The latest Montclair crime from Sergeant Terence Turner, Montclair Police Department:
Motor Vehicle Theft
December 18, 2019 (Maple Avenue): The victim reported that she started her 2014 Chrysler mini van and left it unattended so it could warm up. When she walked outside minutes later, the vehicle was gone.
December 21, 2019 (Midland Avenue): Packages that had been delivered to the residence were stolen at some point between 6pm and 9pm. There was no description of suspects.
December 22, 2019 (Franklin Avenue): The victim reported that approximately $2300.00 in cash was missing from a steel security box located in a bedroom of the home.
December 23, 2019 (Tuxedo Road): The resident reported that at approximately 0010 hours he received a motion detection alert on his cell phone. He stated that when he viewed the surveillance he noticed a tall male suspect walking towards his 2018 grey Honda Civic and proceeded to open the driver side door. There were no reported proceeds. The suspect is described as a tall male (unknown race) with a full beard wearing a skull hat with a bubble jacket, sweat pants, and dark boots.
December 23, 2019 (Chestnut Street): The victims reported that they parked their 2005 Volkswagen in the rear parking lot of the Clary Anderson Arena. Upon returning approximately 30 minutes later they discovered the vehicle had been entered. Missing at this time is an Apple laptop and a Nintendo DS.
December 23, 2019 (Midland Avenue): The resident reported that he parked his vehicle in front of his home. When he returned an hour later he discovered the unlocked vehicle had been entered. The following items were reported stolen: backpack, iPad, iPhone, Bluetooth transmitters, watch, sunglasses, and earbuds.
December 28, 2019 (Russell Terrace): The victim reported his vehicle was entered and a wallet containing $1000.00 in cash as stolen.
December 28, 2019 (South Fullerton Avenue): An employee of Connect Clothing reported that three males attempted to purchase a pair of sneakers with a suspected stolen credit card, as the security facial image on the card did not match the suspects face. When questioned, the suspects fled the store. In the process of leaving, one suspect grabbed an unknown amount of cash from another customer who had his wallet open in his hands. The suspects were described as three black males, 17-20 years old, medium build, medium complexion. They were last seen fleeing west on The Crescent towards the parking garage.
December 29, 2019 (Cambridge Road): The resident reported that he looked out his window and observed three males entering several vehicles belonging to his neighbors. They fled east on Cambridge Road. There were no proceeds.
December 31, 2019 (Gray Street): The victim reported that approximately $140.00 in merchandise delivered to his home was stolen from the porch. The incident reportedly occurred on December 20, 2019.
January 3, 2020 (Bloomfield Avenue): The manager of 7-11 reported that approximately $260.00 worth of Red Bull energy drinks were stolen over a two week period. The theft was discovered during inventory.
January 5, 2020 (Alexander Avenue): The residents reported that they returned home from vacation and discovered approximately $160.00 in delivered merchandise was stolen from the front porch. Surveillance cameras show the incident occurred on December 10, 2019 and the suspects are three males who exit a red SUV. They removed the packages and fled towards Grove Street.
December 18, 2019 (Walnut Street): Patrol units responded to the area of Walnut Street and Walnut Crescent on a report of a strong-armed robbery that just occurred. The victim reported walking east on Walnut Street when an unknown male approached her from behind and grabbed her purse, attempting to take it from her. The victim resisted and the male let go of the purse but did take a shopping bag which contained prescription medication. The suspect fled south on Pine Street. The victim sustained lacerations to her hands during the struggle. She was evaluated by Montclair Ambulance Unit but refused further treatment.
December 25, 2019 (South Willow Street): The residents reported that between 5pm – 11 pm December 24, 2019, unknown person(s) made entry into their home. Several checkbooks and approximately $1000.00 in cash were stolen. There were no signs of forced entry.
December 21, 2019 (Park Street): A bouncer at Just Jakes reported that he was punched in the face while escorting an unruly patron out of the establishment. The bouncer suffered lacerations under his eye. The suspect was described as black male, 25 years old, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds.