Montclair Crime: Robbery In Nishuane Park, Assault on Elmwood Avenue

Montclair, NJ – The week in crime from Captain Scott Buehler, Montclair Police.

Thefts
February 25, 2020 (Hartley Street): The complainant reports that a dumpster, valued at $4,000 was stolen from a lot.
February 26, 2020 (Gates Avenue); The complainant states that his wallet was stolen from his vehicle.
February 26, 2020 (South Park Street): The complainant reports that her wallet was stolen when she momentarily left her purse unattended at Starbucks.
March 1, 2020 (North Willow Street): The complainant reports that approximately $280 worth of DJ equipment was stolen from her motor vehicle.

Burglary
February 26, 2020 (Pierson Place): The complainant reports that two laptop computers and a television were stolen from his residence. It appears that entry was gained through an unlocked patio door.
March 2, 2020 (Orange Road): Police received a report that a window to the building had been shattered, with a rock found on the floor of the building.

Robbery
February 24, 2020 (Nishuane Park): The complainant reports that he arranged through a mutual acquaintance to meet in Nishuane Park at 11:00 PM with a male to purchase a pair of sneakers. Once there, the suspect produced a sneaker box containing rocks rather than the sneakers. The suspect then brandished a silver revolver and demanded the $350 that was the agreed asking price for the sneakers. The complainant surrendered the money and the suspect, known only to the complainant as “J”, fled towards the direction of Harrison Avenue and Oak Street.

March 2, 2020 (Elmwood Avenue); The victim states that he was on Elmwood Avenue at approximately 9:15 PM when he was approached by a group of about 10 males wearing dark, hooded clothing. The victim states that the group began to mock his appearance, with one male saying, “I’m gonna see you later.” After a brief exchange, the victim reports that he was assaulted by the group. The victim that his cell phone was taken during the incident. The victim suffered abrasions, bruising, and swelling to his face and forehead.

Suspicious Incident
February 28, 2020: The complainant reports that on two occasions in the last several weeks, he has been verbally harassed. On one occasion in early February, he was walking in the area of Glenridge Avenue when the occupants of a four-door silver Buick yelled slurs regarding the complainant’s sexuality. The occupants are described only as three white males, possibly in their teens. The complainant also states that on February 18th, he was on Bloomfield Avenue when three black males, possibly in their mid-twenties, yelled similar slurs.

Bias
March 2, 2020 (Chestnut Street): An employee at the Montclair High School reported discovering two swastikas and an anti-Semitic phrase carved into a chair in the school.

Fraud
March 1, 2020 (Valley Road): An employee of King’s Supermarket reported that at approximately 2:30 PM, two females passed two counterfeit $100 bills during a purchase.

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