Dirty deeds done not so cheap
Police responded to a lingerie and erotica shop on Washington Street around 3 a.m. last Sunday when one of the store’s employees called suspecting that the store had been broken into. She said the power was out and the burglar alarm in the basement was repeatedly going off despite her attempts to disable it, according to a police report.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers determined that the cash register had been removed and emptied. According to the report, the store’s basement back door had been pried open with a crowbar, which was left at the scene. The electrical panel, also in the basement and connected to the store’s security cameras, was disabled.
Store employees told the police that $284 had been taken from the register, but the inventory seemed to be as they’d left it the night before, when the alarms had been set and the doors locked.
The manager talked to police about possible suspects, including a man who had been hanging around the store. The man apparently told another employee he’d recently been released from jail, said the report.
Following their investigation of the store, officers discovered a route by which a burglar could have entered, said the report.
Riding bouncer bareback
Police responded to reports of a fight around 2 a.m. last Saturday outside a bar on First Street between Washington and Bloomfield streets, and arrived to find one of the bar’s patrons going in and out of consciousness, according to a police report. Officers also noticed a large cut on the left side of his face.
A group of men outside the bar claimed that the security staff had assaulted them, but one bouncer told officers he had tried to break up a dance floor scuffle when someone jumped on his back, the report said.
According to the report, as the bouncers were escorting the men outside, one of the patrons fell and struck his cheek on the floor. He briefly claimed that one of the bouncers had punched him, but he later stated his injury had come from falling, according to the report.
This man was the brother of the man with the cut, according to the report. Both were subsequently transferred to Hoboken University Medical Center. The report said that the bar’s security staff all had their certifications and did not deny being aggressive with the patrons, because the situation had gotten out of hand. The police made no arrests because neither of the injured patrons could identify an attacker.
The mysterious case of the missing junkie
Around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to the report that a young woman was sitting in the stairwell of a senior/low-income public housing building with a needle in her arm, according to a police report. Alerted to the situation by a resident walking up the stairs to her apartment, police conducted a search of the stairwell, but found no one.
The woman was described as African American and wearing blue jeans and a red shirt, said the report. A security guard in the building said no one matching that description had left since the officer’s arrival.
Upon conducting another search of the stairwell, the officers discovered a syringe on the eighth floor landing, the report said.
Pedestrian injured by SUV in apparent hit-and-run
Police responded to a report of a woman being hit by a bike around 1300 Sinatra Drive last Friday, but discovered on arriving that she had been hit by an SUV, not a bike, according to a report.
The victim was standing and walking when police first met her, but police observed cuts to her left foot and arm, the report said. According to the victim, a grey or blue vehicle hit her in the left side while she was walking, and drove off.
Police alerted all of the department’s units and the woman was taken to Hoboken University Medical Center for treatment.