The week in Montclair crime from Sergeant Terence Turner, Montclair Police Department:
August 28, 2021 (New Street): At 3:23 PM, Montclair Police responded to the area of Washington Street and New Street on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located 6 spent shell casings in the intersection. Preliminary investigation indicated a black vehicle, possibly a Honda Civic, occupied by two males was shooting at a dark colored vehicle, possibly a Chevy Malibu, also occupied by two males. The Civic was last seen fleeing west on Fulton Street towards Elm Street. The Malibu was last seen travelling south on Maple Avenue. All area hospitals were checked for victims of gunshot wounds with negative results. At this time, it is unknown if anyone in the Malibu was struck by gun fire. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Daniel Heiser at (973) 509-4724.
August 24, 2021 (Claremont Avenue): The complainant reported she left her 2013 Infiniti G37 running on Claremont Avenue while she was visiting a friend for a few moments. When she returned the vehicle was gone. A purse valued at $850.00 containing various credit cards was inside of the vehicle at the time of the theft. The vehicle was recovered, parked and unoccupied, on August 25, 2021 in Irvington, NJ.
August 25, 2021 (Glenridge Avenue): The resident reported that she was unloading items from her vehicle and left an autographed photographed poster of Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt in the front foyer of her apartment. When she returned the poster was gone. It was valued at $270.00.
August 25, 2021 (Claremont Avenue): Several packages were stolen from the front foyer area of a Claremont Avenue apartment complex. Approximately $500.00 in clothing were the reported proceeds.
August 25, 2021 (Claremont Avenue): The complainant reported that her bicycle was stolen while she was shopping inside CVS Pharmacy. The bicycle was described as a 24 inch “Highland” mountain bike with green and neon stripes and lettering, as well as a pink lock around the handlebars. It was reportedly valued at $350.00.
August 27, 2021 (Grove Street): The complainant reported that his bicycle was stolen from the St Sebastian Festival between 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM. The bicycle was left underneath a trailer at the event. It was described as a blue and black “Nishiki” mountain bike purchased for $300.00.
August 27, 2021 (Bloomfield Avenue): The complainant reported that her parked vehicle was entered during the overnight hours. A wallet containing cash and credit cards was stolen. She was alerted by her bank that the cards were used at the Exxon, QuickCheck, and 7-11.
August 27, 2021 (Claremont Avenue): A CVS employee reported that an individual entered the store and stole $167.17 worth of condoms. The suspect was described as male with one eye, wearing rose gold sweatpants, and carrying a black and purple backpack.
August 28, 2021 (Union Street): The victim reported that an unknown person(s) removed the catalytic converter off of his 2005 Honda CRV. The incident reportedly occurred during the early morning hours of August 19, 2021.
August 29, 2021 (North Fullerton Avenue): The complainant reported that while walking north on North Fullerton Avenue she observed a grey Chrysler Mini Van parked in the middle of the road. A passenger exited the van and approached her neighbors Range Rover, stealing an unknown item. When she yelled to the individual, he returned to the minivan and fled south on North Fullerton Avenue with the door still open. This same vehicle was involved in a theft from a motor vehicle on Gordonhurst Avenue moments later. The suspect vehicle was found to be a stolen vehicle from Gloucester City, NJ. A description of the vehicle was broadcast. It was last seen being pursued by Verona Police into West Orange.
Recovered Stolen Vehicle
August 25, 2021 (Hilltop Place): A 2015 Lexus ES stolen out of Orange, NJ was recovered parked and unoccupied on Hilltop Place.