The week in Montclair crime from Sergeant Terence Turner, Montclair Police Department:
September 17, 2021 (Woodland Avenue): The resident reported that he parked his vehicle in front of his residence at 7:15 PM Friday evening. When he returned approximately 15 minutes later, he discovered his door was ajar and the interior was rummaged through. Missing at this time were an undetermined amount of MetLife parking passes.
September 18, 2021 (Clinton Avenue): The resident reported that she is in the process of moving and as a result has had numerous people in her home over the course of the last few days. She discovered that a large amount of jewelry is missing from her home. She described the jewelry as a Bvlgari BZero pink rose gold ring, valued at $1,300, a Van Cleef and Arpels Perlee yellow gold/diamond bracelet, valued at $60,000, and a Cartier Trinity diamond white, yellow, and rose gold ring, valued at $30,000.
September 19, 2021 (Bloomfield Avenue): The complainant reported that he locked his bicycle to a light post on Bloomfield Avenue at 2:00 PM. When he returned to it at 3:30 PM he discovered the bicycle and lock were missing. The bike was described as a grey Cannondale CAADX men’s road bike valued at $1500.00.
September 20, 2021 (Maple Avenue): The complainant reported that her daughter’s bicycle was stolen from the bike rack in front of Glenfield Middle School. It was described as a “Brave Lynx” brand 26” black mountain style bike with blue lettering on it. The word “Revered” was on the front neck of the bike. It was valued at $415.00.
September 17, 2021 (Bloomfield Avenue): Officers responded to the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Church Street on a report of an assault that occurred. The victim reported that he got into a dispute with an individual whom he is familiar with. The altercation escalated and the victim was struck in the face by the suspect with a closed fist. The suspect was no longer on scene. The victim suffered a laceration to his forehead and was transported to Mountainside Hospital.
September 18, 2021 (Bloomfield Avenue): Officers responded to the Shell Gas Station on a report of a dispute between the gas station attendant and a juvenile male. The attendant reported that a juvenile male whom he has had issues with in the past refused to leave the inside of the store and an argument ensued. Prior to leaving, the juvenile struck the attendant in the arm with a gardening rake. He suffered an abrasion to his right elbow but refused medical attention.
September 20, 2021 (Watchung Avenue): Officers responded to the area of Park Street and Watchung Avenue on a report of an erratic driver. Witnesses reported a blue BMW driving aggressively in the area. Officers located the vehicle parked in the parking lot of Montclair Motors with the driver asleep. When officers woke the driver up, he refused to exit the vehicle and instead reversed, striking a marked patrol unit as well as a second, parked and unoccupied vehicle. The BMW then struck a dumpster before fleeing east on Watchung Avenue at a high rate of speed. It was last seen being pursued by the New Jersey State Police on the Garden State Parkway South.