Police were called to Dunkin Donuts on Bloomfield Ave., (Friday, June 28, just before midnight) on a report of an armed robbery in progress. The caller stated he observed a heavy set black male about 5’11 wearing blue jeans, dark sweatshirt and a ski mask enter the establishment and hold a gun to an employee inside. He relayed seeing the suspect exit through the west entrance and run south towards the rear of the parking lot. Information was relayed quickly to officers who encountered an individual fitting the description near Ferrara’s Auto body shop on Orange Road.
A clear plastic bag containing $753.66 with a Baskin Robbins logo on it was found on the ground near the suspect, who was sweating profusely. The bag was confirmed to contain proceeds from the robbery. Darryl Hill, 40, of Newark was placed under arrest for armed robbery. A black handgun with a brown handle, a black ski mask and a dark colored sweatshirt with a graphic design logo were located lying on top of garbage inside a dumpster in the rear of the parking lot outside the Dunkin Donuts. The handgun turned out to be made of hard plastic as it had some sort of black cloth covering the tip of the gun in order to make it appear real. Bail was set at 150,000 no 10% option.
Upon investigation, police learned that the suspect entered the establishment holding the gun in his hand. He pushed the employee behind the counter and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t give him the money from the safe. The employee complied and handed over two money bags. The first money bag was described as a clear plastic bag with “Baskin Robbins” logo on it. The second bag was described as a solid white bank deposit bag with a zipper. The estimated the total value of both bags was approximately $1,217 in US currency. The second bag was recovered, but no cash found inside the bag.
On 06/24/2013 at 1300 hours, officers responded to the 10 block of Christopher Court on a theft report. The caller informed officers that his employees were working in the area and had a weed whacker stolen from the trailer while it was parked on the street. It was a red Shindaiwa Weed Whacker valued at $450.00.
On 06/24/2013 at 1750 hours, officers took a walk in theft report. The victim stated she was walking south near 125 Elm Street on the east side of the street when a black male (approx 5’10, thin build) walking north snatched a gold chain from around her neck and ran through the yard of 125 Elm Street where the victim lost sight of him. The chain was described as a gold rope chain with a Cross of the Huguenot pendant affixed to it (approximate value $500.00). Anyone with information contact Det. J. Anderson at 973 509 4706.
On 06/242013 at 1941 hours, officers responded to a Gates Avenue address on a theft report. Officer were informed by the caller that he secured his Trek bicycle to the bike rack at the Bay Street parking deck at 0630 hours. When he returned at 1830 hours the rear bike tire was missing.
On 06/26/2013 at 1122 hours, officers responded to the Montclair Public Library on South Fullerton Avenue on a theft report. The caller stated a piece of art work was stolen from wall inside the library. The painting is described as a 6″x 6″ green, blue, and yellow painting with a large Peace sign and is valued at $350.00. The painting was last seen on June 23rd at approx 1500 hours. Anyone with information contact Det. DeGrazio at 973 509 4717.
On 06/26/2013 at 2048 hours, officers responded to the Shell gas station on Bloomfield Avenue on a theft of gas report. The on duty attendant informed officers that a black Honda pulled up to the pump and requested $15.00 gas. The vehicle was operated by a black male with a black female passenger. When the attendant finished pumping the gas the driver yelled to him that he would return later with the money and sped off. Anyone with information contact Det. McCarthy at 973 509 4725.
On 06/24/2013 at 1623 hours, officers responded to the parking lot of 120 Valley Road on a vandalism report. The caller informed officers that she parked her sisters black 2011 Toyota Scion in the lot at 0900 hours. Between 1200 hours and 1600 hours the rear passenger window was shattered. The caller believed nothing was taken from the vehicle.
On 06/26/2013 at 0946 hours, officers responded to the rear parking lot of 82 Pine Street on a report of damage to a motor vehicle. The caller informed officers that his 2012 Ford was parked in the lot over the weekend. During that time someone wrote a word on the front hood of the vehicle. It appeared not to have scratched the vehicle. The caller believed he might be able to remove it by washing and detailing the car.
On 06/27/2013 at 0828 hours, officers responded to the 30 block of Union Street on a vandalism report. The caller informed officers that on June 26th at approx 2100 hours he parked his silver 2012 Mazda MX6 in the rear parking lot of the multi family address. He placed a car cover on the vehicle. When he returned to the vehicle on the 27th at 0800 hours he found it damaged. He discovered scratches, missing paint in the area of the scratches as well as 2 dents on the hood and front bumper.
On 06/27/2013 at 1029 hours, officers responded to Wayside Avenue on a vandalism report. To area residents reported damage to landscaping lights and a lamp post in front. The glass was broken out of both.
On 06/25/2013 at 1735 hours, officers responded to the area of 64 Clinton on a report of an erratic driver possibly intoxicated. Officers were given the description of the vehicle and as they approached the area they observed it near Union Ave and Clinton Avenue. It made a sudden right turn onto Russell Terrace. A motor vehicle stop was conducted. The driver was observed fumbling with his credentials and when asked what he was doing responded “You know, it’s the stuff, you’re a cop”. The driver was drooling and had a blank stare on his face when he was asked to produce his driver’s license. He had slurred speech and appeared confused. He informed officers that he had taken a prescribed amount of suboxine. When asked to step out of the vehicle he could barely stand without falling. Officers placed 21 yr old James Aguiar of Montclair under arrest for operating a motor vehicle under the influence.