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Arrests Made in 2 South Orange Robberies

Joe Grogan

Monday, December 2, 2013 • 10:21am

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Police arrested five people last week, three in connection with robberies, one for trespassing and one for drug possession.

Jamal Koontz, 22, of Newark, was arrested Nov. 25 after police determined that he is a suspect in an armed robbery at a store on South Orange Avenue earlier in the week. He was taken to the Essex County jail.

Two minors, one from Newark and one from Irvington, were arrested shortly before 10 p.m. on Nov. 23 after an attempted robbery. Police report that the suspects entered a store on South Orange Avenue and threatened to assault a customer if he did not give them his cell phone. The victim refused, causing a disturbance. The teens fled on Irvington Avenue. Responding officers located and arrested the youths, a 16-year-old and a 17-7ear-old.

David Scott, 49, of South Orange, was arrested at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 24 when he trespassed on private property on Village Road. According to police, Scott had been told by both police and the owner of the property not to come back.

Alexandra Signifis, 23, of Bloomfield, was arrested during a routine traffic stop Tuesday afternoon when it was discovered that she was in possession of marijuana. There was also an outstanding warrant for her arrest, issued by the Clifton police department.

In other police news:

  • It was reported to police that someone had stolen all of the tires from two vehicles located in the South Orange Middle School parking lot sometime in the early morning hours of Nov. 23.
     
  • A New York City resident stated that she had her headphones stolen from her while walking on Charlton Avenue at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.  She said that she was approached by a middle-aged black male, who snatched the headphones from her ears and fled the scene in a gray, four-door vehicle. He was driving a grey four-door vehicle.
     
  • An Inwood Lane resident told police that someone had stolen two packages from her front porch sometime between Nov. 16 and Nov. 19. She told police the packages were from Nordstrom and were valued at more than $1,000.

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.

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