Afternoon Sniff Leads To Crime Suspect

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Yesterday afternoon we hear there was all kinds of commotion, five or six police cars – lights flashing, on William Street, in Montclair. Deputy Chief of Police Perry Mayers told us it was a K9 unit which led them to a private residence there.
It all started when a resident on Midland Avenue heard a strange noise coming from the front of her house, around 3:30 p.m. She noticed the front window and screen, usually kept shut, was wide open. Then she saw an unknown black male, approximately 6 feet tall, leaving her front porch. The cops were called, the detective showed up, and the Sheriff’s K9 patrol was called in. At 3:54 pm the dog caught the scent and, nose to the ground, began sniffing its way through the neighborhood streets. Within 16 minutes, the trail led officers to a resident on William Street. Police questioning identified the resident as a suspect, and an arrest warrant has been issued.
Mayers says the MPD will look into getting more super sniffers on patrol…after determining if it’s in the budget.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. I think you mean William Street, not Williams Street…
    Midland is only 1 block away from us…a little scary that this happened in the afternoon!

  2. let’s hope the suspect turns out to be one of the dirt bags responsible for the recent spate of buglaries.

  3. Wow! That’s great and amazing! I hope the K9 had the doggie equivalent of a sweet cheese burger as a treat for catching him.

  4. Did anyone see the burglary story on the 11pm Channel Seven News last night? It made us out to be a town of stupid idiots who somehow think its quaint not to lock our doors.

  5. I saw the news… I had the same reaction that they were reporting on this as if the victims almost deserved the break-ins.
    I still ask the same question, why should we have to alter our lifestyles? If I don’t want to lock my back door, then I should have that option – especially when I’m home. I understand the consequences – but as stated in the other postings, a lock or some other barrier is only a deterrent, it is not a guarantee of life in a sanctuary, with absolutely no access without a key…
    I prefer alternative deterrents.

  6. “why should we have to alter our lifestyles?”
    Doreen, I respect your opinion and your right to live your life the way you see fit but unfortunately, these are sad times in which we live. Montclair is not Mayberry.
    I guess there are degrees of “alteration” (I take subways at all hours of day and night, for example) but it’s just too easy for someone to violate your security (whether you are home or not) if doors are left unlocked.

  7. I recently installed a crotch-high robotic claw near all exterior doorways. I call it “The Emasculator”. I will leave my iPod out as bait….

  8. New reader here — just moved into town…thought I’d drop you all a line to say how much me and the hubby love your site…a good mixture of news, features and crime stories(Unfortunately) We love your food section and your reader reviews!!!
    PS — and no matter where we have lived, Florida, Texas, Ohio — we have always locked our doors

  9. No, you’re not asking for it per se, but come on–even if you USED to leave your house/car/garage locked, why would you now that you know what’s been going on?

  10. Superb police dog. Let’s get several more. They don’t roll up cumulative sick days not taken and they don’t get overly generous pensions.

  11. You don’t need another dog-duplication of services-how many K-9’s do the Essex County Sheriff’s department have–I believe Bloomfield has one-doesn’t anyone “share” services anymore?-NO, instead we have to purchase and train “our own”—more time and money. When all we had to do is pick up phone and ask for help. God forbid. One is enough.

  12. In response to Doreen, while it would be nice if we could leave our doors unlocked as was done in the past, unfortunately it is just not realistic to do so these days. However, if your alternate deterrants are several large dogs, then your house is probably safe!

  13. Oops, “Deterrents.” That’s one of those tricky words. Like “cemetery”. I always have to think twice on how to spell that one too.

  14. An earnest reader writes: “If I don’t want to lock my back door, then I should have that option.” Of course, dear, you don’t need to lock your door. But if someone comes up to your door, wiggles the handle to see if it’s locked, and sees that you’ve given a free entry into your home, then that’s your choice. Yes, you have that option, and yes, you’ve just given a green light to be robbed. And yes, you’re an idiot.

  15. Doreen, let me ask you this: how does your “lifestyle” improve by leaving everything unlocked? You say, “especially when I’m home.” So, you will lock up and accept being robbed if you’re not there, but you will be open to being robbed, and possibly injured, if the crook decides to rob you while you’re home? Since you’re “home,” (and they may not know that), they shouldn’t dare enter and violate you? Do you really think that the only people who get robbed are those who aren’t home? Your argument is dense, dumb, and dumber.

  16. “If I don’t want to lock my back door, then I should have that option” – what’s your address, I’m coming over for free pickings.

  17. Cstarling…. Keep in mind that the Essex County police dog is not always available and usually has at least a 20 minute response time to get to the scene. In that amount of time, the suspect has usually fled the area, or the scent can no longer be tracked. This time we got lucky, but God forbid had this been a more serious crime, it would be nice to have one on hand and be able to make an apprehension while the suspect is still in the area. But then again…. it’s your town, not mine so I really don’t care. BTW: a suspect has been arrested in the burglary cases. For those of you who don’t want to lock your doors, well that’s your option, however don’t cry foul when something is stolen from you. The police can only do so much, you also have to take an active role in protecting your property. Most of the thefts are a crime of opportunity, take away the opportunity and you minimize the problem. Of course, you cant stop someone who really wants to get your stuff, by why not slow them down, or at the very lest, not make it so easy for them.

  18. Yes, and so we have one dog and a trained handler -How many more do you need? That is all I am getting at.
    Yes, perhaps one more in case, the first one isn’t available-but dogs plural sounds (more than two) a little much.

  19. So, if I let the police dog sniff my pocket or checkbook to see who is robbing me blind he will wind up at Harnett’s home or office and Remsen’s house.
    If so, we do need more dogs!

  20. So, if I let the police dog sniff my pocket or checkbook to see who is robbing me blind he will wind up at Harnett’s home or office and Remsen’s house.
    If so, we do need more dogs!
    At the very least, an independent committee or two to advise the town wouldn’t hurt

  21. Doreen has two dogs that what do to ANY intruder what YOU did to that Frog in 8th grade. Recall?
    One’s a Siberian Regimential Pit Bull and the other is a German Gastopeo short hair flying PeterBuilt.

  22. tsk tsk Starling.
    The Essex K9 Unit has 6 Officers & 19 canines. The K9s are trained in one area of expertise (weapons, narcotics, bombs,
    search & rescue, arson & bombs) They get over 1,000 calls each year.
    You should really ask Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura. Haven’t you said that you’re involved in Law Enforcement? That remark
    wasn’t very respectful of your fellow Officers unless of course you’re another fabrication of
    ROC and all.
    tsk tsk Clarice

  23. “So, if I let the police dog sniff my pocket or checkbook to see who is robbing me blind he will wind up at Harnett’s home or office and Remsen’s house.”
    Best. Post. Today.

  24. An Essex Co. Serrif K-9 Unit was barrelling down Bloomfield Ave.past the Starbuck’s this afternoon. Whither bound, I wondered. So many things we’ll never know.

  25. No disrespect meant! And no fabrication! All I ask is the number and the terms.
    I am on no “friendly terms” with the Essex
    County Sheriff to ask him anything.
    I worked in a county with 72 municipalities and the Sheriff’s Department assisted most of them.
    They however had a Kennel and many Officers trained as handlers.
    They didn’t take the dogs home with them.
    Kennels cost money to build and cost for the maintenance.
    A pristine crime scene is hard to achieve so proximity is important.
    K-9’s are trained differently for different duties.
    On a local level -I have no problem with one or two dogs however a fleet is unnecessary and the politics of assignments usually go to “those in favor” rather than those who may be competent.
    Much success can be attributed to K-9’s–I was just wondering the terms to which adding more would actually mean.

  26. Did Cathar actually get run out of town, finally? Have not heard a word from his highness for days, I’m not sure whether to celebrate (yes!) or wonder why he suddenly gave up, after fighting for so long…?

  27. Clarice! Clarice! Clarice!
    settle down Clarice.
    Are YOU on friendly terms with MPD? If you were, you’d know they currently have no, zero, zip Canines at this time.
    Also your remark about the “competent” is another slap in the face to this
    hard working Corps!
    hrrrumph! aside from being a fabrication you’re very much a loose cannon.
    tsk tsk

  28. As we used to say “Get over it” Hannibal—I know how hard working or should I say how hard it is to work for the Town of Montclair—-may you be safe always but a little conversation amongst brothers and sisters in the fraternity, my friend, always doesn’t mean I have to agree. Quid pro quo.

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