Police Blotter

February 8, 2024

Attempted Theft from Auto

An employee of a business on First Street reported that someone entered his vehicle and rummaged through it’s contents during the daytime hours while the employee was at work.  The vehicle owner reported that the vehicle was locked at the time.  The South Orange Police Department Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.  


February 7, 2024

Shoplifting

A convenience store on Valley Street reported that a man removed beverages from the refrigerated section of the store. The man concealed the item in the sleeve of his jacket and exited the store without paying for the item.  The actor then fled the scene in a 2013 Kia Forte.  The incident was recorded on store security footage, which was turned over to the South Orange Police Department Detective Bureau for further investigation.


February 5, 2024

Theft from Auto

A resident on Forest Road reported that an unknown actor entered and rummaged through two of their vehicles during the overnight hours.  Loose change was reported to have been stolen from inside one of the vehicles. There were no signs of forced entry to either vehicle.

 

A resident on Beech Spring Road also reported that an unknown actor entered two vehicles which were parked in their driveway during the overnight hours.  Both vehicles were rummaged through but nothing was reported stolen and there were no signs of forced entry to either vehicle.


January, 2024

January 27, 2024

Shoplifting

A pharmacy on South Orange Ave. reported that a female had concealed a container of Orbit gum in a tote bag and exited the store without paying for the item.  Responding units located a female who matched the description of the shoplifter walking a few blocks from the scene and detained her for further investigation. Lakiesha Herrill age 52 of Orange, NJ was positively identified by store management and charged with shoplifting

January 25, 2024

Shoplifting

A convenience store on Valley Street reported that a man removed two beverages from the refrigerated section of the store. The man concealed one item in his jacket pocket and approached the cashier and inquired about the other item.  The actor then returned a single item to the refrigerator and exited the store while still concealing the other beverage.  Further investigation led to the identification of Daniel Green, age 29 of Orange, NJ.  It was determined that the item stolen was coconut water. 

January 22, 2024

Package Thefts 

A resident from Fielding Court and a resident from Grove Rd reported that packages were stolen from their front porches.  A review of doorbell camera footage revealed that the same individual committed both thefts.  The incidents are being investigated by the South Orange Police Department Detective Bureau.

January 15, 2024

Shoplifting

A pharmacy on South Orange Ave reported that a man stole approximately $120 worth of gift cards and other items and fled the store on an electric scooter. David Nelson, age 58 of Orange, NJ was observed operating an electric scooter a short distance away by responding units and admitted to the theft when he was stopped.

January 12, 2024

Shoplifting

A supermarket on Valley Street reported that a man shoplifted approximately $54 worth of energy drinks and fled in a waiting vehicle.  The incident was recorded on store security footage which was forwarded to the South Orange Police Department Detective Bureau.  The security footage led to the identification of the shoplifting suspect.  

January 10, 2024

Attempted Theft from Auto

A resident from Hamilton Rd. reported that they observed two males wearing bubble jackets and ski masks inside of their 2021 Toyota Highlander which was parked in front of their residence.  The resident reported that they confronted the actors and the actors fled. Responding units located both of the subjects walking on Kenmore Ave.  When officers attempted to detain them, one of the subjects fled on foot.  He was apprehended on Monticello Ave in Newark after a brief foot pursuit.  Both actors were positively identified by the victim and were transported to headquarters.  Jeremiah Byrd, age 19 of Newark, NJ and a juvenile male were charged with Burglary.  Mr. Byrd was also charged with resisting arrest.

January 9, 2024

Commercial Burglary

There was a smash and grab style burglary at a convenience store on Village Plaza at around 2:00 am.  Three males wearing masks exited a dark colored Acura TLX sedan and entered the store by smashing the glass in the front door.  Proceeds of the burglary were the cash register and lottery tickets.  The South Orange Police Department Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

January 3, 2024

Package Theft

A package containing books was stolen from the front porch of a residence on South Kingman Rd.  The theft was recorded by security camera.   

Package Theft

A resident on Holland Rd reported that an individual had just stolen packages from their front porch and fled on a bicycle.  The theft was recorded on doorbell camera.  Responding officers located an individual on a bicycle who matched the description of the actor on West End Ave in the City of Newark, NJ.  Upon being directed by officers to stop, the actor who was later identified as Harold Goines, age 57 of East Orange, NJ, dropped the proceeds and fled.  After a brief foot pursuit, Mr. Goines was stopped by Officer Travis Cooper and was placed under arrest without further incident.

Theft

A resident on Crestwood Drive reported that a “We Stand with Israel” lawn sign was stolen from their front yard.  The incident is being investigated as a potential bias crime and is currently under investigation. Anyone who has information concerning this incident is asked to contact Detective Hipolito Felix at (973) 763-3000 ext. 7795 or by email at hfelix@southorange.org

 

December, 2023


December 31, 2023

Auto Theft

A 2023 Porsche Macan was stolen from West Third Street. The victim reported that they could not locate the keys to the vehicle. and they were unsure if the vehicle was locked at the time.

 

December 29, 2023

Attempted Burglaries

A resident on North Ridgewood Road reported that at around 4:00 am, an unknown individual attempted to enter his home through a basement window during the overnight hours.  The resident reported being awakened by their burglar alarm but believed it was a false alarm.  The following morning, the resident noticed muddy boot prints on furniture underneath a basement window.  It appears that the actor left the residence prior to making a complete entry into the home.

A neighboring resident on North Ridgewood Road reported that they had security footage of the same actor.  Footage shows that the actor attempted to enter the residence through rear windows and rear doors. The actor did not make entry to the home and was observed on camera walking away from the residence.  Footage of the incident reveals that the actor appears to be a male, wearing a mask and gloves, dark pants, and a dark bubble jacket with a hood.

At approximately 5:30 am South Orange Police units responded to a residence on Massel Terrace where a resident reported hearing loud noises coming from the first floor of the home.  The actor attempted to enter the home through a first floor window but fled prior to making entry. Responding officers checked the area with negative results. 

The South Orange Police Department Detective Bureau is investigating these incidents.

December 28, 2023

Attempted theft from vehicle

A resident on Mountain Drive reported that they were alerted by their security camera that an unknown individual was on their property and had attempted to open their BMW which was parked in the driveway. The resident was able to frighten the actor away by activating the vehicle’s alarm system.   The actor was last seen entering an unknown vehicle which fled the area.

December 27, 2023

Attempted Burglary

A resident on Berkeley Ave. reported that three masked individuals were observed prowling around a Mazda CX3 parked in the backyard of the residence.  The actors were scared off by the homeowner prior to police arrival.  A review of security camera footage revealed that one of the actors had previously pulled on the door handle of the back patio door of the residence.  The area was searched by responding officers with negative results.  There was no damage observed to have been done to the residence or the vehicle. The incident is believed to be related to several burglaries that occurred in other jurisdictions.  The South Orange Police Department Detective Bureau is working with these agencies to investigate the incidents.

December 25, 2023

Attempted theft from vehicle

A resident on Glenview Rd reported that they observed a suspicious SUV park in front of their neighbor's home.  An individual exited the SUV and ran up their neighbor's driveway towards parked vehicles.  The person was then observed running back to the waiting SUV.  The SUV was gone prior to the arrival of police.  The vehicles in the driveway were checked by responding officers.  It does not appear that entry was made and no damage was observed. 

December 21, 2023

Auto Theft

A homeowner on Turrell Ave. reported that he observed his 2018 Audi RS5 exiting his driveway at a high rate of speed.  When the homeowner came out of his residence to investigate, his Audi was gone but he observed a BMW sedan parked in front of his home with several individuals wearing ski masks sitting inside. As he approached the BMW, the actors exited the vehicle and fled on foot. South Orange Police responded and began to search the area. An individual who was later identified as Jaheim Brown age 19, of Orange, NJ was located in the area and was detained by South Orange Police Detectives.  Further investigation determined that the BMW had been stolen out of Newark, NJ and Mr. Brown had been inside the vehicle.  Jaheim Brown was placed under arrest and charged with receiving stolen property.  The incident is being investigated by the South Orange Police Department Detective Bureau.

December 19, 2023

Bike Theft

A light blue GT Stomper mountain bike was stolen from the bike rack near the municipal pool.

December 18, 2023

Wheel Theft

Two Honda Civics that were parked in a parking lot on West South Orange Ave in the area of Church Street had their wheels stolen while parked unoccupied.  The vehicles also had their front windows broken and were rummaged through.  Both thefts are believed to have occurred during the overnight hours.

December 16, 2023

Package Theft

A resident on Hixon Place reported that a package was stolen from the front porch of that address at around 5:30 pm.  The theft was captured on surveillance camera.  The actor was described as a white male wearing a blue and white baseball cap and a dark hooded sweatshirt carrying several additional packages.

December 15, 2023

Theft from Auto

Two vehicles which were parked in the parking deck at Seton Hall University had front windows smashed. A brown purse was reported stolen from inside one of the vehicles.

Package Theft 

A resident on Milton Place reported that an unidentified male dressed in all black with his face covered, exited a Black BMW and removed a package from the front steps of the residence.

Package Theft            

A resident on South Centre Street reported that an unidentified subject wearing all dark clothing removed a package from the front porch of the residence at around 6:30 pm.  Surveillance footage indicated that a black sedan was involved in the theft.  

Package Theft

A resident of an apartment on South Orange Ave reported that two packages were stolen form the lobby of the building.

December 14, 2023

Theft from Auto

A Seton Hall University student reported that their vehicle was rummaged through while parked in the parking deck at Seton Hall University.  The victim reported their passport, a Luis Vuitton duffel bag and miscellaneous clothes were stolen.

December 10, 2023 

Receiving Stolen Property / Leaving the scene

South Orange Police responded to Holland Rd on a report of a car fire. Responding units found that a Jeep Cherokee had struck a gas lamp and caught fire.  The vehicle was confirmed to be unoccupied and the occupants were reported to have fled on foot.  A check of the vehicle registration revealed that the Jeep had been stolen in the City of Orange, NJ.  A search of the area for the vehicle occupants proved negative. South Essex Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.   The South Orange Police Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.


December 9, 2023

Criminal Sexual Contact

The South Orange Police Department is currently investigating a report of criminal sexual contact.  A juvenile victim reported that she was jogging with friends in the area of Farrell Field at approximately 10:30 am when an actor who was described as a white male in his late teens to early twenties wearing white pants and a black hooded sweatshirt ran up from behind her and grabbed her buttocks.  Immediately following the assault the actor fled on foot and was last seen running north on Walton Ave.  Anyone who has any information concerning this incident is asked to contact Detective Hipolito Felix at (973) 763-3000 ext. 7795 or by email at hfelix@southorange.org

December 7, 2023

Package Theft

A resident on Marion Ave reported a package was stolen from their front porch.  The victim reported that the package contained approximately $300 worth of clothing and sunglasses.  The theft was captured on the victim’s doorbell camera.  The theft is currently under investigation.   

 

December 4, 2023

Burglary

A resident on South Kingman Rd. whose vehicle was stolen the day prior was the victim of a residential burglary.  Two male actors entered the residence at around 3:45 am through an unlocked first floor window. When the burglar alarm was activated, the actors fled out the front door of the home.  Nothing was reported stolen from inside the residence.  The South Orange Police Detective Bureau is investigating both incidents.

December 3, 2023

Auto Theft

A resident on South Kingman Rd. reported their 2021 Acura RDX was stolen.  The resident reported that the theft occurred as they were outside moving cars around in their driveway.  

 

December 1, 2023

Shoplifting

A liquor store on Valley Street reported that an unidentified male placed a can of White Claw inside their jacket pocket and exited the store without paying for the merchandise.  Surveillance footage of the theft was forwarded to the South Orange Police Detective Bureau and the incident is currently under investigation. 


November, 2023


November 29, 2023

Shoplifting

A convenience store on Valley Street reported that a male patron removed an unidentified beverage from the store’s refrigerator and exited without paying for the merchandise.  The incident was recorded on the store’s security cameras.


November 26, 2023

Shoplifting

A shoplifting occurred at a pharmacy on South Orange Ave.  A male actor placed approximately $105 worth of merchandise inside of a book bag and attempted to exit the store without paying.  Responding officers encountered a man exiting the store who was identified by store employees as being the alleged shoplifter.  Matthew Thomas age, 37 of Newark, NJ was charged with shoplifting after further investigation at the scene.    


Theft from Auto

A resident on Hartford Rd reported that their 2021 Ford Bronco was rummaged through during the overnight hours.  The victim reported that a backpack and two laptop computers were stolen from inside.   The incident is currently under investigation.


November 23, 2023

Auto Theft (Vehicle Taken with Keys)

A 2018 Maserati Ghibli was stolen from the driveway of a residence on Rynda Road. The victim reported that the vehicle was unlocked and the keys were left inside.  The vehicle theft is under investigation.  The vehicle was later recovered in the City of Newark, NJ and processed by the South Orange Police Detective Bureau.  


November 15, 2023

Theft from Auto

A backpack was reported stolen from inside a work van that was parked at a residence on Grove Terrace. The victim reported that the van was unlocked at the time.


November 14, 2023

Theft of Gas

A gas station on Irvington Ave. reported that a 2022 BMW 5 series filled up with approximately $60 worth of gasoline and fled without paying.  It was later determined that the involved vehicle had been reported stolen out of Carteret, NJ.  The incident is currently under investigation.   


November 11, 2023

Package Theft

A resident on North Wyoming Ave reported that a package was stolen from their front porch and the actor fled in a waiting silver 4 door sedan.  The incident was captured on a home security camera.  A follow up investigation by Det. Sean Leacock led to Jarrod Flukker, age 28 of Orange, NJ being charged with the theft.

 



Latest Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics

January  2024

  • Assaults: 1 (Exceptionally Cleared)
  • Burglaries: 1 (with 0 clears & 0 arrests)
  • Thefts: 18 (with 10 clears & 9 arrests)
  • Motor Vehicle Thefts: 0  
  • Homicides: 0
  • Sexual Assaults: 0 
  • Robberies: 0 
  • Arson: 0

Clearance rate for January: 55%

YTD clearance rate: 55%


What is Uniform Crime reporting? 

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCRprogram compiles official data on crime and in turn is published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). UCR is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of over 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes brought to their attention. UCR statistics focuses on eight (8) major crimes, commonly known at Part 1 crimes and are listed above. 

What does clearance rate mean?

Simply put, a police department's clearance rate is calculated by dividing the number of crimes that are "cleared" (criminal charges being brought) by the total number of crimes recorded. Clearance rates are often used as a measure of a police department's effectiveness. It should be noted that a "clear" doesn't always equate to an arrest and that it may sometimes merely indicate that the person who committed the offense has been identified. (ie, the case has been solved)

*National average for Part 1 crimes, clearance rate: 31.6%

*State average for Part 1 crimes, clearance rate: 21.8% 

*Essex County average for Part 1 crimes, clearance rate: 16% the employee