Montclair: Sleeping Woman Gets Rude Awakening From Would-Be Burglar

Police responded to a multi-family residence on Lexington Avenue on a report of a burglary. The victim was a twenty-three year old Montclair resident, who said she was in bed and woke up to find a male standing over her. The victim asked the male, “Who the f*** are you?” The male stated, “Oh, sh**,” and ran out of the bedroom. The victim chased the suspect out of the residence, and last saw him running north on Maple Avenue.
The suspect, who may have gained entry through an unsecured rear door, is described as a black male with a dark complexion and a crew cut, in his late twenties or early thirties. He was last seen wearing an athletic T-shirt with blue jean Capri pants and tan Timberland construction boots. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Charles Cunningham at 973-509-4716.
More from Lt. Scott Buehler, MPD, including a burglary attempt on Gordonhurst and more stolen flower pots

Theft from a Motor Vehicle
On 7/23/10 at approximately 1:55 PM, police received a report of a theft from a motor vehicle from a Montclair resident. The complainant stated that he parked his Honda Civic in a driveway on Upper Mountain Avenue on 7/20/10 at approximately 7:00 PM. When he returned to his vehicle on 7/21/10 at approximately 8:00 AM, he discovered that his Garmin Street Pilot 340 C, valued at $150, had been stolen from the vehicle. The vehicle had been left unlocked prior to the theft. There are no suspects at this time.

Vandalism to a Motor Vehicle
On 7/24/10 at approximately 11:45 AM, police were dispatched to the St. Paul’s Baptist Church on Elm Street on a report of vandalism to a motor vehicle. The complainant stated that sometime between 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM on the 24th, someone had thrown an unknown, sandy substance on his Hyundai, which was parked in the church’s rear lot. There are no suspects at this time.
Theft
On 7/24/10 at approximately 7:30 PM, police responded to a South Mountain Avenue apartment on a report of a theft. The complainant reported that two terracotta flower pots were stolen from the front of her apartment sometime between 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM on the 24th. The total value of the flower pots is estimated at $40. There are no suspects at this time.
Burglary Attempt
On 7/24/10 at approximately 9:35 PM, police were dispatched to a single family residence on Gordonhurst Avenue on a report of a possible burglary attempt. The complainant stated that someone had rattled the residence’s rear door handle in what may have been an attempt to enter the house. The complainant stated that the suspect may have fled after the victim’s dog began barking. Police searched the area but did not locate a suspect. There are no suspects at this time.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Jeez. Is this the burglary capital of America? It seems like I read a story like this on here everyday. I absolutely love living in Montclair, but all these articles make me nervous!

  2. What self-respecting local hoodlum would wear “capri pants?”
    I’m betting that what the intruder really had on were just a run of the mill pair of basketball-shorts-length jeans, which are rather common. That the police typified his garb as something else entirely may just indicate how culturally out of touch the PD may be.

  3. she was in bed and woke up to find a male standing over her. The victim asked the male, “Who the f*** are you?”
    Well, that’s way more calm than I would have been. Were I to wake up to find a total stranger standing over my bed my response would have been “HOLY S*$#@, F*$#, D@#%*!” as I flailed about for a lamp or something to attack the guy with.

  4. I really like when you put that MONTCLAIR: before the title of your articles. Especially when you’ve just added so many towns that I know nothing about.
    It takes me a while to realize where the news is coming from –but if you use that CITY/COLON system it really works!
    THANKS!

  5. Each item posted here is from somewhere in
    MontRidgeWoodMillOrangeField or surrounding vicinity..

  6. LOL Cathar, you beat me to it! Capri pants??! How ridiculous is that!
    BTW if you are going to leave your car unlocked, then I really don’t have a lot of sympathy for you when someone steals your stuff. Jeez!
    I am a tad disturbed about the plants however. Years ago my mother’s prized potted Ficus tree disappeared off their front porch, and based on the size of their house, that meant the perp was practically inside their bedroom in order to swipe the pot. And it was quite heavy too. She was devastated, and still laments the loss of that plant! What kind of nut does someone have to be, to steal a potted plant??!

  7. I think I know what’s going on with the stolen plants. I live in Bloomfield. Last fall I bought 2 large mum plants housed in bushel baskets (and very nice they were, too)and put them on my porch, one on either side of the top step.
    Someone trotted up my steps & stole both plants (but left me the bushel baskets–how considerate!) I later read that other people’s plants were being stolen off porches in my area of Bloomfield. After that, I saw a report about someone trying to sell stolen plants. So it’s not always kids playing pranks.
    Valerie

  8. Leave the door to your house or car open and …
    C’mon! If you have half a brain, or read the local paper, or sign onto this site or others like it, why in GOD’S NAME would you leave your car or door to your home open OVERNIGHT? Sorry, but these people deserve the wake-up call they are receiving. I just hope someone (or their children) doesn’t suffer serious harm in the process of learning what is obvious.

  9. Leave the door to your house or car open and …
    C’mon! If you have half a brain, or read the local paper, or sign onto this site or others like it, why in GOD’S NAME would you leave your car or door to your home open OVERNIGHT? Sorry, but these people deserve the wake-up call they are receiving. I just hope someone (or their children) doesn’t suffer serious harm in the process of learning what is obvious.

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