Peapack and Gladstone Incidents- Week of 7/17/17-7/23/17
Monday 7/17/17 1:43 PM - Multiple bear sightings were reported in the Twin Borough throughout the day and week. Police wish to remind residents of the following when it comes to bear safety as per the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife. If you come in contact with a bear: never feed or approach a bear, never run from a bear, if you encounter a bear speak in a loud assertive voice (singing, clapping, or making other noises), make sure the bear has an escape route, avoid direct eye contact, and back away slowly. For more safety tips please visit the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife website.
Monday 7/17/17 4:31 PM - Police responded to a Peapack residence for a report of a motor vehicle crash. The crash occurred in the driveway of the home. A residence, while backing out of a driveway, struck a parked vehicle. There was minor damage to both vehicles. There were no injuries and no summonses were issued.
Tuesday 7/18/17 3:37 PM - A Peapack business reported an attempted fraud/theft of $14,500.00. According to the business owner, she received an email from a known service provider to attempt to acquire funds through a wire transfer. The email request for the wire transfer was to be made a third party in Ohio. After beginning the process to wire the money, the business owner realized that the email address did not appear to be legitimate. The transfer was cancelled prior to the funds being released.
Wednesday 7/19/17 5:52 AM - Police, along with the Peapack-Gladstone First Aid Squad, responded to a Gladstone residence for a report of an elderly female with general weakness. Upon arriving, officers spoke with the victim who complained of hip pain. The PG First Aid Squad arrived and transported the female to Morristown Medical Center.
Wednesday 7/19/17 8:17 AM - A Gladstone resident came to Police Headquarters to bring a bat he captured in his residence. The bat, which was still alive, was turned over to Bernard’s Twp Animal Control for testing for rabies.
Wednesday 7/19/17 10:02 AM - Police responded to a one car motor vehicle crash on Main Street near Todd Avenue. The vehicle was travelling northbound on Main Street when the driver became distracted by an insect inside the vehicle. The vehicle struck a curb, left the roadway and hit a traffic sign. There was moderate damage to the vehicle. There were no injuries nor were any summonses issued.
Thursday 7/20/17 9:50 AM - Police reported a two car motor vehicle crash on Main Street near Highland Avenue. A vehicle was attempting to enter Main Street from a driveway when it struck a vehicle travelling northbound. It was determined that the vehicle exiting the driveway failed to yield to oncoming traffic. The driver of one of the involved vehicles, Adolpho Veliz-Catalan of Plainfield, was issued a summons for driving without a license.
Thursday 7/20/17 4:26 PM - Officers were dispatched to a Peapack business for a hit-and-run motor vehicle crash. An employee reported her vehicle had been struck between 2:20 PM and 4:20 PM. There was minor damage to the rear of the vehicle.
Thursday 7/20/17 7:41 PM - Police, along with the Peapack-Gladstone Fire Department, responded to Willow Avenue near Tainter Street for a report of a wire fire. Officers arrived to find multiple wires down and several small fires where wires contacted the ground. Willow Avenue was closed until JCP&L arrived to shut power down. Far Hills Police also responded to assist with road closures. Repairs took several hours to complete.
Sunday 7/23/17 6:06 PM - Police responded to Hamilton Court Apartments for a report of vandalism. Officers arrived to find someone had spray painted inappropriate wording on the asphalt. The property management company was contacted to respond to remove the graffiti.
Sunday 7/23/17 10:27 PM - Police were dispatched to a Gladstone residence for a possible intruder in the residence. Ofc. Adam Caruso responded and spoke with the resident who informed him that someone was in his home. When the homeowner yelled downstairs, the individual fled the residence. Officers checked the area with thermal cameras, but were unable to locate anyone. The resident advised officers that he left the door unlocked as he was awaiting the arrival of his wife.
Police would like to remind residents to lock doors/windows to both residences as well as vehicles.
Sunday 7/23/17 11:37 PM - Police reported that they located a vehicle in Natirar Park after hours. The vehicle was parked in one of the lots. Ofc. Adam Caruso located two males walking toward the vehicle. The Gladstone and Bernardsville men were advised that the park was closed and they could not be there after hours. They were issued a warning prior to leaving the park.