May 5, 2021; Malicious Damage; At approximately 2:45 am, a female came to Maplewood PD to make a report. Following the report, the female identified as 27 y/o Khaliah Fitchette of Irvington became disorderly kicking over garbage cans in the lobby as well as knocked a phone off of the wall causing it to break. The entire incident was captured on video and she was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct and malicious damage.
May 5, 2021; Theft from Motor Vehicle; During an unknown time frame, a vehicle parked in the driveway of an Elberta Rd residence was entered and a pair of designer shoes and a wallet were stolen.
May 5, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 5:30 pm a food delivery driver making a pickup, left his vehicle running on the 1800 block of Springfield Ave. The vehicle was subsequently stolen.
May 5, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; Between 8:30 and 11:30 am a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home on Ridgewood Rd was stolen. The vehicle reportedly had a spare key left inside of it. It was later recovered in Newark.
May 6, 2021; Package Theft; At approximately 3:25 pm, a male removed a package from the front of a home on Princeton St and then fled in a green vehicle.
May 6, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; Between midnight and 10 am a vehicle parked in the driveway of a Collingwood Rd home was stolen. The vehicle was unsecured and contained a spare key.
May 11, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 6:35 pm, a vehicle left running unsecured with the keys in it, in the Wawa parking lot was entered by two males and stolen.
May 13, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 4:45 am, a vehicle left running and unsecured in the 7-11 parking lot on Irvington Ave was stolen. The vehicle was later recovered in Irvington.
May 13, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 4:30 pm an unsecured vehicle parked in the driveway of a Menzel Ave home was stolen. The vehicle contained a spare key fob.
May 13, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At Approximately 4:20 pm, an unsecured vehicle was left running with the keys in it at the Wawa and was stolen.
May 19, 2021; Attempted Motor Vehicle Theft; Between 5-7 pm a vehicle parked on Meadowbrook Rd was entered. The vehicle was rummaged through and damage was caused to the ignition.
Between May 5th and May 19th there was also four shoplifting incidents.
May 22,2021; Armed Carjacking; At approximately 11pm, the Maplewood Police responded to Ricalton Square (Parking Lot #2) near the intersection of Maplewood Ave. & Durand Rd. on a report of a vehicle stolen by an armed suspect. The victim reported that he was sitting inside of the vehicle when approached by two male suspects, one on the driver’s side and one on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The suspect on the driver’s side brandished a black and grey semi-automatic handgun and demanded that he and the passenger exit the vehicle. They complied and exited without injury. Both suspects entered the vehicle and drove southbound on Maplewood Ave. towards Baker St. Suspect (1) is described as a male 18-22 years of age, 5’8” height, wearing a black t-shirt and black jeans thin build, wearing a black facemask. Suspect (2) is described as a male 18-22 years of age, 5’8” in height, wearing a black t-shirt and beige pants and a white or light-colored face mask. Both suspects are believed to have been walking around in the area prior to the incident. The stolen vehicle was recovered on 05/23/21 in Bloomfield NJ. The suspects have not yet been identified. The case is still under investigation. If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Maplewood Police Department Detective Bureau 973 761-7926.
May 23, 2021; Bicycle Thefts; During the daytime hours one bicycle was stolen from Sommer Ave and three bicycles were stolen from Richmond Ave.
May 24, 2021; Bicycle Theft; At approximately 3:30 pm a bicycle left unsecured in the rear of Clinton School was stolen.
May 25, 2021; Bicycle Theft; At approximately 8:30 pm a bicycle was stolen from in front of the Burger King on Springfield Ave.
May 26, 2021; Bicycle Theft; Between 2:30 am and 6 pm a bicycle left unsecured behind the library on Baker St. was stolen.
May 28, 2021; Theft; At approximately 2:15 pm a male waiting for the bus near Milburn Ave. and Springfield Ave. had his cell phone stolen.
May 30; 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 5 pm a resident of the 100 block of Jacoby St. noticed that their vehicle had been stolen from in front of their home.
May 30, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; Between 3:30 and 4:30 pm a work van parked on Irvington Ave was stolen.
Between May 23rd and June 4th there was also four shoplifting incidents.
The Maplewood Police Department works hard to protect the residents and their property. We are asking that you assist us in this effort by making sure all vehicles and homes are properly secured at all times. All charges are merely accusations. Each suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Thank You
June 3rd, 2020
To Our Maplewood Community,
As Chief of the Maplewood Police, I would like to address the horrific murder of George Floyd at the hand of Police Officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Firstly, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the entire Floyd family for their tragic loss. I am personally outraged at this senseless loss of life. This man died as result of an accusation that he passed a counterfeit $20.00 bill. I am having trouble grasping the reality of this situation. If $20.00 is the value of a human life, then nobody is safe. George Floyd was treated without regard for humanity. There are no excuses for what happened to Mr. Floyd. He was handcuffed, held down by multiple officers, one of which had their knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck and made him suffer as he gasped for air and pleaded for help. These officers must be held responsible for their actions including those who just stood by and did not help Mr. Floyd.
In full transparency, I must acknowledge this Police Department has dealt with complaints of excessive force and misconduct in the past. I recognized that this history would change the relationship between Police and the community for many years to come. As the new Police Chief, I assembled a team of qualified diverse officers to help change the culture in the Police Department. There was no room for excuses or denial. We have learned a great many things along the way and that the officers would not accept change easily. Rebuilding trust and relationships in the community could not be set on a timetable and would have to be earned.
The Department established goals and objectives as part of this change in culture.
Why do these types of tragedies continue to happen?
Simply, it is a lack of vision, accountability and follow up. Change in department policy must be real and not just politics. And it must be accompanied with a comprehensive plan.
Law Enforcement Executives can expect that there will be limited or no help from outside agencies.
First there must be acknowledgement that change is necessary.
The department must commit to change as we stand shoulder and shoulder with our community.
The Law Enforcement Executive should prepare a plan to the Appropriate Authority for review.
A plan with goals, objectives, timelines, accountability requirements and ways to measure the effectiveness of not only the plan but its implementation. The plan must be publicly available for the entire community to read. It is crucial for the Law Enforcement Executive and the entire Command Staff to know all aspects of the plan. They will have to deliver a unified message to all personnel on how they can take personal ownership in their part of the plan. The plan must include reporting from the Law Enforcement Executive to be effective. There must be a performance evaluation mechanism for the Law Enforcement Executive as well.
To enact change and provide true justice, employment laws need to be changed or strengthened to make it easier to terminate officers before a tragedy occurs.
The public is outraged and rightfully so because they don’t trust or believe that anything will change.
Hold people accountable! Be accountable!
Don’t defend or make excuses for bad officers!
Don’t ignore what is right in front of you!
Don’t let this happen in your community!
Take a stand for what is best for our community!