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Belleville: Police blotter, Feb. 3

Fraud A case of credit card fraud was reported on Jan. 30 at 6:44 p.m. on Union Avenue. A resident told police that she had been notified by the Capital One credit card company that several charges had been made on her card that seemed fraudulent. The victim, 26, said the card had been missing for two weeks, but she thought she had simply misplaced it. The first questionable charge to her card was made on Dec. 26 at JCPenney, followed by other charges that same day at Game Stop and Walmart. In all, a total of about $500 in charges had been rung up. The victim believed that the card had possibly been taken from her pocketbook by a friend, and investigation continues. Outstanding Warrants • Vernon Koslow, 29, of Sussex was arrested and charged with outstanding warrants and possession of a controlled dangerous substance on Jan. 28 at 1:01 a.m. in the 40 block of Belmont Avenue. The anticrime unit was canvassing the area when it noticed a suspicious-acting individual who was looking into cars parked on the street. Police stopped the suspect and asked him for identification, which he said he didn’t have, although he gave them his name and some other information. Suspect was found to have a no-bail-set warrant from Kinnelon, plus an $858 outstanding warrant from Newark. He was taken into custody, where he was found to have in his possession two wax folds of the type used to package heroin, stamped with the word “checkmate’ in green ink. A subsequent test for heroin proved positive, and he was held on the two warrants. • Joseph Geraldo, 22, of Nutley was arrested and charged with having outstanding warrants on Feb. 1 at 10:42 p.m. at 16 Belleview Ave. Police received a report of a male individual possibly wielding a handgun, and arrived at the address to find four men outside. All four individuals were checked, and none were found into be in possession of a weapon. Officers then began checking identification, and the suspect was found to have a $264 warrant from Wayne along with a $250 warrant from Nutley. He was taken into custody and later released on $514 bail. CDS • Cynthia Barroso, 26, of North Bergen was arrested and charged with possession of CDS on Jan. 28 at 8:40 p.m. on Route 21 at milepost 7.2. Narcotics detectives traveling on Route 21 noticed a silver BMW driving very slowly in the center lane and obstructing traffic. Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop and approached the vehicle, where the female driver was seen dropping a small object wrapped in rubber bands on the passenger side floor. Police observed six wax folds of the type used to package heroin, stamped in green ink with the word “poison”, and removed them from the vehicle. A field test proved the presence of heroin, and the suspect was taken into custody and later released on her own recognizance. • Marc Senatore, 18, of Nutley and Robert Thiele, 20, of Nutley were arrested and charged with possession of CDS, possession of CDS with intent to distribute, and possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone on Jan. 30 at 10:34 p.m. at Celia Terrace and Overhill Avenue. Undercover anticrime officers were checking on reports of a suspicious-looking beige/gold vehicle with tinted windows that was circling the blocks in that area, and made a motor vehicle stop of a beige Mercury Grand Marquis. Officers spoke with the driver, who attempted to conceal a package of cigarettes between the front two seats of the vehicle. The suspect then handed over the cigarette box, which was found to contain a large amount of pills officers recognized as Xanax. The two individuals were removed from the car, and a Ziploc bag containing a baggie with additional Xanax pills was also recovered, for a total of 47 pills without a prescription. A total of $1,197 in cash was also recovered, and both the pills and cash were seized as authorities moved toward forfeiture. The suspects were taken into custody and held in lieu of bail. • Angel Santiago, 30, of Belleville; Eduardo Ortega, 25, of Belleville, and; Javier Illera, 26 of Newark were arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of Belleville School No. 5, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 31 at 9:47 p.m. in the 500 block of Union Avenue. Plainclothes officers from the anticrime unit attempted to serve a warrant at the address and rang the bell, where the individual who answered said the person they were looking for was upstairs. Officers followed the individual to the second floor, where they noticed the strong odor of burnt marijuana. Police also observed a clear plastic bag containing a green-brown vegetative substance believed to be marijuana on a table next to the couch, and then entered the apartment to find a burning marijuana cigarette. Officers also observed paraphernalia used in the weighing and packaging of both marijuana and cocaine, including scales, plastic bags, a calculator, a pencil, and paper with names written on it. Police arrested three individuals and then obtained a search warrant, where they uncovered several more marijuana samples, and also conducted field tests that proved positive for both marijuana and cocaine. All three suspects were then taken to headquarters, where Illera was also found to have an outstanding warrant of $1,000 from Belleville, and Santiago was found to have an outstanding warrant of $500 from Belleville. Possession of Marijuana

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