Montclair Crime: Attempted Purse Snatching on Christmas Eve

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


12-19-2017 (South Mountain Avenue) Two unlocked vehicles were rummaged through, but nothing was reported taken.

12-19-2017 (Erie street) Theft of a glass store sign from the front of a commercial establishment.

12-19-2017 (James Street) Three juveniles were observed stealing a purse from an unlocked motor vehicle. These juveniles fled on foot from the area.

12-20-2017 (Forest Street) Theft of a wallet from an unlocked motor vehicle.

12-20-2017 (Miller Street) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. Personal documents were taken in this incident.

12-22-2017 (Highland Avenue) Attempted burglary to a residence. Two window screens were discovered damaged, but entry was not gained to the home.

12-23-2017 (Claremont Avenue) Theft of a tire gauge from an unlocked motor vehicle.

12-23-2017 (Hartley Street) A parked vehicle was entered and two Apple laptops taken. There was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle.

12-24-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Officers responded to Bloomfield Avenue at South Willow Street on a report of an attempted purse snatching. The victim, a 44yoa Montclair woman, stated that she was walking on Bloomfield Avenue when a male grabbed her purse strap and attempted to take the purse. Her purse strap snapped, causing the male to lose grip on the purse. This suspect then fled on foot, southbound on South Willow Street. He is described as an African-American Male in his late teens to early 20’s, 5’6 -5’8 in height, very thin build, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. No injuries were reported.

12-24-2017 (Pine Street) Theft of a delivered package from the front of an apartment building.

12-25-2017 (Elm Street) An unlocked vehicle was entered, but nothing reported taken.


12-20-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) A 51-year-old Glen Ridge man was arrested and charged with DWI

12-20-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) A 73-year-old Montclair man was arrested and charged with DWI

12-21-2017 (Dunkin Donuts, Bloomfield Avenue) A 17-year-old Montclair male was arrested for passing a fraudulent $50 bill at that store.

12-21-2017 (Pine Street) A 26-year-old Montclair man was arrested and charged with theft after taking cash from a 17yoa Hackensack male he had encountered in the street.

12-24-2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) A 34-year-old Carteret woman was arrested and charged with DWI.

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