Montclair Police Blotter

This from the Montclair Police:
Theft from a Motor Vehicle
On 5/18/11 at approximately 6:15 PM, police responded to Orange Road on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim stated that he parked his Toyota Camry on 5/17/11 at approximately 9:30 PM. When he returned to the vehicle the following morning at approximately 8:30 AM, he noticed that the driver’s side window was open. The victim reported that the window was not operational and had been secured with tape prior to the theft. Upon further inspection, the victim discovered that his car radio, valued at $150, had been stolen from the vehicle. There are no suspects at this time.

Suspicious Activity
On 5/18/11 at approximately 10:25 PM, police responded to High Street on a report of a possible assault in progress. Upon arrival, police were unable to locate any disturbance. Police then spoke to the caller who stated that he observed what he believed to be a large group of black males fighting in a nearby driveway, with one of the males possibly armed with a golf club. The caller stated that some or all of the group entered a cream-colored Cadillac and traveled towards Orange Road.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 973-509-7543.

Suspicious Activity
On 5/18/11 at approximately 11:05 PM, police responded to a single-family residence on Summit Avenue in Upper Montclair on a report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, police spoke to residents who stated that they were in their living room watching television when they heard the back porch screen door open, followed by the sound of someone trying to open the porch door by shaking the handle. One of the residents, believing that the noise may have been caused by the heavy rain and wind, went to investigate and observed a male leaving his property and walking east on Summit Avenue.
The suspect is described as a male, approximately 6’0”, medium build, and last seen wearing tan pants and a bulky, yellow hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Wil Young at 973-509-4719.

Vandalism
On 5/19/11 at approximately 12:40 AM, police responded to the 600 block of Bloomfield Avenue on a report of a group of people vandalizing the area. The caller told police that four males had walked west on Bloomfield Avenue and turned over garbage cans as they walked. The group was believed to have been last seen walking north on Midland Avenue. A broken plant pot was also found in the area. There are no suspects at this time.

Burglary Arrest
On 4/30/11 at approximately 11:20 PM, police responded to a multi-family residence on Willowdale Avenue on a report of a burglary. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victim, who stated that he left the residence on that date at approximately 1:35 PM. When he returned that night at approximately 10:40 PM, he noticed that the rear door to the residence was open. The victim told police that a black, thirty-two inch RCA flat screen television, valued at $575, a black, thirty-two inch Sharp flat screen television, valued at $635, a fifteen-inch screen Dell Inspirion laptop, valued at $1,200, a brown leather wallet, and a jar filled with loose change had been stolen from the apartment.
As a result of an ongoing investigation, detectives identified the suspect as a 19 year old male, from Montclair. He was placed under arrest on 5/17/11 at approximately 8:45 AM. He was charged with burglary and theft, with bail set at $50,000.

Theft from a Motor Vehicle
On 5/17/11 at approximately 8:05 PM, police received a report concerning a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim stated that she parked her Mazda on 5/16/11 in the rear of a Miller Street address. When she returned to the vehicle the following morning at approximately 10:00 AM, she discovered that her driver’s side door was unlocked and slightly opened, though she reported that the door had been locked the night before. The victim reported that a black and gray “AIDS Walk” purse and a black bicycle seat, valued at $20, were missing from the vehicle. There are no suspects at this time.

Motor Vehicle Theft
On 5/19/11 at approximately 7:40 PM, police were dispatched to North Mountain Avenue on a report of a stolen motor vehicle. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victim, who stated that she parked her Subaru Legacy on the street in front of her residence on that date at approximately 6:00 PM. When she returned to the area approximately an hour and a half later, she discovered that the vehicle was missing. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Ray Gulbin at 973-509-4739.

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