Montclair Police Blotter: Vandalism at Bullock Elementary, Thefts, Burglaries, Arrests

The latest in crime from Det. Lt. Angel Roman of the Montclair Police:

VANDALISM

On September 18, 2012 at approx 1041 hours, officers took a report of vandalism at Charles H. Bullock School on Washington Street.  The principal informed officers that someone entered the unlocked fenced in play ground across from the school and smashed several of the pumpkins the students were growing.  This was the second time in the last two weeks.  Anyone with information contact the juvenile aid bureau. 

On September 23rd at approx. 0741 hours, officers responded to a Pine Street address on a report of damage to a motor vehicle.  Officers were shown the vehicle which had the rear window broken out with a brick.  The ignition had also been pulled.  The vehicle was a black 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup and was parked the evening before on the north side of the parking lot to the complex.  The damage occurred overnight.

THEFTS

On September 18, 2012 at approx 0914 hours, officers responded to an Elm Street address on a theft of a motorcycle.  The owner stated informed officers that he parked the motorcycle in the rear of the house under an open porch on Saturday September 15th at approximately midnight.  He went away for the weekend and when he returned on the 18th the bike was missing.  The motorcycle was a 2002 red and black Ducati 748 valued at approx $7,000.00.

On September 18th at approx 1358 hours, officers responded to a Union Street address on a report of a stolen motor vehicle.  The vehicle owner stated he parked and locked his red 1999 Jeep Cherokee in front of 10 Union Street and went to catch a bus.  He was later called by his wife who advised him that NJ Transit Police had called her about recovered items that belonged to him.  The items were located in the parking lot of the Brick Street train station.  The complainant was never in East Orange on the above date.  When he returned to 10 Union Street his vehicle was gone.  The vehicle was valued at approx $5,000.00.

On September 19th at approx 1800 hours, police took a theft report from a Valley Road resident.  The complainant informed police that she parked her white 2003 Toyota Camry on September 17th in the rear parking lot of her apartment building at approx 2200 hours.  She left the vehicle unlocked and when she returned on the 18th at about 1600 hours she realized her Garmin GPS unit and a Samsung phone charger were missing.

On September 20th at approx. 0754 hours, officers responded to an Alexander Avenue address to take a report of a theft from a motor vehicle.  Officers were informed that the vehicle was parked unlocked in the driveway of the residence at approx 1830 hours on September 19th.  Stolen from the vehicle over night were a Garmin GPS unit, a universal phone charger, a road side emergency kit, a Michael Kors medium size purse and a full size tote, an infant North Face fall jacket and a T-shirt.

On September 20th at approx. 1509 hours, police responded to a Harrison Avenue address on a report of a theft.  Officers were informed by the caller that a Dell Lap Top computer was stolen from the front porch of the residence.  The lap top was delivered to the callers previous address on September 19th.  The package was signed for by one of the present residents who spoke to the caller and stated she would leave the box on a chair on the front porch on the morning of September 20th.  The complainant responded to pick the package up at approx 0900 hours and the package was missing.  Anyone with information contact Det. Gulbin at 973 509 4739.

On September 22nd at approx. 0005 hours, officers responded to the Lackawanna Plaza parking lot on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle.  Officers met the vehicle owner who informed them that she parked her vehicle at approx 2030 hours.  When she returned around midnight she found the front passenger side window broken out of her Ford Explorer.  Stolen from the vehicle were two Garmin GPS units and a purse that contained $100.00 cash and several credit cards.  Anyone with information contact Det. Lynn McCarthy.

On September 22nd at approx 1359 hours, officers responded to a Franklin Place address on a report of a stolen bicycle.  Officers were informed by the homeowner that her son left his Orange Rampage BMX bicycle unlocked on the front porch of the home overnight.  The bicycle was placed there at approx 1900 hours the night before.  When he went to look for it this morning the bicycle was gone.

On September 23rd at approx 1805 hours, police took a theft report at an Upper Mountain residence.  The homeowner stated that two flower pots (Mums) were stolen overnight from his front porch.

BURGLARIES

On September 18th at approx.1534 hours, officers responded to a North Willow Street address (The Redeemer Church) on a report of a burglary.  An employee informed officers that someone burglarized the detached garage on the east side of the building.  Entry and exit was made through two windows on the east side.  Both windows were believed to have been locked, however there were no signs of damage to the windows.  Taken was a video projector and a set of speakers total estimated value was approx $700.00.  Anyone with information contact Det. DeGrazio at 973 509 4717.

On September 21st at approx. 1408 hours, officers responded to a Wilde Place address on a report of a burglary.  The homeowner informed officers that she left her residence at approx 1030 hours this morning via the front door and the home was secure.  When she returned at 1345 hours she entered the front door and realized her back door was open.  She further inspected and found that the glass window on the rear door had been broken out which allowed the intruder to reach in and unlock the dead bolt.  Stolen from the home were two Mac Book Pro lap tops, two Apple iPads and an Apple TV view connector.  Anyone with information contact Det. Ricky Singleton at 973 509 4722.

ARRESTS

On September 19th at approx. 0335 hours, officers responded to the area of Highland Avenue near Warfield Street on a report of a suspicious vehicle parked for over a half hour.  On arrival officers were approached by a stumbling white male who stated his vehicle had broken down and he was calling a friend.  Officers observed the vehicle, a silver 2007 Saturn Vue, with heavy damage.  The vehicle’s front right tire was missing, just the rim was left.   All air bags appeared to have deployed and there appeared to be side swipe damage to the rear passenger fender and green paint left on the vehicle.  The subjects clothes were mussed up and he appeared to be intoxicated.  When questioned he admitted to having had drinks earlier.  He was given several field sobriety tests which he failed.  As a result forty one year old Frank Butterfield of Roseland was placed under arrest for DWI.

On September 21st at approx. 0755 hours, police were enforcing traffic in the area of Elm Street.  While randomly checking license plates through the Mobile Data terminal a black Honda Accord alerted the officers that the registered owner had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  The vehicle was followed and a motor vehicle stop was conducted in the area of 15 Bloomfield Avenue.  The driver, twenty one year old Malcolm Appiah-Adjei of Newark, was in fact the registered owner and was placed under arrest.  He was brought to headquarters where he posted bail for the traffic warrant in the amount of $250.00 and released.

On September 23rd at approx 2047 hours, officers were pro actively patrolling the area of Prospect Avenue due to the recent rash of burglaries in the area.  While patrolling, officers observed a subject they recognized in the area walking south bound on Prospect.  Officers knew that this subject, twenty two year old Saveon Hayles of Brooklyn, did not live in Montclair and stepped out to speak to him.  The subject stated he was waiting for a ride but could not explain why he was in this area of Montclair or who was picking him up.  Saveon Hayles was checked through dispatch for warrants and in fact a $500.00 warrant out of Bloomfield was found.   He was placed under arrest and turned over to Bloomfield Police Department.

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