The week in Montclair from August 25, – September 1, from Sergeant Terence Turner, Montclair Police.
August 25, 2020 (Bloomfield Avenue): The victim reported that while walking in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Pine Street, an unknown suspect approached her from behind grabbed her pocketbook. The victim struggled with the suspect, who knocked her to the ground. The victim began to scream which caused the suspect to flee south towards Glenfield Park.
August 27, 2020 (Franklin Avenue): The complainant reports that an electric bicycle was stolen from his rear yard during the afternoon hours. The bicycle was reportedly locked at the time of the theft. The responding officer located the bike abandoned on Fremont Street in West Orange and returned it to the victim.
August 29, 2020 (Gates Avenue): The victim reported that his 2009 Toyota Camry was stolen from the rear parking lot during the overnight hours.
August 29, 2020 (Nishuane Road): The complainant reported that an unknown person entered two of his vehicles that were parked in his driveway during the overnight hours. Approximately $15.00 in change was stolen from one of the cars. A surveillance camera affixed to the garage shows the suspect enter the vehicle at approximately 1:30 AM.
August 30, 2020 (Orange Road): A 2008 Acura TL was stolen from the victim’s driveway during the overnight hours.
August 30, 2020 (Harrison Avenue): The resident reported that an Amazon package that had been delivered to his home was stolen. Surveillance cameras depict an older male, wearing a black cap, black shirt and black pants with black and red sneakers taking the package. In the video the suspect is seen walking up the driveway and after grabbing the package, the suspect is seen exiting, possibly heading north on Harrison Ave.
August 31, 2020 (Franklin Place): The complainant reported that a vacant residence currently under renovation was entered. Approximately $10,000 worth of copper piping was removed from the basement. In addition, the suspect(s) stole an air conditioner, three saws, and a ladder.
August 25, 2020 (Orange Road): Officers on foot patrol observed vandalism in the south end business district. The first two markings were observed on a PSE&G pole. It stated “SARP” in white ink and what appeared to be “STGE” in white ink. The second marking was on a wooden fence. Several other illegible markings were observed in blue ink around the business center.
August 28, 2020 (Bloomfield Avenue): The resident reported that while sitting in his dining room, an unknown person walked into his apartment. Upon seeing the resident, the suspect left.
August 30, 2020 (Pleasant Avenue): A resident of Pennsylvania contacted this agency and reported observing an unknown person attempting to open the door to his mother’s residence in Montclair on his surveillance camera. Entry was not gained.
August 31, 2020 (Glenridge Avenue): The security guard at Pineridge of Montclair reported observing 5-6 males attempting to open several vehicles parked in the parking lot. When confronted, the males fled. They were said to be between 17 and 20 years of age.
August 28, 2020 (Saint Lukes Place): At approximately 11:59 pm, police responded to the area of 7 St. Lukes Place on a report of a vehicle fire. Upon arrival, they found a 2010 Toyota Corolla fully engulfed in flames as well as a 2014 Range Rover that had fire damage. This is an active investigation between the Montclair Police and Fire Departments and as such no further details can be released at this time.
August 26, 2020 (Bloomfield Avenue): Patrol responded to the Dunkin Donuts on Bloomfield Avenue on a report of a physical altercation. The manager reported that between 6-7 female juveniles entered the store and requested free donuts. The manager reported that they were not wearing masks, and became unruly. When asked to leave, the group became abusive. One female assaulted the manager while another attempted to get behind the counter. Two customers observed the altercation and attempted to intervene. The females reportedly attacked the customers before fleeing towards Church Street. No injuries were reported.
August 28, 2020 (Bloomfield Avenue): Patrol responded to Antika Grill on a report of a physical dispute. A physical altercation began between two groups of tables which resulted in property damage to several plates and glasses. Two patrons sustained lacerations to their feet as a result of the broken glass and minor scratches.