Friday, January 18, 2013
West Orange police recover stolen items, drugs following arrest of 38-year-old suspect.
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Friday, January 18
When West Orange police arrested Vincent Thomas for robbery on Jan. 8 and began frisking him, little did they realize just how much the 38-year-old East Orange man had allegedly taken. Police were called to Rock Spring Road at 9:52 p.m. that night on a report of a suspicious man wearing a dark jacket with kangaroos on it by a woman who saw him standing in the driveway of her home next to the carport on her driveway. A neighbor told police a short time later he found his car doors open and the car ransacked. Police began to scour the neighborhood looking for the distinctive jacket and found Thomas walking north on Rock Spring Avenue and began questioning him. Police noticed Thomas had several large bulges in his pockets and near his …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Police say man was walking near intersection of Valley Road and Dean Street Sunday evening when backpack, cellphones taken.
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Wednesday, January 16
West Orange police are looking for two men who robbed, then pistol-whipped, a 23-year-old Orange man at the intersection of Valley Road and Dean Street Sunday evening. Police said the victim was walking near Moshe Auto Body at around 10:20 p.m. when he saw two men wearing black-hooded sweatshirts standing in the parking lot. As the Orange man approached Dean Street, he told police he felt what he believed to be a handgun placed against the back of his head. The man said he was then told by the man holding the gun, “Give me everything.” The man with the gun told the other man to take the Orange man’s backpack – containing food and a cell phone – as well as a wallet and a second cell phone from the man’s pocket, according to police reports…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
FBI releases photos of Monday's robbery at TD Bank.
The FBI is seeking the public’s help identifying the man who robbed a TD Bank on Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange on Monday. The man, described by the FBI as approximately 5’10” tall and 210 lbs., with a large build, salt-and-pepper hair and a goatee, approached a bank teller at approximately 1:15 p.m., brandished a silver semi-automatic handgun and demanded money be placed into a blue bag, officials said. The man was described as wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, a dark sweater, blue jeans and dark shoes, according to the FBI. After getting the money, officials said the man fled on foot and was seen walking north on Pleasant Valley Way. The FBI released several photos of the man on Wednesday. West Orange police said it is unknown …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
WOPD is asking the public to help offer an assessment of their department.
The West Orange Police Department is looking for help from the public to better examine its policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. A team of assessors from the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies will be examining the department on Dec. 15. As part of the on-site assessment, department employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Municipal Courtroom on Main Street. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from out-of-state agencies. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will then decide if the agency is to be granted continued accredited …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
TD Bank was robbed this afternoon of an undisclosed amount of cash.
West Orange police are searching for a man who entered the TD Bank at Pleasant Valley Way Monday, brandishing a handgun and demanded cash from a teller before fleeing with an undetermined amount of money. According to West Orange police Sgt. John Palardy, the man, described as white, with glasses and wearing a dark baseball cap facing backwards, approached a bank teller at approximately 1:15 p.m. The man showed the teller a silver semi-automatic handgun, Palardy said. West Orange High School was placed on a modified lockdown from 1:30-2 p.m. because of the incident, due to the school's proximity to the bank. Officials said when the man fled the bank, they were unsure whether he escaped by foot or by a car. West Orange police are …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Man caught on tape burglarizing a West Orange Chinese Restaurant is also wanted in Montclair, Millburn, Verona and Fairfield.
A man suspected in more than 150 commercial burglaries in four New Jersey counties over the last two years has been caught on surveillance tape by the West Orange Police Department. The video of the serial burglar's last known job, on Nov. 18 at 4:30 a.m., at the #1 Chinese Kitchen on Main Street, depicts the man breaking into the restaurant by smashing the lower half of a glass door, crawling through the opening, and rummaging through the cash register. He found the register empty and left 15 minutes later, police said. Once police captured the man’s appearance on tape, they were able to get his face out across state channels, West Orange Det. Edwin Diaz said. "Bergen County Prosecutor's office has him tied to 150 burglaries already …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Police are looking for a man, in his late 40s to early 50s, driving a convertible, after he offered students a ride in his car.
The West Orange Police Department is investigating an attempted luring, which happened Thursday morning at around 8 a.m. Police responded to the corner of Valley Road and Pillot Place where multiple teenage girls, waiting for the bus to West Orange High School, were approached by a man, according to a West Orange Police Department desk sergeant. A student told police the man, driving a silver convertible, stopped at the bus stop and asked the students to come into the car. The man reportedly said, "I'm a comedian, two can fit in my car. Who wants to come?" The man is described as white, in his late 40s to early 50s with salt and pepper hair. He was seen wearing a black hat and a black leather jacket. When the girls turned down his offer, …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Officer Neuman K. Paye was honored for his service in the United States Marine Corps.
This week, the West Orange Town Council honored one of their finest. Officer Neuman K. Paye was recognized for his service while a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Paye, an officer with the West Orange Police Department since 2009, served three tours of duty overseas; 7 months in Iraq in 2003, 1 year in Iraq in 2007 and 1 year in Afghanistan 2010. "When duty calls, I'm here to serve, whether as the police or the military," Paye said at the ceremony. "I love this country just like you love this country. And this award from the township makes me happy because it comes from you the people." Officer Paye has been a member of the Marine Corps Reserve since 2001 and is currently the rank of Staff Sergeant. While on-duty, he…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
West Orange Police Department will deploy dedicated officers to address crime "hot spots."
Mayor Robert D. Parisi announced this week that the Township has formed a specialized Street Crimes Unit under the direction of the West Orange Police Department, to address a recent uptick in criminal activity in some sections of town. "We have had a spike in crime in the areas of town that border Orange," said Parisi. "We are doing what we have to do to address these issues." Parisi said the police department would move shifts around to reallocate four police officers -- a Sergeant and three officers -- to the Street Crimes Unit. He said the change would not impact the Department’s current number of police patrol units. The township has been working closely with the town of Orange on the issue, he said, and will continue to do so. Parisi…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tyrone Gadsden said he was there to fix a "problem with the water" then bound woman with duct tape before punching her in the face.
The West Orange Police Department provided some new details into the Livingston home invasion that occurred on Monday morning where Tyrone Gadsden, of Roselle, attack a woman and robbed a house. Gadsden, 48, was wearing an orange vest and white hard hat as he went to the house on North Hillside Avenue in Livingston. Once inside, he took capture of a worker in the residence and ransacked the house before leading police on a car chase throughout Livingston. Once Gadsden eluded the Livingston Police Department, the West Orange counterparts pulled Gadsden over around 10 minutes later. “Livingston broadcasted a crime alert from their jurisdiction regarding a home invasion in their town," West Orange Capt. John Buoye told Patch on Tuesday. "…