Montclair Police officers officers were dispatched to Wildwood Avenue on a report of a subject looking into parked vehicles on Friday. Officers in that area working a construction detail observed a male matching the suspect description. This subject, Danny Gonzalez, 20, from Newark, was in possession of burglary tools and proceeds from recent thefts from vehicles in that area. He was also arrested and processed on a Theft of a Motor Vehicle charge from a Lorraine Avenue incident in 2016.
Through investigation, Mr. Gonzalez was discovered to have been responsible for 22 vehicle burglaries and the theft of two motor vehicles in Montclair.
These burglaries occurred in the areas of Cooper Avenue, Gordonhurst Avenue, Marion Road and Beverly Road. He was subsequently charged with 13 counts of Burglary and 15 counts of Theft.
There have been 8 recent arrests in incidents involving thefts from motor vehicles. A majority of these arrestees are repeat offenders, arrested for thefts from motor vehicles. In almost every case, the vehicles in question had been left unlocked.
We remind all residents to lock their vehicles while unattended. We also advise against storing valuables in the passenger compartment of vehicles. Please contact the Police Department immediately should you observe anything unusual (973-744-1234)