed, charged and later released to a friend.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
05/22/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 05/21/14                     CASE:14-05490

TIME OF STOP: 10:10 AM YES THE MORNING.  NOT 10:10 AT NIGHT

ROADWAY: Durban Ave

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Gail Compitiello

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 56

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Lackawanna Trail Hopatcong

STOPPED BY: Sgt. Magrini

REASON FOR THE STOP: Speeding and Failure to Keep Right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Speeding, Failure to Keep Right and Reckless Driving

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Sgt. Magrini was running radar on Durban Ave.  He saw a vehicle speeding and going over the double yellow lines. When he stopped the vehicle he found the driver, who was Compitiello  had the odor and physical signs of consuming alcohol.  He gave her Field Sobriety Tests which she failed.  She was taken to headquarters and given the alcotest.  She blew well over two times the legal limit.   She was later charged and released to family members.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
05/18/14

 

DWI FROM DRUGS:

 

DATE: 05/18/14                      CASE:14-05364

TIME OF STOP: 19:10

ROADWAY: Hopatchung and River Styx Road

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Robert Owens

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 20

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Highland Ave Clifton

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Bianculli

REASON FOR THE STOP: Loud exhaust

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Loud Exhaust and Driving While Suspended

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli stopped a vehicle for a loud exhaust.  When Officer Kraus spoke to the driver who was Robert Owens,  he found clues that the driver was impaired.  At one point the driver started to nod off.  Officer Bianculli who is a DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) gave the driver field sobriety tests specifically testing  for drug use.  Officer Bianculli then arrested Owens.  Ownes was taken to headquarters, given further tests and charged.  He was later released to a friend.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
05/20/14

Here is a report one of our officers took. Please spread the word to family members this Holiday weekend about these Green Dot Card scams especially to older family and friends. Lt. Kmetz

A resident came into headquarters to report that she was the victim of an online loan scam. Dorthea stated she found a loan company online and contacted the company, A1 Cash Advance. Dorthea gave all her personal information to a Michael Johnson. Johnson informed Dorthea she could get a loan for $5000.00. Dorthea only wanted $2000.00 to help with some bills. 

Johnson had Dorthea go purchase a pre-paid debt card (Green Dot Card) with an amount of $199.00 on it. The card was forwarded to Johnson. A few days later Johnson contacted Dorthea and said that he needed another card for $180.00 for processing the loan. Dorthea followed Johnson's directions. 
After several days Dorthea did not receive anything from A1 Cash Advance and tried to contact Johnson but was not able to reach him at the number of 206-497-9139.

Dorthea came to headquarters for help in getting her $379.00 returned. I informed her of the difficultly of that. I attempted to contact Johnson but the call went to a "full" inbox so I was not able to leave a message.

I then looked up the phone number and company name on Google and found countless articles and forum pages about this number and company being a "Green Dot scam".

 
05/17/14

  

 

 

A MOTHERS PHONE CALL LEADS TO DRUG ARRESTS:

 

DATE: 05/17/14                 CASE:14-05269

TIME: 00:39

LOCATION: Motor vehicle stop Flora and Durban

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Det. Sutphen and Ptl. Kraus

NAME OF ACCUSED: See below

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: See below

AGE OF ACCUSED: See below

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: See below

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: See below

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A mother called the Hopatcong Police because she believed her 17- year old daughter was using her car to buy heroin with some people. Detective Sutphen knew the juvenile. He saw the vehicle and saw that the juvenile was driving past the provisional's allowed driving hours.  When Detective Sutphen stopped the car he found 4 passengers besides the driver.  Officer Kraus backed up Detective Sutphen.  The occupants were questioned and all had different stories.  The mother was asked to come to the motor vehicle stop and she did. She allowed the officers to look in the vehicle.  After speaking with the occupants and searching the vehicle the following people were arrested and charged:

-17 year old driver: Possession of heroin for having two empty folds with residue in her wallet, provisional driving violations of driving after hours and driving with to many occupants,  and possession of CDS in a vehicle. She was later charged and released to her mother.

- Christopher Mills of Elmira Trail Hopatcong, Age: 33 charged with Possession of crack cocaine, Possession of heroin, Possession of a hypodermic needle, Possession of paraphernalia (push rod and brillow balls used to smoke crack) and destruction of evidence (he had heroin and a needle in his underwear. He attempted to flush them in the cell at headquarters but was stopped by Officer Kraus) He was taken to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $20,000.00 bail issued by Hopatcong Municipal Court Judge Bowkley.

- Paul Fortunato of Biscay Drive Flanders, Age: 24 charged with Possession of heroin, Possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of Xanax without a prescription. He had in his pocket a plastic bag that contained a brick of heroin, bundles of heroin and loose folds of heroin. In another pocket he had a small plastic wrapper with Xanax pills in it and a brown paper bag that was wrapped around two hypodermic needles. He was later brought to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $10,000.00 bail issued by Hopatcong Municipal Court Judge Bowkley

- Marissa Alberty of Main Street Netcong, Age: 32 charged with Possession of heroin, Possession of a hypodermic needle, Possession of Suboxone and Obstruction.  She had a back pack in the trunk that had two needles, two bundles of heroin and a small plastic wrapper that had loose heroin folds and several pills one being Suboxone. She lied about who she was because she had a $400.00 warrant out of Jefferson.  Jefferson Police would not come and pick her up on this warrant but gave her a court date to show up. She was later released on a summons complaint

- Thomas Rando of Main Street Netcong Age: 27 He had an outstanding warrant out of Roxbury.  Roxbury police responded to the scene and arrested him on their warrant. He was not charged with any CDS offenses at that time.

Pictured left to right is Mills, Fortunato and Alberty

 

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
05/15/14

  

 

NEIGHBOR COMPLAINTS LEAD TO ARRESTS FOR GROWING AND SELLING CDS:

 

DATE: 05/15/14                 CASE:14-05214

TIME: 18:00

LOCATION: 11 Charles Street Hopatcong

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Detective Tracey and Ptl. Mancuso from Hopatcong, Detective Ricco from Roxbury,

NAME OF ACCUSED: 4 see below

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: See below

AGE OF ACCUSED: See Below

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: See below

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: See below

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The Hopatcong Police Department received many complaints from neighbors living around 11 Charles Street about possible drug dealing.  People were going into the house, staying for a short period of time then leaving.  The Hopatcong Police Detective Bureau started an investigation.  Through this extended investigation Detective Tracey was able to get probable cause for a search warrant for the home.  Members of the Hopatcong Police Department with K-9 Eli and members of the Roxbury Police Department assisted in the May15 search.  Police removed several marijuana plants, growing materials, smoking devices, and  numerous counterfeit United States currencey bills in many denominations. 4 people were arrested at the home and charged as follows:

Kyle White, Age: 20 of 11 Charles Street Hopatcong charged with:

- 4th degree conspiracy to distribute CDS

- 2nd degree employing a juvenile to distribute CDS

- 4th degree possession of marijuana

- 4th degree distribution of CDS

Stephanie Talmadge, Age: 18 of Hopatcong Street Hopatcong charged with:

- DP Possession of marijuana

- DP Being under the influence of marijuana

Paul Hiltz, Age: 44 of 11 Charles Street Hopatcong charged with:

- DP Possession of marijuana

Juvenile, Age: 17 Charged with DP Possession of marijuana

Detective Tracey contacted The Division of The Unites States Secret Service in Morristown NJ to conduct their own investigation into the counterfeit monies found. The charges stemming for that will be by them.

White was transported to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 bail issued by Judge Bowkley of the Hopatcong Municipal Court.  The juvenile was lodged in the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center.  Hiltz and Talmadge were served summonses and later released.

Pictured from left to right is White, Talmadge and Hiltz

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
05/09/14

 

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

 

DATE: 05/09/14                 CASE:14-04949

TIME: 15:54

LOCATION: Garden Cleaners Lakeside Blvd

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Det. Tracey Hopatcong Police. Detective Ricco Roxbury Police

NAME OF ACCUSED: Angela Schaeffer

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Jay Street Rockaway

AGE OF ACCUSED: 34

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Paraphernalia

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, $10,000.00

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The detectives were following up on a drug investigation with Angela Schaeffer who was working at the Garden Cleaners.  They witnessed Schaeffer go into a parked vehicle and pass a smoking pipe between her and a male.  The male left and the Detectives had the vehicle stopped in Roxbury.  The driver was cooperative and it was found they were smoking crack cocaine in the car.  That driver was arrested by Roxbury Police Department for DWI.  The detectives went back and spoke to Schaeffer.  She was also cooperative.  She confirmed what the driver told them.  She went into the cleaners and retrieved a crack pipe with crack cocaine in it.  Schaeffer was arrested and taken to the Hopatcong Police Department.  There she turned over two more crack pipes that she had in her shirt. Schaeffer was charged and brought to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail.  

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
05/15/14

 

  ELUDING ARREST:

             

DATE: 05/13/14                     CASE: 14-05131

TIME: 15:30

WHERE IT HAPPENED: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF ACCUSED: Robert Walthour

AGE OF ACCUSED: 25

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 12b Lakeside Blvd

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Kraus and Ptl. Barta

CHARGES: Eluding 2nd degree, criminal mischief, Reckless driving, Failure to keep right, Failure to follow marked lanes, passing on the double yellow lines and speeding

WAS BAIL SOUGHT:: Yes, $25,000.00 by Judge Bowkley

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus and Officer Barta responded to 12b Lakeside Blvd on a report of a dispute.  When they arrived a relative stated that Walthour threw things around the home and left in a black Honda.  As Officer Barta was escorting the relative out of the driveway the relative stopped and pointed to Atno's truck lot where he saw Walthour walking.  Officer Barta drove to the lot and saw Walthour run to his car.  Officer Barta tried to stop Walthour who got into his vehicle and quickly backed up.  He spun around on the gravel and went up an embankment heading into the turn lane on Lakeside Blvd.  Officer Barta tried to catch up to Walthhour who was now driving at a high rate of speed and was passing other vehicles.  Walthour went onto to old Lakeside Blvd in speeds of excess of 75 mph.  Walthour approached Hudson Maxim School and the officers broke off the pursuit. 

Walthour was entered as wanted in NCIC.  Walthour had ties to Rockaway Township.  We received a call from the Rockaway Township Police that Walthours vehicle was in a motel in their town.  They were able to arrest Walthour there.  The Hopatcong Police took custody of Walthour.  He was processed charged and brought to Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
05/9/14

Notice of Aerial Mosquito Larviciding:

May 10, 2014 from 6am to 6pm. They are NOT spraying in residential areas. They will fly low over residential areas to get to the wetlands. Any questions go to their site or call them during the week. We just dont want our community worried when there is a low flying plane tomorrow. Have a good weekend, be safe. Lt. Kmetz 

 
05/09/14

 

DWI:

 

DATE: 05/09/14                     CASE:14-04917

TIME OF STOP: 00:44

ROADWAY: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Kelly Wentz

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 36

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Main Street Boonton

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Kraus

REASON FOR THE STOP: Failure to keep right

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving, Obscured Plates, Failure to Keep Right, Failure to Maintain Lane

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was behind a vehicle driven by Wentz,  He saw that it went over the double yellow lines and he pulled it over.  He found that Wentz had been drinking alcohol.  Wentz failed the Field Sobriety Tests and was arrested for DWI.  She was brought to the Hopatcong Police Department and given the Alcotest.  She was charged and later turned over to a friend.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
05/09/14

Suspicious Incident:

We want our residents to be in the mindset of not blowing off incidents that are suspicious. Read the below report and think if you would have called or said, "Oh it is probably someone lost".

Caller reporting a smaller silver 4 door Ford pickup driving back and forth down the road, pulling into driveways and turning around and going back and forth. 

Patrols responded to the area and located the vehicle and spoke with the driver. (Peter). He stated he works for Lucy's Maids and was looking for a cleaning crew to meet up with them to clean a house. He was told by his boss, that the crew was at a house on Smokerise Rd. Peter said he did not see any signs of the crew so he was on the phone with his boss trying to find out where the crew was. We learned the crew was at another home on Smokerise Rd. 

Patrols were able to determine that Peter did work for Lucy's Maids and we were able to verify where the crew was. Peter was checked for any wants and or warrants which was negative. Patrols cleared. No need for further police involvement.

This could have been someone picking up a burglar, casing homes, looking for a drug dealer's home or a predator looking for a child's home. Just like years ago an unattended back pack on a train means someone forgot it. Not anymore. Please do not dismiss suspicious behavior. Call the police. Thank you to the caller for keeping our town safe. Lt. Kmetz

 
5/06/14

PLASTIC GARBAGE CAN CATCHES FIRE:

DATE: 05/04/14 CASE:14-04718 
TIME: 08:14
LOCATION: 200 Block of Dupont Ave
WHAT FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED: Hopatcong
WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE: Embers from a fire
WHERE DID IT START: in a garbage can next to the house
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a home on Dupont Ave for a report of flames coming from a house. When Officer Schultz arrived he found a fire next to the house. There was a neighbor trying to get a garden hose to the fire. Officer Schultz used his patrol car fire extinguisher then the garden hose and put the fire out. He found that the fire was in a plastic recycling garbage can. The 14 year old who lives there had a fire in a fire pit the night before. He put the fire out with water around 11:00 pm. He put the wood and paper into the plastic garbage can. This in turn caught fire 9 hours later from the embers. Hopatcong Fire Marshall Frank Steinberg spoke to the juvenile about the dangers of embers.

We get reports of fires from embers that are dumped into the woods when homeowners clean out their fireplaces and wood burning stoves. The embers stay hot long after the fire is out. When dumped they start to smolder and catch leaves and twigs on fire. Here, even though he put water on the fire, the wood still had embers inside where the water did not reach it. It remained hot enough to rekindle the fire in the plastic garbage can. 
Lt. Kmetz

 
05/06/14

Green Dot Card Scam...again:

A Hopatcong Business owner called our department to report an attempted phone scam. A person who represented himself as Jason Miller from JCP&L. told the business owner that he owed $ 1,405.18 for overdue electric bills. The caller wanted the owner to purchase a Green Dot Card from Rite Aid. He was then instructed to call Jason back to provide him with the cards account information so the overdue account could be brought current. 

Patrol called "Jason Miller" at 1-800-259-6025 about the reported scam. Jason became very evasive as I asked him more questions such as his work address, supervisors name, employee number and the account number for the business. Jason eventually hung up on the officer and would not answer a return call. The owner confirmed with JCP&L that the call was a scam.

Lesson: These Green Dot cards are a prime way scammers are taking people’s money. Residents should be extremely alarmed anytime someone wants them to get one and give them the numbers from the card. If you feel it isn't right then you are right it isn't. Call someone and run it by them. If you have no one, call the police and we will investigate it. Remember with these scammers, They called you. HANG UP! JUST HANG UP! Lt. Kmetz

 
05/01/14

POSSESSION OF CDS:

DATE: 04/29/14 CASE:14-04518
TIME: 17:36
LOCATION: Shears Road Hopatcong
OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Kraus
NAME OF ACCUSED: 4 accused, see below
ANY RESISTANCE: No
CHARGES: Possession of CDS and Possession of paraphernalia
WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Kraus was called to Shears Road on a report of possible drug dealing going on at a house. This is not the first time it has been reported that people were seen at this residence constantly coming and going in short intervals. Officer Kraus stopped a vehicle by the suspect’s house that violated a traffic law. When officers approached the vehicle they could smell the raw odor of marijuana from within the vehicle. They saw marijuana on a cutting board, an empty yellow dime bag and a partially unwrapped cigar. The officers retrieved the contraband. None of the occupants claimed ownership. All were arrested for possession of CDS. They were transported to headquarters for processing. Three yellow dime bags containing marijuana were found rolled up in the pant leg of Nadeem Mahmoud Age: 19 of Cove Road Mt. Arlington. All were charged and later released. The other three accused were:
- Kayode Agunbiade Age: 22 of Tamari Court Randolph
- Elvin Rodriguez Age: 19 of Shears Road Hopatcong
- Tajay Turner Age: 18 of Dacotah Ave Rockaway
Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000
(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)
 (4 photos)

 
05/01/14

 

 

There will be a middle aged white male with an orange reflective shirt from NELSON TREE SERVICE walking around Brooklyn Mountain Road and all of the cross streets off of Brooklyn Mountain Road.  He will be hanging the below pictured door hangers on people’s front doors where they will be trimming trees for JCP&L.  He is starting today and will be walking this area for 3 weeks. 

Around May 15, 2014 there will be tree cutting crews on Brooklyn Mountain Road and the side streets until August. They will be either pruning or cutting down trees that can affect the electrical lines.

When the crews from Nelson Tree Service cut the trees, they will be chipping the branches.  Customers of JCP&L can request these chips only by the truckload which is approximately 10 cubic yards.  Nelson workers will be leaving the big pieces of wood on the ground for anyone to take as firewood.

Most homeowners will get the green card (left in the picture).  There is nothing more you need to do. Others may get the orange card (right in the picture) if Nelson needs a right of way to get to a tree. If you get the orange card you need to check off the appropriate box in the back and replace the card on your door.

These cards are stamped with phone numbers.  Any questions you can call those numbers.  Lt. Kmetz

 

 

 

 
04/25/14

 
04/25/14

To be considered for a job as a Police Officer you need to make yourself stand out from the rest. You can go into the military, (you can buy back that time served and retire those years earlier), get a college degree (a lot of towns now mandate this), become a dispatcher or become a Class I, II or III Officer. Here is an opportunity below: Lt. Kmetz

Hiring Announcement - Hackettstown Police Department


The Town of Hackettstown is currently accepting resumes for the position of Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer. 

Applicants must possess a current New Jersey Police Training Commission Certification as a Police Officer or a Class II Special Police Officer from an approved Police Academy, a valid New Jersey Driver's license and meet all qualifications of N.J.S.A 40A:14-146 et seq. 

Interested candidates should mail or hand deliver a resume and cover letter to: 

Hackettstown Police Department 
215 Stiger Street 
Hackettstown, NJ 07840 
Attn: Lt. Scott Wheeler 

The Town of Hackettstown is an Equal Opportunity Employee. 

Any candidate that sent in a resume on the prior posting need not re-apply, your information is on file. 

The date for accepting of resumes will be extended to June 1, 2013

 
04/23/14

True story: 
A mother from Hopatcong thought she monitored her daughter’s activity on the computer and cell phone pretty well. The one thing she didn’t monitor was the chatting on X-BOX:

“Mom I have a boyfriend. I know I am 14 and he is 19 but he cares about me. I have not met him yet. He lives in Florida and we met on X-box”.

This can go three ways:

1) The daughter was smart enough to tell mom and this was stopped. Hopefully before the child sent nude pics or videos, was blackmailed and now the predator knows where she lives.

2) The predator tells the child to keep this their secret because adults just do not understand. “Hey I love you. I need your help. Can you talk a little dirty to me?” In time the sexting becomes pictures or videos. Then comes, “I have those pics you sent me. You better do what I want or I will show your whole school.” Imagine the psychological damage to a teen or preteen from this blackmailing?

3) You come home and either find a note from your child or your child is just gone. He/she just found out that the 19 year old is really 23. The trip they took to the amusement park was really a hotel or worse his home with a bunker where no sounds can be heard. The 19-year old was not from Florida but from Hopatcong.

It goes in this order:
- Talking, becoming friends “grooming”
- Finding what the child wants. Mom and Dad suck they do not understand their child. But the predator does. Oh, he knows just what to say to make your child feel wanted and loved
- Talking dirty
- Sending provocative pics
- Sending nude pics
- Sending videos of the child. Aka: “Child Pornography’
- Getting the child to meet. He now has the leverage of the pics, text and video
- Getting the child to do other things. Again, he now has the leverage of the pics, text and video

You stop it by:
- Talking to your child 
- THEN ACTING. Your child is NOT YOUR FRIEND. It is YOUR responsibility as a parent to check their every move. You can say to them you will not doubt what they do the second they are 18. Until then, you check their phones, computers and online chats. You badger them about online safety until they roll their eyes. Then pray they do not think “it wont happen to me”.
- So you have a son. This doesn’t pertain to you right? You couldn’t be more mistaken. Predators like boys just as Predators like girls.
- You learn what they know. “Knowledge is power.” Take the time to research what apps kids are using. If you do not know what these are then how can you talk to your children? Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Google+, Vine, Wanelo, Kik, Messenger, Ooovoo, Pheed and Ask.fm. And you thought you were cool because you know Facebook real well. You are outdated already. Facebook is getting as old as My Space. Us “old” people use Facebook. And us “old” people are not cool in their eyes. Learn these apps and what your kids are doing on them.

You do not let your child walk around Central Park at night. That would be dangerous. But you allow them access to every predator who is online. All with the devices you supplied them; without any instructions, rules or an understanding of consequences. Take some time and sit with your child. Lt. Kmetz

 
04/17/14

DWI:

 

DATE: 04/17/14                     CASE:14-04052

TIME OF STOP: 01:57

ROADWAY: Lakeside Blvd

NAME OF THE ACCUSED: Devin Inskeep

AGE OF THE ACCUSED: 40

ACCUSED LIVES IN: Brooklyn Mtn Rd

STOPPED BY: Ptl. Mancuso

REASON FOR THE STOP: Called in as a DWI

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES AGAINST THE ACCUSED: DWI, Reckless Driving and Failure to Maintain Lanes

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A person reported a possible drunk driver in a silver jeep in the Quick Chek parking lot. Officer Mancuso was in the area and saw this vehicle pull onto Lakeside Blvd.  The vehicle was swerving in its lane, almost hit the curb and was traveling approximately 20 mph on Lakeside Blvd.  When Officer Mancuso stopped the vehicle, the driver who was Devin Inskeep told him that he had been drinking.  Officer Mancuso gave Inskeep Field Sobriety Tests.  Inskeep failed the tests and was arrested.  He was taken to headquarters and given the Alcotest. He was nearly 3 time over the legal limit.  Inskeep was charged and later released to a friend. 

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
04/14/14

 

THEFT TO BUY HEROIN:

 

DATE: 04/14/14             CASE:14-03942

TIME: 11:50

LOCATION: Cove Road

WHAT WAS TAKEN: Jewelry

VALUED AT: $3,900.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli, Detective Sutphen

NAME OF ACCUSED: Carly Gallo

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Shawnee Trail Sparta NJ

AGE OF ACCUSED: 22

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Theft 3rd degree

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: Yes, $10,000.00 No 10%

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Sadowski took a report of theft from  homeowners who just came back from a cruise. The homeowners had a person watching their home while they were away.  Gallo who is related to the homeowners was in the home unannounced.  The person watching the home found jewelry where Gallo was sitting.  Also found were needles, empty folds of heroin and Gallo's drivers license.  When the homeowners came home they found $3,900.00 worth of jewelry was stolen.  Detective Sutphen found that Gallo took the jewelry and pawned it at a Jewelry store in the Rockaway mall.  The money was used to buy heroin.  Gallo was charged with the 3rd degree theft and taken to the Sussex County Jail in Lieu of $10,000.00 bail issued by Judge Bowkley. 

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
04/14/14

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

 

DATE:  4/14/14                  CASE:14-03924

TIME: 02:17

LOCATION: Jefferson Field Parking lot

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Sadowski

NAME OF ACCUSED: Jonathan Ross

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: Coolidge Trail Hopatcong

AGE OF ACCUSED: 19

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Sadowski was checking the parks at 2:17 am when he saw a vehicle on the side of Jefferson Trail.  When Officer Sadowski turned around the vehicle started to leave.  Officer Sadowski stopped the vehicle. He could smell the odor of raw marijuana from within it as he spoke to the driver.  Officer Snyder and his K-9 Eli who were also working came to the stop.  Officer Snyder did not need Eli because the odor of marijuana was so powerful.  There were 5 occupants in the vehicle.  Jonathan Ross was one of them sitting in the back seat.  He gave the officers the ziplock bag of marijuana that he had in his pocket. No other contraband was found.  Ross was arrested taken to headquarters processed and released.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
04/11/14

 

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT:

 

DATE: 04/10/14             CASE:14-03763

TIME: 1:32

LOCATION: Dupont Ave

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Schultz, Ptl. Barta and Sgt. Magrini

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A neighbor on Dupont Ave called the Police Department about people in a vacant home using flashlights.  When the officers arrived they found several people inside the home.  They stated they were perspective buyers and were given permission to enter the home by a realtor from the Juba Realty Team.  That realtor was called and at first denied letting the people in. He then stated he did leave the back door open for them. The officer contacted the listing agent from Realty Executives to advise her of the situation. She advised us that no one should be in the home without the presence of a realtor.  The people were escorted off of the property. The listing agent was going to contact Juba Realty to report that realtor.

Thank you to the neighbor that called this in. Seeing flashlights in any home at night is very suspicious. Do not assume it could be something good.  Assume it is something bad and call us.    

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
04/10/14

 

POSSESSION OF CDS:

 

DATE: 04/09/14                 CASE:14-03711

TIME: 15:13

LOCATION: Lakeside Blvd

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli, Ptl. Snyder/K-9 Eli

NAME OF ACCUSED: Two accused see below

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: See below

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bianculli stopped a vehicle at the Quick Chek for a broken tail light.  The driver and the passenger were questioned. There was suspicion that there was CDS in the vehicle.  Officer Snyder was called to the stop with K-9 Eli.  Eli hit on the vehicle as to the scent of CDS within it.  Officer Bianculli called Sussex County Assistant Prosecutor Koch for a telephonic search warrant.  Prosecutor Koch conferenced a call with Superior Court Judge Wright who issued the search warrant.  In the vehicle there was a pull down compartment by the steering wheel that contained approximately 44 wax folds of suspected heroin labeled "King Kong".  The driver had on his person, 6 wax folds and a piece of pen with white residue inside it.  The passenger had on his person, 5 wax folds and a piece of pen with white residue inside it.  There was a duffle bag and a power drill in the vehicle.  It was later found that those items were stolen from the passengers parents house.  The two were going to pawn them to buy more heroin.  Arrested and charged were as follows:

Driver: Ryan Sheridan (photo on the left)  Staten Trail Hopatcong Age: 21 Charged with: Possession of Heroin 3rd degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia D.P. Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of CDS in a vehicle and Maintenance of Lamps. He was charged and later released

Passenger: Michael Dean (photo on the right)  Holiday Drive Hopatcong Age: 21 Charged with: Possession of Heroin 3rd degree, Possession of Paraphernalia D.P. and Theft 4th degree.  He was charged and later released.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
04/08/14

 

 

BURGLARY ARREST:

DATE OF CRIME: 04/02/14                   CASE:14-03426

TIME: 19:55

LOCATION: West River Styx Road

STRUCTURE ENTERED: Home

FORCED ENTRY: No

STRUCTURE LOCKED: No

CRIME WITH BURGLARY: Theft

IF THEFT WHAT AND VALUE: Jewelry still Unknown value

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Sadowski, Det. Sutphen, Det. Tracey

NAME OF ACCUSED: Patrick Homan

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: 16 Alexandria Ave Hopatcong

AGE OF ACCUSED: 26

ANY RESISTANCE: No

CHARGES: Burglary, Criminal Trespass and Theft

WAS BAIL SOUGHT: No

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Sadowski took a burglary report on a home on West River Styx Road.  Patrick Homan used to live in this home.  What used to be his upstairs bedroom is where the actor entered an unlocked window and stole jewelry.  On 04/08/14 a neighbor from West River Styx Road called in a suspicious male going into a vacant home.  Patrols met Homan in the area. He told patrols he was there looking for work and was not inside.  Later in the day Homan was in the area of West River Styx Road again.  Officers Mancuso and Snyder went back to the abandoned house and found it open.  Inside was fresh food, an open soda can, clothes that fit Homan, empty heroin bags, and a needle.  Detective Sutphen stopped Homan who was walking in the area.  Homan cooperated with Detective Sutphen and Detective Tracey.  He was later charged with Burglary and theft from his old house and criminal trespass for staying in the abandoned house. A stolen backpack and Jewelry were recovered from the reported burglary.  

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
04/10/14

Parents and students: This is a reminder of tonight's presentation at the Hopatcong High School. 6:30 pm-8:00 pm. We hope to see you there. Lt. Kmetz

 

 

 

 

 
04/06/14

 

 

 

FOUND STOLEN PROPERTY:

 

DATE: 04/05/14             CASE:14-03544

TIME: 22:10

WHAT WAS TAKEN: A motor vehicle on 07/10/12

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Mt. Olive Police Department

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Officer Bara was approached by two young males with a burnt license plate.  They stated they found it next to a car that was torched in the woods off of Sparta Road.  Officer Barta looked up the license plate and found that it had been registered to a stolen vehicle out of Mt. Olive.  The vehicle stolen was a 1996 Subaru wagon.  It was stolen from Oakwood Village overnight on 07/10/12..  The two males showed Officer Barta where they found the vehicle.  It was about a mile into the woods and off of a main trail.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mt. Olive Police Department at (973) 691-0850

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
04/04/14

 

FRAUD LEADS TO THREATS:

 

DATE: 04/04/14                     CASE: 14-03483

WHERE IT HAPPENED: By phone

ADDRESS OF ACCUSED: New York and Jamaica

OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Luciani

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A Hopatcong resident applied for a loan over the internet to a company called 5k Loan Payday.  She was told she had to pay them $100.00 through a green dot card and she did.  Then they told her she had to pay another $80.00 and she did.  They called her again to pay another $50.00 and she refused.  She then received a call from a male stating he was going to send some people to kidnap, rape and kill her if she did not pay the money.  A male called again stating that he was coming with a shotgun.  The victim searched the internet and found out this company was a scam. The victim gave them all of her personal information because she thought she was applying for a loan.  She stopped sending money but they keep calling. The phone numbers come back to New York and Jamaica.  Officer Luciani called the Sussex County Prosecutors Office who will be looking into this.

This scam is different because the victim reached out to the scammers rather than the scammers randomly contacting the victim.  Please do your research on any company you are looking do business with.  Same with e-bay and craigslist. "Caveat emptor" Let the buyer beware.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
04/03/14

 

Can any of you give up 1 ½ hours for the safety of your children on Thursday April 10, 2014? Yes, I know how busy you are.  But we are talking about 1 ½ hours to learn something new.  And you can bring your children with you.  The presentation will be at the Hopatcong High School. It is only for a short time and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome wherever you may live.

This workshop is a FANTASTIC program for parents & students who have children that use the internet, social media sites and/or have cell phones.  Dave Fallon, from Homeland Security does an awesome job sharing real stories,  offers useful tips and strategies  with parents regarding things to look for on their children’s cell phone, computer and social media sites.  He also talks about all the new apps that seem innocent but are not. See the poster below.  Please come join us. Lt. Kmetz

 

 

 

 
04/01/14

On 03/31/14 an 80 year old Hopatcong resident went to visit a friend in Princeton NJ. She left at 10:00 am and at 2:07 pm a family member reported her missing when she did not show up. She has Alzheimer's and can get disoriented. She did arrive at the friends house after making a wrong turn and reaching the Delaware River. For those family members in Sussex County who have elderly parents and are concerned please see the below information from The Sussex County Sheriff and TRIAD. Lt. Kmetz 

Introducing the Sussex County
Sheriff’s Office/Sussex County TRIAD
Wristband Program
Sussex County Sheriff Michael F. Strada has recently introduced the Sussex County TRIAD Wristband Program for all senior citizens. The TRIAD organization will provide silicone wristbands, black and gold in color, to every senior citizen of Sussex County free of charge. These bands are engraved with “SC Sheriff, 973-579-0888” and a registration number. That number will register all senior citizens with the Sussex County
Sheriff’s Office should the senior citizen be unable to communicate with emergency personnel. The TRIAD organization will obtain the following information from the senior citizen; name, address, phone number, emergency contact persons and the senior’s physician information. This information will be available to assist any police, fire and EMS agency by calling the telephone number on the band and giving the dispatcher the registration number. This will assist any first responder in identifying a senior citizen in need and unable to communicate with the responder. If you are interested in learning more or are interested in sponsoring this program, please contact Hilary Manser at the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office at 973-579-0850 ext. 2114

 
04/01/14

 

THEFT:

 

DATE: Between 03/22/14 to 03/31/14                 CASE:14-03346

TIME: Unknown

LOCATION: 722 Brooklyn Mtn Road from an unlocked jeep

WHAT WAS TAKEN: Mountain bike

VALUED AT: $2,000.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Schultz

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The victim had a "29 inch Specialized stump jumper mountain bike worth $2,000.00 in that back of his unlocked jeep. some time during the above dates someone stole it from his unlocked jeep. The bike that was taken from the unlocked jeep is described as having a black powder coated frame with front suspension/hard tail, disc brakes on the front and rear and a red "water holder".  Anyone with information on this bike that was taken from the victims unlocked jeep is asked to contact the Hopatcong Police Department. 

If you have not caught on to the hint yet….Lock Your Vehicles.  

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
04/01/14

 

THEFT:

 

DATE: 03/30/14             CASE:14-03320

TIME: Sometime during the night

LOCATION: 4 Cs by the River Styx Bridge

WHAT WAS TAKEN: A generator and an air compressor

VALUED AT: $500.00 and $75.00

OFFICER INVESTIGATING: Ptl. Bianculli

ANY OTHER INFORMATION: The victim reported that he parked his pickup truck in the parking lot of the 4 C's motel on River Styx Road (across from the River Styx Grill).  Someone took a generator and an air compressor out of the bed of his pickup truck sometime during the the night.  The generator is described as one year old, red, 5000 watts with wheels and a pull handle.  Unknown make and model at this time.  The air compressor is described as blue, several years old with a 25 foot green air hose connected to it.  If anyone saw anything while driving by or has any information Please contact the Hopatcong Police Department at (973) 398-5000.

Press release by Lt. Kmetz #34 (973)398-5000

(These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty)

 
04/01/14

Thank you to the neighbor who reported this. Though it was a bank employee, it is better to think worst case scenario then to blow it off, not call it in and we find that the house was burglarized. Again, you are the eyes and ears of your Police Department. Thank You, Lt. Kmetz 

"Patrols responded to a report of a burglary in progress. Upon our arrival I observed a male trying to get in the side door. He stated that he worked for the bank and he was there to winterize the house, change the lock and put a lock box on the house. He confirmed this through a work order from the bank".