Montclair Crime: “Shut Up or I Will Blow Out Your Brains”

Theft, Burglary, Arrests and suspicious (and scary) activity reported over the holiday weekend.  From Lt. Scott Buehler:

Theft from a Motor Vehicle

On 12/27/11 at approximately 11:40 AM, police responded to Beverly Road in Upper Montclair on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The complainant stated that at approximately 11:30 AM on that date, he was house sitting and exited the residence to discover a vehicle belonging to the homeowner had been damaged. The complainant stated that when he left the house, he observed numerous electrical wires protruding from the passenger’s side of an Acura MDX. The complainant further investigated and discovered that the stereo and GPS system had been stolen from the vehicle and the dashboard showed extensive damage. There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle, which may have been left unlocked prior to the incident. It is believed that the incident happened sometime after 3:00 AM on the 27th. There are no suspects at this time.

Burglary

On 12/27/11 at approximately 1:40 PM, police were dispatched to a single-family residence on Harrison Avenue on a report of a burglary. The victim stated that sometime between 3:00 AM and 1:30 PM on the 27th, someone had entered the residence and stolen a Dell laptop computer, valued at $1,500, and a Verizon Android cell phone, valued at $300. Both items were stolen from a kitchen counter. It is believed that the suspect may have gained entry to the residence through an unlocked rear door that leads into the kitchen. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Terence Turner at 973-509-4724.

Burglary

On 12/27/11 at approximately 4:25 PM, police responded to a single-family residence on Union Street on a report of a burglary. The victim reported that sometime between 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM on the 26th, someone had entered her residence and stolen two iPads, valued at $750 each, from a desk in her kitchen. It is believed that the suspect gained entry through an unlocked rear door while the victim was in another room in the residence. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Terence Turner at 973-509-4724.

Arrests

On 12/27/11 at approximately 6:05 PM, police responded to Glenfield School on Maple Avenue on a report of three males attempting to break the gate to leads to the school’s parking lot. Upon arrival, police located a seventeen year old Little Falls resident and two sixteen year old Little Falls residents. The seventeen year old male stated that he had parked his vehicle in the lot on that date at approximately 3:30 PM. When the group returned to the area at approximately 6:00 PM, they found that the gate had been padlocked with the vehicle, a BMW, still in the lot. The group then attempted to break the padlock to gain access to the lot in order to retrieve the vehicle.
The three juveniles were placed under arrest and charged with criminal mischief and defiant trespassing. All three were later turned over to their respective guardians.

Vandalism to a Motor Vehicle

On 12/27/11 at approximately 6:50 PM, police were dispatched to Church Street on a report of vandalism to a motor vehicle. The victim reported that she parked her Toyota Camry on that date at approximately 4:30 PM. When she returned to the area approximately two hours later, she discovered that the rear window of the vehicle had been smashed and a large dent was found on the roof of the vehicle. The victim reported that the vehicle was parked near the intersection of Plymouth Street and South Fullerton Avenue when the vandalism had occurred, but that he had driven it to Park Street, where he met police. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Wil Young at 973-509-4719.

Burglary Attempt

On 12/28/11 at approximately 3:30 PM, police responded to a single-family residence on Bradford Avenue in Upper Montclair on a report of a possible burglary. Upon arrival, police spoke to the complainant, who stated that she was house sitting for the homeowners. The complainant stated that she went to bed on the 27th at approximately 10:30 PM, and was unsure whether she secured French doors that lead to the dining room. When she awoke on the 28th at approximately 6:00 AM, she noticed that the French doors were wide open. It was unknown at the time of the report if anything was missing from the residence and there are no suspects at this time.

Suspicious Activity

On 12/28/11 at approximately 5:05 Pm, police were on Gates Avenue when they were approached by a fifty-nine year old Gates Avenue resident. The victim reported that on 12/17/11 at approximately 3:00 PM, she was in the rear of her residence when she heard noises coming from the garage located at the rear of her property. The victim stated that an unidentified male walked from behind the garage and approached her. The male pulled a handgun from his waistband and said, “Shut up or I will blow out your brains.” The victim then ran inside her house while the suspect fled down the driveway and was last seen running south on Gates Avenue.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’10”, late twenties to early thirties, and last seen wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, a knit winter cap, and blue jeans. The handgun was described only as having a brown-colored handle grip.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Charles Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Arrest

On 12/29/11 at approximately 2:25 AM, police stopped a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Oxford Street after a random registration check revealed that the registered owner had an expired driver’s license. Police spoke to the driver and learned that the operator was not the vehicle’s registered owner. While conducting the investigation, police observed a passenger, later identified as Jonathan Gill, attempting to conceal an object near his feet. Police detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Gill’s breath and located open containers of rum and beer in the rear seat area. The bag that Gill was attempting to conceal was found to contain eight cans of beer.
Gill, 20, of Glen Ridge, was placed under arrest and charged with possession of an alcoholic beverage under the legal age. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Arrest

On 12/29/11 at approximately 11:25 AM, police responded to Pathmark in Lackawanna Plaza on a report of a shoplifter. Upon arrival, police spoke to an employee who stated that a female, later identified as Jessica Ardouin, had placed several items in a shopping cart and attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise, which totaled over $100.
Ardouin, 25, of Montclair, was placed under arrest and charged with shoplifting. She was later released.

Burglary Attempt

On 12/29/11 at approximately 6:00 PM, police responded to the Meaningful Beauty Salon on North Willow Street on a report of an attempted burglary. The complainant stated that while attempting to open the rear door to the business, she noticed that the lock had been damaged. Police inspected the door and found that the door knob had been removed from the cylinder. It is believed that the incident occurred sometime between 10:00 PM on the 28th and 10:00 AM on the 29th. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Charles Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Arrests

On 12/29/11 at approximately 7:15 PM, police were patrolling Irving Street when they observed two males in Toyota, with the engines running and the interior dome light on and the headlights off. As police approached the vehicle, a passenger was observed placing an object on the floor. Police saw that a bag of marijuana was lying on the vehicle’s center console alongside a marijuana bud and a package of rolling papers. Further investigation revealed that an additional quantity of marijuana and three glass pipes. The occupants were both placed under arrest.
Matthew Peinovich, 23, of Montclair, and Daniel Cruz, 19, of Montclair, were both charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cruz was also issued a motor vehicle summons for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both were later released.
Anyone wishing to report drug activity is asked to call 973-509-4720.

Arrest

On 10/5/11 at approximately 7:30 PM, police responded to the area of Pine Street and Glenridge Avenue on a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The victim stated that the theft occurred minutes before he called the police. The vehicle, a white Ford F-350 pickup truck, had been parked on Glenridge Avenue across the street from the Crowd Around Deli. The keys to the vehicle had been left under the front driver’s seat and the vehicle had been left unlocked. The victim stated that he had only been away from the vehicle for a few minutes. The vehicle contained over $2,000 worth of tools and supplies in it when it was stolen. These tools included saws, a ratchet set, drills, a Shop-Vac, and a chipper.
As a result of an ongoing investigation, detectives identified Steven Palmer as one of the suspects in this incident. Palmer, 41, of Montclair, was arrested by police after being observed in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Pine Street on 12/29/11 at approximately 10:00 PM. Palmer was charged with burglary, unlawful taking of a means of conveyance, and theft. Bail was set at $35,000.

Vandalism to a Motor Vehicle

On 12/30/11 at approximately 12:05 PM, police responded to Elm Street on a report of vandalism to a motor vehicle. The complainant stated that a Volkswagen GTI had been parked in the rear of the residence. The complainant returned to the car to discover that the driver’s side front and rear door glass had been smashed. It is believed that the incident occurred sometime between 10:00 PM on the 29th and 11:00 AM on the 30th. There are no suspects at this time.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Lynn McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

Arrests

On 12/30/11 at approximately 3:35 PM, police responded to the Shell Station after police observed individuals attempting to gain entry to a Chevrolet pickup truck after a hand exchange. Upon arrival, police observed a seventeen year old Montclair male in the cabin of the vehicle. Police also observed three individuals surrounding the vehicle. These individuals were identified as Shaun Brown, Darius Wineglass, and another seventeen year old Montclair male. Prior to detaining the group, police had observed these three individuals attempting to reach in to reach in and unlock the passenger’s side front door. During the investigation, Wineglass was found to be in possession of a bag of marijuana. All four individuals were placed under arrest.
Brown, 20, of Montclair, and Wineglass, 18, of Montclair, were each charged with burglary. Wineglass was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. They were later released.
The two juveniles were charged with burglary and later turned over to their respective guardians.

Robbery

On 12/31/11 at approximately 6:30 PM, police responded to the Shell Gas Station on Bloomfield Avenue on a report of a robbery. Upon arrival, police spoke to an employee who had been assigned to the gas pumps at the time of the incident. The victim stated that at approximately 6:20 PM on that date, he was approached by an unidentified male who had walked up the steps on Pine Street and into the lot. The suspect questioned the employee about bottles of oil that were displayed. The employee bent down to point to the oil and the suspect proceeded to reach into the employee’s coat pocket and remove approximately $367 in cash. The suspect then fled south through the parking lot and was last seen traveling southbound on Pine Street on foot. The suspect is described as a black male in his thirties, thin build, 5’10”, and last seen wearing blue jeans, with a black jacket over a white undershirt.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Terence Turner at 973-509-4724.

Robbery

On 12/31/11 at approximately 6:40 PM, police responded to the area of South Park Street and Church Street on a report of a robbery that had occurred. While en route, police were given a description of a vehicle that fled the scene. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle, a Mazda, was pursued by detectives on High Street before the pursuit was terminated in the area of North Day Street in Orange.
Police then spoke to the victim, a twenty-seven year old female, who stated that she had received a call from an acquaintance identified as Joseph Benton. Benton asked the victim if she was at work, and she replied that she was. She then observed Benton pulling up in front of the bar in a white-colored four door vehicle. Benton walked across the street and appeared as if he was going to hug the victim, but instead grabbed a book that the victim used to hold her tip money. Benton opened the book and, seeing that it contained no money, threw it to the ground. Benton then reached into the victim’s bra and removed sixty dollars in cash. Benton then jumped into the vehicle and was last seen driving east on Bloomfield Avenue.
Benton is not yet in custody, but has been charged with robbery, eluding, and hindering apprehension. Bail has been set at $100,000. The vehicle was later recovered unoccupied in Bloomfield.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Terence Turner at 973-509-4724.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. WTF is going on in Montclair? I hope it was just ‘end of year’ antics and not an even larger increase in the crime rate here… I better get a hold of some pepper spray.

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