Montclair Crime: Babysitter Arrested for Leaving Two Young Children in her Care Alone, Burglaries, and Vandalism

A 19 year old babysitter arrested for leaving two young children in her care alone and taking the parents car without consent. Read the full crime report provided by Detective Lieutenant Angel L. Roman Jr., Detective Bureau Commander, Montclair Police Department:


On 12/21/2013 at 2037 hours, officers responded to a Haddon Place address on a 3 yr old child found alone in front of his residence.  A neighbor informed officers that as he was leaving at approx 2015 hours he observed his neighbor’s 3 yr old son alone without a coat and appeared to be looking for his parents.  He grabbed the child and went into his home to look for a babysitter who was supposed to be watching the children.  No one was home and he found the one year old brother asleep in his crib on the second floor.  Contact was made with the parents who were in Manhattan and they advised officers they would be on their way home.  At approx 2145 the babysitter pulled into the driveway driving a red Acura belonging to the parents of the children (2nd family vehicle).  She told officers that her 17 yr old sister had an emergency and had been stranded on rt 22.  She panicked and took her employers Acura to go get her sister and believed she could return before the children woke up.  19 yr old Sherline Nicholas of Orange NJ was placed under arrest and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and taking a motor vehicle without consent.  Bail was set by Judge Strait at $50000 with a 10% option.

On 12/18/2013 at 0201 hours, officers giving special attention to the area of Bellevue Avenue and Valley Road due to recent burglaries observed a subject dressed in all black (black hoody) matching a description given on the suspected burglar.  Due to the late hour officers conducted an investigative stop near 207 Bellevue Avenue.  The subject was uncooperative, evasive and could not provide officers where he was headed to.  A warrant check for 30 yr old David Gallahad of Newark revealed a $500 warrant out of Newark.  He was taken into custody without incident and held for pick up by Newark PD.

On 12/19/2013 at 1951 hours, officers were dispatched to the 50 block of Forest regarding a vehicle leaving the scene of an accident.  The victim of the hit and run provided officers with the plate and description of the vehicle, a brown 4dr 2000 Buick.  Officers arriving on Forest Street (address vehicle was registered to) located the vehicle parked on the street unoccupied.  It had damage to the rear passenger door as well as red paint transfer from the vehicle it struck.  The owner of the vehicle was located in front of his residence and denied he had been in an accident and that he had just returned from the liquor store on Park Street.  The officer, who was at the scene by himself waiting back up units, advised the owner of the vehicle that he was going to conduct a pat down for officer safety.  He immediately informed the officer that he had a small bag of marijuana in his pocket.  36 yr old Ibn Reed of Montclair was placed under arrest without incident.  He was charged with possession of marijuana and released pending his court hearing.   He was also issued motor vehicle violations for leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.


On 12/16/2013 at 2036 hours, officers responded to the 200 block of North Fullerton Avenue on a burglary report.  Officers were informed by the homeowner (resides on second floor of two family home) that he left the home at 1430 hours and returned at approx 2030 hours and found his apartment had been ransacked.  The only item stolen was a jar containing approx $150 to $200 dollars worth of change.  Officers observed that the rear first floor door had been kicked in.  Actor(s) appeared to have left through the front door as the homeowner found it unlocked on arrival.  Anyone with information contact Det. J. Anderson at 973 509 4706.

On 12/18/2013 at 0610 hours, officers responded to Village Laundry Center on Bellevue Avenue on a burglary report.  The caller informed officers that they closed on 12/17 at approx 1955 hours and all doors were locked.  Upon arriving at 0600 hours he realized register box was missing which contained $50 dollars (single and fives).  Officers observed pry marks on the front door of the business which appeared to be the point of entry.  Anyone with information contact Det. J. Anderson at 973 509 4706.


Stolen Motor vehicle:

On 12/16/2013 at 1045 hours, officers responded to a Union Avenue address on a stolen motor vehicle that occurred between midnight and 1045 hours.  The caller informed officers that the vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys inside inadvertently.  The vehicle was a white Acura RDX.  The vehicle contained a red fabric suit case with approx $1,000 worth of clothing as well as $3,000 worth of jewelry.

On 12/17/2013 at 0812 hours, officers responded to a Franklin Avenue address on a stolen motor vehicle.  Officers were informed by the caller that he left his 2003 silver Lexus IS300 at the curb warming up for less than five minutes.  When he returned the vehicle was gone.


On 12/21/2013 at 1018 hours, officers responded to Gates Avenue on vandalism report.  The vehicle owner informed officers that she parked her vehicle on 12/20 at 1415 hours behind 19 Gates Avenue.  This morning she found her black 2006 Volkswagen Passat had been keyed.  Officers observed multiple horizontal scratches across the hood of the car.

On 12/22/2013 at 0658 hours, officers responded to 51 Watchung Avenue on a vandalism report.  The owner stated he closed the business (Friendly Stationary) at 2000 hours on 12/21.  When he opened on 12/22 0630 he found a hole in the center of the front window.  It appeared that someone had been pushed into it.

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  1. How did the babysitter know where the keys were. Who recommended her. Throw the book at her- left 2 kids alone with the front g)oor open (how does a 3 year -old open the door?

    To the parents- next time please hire an adult!

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