Monday, May 26, 2014

Police Impersonator Arrested

On 5/25/14 at approximately 1456 hours Riverside Police received a complaint from a resident regarding a white Camaro speeding on Hecker St. Within minutes a vehicle matching the witness description was located and a MV stop was performed on Burke St. at Bridgeboro St. The driver of the vehicle was found to be a Repossession and Recovery agent. The driver was identified as Gilberto M. Nunes Jr. dob 1/12/87 of Brooklyn NY. Nunes admitted to have been driving on Hecker St. A check of Nunes NY driver’s license revealed he was valid in NY but had a suspended NJ driver’s license. Warrants for Nunes arrests totaling $2200 were reported out of various NJ Municipalities. Nunes was taken into custody without incident. During the initial contact with Nunes he identified himself to police as a Federal Recovery agent or “repo man”, and the vehicle he was found to be driving was a vehicle he recently had recovered under a bank “repo” order. Nunes stated he was employed by Federal Recovery out of Wayne NJ.

Similar Badge
During the processing of the suspect a witness came forward and reported to police that a male matching the suspect’s description had threatened her while she was at her residence in Riverside. The witness further stated the threats involved the suspect telling her he was a law enforcement officer and he would place her under arrest if she did not comply with his orders. The witness advised police the threats were made on two separate occasions and during the first confrontation the suspect had a badge on a chain around his neck when he portrayed himself as a police officer. On the second occasion the witness stated the suspect had the badge around his neck but did not take it out but again threatened the victim by intimidating her, and the witness stated she asked him for his credentials and the suspect refused. The witness advised police that the suspect frequented the property she lived in and may have been related to the landlord. The witness stated she saw the suspect recently driving a blue tow truck labeled with a name of Federal Recovery in a triangle type shape on the door that resembled that of many police department vehicles in New Jersey, including Riverside's. The witness gave a written statement to police regarding the incident.

 Information was obtained that lead police to believe the suspect did have a “badge” in his tow truck. Consent to search was given to police by Nunes and located in the truck subsequent to the search was a large can of Law Enforcement style pepper spray, a baseball bat, and a “billy club”. A badge similar to that used by all law enforcement officers was located in the center console. Imprinted on the badge it stated “Repossession Recovery Agent United States of America." All items were seized as evidence.
Nunes was charged with the following:

2C:39-4d Possession of Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose 3rd degree
2C:28-8b Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer 4th degree
2C:39-5d Possession of Prohibited Weapon 4th degree
2C:39-9d Possession of Mace more than ¾ of an ounce 4th degree

Bail was set at $10,000.00 with 10%. The defendant was lodged in the Burlington County Jail pending a court appearance.
Gilberto M. Nunes Jr.
  






Sunday, May 25, 2014

Riverside Memorial Day Parade

Join the Township of Riverside at the annual Memorial Day Parade honoring the members of our armed forces past and present, especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation.  The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday May 26 at Bridgeboro St. and Henry St.  The roads along the parade route; Bridgeboro St., Scott St., S. Pavilion Ave,  and S. Fairview St. will be closed during the parade procession.  Parking on those streets will be prohibited beginning at 6 a.m.  until 10 a.m.   Vehicles parked on the roadway between those hours will be towed at the owners expense.  Please enjoy your holiday and the parade!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Drunk Driver Arrested in School Zone

On 5/23/14 Riverside Police were on routine patrol in the area of the Riverside K-12 school at approximately 12:20 p.m. At that time, a driver was stopped for a motor vehicle violation.  The driver of the vehicle was found to have a suspended driver's license.  During the stop the motorist was also found to be under the influence of alcohol.  The driver was arrested and charged with:
  • Driving While Suspended
  • Driving While Intoxicated in a School Zone
  • Reckless Driving
  • The driver was also charged criminally with the 4th degree offense of Operating Motor Vehicle During Period of License Suspension for prior DWI.

*Please remember to plan ahead if you will be drinking this holiday weekend and use a designated non-drinking driver.*

Free Child Identification Cards Today 9a-3p

Created in honor of National Missing Children’s Day, annually observed on May 25th, Take 25 encourages families, educators, law-enforcement and trusted adults to
take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety.  Visit http://www.take25.org/ for more information including children's activity sheets and discussion guides for ages 5-8, 9-12, and 13-17.  In recognition of Take 25 and in an effort to promote child safety, we will be fingerprinting children free of charge at the Riverside Police Department today from 9a-3p.  The fingerprints will be on a child identification card for you to keep and provide to police if your child goes missing.  
 
 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Phone Thief Arrested As Train Leaves Station



     On 5/20/14 a resident came to the police station at approximately 10 pm very upset. The victim stated that she was on her cell phone talking to a man that had stolen her brother’s phone. The suspect was still on the phone demanding that the victim give him $25 for the return of the cell phone. Claiming to be the victim's boyfriend, an officer began speaking with the suspect.  During the conversation, the officer heard the Light Rail train horn inside the station and the echo of it on the phone line.   It was believed that the suspect was calling from the River Line train platform. Officers quickly responded and stopped the train as it began leaving Riverside.  
     A bystander on the platform heard the suspect on a phone yelling and cursing about stealing a phone.  He asked officers if they were looking for a guy who stole a phone and provided a description of the suspect that police had just observed enter the train. 
     Officers boarded the train and the suspect handed the phone over without incident. The suspect Wayne Martin 53 of Riverside was arrested. When taken into custody he was found in possession of an open container of alcohol and drug paraphernalia.   Also recovered was an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs which he did not have a prescription for. He also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest in Burlington City
     Martin was charged with Theft, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Distribution of Prescription Narcotics and Possession of Prescription Pills. He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $25,500 bail.

Two 12 Year Olds Charged With Distribution Of Sleeping Pills In School



            On 5/21/14 the Riverside Township Police have charged 2 juveniles in connection with distribution of Sleeping Pills and 1 juvenile with possession of sleeping pills in the Riverside Township Public School.
            On 5/20/14 The Riverside Township Police School Resource Officer Anthony Congemi received information from an anonymous source that 2 to 3 juveniles were observed passing out pills in the Riverside School cafeteria. The anonymous source came forward after school had been dismissed for the day. The source was provided information that the suspects were students in the Riverside Middle School.
            On 5/21/14 SRO Congemi through his investigation was able to obtain information that lead police to discover 1 of the juvenile suspects had stolen prescription medication that was prescribed to a family member. That juvenile suspect then began handing them out yesterday in the Riverside Middle School. It was also discovered through the course of the investigation that the suspect and one other JV were attempting to sell the pills for $10.00 each. The pills were found to be Ambien. It is unknown at this time as to exactly how many pills were either handed out or sold. If any parents believe their children may have received these pills as a result of this case you are asked to contact either Ptl. Anthony Congemi or Lt. Louis Fisher of the Riverside Township Police at (856) 461-8820. The names of the suspects are being withheld due to their ages.

As a result of the investigation 2 juveniles were charged with:

2C:35-7.1 Distribution of CDS Within 500 feet of Public Park – Second Degree
2C:35-7   Distribution of CDS Within 1000 feet of a School – Third Degree
2C:35-10.5(3) Distribution of Prescription Pills – Fourth Degree
2C:35:-10.5(4)b Possession or Use of Prescription Pills- Disorderly Persons Offense

1 JV was charged with:
2C:35-10.5(4)b Possession or Use of Prescription Pills- Disorderly Persons Offense

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Click It or Tickert May 19 through June 1

The national Click It or Ticket campaign starts tomorrow and runs through June 1. We will be conducting extra patrols for seat belt violations. Some of these patrol times will be posted on our Twitter account. Share this post with a friend. Save money, save lives!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Drug Distribution Arrest

On 5/14/14 Riverside Police observed a male failing to use a crosswalk.  Officers stopped the subject at which time he provided police a fictitious name and date of birth.  When the suspect realized he was going to be arrested, he became violent and fought with police.  A struggle ensued and the suspect was taken into custody.  Upon searching him police recovered 16 packets of heroin and 23 vials of marijuana.  He was also found to be a wanted person in NCIC.  He was lodged in Burlington County Jail.  His charges include:
  • Distribution of heroin
  • Distribution of marijuana
  • Distribution within 500 feet of public library
  • Aggravated assault on police
  • Resisting arrest
  • Hindering his own apprehension


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Roadwork Expected To Begin Tomorrow

Roadwork is expected to begin tomorrow on the .6-mile portion of Bridgeboro Road between Route 130 and the Riverside township line.

The roadwork is expected to last approximately two weeks. Please seek an alternate route.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Remember The Fallen


May 11-17, 2014

Yesterday we celebrated  the graduation of two new officers.  This upcoming week we remember our fallen brothers and sisters.  
 
"In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Today, in the United States, some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.

That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 160 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, over 19,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.



The Memorial features two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. Carved on these walls are the names of more than 20,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Unlike many other memorials in Washington, DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is ever-changing: new names of fallen officers are added to the monument each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week."

Each year during National Police Week a candlelight vigil is held at the police memorial.  This year it will be at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 13.  If you would like to see the candlelight vigil you can find a link at http://www.nleomf.org/ to watch it online.

On May 15,   National Peace Officers Memorial Day, the members of the Riverside Police Department will remember our fallen brothers and sisters by wearing a "mourning band" on our badges.  Mourning bands are a piece of black fabric that stretch across the center of our badges. 

The members of the Riverside Police Department would also like to take this time to express our gratitude to those of you who support us.  Your support does not go unnoticed and it is truly appreciated.  Thank you for standing beside us!



Friday, May 9, 2014

Two Former Police Explorers Join The Riverside Police Department






Congratulations to Travis Perinho and Nicholas Wallace on their completion of the Cape May County Police Academy course for Class II Special Police Officers.  The course for Class II Specials exceeds 460 hours.  Classes were held December through May every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday night and all day on Saturday.  These dedicated officers commuted to Cape May while also attending college full time.  Nicholas Wallace and Travis Perinho, both of Riverside, are former members of the Riverside Police Explorer Program.   They will now begin extensive on the job training with Field Training Officers in Riverside. Class II Special Police Officers have full police powers but only while on duty. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

COME JOIN US! May 6th "Internet Safety - Keeping our Kids Safe Online" - Presented by the Riverside Township Police



Parents and Adults:

Come join us at the Riverside Schools Auditorium for a presentation on 
Internet Safety / Cyber-awareness!

When: May 6, 2014  6:30pm

Where: Riverside HS Auditorium

Presented by: Riverside Township Police Department

***Parents and Adults only ***

Questions?  Contact Det. Ron Brock @ 856-461-8820 or rbrock@riversidepolicenj.org
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