Montclair Crime: Altercation, Burglary, Bike Theft, GreenDot Scam

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The week in crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department…

Arrests:

On 05/28/2014, Officers patrolling in the area of Pine Street and Grant Street observed a subject known to have a warrant. Anthony Byrd, 31yoa, of Montclair was confirmed to have an active warrant out of town for $753. Mr. Byrd was arrested and held on this warrant.

On 06/02/2014 at 2015Hrs, Officers observed a physical altercation between two males at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Glenridge Avenue. The victim, an 18 year old Montclair resident stated that he had dropped a Visa gift card on the ground and observed suspect David Blakely (24yoa, Montclair) pick it up and put it in his pocket. When the victim confronted Mr. Blakely, a physical altercation occurred. During this altercation, the front door of the Bank of America, 411 Bloomfield Avenue, was smashed. Mr. Blakely is charged with Robbery with bail of $20,000.00 and Criminal Mischief with a bail of $2,500.00.

Burglary:

On 5/27/2014, at 1915Hrs Greenwood Avenue resident reported that he was the victim of a burglary. The victim was away from home during the daytime, and upon returning noticed multiple items missing from his apartment. Reported missing are a Nintendo Wii, Canon Power shot A2300 camera, E machines E625 computer laptop, and $200.00 cash. There were no signs of forced entry. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Theft:

On 05/27/2014 a midland Avenue resident was the victim of a bicycle theft. The bicycle in question, a light blue and white Women’s model Cannondale Mountain Bike, with a 14.5 inch frame, was left unsecured in the front yard. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 05/30/2014 a resident on James Street reported that sometime overnight someone had entered his unlocked Nissan Maxima. The contents of the glove box and cup holder were found strewn across the front yard. $5.00 in loose change was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 5/30/2014 at 1722Hrs, a 65yo female was exiting the dome-side of Lackawanna Plaza when she placed her bag of groceries on the ground next to her feet. An unknown party stole the bag of groceries, valued at $50, while this victim was distracted. A witness described the actor as a tall black male approximately 175 lbs in his early 50’s. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 05/30/2014 a vehicle owner reported that their 2001 BMW had been entered and items were missing. This vehicle had been parked on Portland Place near the entrance to the Maple Plaza Parking Lot. Taken in this incident was a purse containing the vehicle registration and insurance documents. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 05/31/2014, Officers responded to Anthropologie, 470 Bloomfield Avenue, on a report of a theft that took place in the past. Upon arrival, they were met by management, who stated that sometime between 3:00 PM, and 3:30 PM, 13 shirts went missing from a table at the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor. The stolen shirts were described as dark in color and worth at total value of $1,394.00. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at 973-509-7543.

On 05/31/2014 between 2130 and 2330Hrs, a Garden Street resident was the victim of a theft. An unknown party had removed their men’s green Mongoose bicycle and vehicle mounted bicycle rack from the rear of their Toyota SUV. The bicycle rack was left at the scene, but the bicycle was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/01/2014 at approx. 0100Hrs, two bicycles were stolen from the front porch of a Chestnut Street residence. BMX Style Razor Freestyle, black in Color. Women’s Trailblazer Mountain bike, black in color. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/01/2014, a Garden Street resident reported that during the overnight hours, someone had rummaged through their 2014 Audi. Taken in this incident was a wallet which had been in the center console of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/01/2014, a Midland Avenue resident reported that some time in the past two days, someone had taken two decorative clay pots off the front steps of their home. The pots are described as being made from clay, painted glazed black and approximately 2.5 feet in height (Valued $150 each). The plots also had some multi-colored flowers planted in them. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at 973-509-7543.

On 5/31/2014, a Claremont Avenue resident reported that their 2000 Honda Civic, color silver, had been stolen from the 2nd level of the north Fullerton parking Deck. This vehicle was last seen parked in that location on 5/26/2014. This vehicle was recovered 30 minutes later, unoccupied, in the City of Newark. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at 973-509-7543.

Misc:

On 05/27/2014 at 2340Hrs, a Hawthorne Place resident observed an unknown subject rummaging through his vehicle. This suspect, described as a thin, white male, in his late teens or early twenties and was wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans, then fled the area on foot. Nothing was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 5/28/2014, Officers on patrol observed fresh graffiti in the stairwell of the North Fullerton parking Deck. This graffiti was done with black and white spray paint. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 05/28/2014, a 24 year old Montclair resident was contacted by a party claiming to represent a company which issues loans and grants. This subject told the victim that he had qualified for a grant but needed to forward a processing fee. This caller then instructed the victim to purchase “GreenDot” money cards from CVS and provide him with the numbers and redemption codes. The victim provided the caller with this information and was defrauded out of $1,164.00.

Residents are again reminded that if contacted by someone claiming to represent a company requesting payment, that resident should first contact that company and verify the request. When calling, the resident should locate that companies internet/phonebook published telephone phone number (not utilize a callback number furnished by the person calling) and confirm that this party is in fact an employee of that company. Any suspicious contacts should be reported to Montclair Police prior to any transactions being completed. Residents should be especially cautious when these callers request any type of Moneycard (Prepaid Debit Card) or MoneyGram, VanillaCard or GreenDot payments.

On 05/30/2014 at approx. 0526Hrs, a man hired a taxi for a trip from New York City to the 600 Block of Valley Road. Upon arriving at their destination, the passenger stated that he needed to use the ATM at a local bank. The taxi driver attempted to follow this subject, losing sight of him in the area of Bellevue Avenue. This suspect is described as a tall medium skinned Indian Male, approx. 30-35 yrs of age, dark crew cut, wearing a light colored shirt

On 05/30/2014 at 1120Hrs, a vehicle owner on Wheeler Street observed an unknown male, running from a dog, and jump onto his vehicle to get away from the dog. As a result of the male jumping onto the vehicle, a 2001 Acura, the windshield was now cracked with a large indent on the driver’s side. The unidentified male was last seen running north on Wheeler Street and the dog remained on Wheeler Street. The unidentified male never returned to the scene.

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