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Oakland NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced today the arrests of KYLE WEICHELT(DOB: 10/22/1990; single; unemployed) of 20 E. Broad Street, Bergenfield, New Jersey, MARCOS RODRIGUEZ (DOB: 09/16/1986; single; unemployed) of 149 Gordon Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey, andMICHAEL VALLE (DOB: 06/09/1994; single; unemployed) of 18 Steinberg Avenue, Garfield, New Jersey. 

The arrests are the result of a two-month investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Oakland Police Department under the direction of Officer in Charge Captain Keith Sanzari.

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“Grandson Under Arrest Scam” Spreads to Other Bergen County Towns

A Message from the Oakland Police Department

Recently, some of our residents have experienced suspicious phone calls, e-mails, etc. where they are ultimately tricked into sending large amounts of money (gift cards, wire transfers, banking information, etc.) to an unknown person.

Some of the victims of these incidents have reported being told that a family member is being held hostage, is in police custody, is being detained, or is sick and in need of emergent assistance. The offender(s) during these incidents will attempt to make the victim feel as if it were an emergency and will possibly make threats that you remain on the telephone with them throughout the entirety of the interaction.

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Oakland NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the charging of Oakland Police Officer DANIEL KERN of Oakland, NJ (DOB: 10/28/1981; married; employed by the Borough of Oakland) on two charges of Assault By Auto, and MICHAEL FAHY of Franklin Lakes, NJ (DOB: 1/20/1981; single; self-employed) on a charge of Hindering Apprehension Of Another. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.


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US Post Office Collection Boxes Broken into in Oakland

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March 17,2018

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Oakland NJ, Borough of Oakland Police Department report that on March 7th at approximately 2am, several US Post Office collection boxes were broken into and all of the contents inside were stolen. The collection boxes broken into were the two in front of the Oakland branch of the US Post Office, the box at the intersection of Rutgers Drive and Franklin Avenue, and the box at 107 Bauer Drive. Franklin Lakes Police Department is also investigating a similar incident that occurred the same night in front of the Franklin Lakes branch of the US Post Office.

The US Postal Inspector, Oakland Police Department, and Franklin Lakes Police Department are working together to investigate the thefts. If you placed any mail into any Oakland collection boxes immediately prior to these thefts and the contents were payments made by check, we advise you to cancel the checks and report this theft to the US Postal Inspection Service with any documentation supporting the incident. If the checks were already cashed, follow up with the individual or company the check was written to in order to be sure they actually received the payment and not the offender(s) involved in the thefts. If any personal information (date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, etc.) was included, we encourage residents to respond to their local police department to file an identity theft report and to monitor all accounts and credit bureaus.

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Oakland Police Department Report a Pedestrian Death on Thackeray Road

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February 22,2018

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Oakland NJ, Borough of Oakland Police Department report that on February 21, 2018 at approximately 9:44 a.m., the Oakland Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a pedestrian had been struck by a motor vehicle on Thackeray Road. Officers were dispatched to the scene along with members of the Oakland First Aid Squad, the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department and a Paramedic Unit from Valley Hospital. Upon arrival of emergency services, the victim, a 38 year old resident of Oakland, was located beneath the vehicle, 1 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. After initiating rescue efforts, it was determined that the victim succumbed to her injuries.

Further investigation revealed the victim and a acquaintance of hers were walking on the sidewalk in front of 18 Thackeray Road when they were struck by a vehicle backing out of a driveway. The initial impact knocked the victim to the ground. The driver subsequently pulled the vehicle forward and back into the driveway. The vehicle then rolled backwards out of the driveway and stuck the victim again, this time pinning her beneath the vehicle.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by members of the responding Paramedic Unit. Lt. Christian Eldridge, Lt. Keith Sanzari, Detective Mark Piercy, PO Michael Catenacci, PO Michael Griffin and PO Robert Hintzen investigated along with members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, BCI Unit.

Identities of those involved are not being released at this time, pending notification to next of kin.
The matter is currently still under investigation and no further information is available for release, at this time.