Montclair Crime: Intruder Wearing Ski Mask Breaks Into Godfrey Road Home


The New Jersey State Police and Montclair Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man wanted for a home invasion/ attempted burglary in Upper Montclair.

On Tuesday, October 22, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the suspect broke into a residence in Upper Montclair. The suspect confronted the victim inside and then fled on foot towards the NJ Transit railroad tracks.

The suspect is described as a tall black male. He was wearing a mask, which covered the lower portion of his face, a black-hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Montclair Police described the incident in the Montclair Police blotter as follows:

October 22, 2019 (Godfrey Road): Police responded on a report of a male suspect attempting to enter the residence. a person in the residence states that she heard glass shatter and ran to the kitchen to see what caused the noise. There she observed a skinny, tall black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black ski mask partially covering his face, black pants, and black gloves, with the kitchen door ajar. She then fled ran out of the kitchen. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of the police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Joseph Anderson of the Montclair Police Department at 973-509-4706.


October 26, 2019 (Myrtle Avenue): Police responded to a residence on a report of a burglary after a resident had been alerted remotely that someone had been ringing the doorbell to his residence. Video shows the suspect attempt to enter the residence and later leaving the house via the front door. The resident states that the suspect entered the residence through a window. It is unknown if anything was stolen from the residence. The suspect is described as a tall white male with short brown hair and a goatee, last seen wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans, gray sneakers with white soles, and a black back pack.

October 27, 2019 (Glenridge Parkway): The complainant reports that someone entered his motor vehicle and rummaged through the glove compartment and center console. No items were reported missing. The vehicle may have been left unlocked prior to the incident.

October 22, 2019 (Claremont Avenue): The complainant states that a package containing an iPhone 6, valued at $600, was stolen from outside her apartment sometime approximately two months ago.
October 22, 2019 (Christopher Street) The complainant reports that he was in his residence when he saw the interior light to his motor vehicle turn on. He says that he saw a male wearing gray sweatpants and a dark, hooded sweatshirt holding a flashlight and searching the interior of his vehicle. The vehicle had been left unlocked. The complainant yelled at the suspect, who fled south on Christopher Street. Officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

October 23, 2019 (Bloomfield Avenue): An employee at 7-11 states that a female stole approximately $18 in merchandise. She and another male fled east on Bloomfield Avenue in a blue or black Nissan Altima.

October 23, 2019 (Unknown location): The complainant states that an Apple MacBook, valued at $300-$500, was stolen from her vehicle sometime since mid- June. She believes that the vehicle was left unlocked prior to the theft.

October 24, 2019 (Valley Road): Police responded to the QuickChek on a report of a shoplifting. An employee states that approximately $8 in merchandise was taken by a black female, 15-17 years old, thin build, and last seen wearing a dark, long- sleeved shirt, dark pants, and white sneakers.

October 24, 2019 (Orange Road): The complainant states that his cell phone, valued at $200, was stolen from the counter of Amore Pizza. The suspect is described as a black male, mid 20s, with short black hair and facial hair, last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white writing, light colored pants, and white Adidas shoes with black stripes.

October 25, 2019 (Maple Avenue): The complainant reports that his Orbea mountain bike, valued at $1,500, had been stolen. The bicycle had been locked to a bike rack prior to the theft.
October 25, 2019 (Church Street): The complainant reports that a neon green Specialized bike, valued at $500, had been stolen. The bicycle had been locked to a bike rack prior to the theft.

October 27, 2019 (Glenridge Avenue): An employee at Romany Liquors reports that a male stole two bottles of wine, valued at $22 apiece. The suspect is described as a black male wearing a black hat, blue jacket with a red collar and a white stripe across the chest, tan or gray pants, and black sneakers with a white sole.

October 29, 2019 (Lansing Place): The complainant reports her vehicle, a BMW X3, was stolen from her driveway.

Suspicious Incident

October 23, 2019 (Park Street): The caller states that he was walking when he saw a light-colored or silver SUV pull behind his neighbor’s parked vehicle. He reports that he saw three black males in their late teens/ early 20s exit the SUV. One of the males attempted to gain access to the neighbor’s vehicle. Shortly after the caller asked the males what they were doing, the three quickly returned to their vehicle and fled south on Park Street. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle, which was locked prior to this incident.

October 25, 2019 (Park Street): The caller reports seeing two individuals in a neighbor’s yard and noticed fresh graffiti, consisting of illegible white writing, on the back wall of his neighbor’s garage while the individuals were there. The first suspect is described as a white male with medium length blonde hair, 14-15 years old, last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, red shoes, and silver glasses. The second suspect is described as a male with light brown complexion, curly brown hair, 14-15 years old, last seen wearing a gray shirt, black pants, and white shoes.

— Captain Scott Buehler, Montclair Police

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