Montclair Police: Cuban Pete’s Burglary, Parking Lot Purse Snatcher

Newspapers stolen from Campy’s Corner, a bike worth $4,600 is stolen from Essex Avenue, an attempted purse snatching at the Crescent Deck and a burglary at Cuban Pete’s. From Lt. Scott Buehler, MPD:

Theft: On 10/9/10 at approximately 7:40 AM, police were dispatched to Campy’s Corner convenience store on Harrison Avenue on a report of a theft. The complainant stated that someone had stolen the store’s daily newspaper delivery. The delivery service stated that the newspapers had been dropped off in front of the store on that date at approximately 5:30 AM. It is believed that the theft happened sometime before 7:20 AM on that date. The complainant estimates that $65 worth of newspapers was stolen. There are no suspects at this time.

Theft: On 10/10/10 at approximately 2:00 AM, police were dispatched to a multi-family residence on Pine Street on a report of a theft. The caller stated that there was a birthday party at the residence on that date. During the course of the party, the caller and others noticed four black males at the party that they did not recognize. One or two of these males were observed going in and out of the apartment’s bedrooms. When confronted, the males stated that they were neighbors. The males were then told that they were not invited and had to leave the party. It was later learned that an Apple MacBook Pro, valued at $2,200, and an Apple iPod, valued at $300, were missing from the apartment.

Two of the suspects are described as black males with dreadlocks. One was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with a zipper, while the other was wearing a maroon colored shirt. Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Joseph Anderson at 973-509-4706.

MV Theft Attempt: On 10/11/10 at approximately 9:25 AM, police responded to Elm Street on a report of vandalism to a motor vehicle. The victim stated that he parked his Jeep Cherokee in his driveway on 10/10/10 at approximately 9:30 PM. When he returned to the vehicle the following morning at approximately 9:00 AM, he discovered that the passenger’s side door lock had been damaged and the ignition had been broken from the steering column. No items were reported missing from the vehicle. There are no suspects at this time.

Theft from a Motor Vehicle: On 10/12/10 at approximately 8:15 AM, police were dispatched to Madison Avenue on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim stated that she parked her Honda Odyssey next to her garage on 10/11/10 at approximately 4:00 PM. When she returned to the vehicle the following morning at approximately 7:00 AM, she discovered that a Garmin 755T GPS, valued at $350, and a Swiss Army knife, valued at $55, had been taken from the vehicle. The Odyssey had been left unlocked prior to the incident.

A witness reports that three juveniles had been seen running from the area of the victim’s residence on 10/11/10 at approximately 6:20 PM. The first juvenile is described as a light-skinned black male, approximately fifteen years old, with reddish hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, black jeans, and white sneakers. The second juvenile was described as a dark-skinned black female, approximately fifteen years old, and last seen wearing a black vest and a white t-shirt and seen carrying a backpack. The third suspect is described as a black male, approximately fifteen years old, and last seen wearing a black t-shirt and gray cargo pants. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4733.

Attempted Robbery: On 10/7/10 at approximately 8:30 PM, police responded to the Crescent Parking Deck on a report of an attempted purse snatching that had occurred approximately one hour in the past. Police spoke to a male, who stated that one of the employees reported that a juvenile had attempted to steal her purse as she was entering her motor vehicle.

Police later spoke to the victim, a twenty-six year old Belleville resident, who said that the suspect had walked up behind her and startled her. The suspect then began asking questions about her vehicle in an attempt to distract her. The suspect then grabbed her shirt and arm before grabbing and pulling at her purse strap. The victim pushed the suspect away and began yelling. As a result, several unidentified people began walking towards her in an attempt to help her, causing the suspect to run away. The suspect was last seen fleeing towards one of the parking deck’s stairwells.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 13-15 years old, last seen wearing a purple shirt and black jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4733.

Burglary: On 10/12/10 at approximately 12:40 PM, police were dispatched to Cuban Pete’s on Bloomfield Avenue on a report of a burglary that had occurred at approximately 1:00 AM on that date. The complainant stated that he was informed that employees had been working the overnight shift to prepare for the next day’s business. The complainant stated that he was told that two employees were in the restaurant when one of the employees walked near one of the building’s rear doors. This employee noticed that a black male had forced his way into the restaurant and had a black handgun in his waistband. The suspect saw the worker and fled out the rear door into the South Fullerton Lot. The suspect then entered a red jeep which appeared to have been waiting in the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joseph Anderson at 973-509-4706.

Theft from a Motor Vehicle: On 10/7/10 at approximately 5:35 PM, police responded to Forest Street on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim stated that he parked his Mazda MX6 in his property’s assigned parking spot on 10/6/10 at approximately 6:00 PM. When he entered the vehicle the next day at approximately 10:30 AM, he noticed that a Garmin Nuvi 265 GPS, valued at approximately $150, an Apple iPod 8GB, valued at approximately $180, and a pair of sunglasses, valued at $15, had been stolen from the vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle. There are no suspects at this time.

Arrest: On 10/4/10 at approximately 8:00 PM, police responded to a single family residence on Essex Avenue on a report of a stolen bicycle. The victim stated that he left the bicycle unlocked and leaning against the side of the residence on 10/3/10 at approximately 7:00 PM. Approximately half an hour later, he returned to area where he had left the bicycle and discovered that it had been stolen.

The bicycle was described as a metallic brown 2010 Santa Cruz Blur LT valued at approximately $4,600. On 10/8/10, police located the stolen bicycle locked to a bike rack outside Montclair High School. At approximately 4:00 PM, a fifteen year old Montclair juvenile was observed unlocking the bicycle. He was detained and placed under arrest after it was confirmed that this was the same stolen bicycle. The juvenile was charged with theft and later turned over to his guardian.

Arrest: On 9/27/10, police received a report that a handgun had been stolen from The Wood Pit on Bloomfield Avenue. According to the victim, the gun had been stored in one of the establishment’s storage rooms. The handgun was described as a loaded Browning .380 semi-automatic handgun and was reportedly stolen sometime between 9/25/10 and 9/27/10.

As a result of an ongoing investigation, police identified Brandon Hart as the suspect in this incident. Hart, 21, of Montclair was placed under arrest on 10/7/10 and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and theft. Bail was set at $50,000. The firearm and thirteen rounds of ammunition were also recovered that date by detectives at a residence on North 15th Street in East Orange.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. And speaking of bikes and their riders, there was the a-hole peddling down North. Mountain yesterday in his little bike shorts with his little crash helmet and his little goggles/shades. He was all set gear wise but he was going down the center of the lane blocking all the cars behind him instead of using the bike lane/parking lane (whatever that space painted next to the curb is), forcing cars to cross the center line to get around him. Dork.

  2. Last week a biker *ran the stop sign* at N. Fullerton/Chestnut and almost got clobbered. It was nighttime and the biker didn’t even attempt to slow down. It’s a miracle he didn’t get smushed. And he looked at the car who stopped short like it was their fault.

    As for sharing the road, I thought bikers were supposed to stay to the right except if they have to turn left at an intersection, in which case they either need to move out into the lane and turn left as a car would, or get off the bike and walk it across as a pedestrian. But otherwise, don’t they have to follow the rules of the road?? (like, obey stop signs and street lights??!)

    p.s. when will people learn to (a) lock everything up, and (b) don’t leave gadgets in the car??!

  3. Bikers technically have access to the full lane and are supposed to ride down the center of the right lane.

    A mix of common curtesy and fear of drivers not paying attention is what keeps most of us off on the shoulder (and no, it wasn’t me. I don’t even own a pair of those shorts and my bike probably cost about 5% of the one ridden by the guy described above.).

  4. Thanks Mike.

    as a cyclist I am too nervous to be on any road with any moving vehicle other than another bike. This is why I like riding on Crest Rd in S. Mtn Reservation. (Except for that loop by the dog park… when the cars come by I almost wipe out.) Bikers around here are a brave sort, imo.

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