Friday, December 8, 2017

Snow anticipation for 12/9/17

A possible snow event is anticipated for Saturday, December 9 which may result in 3-5” of accumulation. Please be aware for your personal safety and to avoid receiving summonses, we ask that you make sure your vehicle(s) are not parked on the street. If you have family or friends visiting for the weekend, please ask them not to park on the street as well.

Therefore, if you will be away or unable to move your vehicle, make arrangements for someone to move your vehicle(s) off the street until all snowfall has ended, the roadways are clear, and parking permission on the street is resumed.   

Monday, December 4, 2017

Recovery of stolen vehicle involved in a pursuit

On 12-4-17, the Bergenfield Police Department assisted the Dumont Police Department attempting to locate a vehicle, described as a 2016 Honda SUV, which was stolen from the corner of Sunnyside Avenue and Washington Avenue in Dumont. The stolen vehicle was involved in a pursuit with several jurisdictions and was last seen traveling back towards Bergenfield. Officer Gregory Slater was in the area of Liberty Road and Howard Drive, when he heard screeching tires and smelled burning rubber. A search of the area was conducted and Officer Slater located the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of 66 Howard Drive. The vehicle was located unoccupied at that time.

A search ensued for the driver of the stolen vehicle, Teaneck Police and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department responded to assist. Officer Jose Portorreal responded to Walgreens, located at 406 S. Washington Avenue, and inquired, if any suspicious individuals recently entered the store. Officer Portorreal was advised that an unknown, suspicious male entered the store and asked to use the restroom. Officer Portorreal also was advised that the male was in fact still in the restroom.

Officer Portorreal and other officers approached the restroom and prior to making contact with the male, the officers heard what appeared to be excessive flushing of the toilet and what sounded like the cover to the toilet bowl tank being moved. The male, identified as Edward Arnold, a 29 year old male from Bergenfield, exited the restroom and was met by the officers. After further investigation, two gold rings, valued at approximately $1200.00, which were confirmed to have belonged to the victim and had been located in the stolen vehicle, were located hidden in the toilet bowl in the Walgreens restroom. Mr. Arnold was placed under arrest and charged with Theft on a complaint warrant. There was also an outstanding $433.00 warrant for Mr. Arnold from the Fair Lawn Police Department.

Mr. Arnold was lodged in the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

BPD Salutes those who served: Veteran's Day, November 11, 2017

              The men and women of the Bergenfield Police Department extend their heartfelt gratitude to all veterans of the United States Armed Forces on this Veteran's Day for November 11, 2017. We salute and honor all those who have served this great country and thank them for their sacrifice, dedication and loyalty. Those veterans who make their home in the Borough of Bergenfield are especially remembered and honored by the officers, telecommunicators and civilian personnel of our police department.
And, to our own officers and personnel who have served, or their sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, sisters or brothers that serve or have served, thank you.
The following officers and 911 telecommunicators of the Bergenfield Police Department have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces:

PO John Brown  
Det. Jon Sommer  
PO John Galarza
PO Marc Rispoli 
Det. Michael Dymek
PO Michael Legregni 
     Det.David Tortora       
PO Robert Mader
Det. Kyle Witty
PO Firman Masri 
PO John Hwang
PO Timothy Knapp
PO Eugenio Estevez
PO Christopher Brugger
PO Rick Tauber
PO Andres Enriquez
PO James Warnet
PO Matthew Siemaszkiewicz
PO Jessica Hunter
Telecommunicator Cathy Racas
Telecommunicator Robert Groezinger II

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Press Release- Burglary arrest

On 7-22-17, Officers from the Bergenfield Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Malden Court on a report of a Burglary to Auto that took place sometime between 7-21-17 and 7-22-17. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that approximately 11 vehicles that were parked at 9 different locations, were entered during the night in the area of Malden Court, Greenwich Street, and Judith Place. It appeared at the time that the actor walked down the street and targeted any vehicle that was left unlocked.

The actor managed to retrieve a combination of approximately $1600.00 worth of merchandise and cash from the vehicles.

The Bergenfield Police detectives began to investigate the Burglaries and Thefts, and after nearly two months of investigating, ultimately led to the arrest of Sebastian Nino-Lopez on 9/12/2017. Mr. Nino-Lopez is a 21 year old male from Bergenfield. Mr. Nino-Lopez was charged with (11) eleven counts of Burglary and (5) five counts of Theft and released on a summons pending an appearance in the Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court.

The Bergenfield Police Department would like to remind all residents to be vigilant in watching for suspicious persons and to remember to lock the doors to all vehicles and residences to avoid being an easy target.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Press Release- Burglary arrest

On 6-8-17, the Bergenfield Police Detective Bureau arrested William K. Muller, 19 years old, of Bergenfield. The Bergenfield Police Department received several reports of residential burglaries and thefts between June of 2016 and February of 2017 and during this time, Mr. Muller was identified as a suspect. During this 8-month period, an approximate combined value of $95,000 worth of merchandise was reported as stolen.

 After an extensive investigation, Probable cause was found that Mr. Muller was the actor in each of these incidents and he was arrested and charged with the following complaints:

Burglary (2 counts), Theft (4 counts), Receiving Stolen Property (3 counts), Attempted Burglary (1 count), Fencing (1 count), Identity Theft (2 counts).  

Mr. Muller was processed as per the new bail reform law and resulted in him being served with a complaint summons and released pending a court date at the Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on 6-28-17.

The Detective Bureau under the supervision of Det. Sgt. William Duran and Det. David Tortora worked tirelessly to solve these incidents. There may be further charges pending.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Active Shooter Drill

There will be another active shooter training drill at 115 Highview Ave, Lincoln School starting today at 8 am and conducted throughout the day. The Police department will be utilizing all resources as if this was an actual incident. Police, Fire, EMS and many others may be called onto the scene. Police radios will be used to reach out to other first responders while stating, “This is a drill” prior to calling out for them. Once again, this is only a drill.


BPD would also like to thank the Board of Education for giving us the opportunity to utilize the school in training for an active shooter. This drill will allow us to better prepare and streamline resources should an incident ever occur. Due to the sensitivity of the training, we ask for non-essential personnel to please refrain from responding to the area and to refrain from contacting the police desk in regards to this drill.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Press Release- Multiple drug arrests

On 4/27/2017, at approximately 2:00 pm, Bergenfield Police along with members from the Bergen County Regional SWAT, Bergen County K-9, Teaneck PD, and the DEA arrested the following individuals after an ongoing investigation. The arrests were conducted in two separate residences in Teaneck with the following individuals being arrested and charged accordingly.

Hasan Carter, age 30 of Hackensack NJ, Jalleel Jones, age 34 of Teaneck NJ, Davon Creighton, age 31 of Englewood NJ were all charged with Possession of over 50 grams of Marijuana, Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana, Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana within 500 feet of a park, Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana within 1000 feet of a school,  Possession of cocaine, Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 500 feet of a park, Possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 1000 feet of a school.

Launey Alexander, age 39 of Teaneck NJ received the same charges as the other three defendants with an additional charge of Possession of Prescription / legend drugs and Possession with intent to distribute Prescription / legend drugs.

All four defendants were transported to Bergen county jail awaiting a detention hearing.

The following items were confiscated as a result of the arrests:
Over 700 grams of Marijuana
Crack cocaine
Crystal Meth
Digital scales
Over $5000.00 in currency
Two vehicles were also impounded. A 2011 grey Honda Accord and a 2003 Chevy Suburban.

This is an active investigation with additional charges forthcoming.