Montclair Crime: Samurai Sword Goes Missing From Summit Avenue

The week in crime from Sergeant Terence Turner, Montclair Police Department

June 3, 2021 (Summit Avenue): The complainants reported several items missing from their residence. They stated that over the course of several months, a golden mirror, a samurai sword, four crystal wedding glasses, two Cuisinart hand mixers, a twin-size mattress, and various bedding items were removed from the property.

June 5, 2021 (Brookfield Road): A 2021 Grey Mazda CX9 was reported stolen from the resident’s driveway during the overnight hours. The vehicle was reportedly left unlocked with the keys inside. It was recovered later the same day, parked and unoccupied, in Newark.

June 5, 2021 (Gates Avenue): The victim reported that she parked her vehicle on Gates Avenue with her rear windows down. When she returned to it, she discovered her glove box was open and some documents missing.

June 7, 2021 (Maple Avenue): The driver for a ride share service reported that he picked up a fare on Maple Avenue and drove him to Elmwood Avenue in East Orange. After the customer exited the vehicle, the driver began receiving notifications that his credit cards were being used. He then discovered his wallet missing.


June 5, 2021 (Gordonhurst Avenue): A 24-year-old Orange man was charged with Contempt of Court after officers discovered open warrants out of Bloomfield, NJ during a motor vehicle stop.

June 5, 2021 (Club Street): Officers responded to the area of Club Street and Valley Road after the resident reported observing four males entering his vehicle that was parked in his driveway. Responding officers located four males matching the description of the suspects leaving the scene. Upon observing the officers, the males fled on foot in different directions. Two 17-year- old juvenile males from Newark were apprehended on Valley Road. A 15-year-old and a 17- year-old juvenile male from Newark were located hiding behind a residence on Bellaire Drive. All juveniles were charged with Obstruction of Justice and Resisting Arrest. The 15-year-old male was found to be in possession of proceeds belonging to a resident of Valley Road. Officers checked with that resident who determined his vehicle had also been entered and items were removed. This juvenile was additionally charged with Receiving Stolen Property. One of the 17-year-old males was found to be in possession of a key to a Mazda. It was later determined that this key belonged to the vehicle reported stolen from Brookfield Road earlier in the day.

This juvenile was additionally charged with Receiving Stolen Property. All juveniles were ultimately released to guardians.

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