300 Young People Surround Street Fight, Montclair Police Discharge Pepper Spray

This just in from Lt. Scott Buehler, Montclair Police Department:

Disturbance

On 11/26/10 at approximately 11:55 PM, police were in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Gates Avenue when they observed a group of approximately three hundred teenagers and young adults in the middle of the street. Police determined that the group was exiting Unbelieva-Bill’s on Bloomfield Avenue and it appeared that several fights were about to ensue. Shortly thereafter a large group again congregated in the area of two unidentified males fighting. After trying to disperse the group, police discharged oleoresin capsicum, causing much of the group, including the fight participants, to flee the area.
Once most of the group dispersed, another male returned to the area and stood in the street, yelling at the crowd regarding someone smacking his cousin. The male was told to leave the area, but refused. The 20 year old from of Irvington was taken into custody and issued a township ordinance summons for being a disorderly person and later released.

Burglary

On 11/24/10 at approximately 1:35 PM, police responded to a multi-family residence on Greenwood Avenue on a report of a burglary. The victim stated that one of the apartments in the house was to be vacated on or around 11/19/10. When the victim checked on the residence on 11/24/10 at approximately 1:00 PM, he discovered that the second floor’s rear door had been kicked in and there was damage to the inside of the door’s frame. The victim stated that it did not appear that any items had been removed from the apartment.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Terence Turner at 973-509-4724.

Robbery

On 11/24/10 at approximately 5:50 PM, police responded to the Dunkin’ Donuts on Valley Road on a report of a robbery that occurred. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victim, a fifteen year old Montclair male. The victim stated that he was attempting to enter the Dunkin’ Donuts through the rear door in the Bellevue Lot when he was “jumped” by four males and attacked from both sides. The victim said that he was punched in the arms and shoulders and immediately covered his head and kneeled to the ground. He stated that no words were exchanged between him and the attackers during the robbery.
During the assault, one of the males reached into the victim’s front left pants pocket and removed $10. The robbers then fled the scene, with the only description of the suspects provided is that they were all taller than 5’5”. The victim did not report any injuries suffered as a result of the robbery.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Brian Fazio at 973-509-4730.

Theft

On 11/24/10 at approximately 9:05 PM, police responded to the United Way on South Fullerton Avenue on a report of a theft. The victim stated that he was parked in the driveway in the area of the United Way, packing for a trip. He stated that he placed his lap top computer on the ground near one of the vehicle’s tires as he continued packing his vehicle. At approximately 6:30 pm, the victim began driving. Approximately thirty minutes into the trip, he realized that he never put the computer in the vehicle. The victim returned to the United Way’s driveway and arrived at approximately 7:30 PM, but did not locate the laptop.
The stolen item is described as a black Hewlett-Packard lap top with silver swirl patterns on the top cover, and is valued at approximately $800. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Charles Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Suspicious Activity

On 11/25/10 at approximately 1:25 AM, police responded to Walnut Street on a report of a suspicious male walking through the yards. Police spoke to the caller, who stated that he observed a male walking on some of the properties on Walnut Street. The male was then observed crossing the street and looking into a vehicle parked in a Walnut Street driveway. The caller then confronted the male, asking him, “What are you doing?” The male then responded, “Nothing,” and was last seen walking east on Walnut Street and south on Vincent Place. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’0”, and twenty-four to twenty-seven years of age.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Lynn McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

Arrest

On 11/26/10 at approximately 2:15 AM, police responded to an apartment on Bloomfield Avenue on a report of an unwanted person on the premises. Upon arrival, police spoke to the complainant, who wanted a man removed from the apartment. According to the complainant, the man was intoxicated and began yelling loud enough that the resident feared that he would disturb the neighbors.
Police escorted the man from the apartment and attempted to drive him to his residence in Montclair. As police attempted to guide him into the vehicle, he continued to yell loudly down the street, lunged out of the police vehicle towards the officer in an aggressive manner. Police told him that he was being placed under arrest for his conduct, but he refused to place his hands behind his back to be handcuffed. The man was eventually placed under arrest after a brief altercation that resulted in no reported injuries.
The 23 year old was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $1000.

Burglary

On 11/26/10 at approximately 9:55 AM, police responded to a single-family residence on Christopher Street on a report of a burglary. The complainant stated that he left the house on 11/25/10 at approximately 10:00 AM. When he returned the following morning at approximately 9:00 AM, he discovered that a first floor door was broken and his lap top computer was found damaged on the floor of the kitchen. He then went to the second floor of the residence and observed that several items were missing, while other items were strewn about the floors. The complainant further stated that all of the doors to the house were locked when he left on the 25th, but found that the front and rear doors were closed but unlocked when he returned. In addition, a flat screen television that had been on the second floor was located propped against a chair in the rear yard.
Police conducted a search of the residence for any suspects that may still be in the house, but found none. Police found several drawers opened on the second floor and found two cell phones and a camera on the floor. The master bedroom had several drawers and cabinet doors open. Several jewelry boxes were found on the floor. The bed covers were pulled up, as if the suspect lifted the mattress to look for any money that may have been underneath it.
On the third floor, several jewelry boxes appeared to have been disturbed on a dresser located within a bedroom. At the time of the report, it is unknown what, if anything, was stolen from the residence. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Ray Gulbin at 973-509-4739.

Theft from a Motor Vehicle

On 11/26/10 at approximately 6:40 PM, police responded to the Maple Plaza Parking Lot on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victim, who said that he parked his Suzuki SX4 in the lot on that date at approximately 5:45 PM. When he returned to the vehicle approximately half an hour later, he noticed that the dry-cleaning that he had hanging the area of the rear seat had been knocked to the floor. Closer inspection of the interior of the vehicle revealed that several items were missing.
The victim reports that a blue Canon eight megapixel camera, valued at approximately $300, approximately $5 in change, a baseball hat valued at approximately $25, a hooded sweatshirt valued at approximately $25, and a set of keys were taken from the vehicle. The victim stated that he believed that the vehicle was locked prior to the theft, but there were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Terence Turner at 973-509-4724.

Burglary

On 11/26/10 at approximately 6:55 PM, police responded to a single-family residence on North Mountain Avenue on a report of a burglary. Upon arrival, police spoke to the homeowner, who stated that her house had been entered sometime on the 26th between 3:30 and 4:30 PM. Upon returning to the residence, she found that the house was unsecured. Furthermore, a kitchen window was opened and the outside screen was damaged. The victim checked the residence and determined that a purple Canon Powershot SX 210-IS, valued at $300, a Canon Powershot SD900, valued at $300, $500 worth of jewelry, consisting of necklaces and earrings, were taken from the house.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 973-509-7543.

Driving While Intoxicated

On 11/27/10 at approximately 1:50 AM, police responded to South Park Street on a report of a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, police spoke to one driver, a Union, NJ female, who stated that she was pulling out of a parking spot when her BMW 328 was sideswiped by another vehicle. The victim told the driver of the vehicle that he had hit her vehicle, but he backed up and struck her vehicle again. Again she yelled for the male to stop, and he got out of his vehicle.
The female stated that while she was talking to the male (who was later identified), another unidentified black male approached the male driver and, after exchanging words with him, struck the man in the jaw with a closed fist. The unidentified male then fled the scene in an unknown direction.
The male driver was found to have the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his body and was transported to Mountainside Hospital for injuries to his head suffered in the assault. As a result of further investigation, he was issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated within a school zone, careless driving, and failure to wear a seat belt.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Joseph Anderson at 973-509-4706.

Arrest

On 11/27/10 at approximately 9:35 PM, police in the area of Mission Street observed a male conducting hand exchanges consistent with those engaging in narcotics transactions. Shortly thereafter, police detained the male in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Hartley Street. He was determined to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and placed under arrest. The 21 year old from Montclair was charged with loitering to obtain or distribute a controlled dangerous substance. He was later released.

Driving While Intoxicated

On 11/28/10 at approximately 1:30 PM, police responded to North Mountain Avenue on a report of a motor vehicle accident, with the involved vehicle having been overturned. Upon arrival, police learned that the driver had crawled out of the Honda CRV and fled southbound on North Mountain Avenue. Police were able to locate the female driver on Van Vleck Street. She told police that she was not injured and fled the scene because she was scared. Police noticed the strong smell of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. The 58 year old from Montclair was transported to Mountainside Hospital and issued a summons for driving while intoxicated. She was also found to have a warrant out of Fairfield, with bail set at $1000.

Vandalism to a Motor Vehicle

On 11/27/10 at approximately 9:00 AM, police responded to Elm Street on a report of vandalism to a motor vehicle. The victim stated that he parked a Nissan Altima in the St. Peter Claver Church’s parking lot on 11/26/10 at approximately 11:00 PM. When he returned to the vehicle the following morning at approximately 7:30 AM, he observed a large scratch on the driver’s side door.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Lynn McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

Theft

On 11/28/10 at approximately 5:15 PM, police were dispatched to Ivy & Shania on Bloomfield Avenue on a report of a shoplifting. The victim stated that ten coats were taken from a rack that had been left outside the exit of her store, which connects to the movie theatre. She stated that she believes that the incident occurred on 11/27/10 between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
The stolen jackets consisted of ten Sergio Birnini coats and jackets. Most of the jackets were leather or false suede and the total value of the stolen goods was $934.91. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Ray Gulbin at 973-509-4739.

Motor Vehicle Theft

On 11/29/10 at approximately 6:25 AM, police responded to Grenada Place on a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The victim stated that his Ford Windstar was last seen in his driveway on 11/28/10 at approximately 9:30 PM. Another household member came home that night at approximately 11:40 PM and noticed that the vehicle was missing. The vehicle may have been left unlocked prior to its theft and a spare key may have been left in the vehicle’s glove box. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Ricky Singleton at 973-509-4722.

Arrest

On 11/29/10 at approximately 2:50 AM, police responded to the Glen Ridge Police Department to take custody of a 22 year old man from Glen Ridge who was placed under arrest after it was confirmed that he had a warrant out of Montclair, with bail set at $489. He was also found to have a warrant out of North Arlington, with bail set at $250, and South Orange, with bail set at $150.

Theft

On 11/26/10 at approximately 12:15 PM, police responded to Elmwood Avenue on a report of a theft and vandalism to a motor vehicle. The victim stated that she parked her Honda Accord in the St. Peter Claver Church’s parking lot on 11/25/10 at approximately 10:00 PM. When she returned to the vehicle the following day at approximately 12:05 PM, she noticed that the rear license plate to the vehicle was missing. In addition, it appeared that someone had used a key to damage the driver’s side door.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Lynn McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

Burglary

On 11/26/10 at approximately 1:55 PM, police responded to a single-family residence on Alexander Avenue on a report of a burglary. The victim stated that she left the residence on 11/26/10 at approximately 10:15 AM to run errands. When she returned approximately three and a half hours later, she immediately noticed that the front door to the residence had been damaged. The damage consisted of force used on the door causing it to splinter. She immediately contacted police, who conducted a search of the interior of the house for any suspects still possibly inside the residence. The master bedroom had been ransacked, with numerous drawers left open and various items left on the bed. A preliminary check of the residence by the victim revealed that approximately $2,000 in jewelry had been stolen. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Charles Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Arrest

On 11/29/10 at approximately 12:15 PM, police responded to the Burlington County Jail to take custody of a 31 year old man from Trenton. He was taken into custody and it was confirmed that he had warrants out of Montclair, with bail totaling $1120.

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