Montclair Crime: Strong Arm Robbery, Suspicious Activity

Strong arm robbery on Park Street, suspicious activity near Alexander and Yantacaw, vandalism on Greenwood Avenue, and lots of motor vehicle theft in this week’s blotter from Lt. Scott Buehler:

Motor Vehicle Theft

On 6/6/11 at approximately 4:00 PM, police received a report from a Valley Road resident concerning a stolen motor vehicle. The victim told police that he parked his Honda CBR motorcycle in his property’s designated parking space. A review of the property’s surveillance video revealed that the vehicle was stolen on the 4th at approximately 10:45 PM. No suspect description was provided at the time of the report.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Charles Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Theft from a Motor Vehicle

On 6/6/11 at approximately 5:45 PM, police received a report from a Church Street resident concerning a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim stated that she parked her Honda Civic in the rear of a Church Street address the previous afternoon at approximately 2:00 PM. When she returned to the vehicle approximately half an hour later, she discovered that her blue Canon digital camera, valued at $230, a white Apple iPhone valued at $650, and $35 in cash had been stolen from the vehicle. The Honda had reportedly been left unlocked prior to the incident. There are no suspects at this time.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Lynn McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

Suspicious Activity

On 6/7/11 at approximately 6:05 AM, police were advised that a Woodmont Road resident was following a vehicle after a suspicious incident on that street. Police met with the caller in the area of Alexander Avenue and Yantacaw Brook Road. The complainant told police that at approximately 6:00 AM, he was exiting his residence when he noticed a vehicle parked in front of his house. The vehicle sounded its horn and the caller then saw a male running from his driveway and entering the passenger’s side of the awaiting vehicle. The vehicle then fled north on Woodmont Road. at a high rate of speed. The caller attempted to follow the vehicle, but lost sight of the vehicle shortly thereafter. The complainant believes that the suspect was attempting to steal something from a Ford F150 that was parked in the driveway. The caller inspected the vehicle and found that the glove box had been opened, but that it did not appear that anything was stolen from the vehicle.

The suspect is described as a black male, twenty-five to thirty years old, 5’10”-5’11”, and weighing approximately 185 lbs. He was last seen wearing black three-quarter length cargo pants, a black sweatshirt, and a du-rag. The fleeing vehicle is described as an older model black Nissan four door with New York license plates and numerous scratches on the right front fender with yellow paint visible.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Joseph Anderson at 973-509-4706.

Theft from a Motor Vehicle

On 6/7/11 at approximately 7:05 AM, police responded to Lane Court in Upper Montclair on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim told police that a BMW 328i was parked in his driveway on the 6th at approximately 10:00 PM. Another family discovered that the front door to the vehicle was ajar on the 7th at approximately 6:30 AM. An inspection of the interior of the vehicle revealed that the glove compartment and center console to the vehicle had been opened and rummaged through, with their contents strewn about the vehicle. Numerous identification and store cards were taken from the vehicle. It does not appear that the vehicle was locked prior to the theft, as police found no evidence of forced entry to the BMW. There are no suspects at this time.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Joseph Anderson at 973-509-4706.

Theft

On 6/7/11, police responded to Hillside School on a report of a theft. Upon arrival, police spoke to an employee who reported that a laptop computer had been stolen from the auditorium on 6/31/11 between 10:15 AM and 3:00 PM. The laptop is described as a metallic-gray Apple Mac Book valued at $1,149. There are no suspects at this time.

Vandalism
On 6/8/11 at approximately 2:20 AM, police responded to an apartment on Greenwood Avenue on a report of someone throwing bottles at a window. Upon arrival, police located a broken window on the second floor in the rear of the building. Police were unable to contact the resident in this apartment. The caller described the suspect only as a black male.

Robbery

On 6/7/11 at approximately 1:25 PM, police were dispatched to Park Street on a report of a strong arm robbery. Upon arrival, police spoke to the victim, a thirty-eight year old Montclair resident, stated that she was standing at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and South Park Street awaiting the arrival of a bus shortly before 1:00 PM on that date. While waiting, the female was holding her cell phone and bus card holder. Three juvenile males then approached her from across the street, rushed her, and took the cell phone and bus card holder from her hands before running westbound on Bloomfield Avenue.

The first suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, approximately fifteen years old, approximately 5’10”, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing sagging blue jeans and a blue T-shirt. The second suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, approximately fifteen years old, approximately 5’10”, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing sagging blue jeans and a black T-shirt. The third suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately fifteen years old, approximately 5’10”, with his hair pulled into a ponytail. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt with “AERO” written in gray on the shirt.

The stolen phone is described as a gray-colored Nokia flip cell phone valued at $200. Also taken were a two-zone New Jersey Transit bus bass and various identification cards.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Christopher Barnes at 973-509-4731.

Burglary Attempt

On 6/7/11 at approximately 3:25 PM, police responded to a single-family residence on Pleasant Avenue on a report of a burglary. Upon arrival, police spoke to the caller, who stated that a juvenile resident was home when the front doorbell rang. The juvenile stated that she peeked outside and saw a male ringing the doorbell numerous times before he walked to the rear of the property. It was later learned that the rear screen door, which had been closed, was now open. Police checked the property and did not see any signs of attempted forced entry to the residence.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’8”, and having dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a purple T-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Ray Gulbin at 973-509-4739.

Bicycle Theft
On 6/7/11 at approximately 7:15 PM, police were flagged down by a resident on North Fullerton Avenue. The complainant stated that a bicycle was stolen from her front porch sometime on that date between 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM. The bicycle is described as a 20” blue-gray BMX Mosh bicycle valued at $100. There are no suspects at this time.

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  1. They find that missing boiler yet? I know, no one wants to go looking for a boiler when it is 98 degrees outside, but they will need it soon enough…

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