The week in Montclair crime from Sergeant Terence Turner, Montclair Police Department:
October 12, 2021 (Bloomfield Avenue): The complainant reported that their bicycle was stolen from a rack in their garage some time in the past two weeks. The bike was described as a foldable gray and orange “Tern” valued at $500.00.
October 13, 2021 (Walnut Street): The complainant reported that a blue Trek sport bike valued at
$500.00 was stolen from the rear of the property. It was reportedly left unsecured at the time of the theft.
October 14, 2021 (Woodland Avenue): The victim reported that his backpack was stolen from his work vehicle while it was parked on Woodland Avenue. The bag reportedly contained Apple airpods valued at $100.00, a Louis Vuitton wallet valued at $250.00, a pair of work gloves, numerous credit/debit cards, and $100.00 in cash.
October 17, 2021 (Squirehill Road): The residents reported that they were awoken by their garage door opening. Upon investigating, they discovered the doors to both of their vehicles open. Both vehicles had been rummaged through. Two pairs of sunglasses and a garage door opener were stolen.
October 18, 2921 (The Fairway): The resident reported that while reviewing footage from her home surveillance system, she observed a black midsized SUV park in front of her residence and three males exit. All males were wearing hooded sweatshirts and dark clothing. The video shows the males attempt to enter the resident’s vehicle however it was locked. The males then fled on foot out of camera view.
Aggravated Assault / Arrest
October 12, 2021 (South Park Street): Officers responded to the area of Church Street and South Park Street on a report of two males physically fighting. Preliminary investigation indicates the altercation was over food and it began outside of The Salvation Army building. During the course of the altercation, one of the subjects took possession of a glass bottle and broke it. The subject then used the bottle to strike the victim in the back of his neck causing a deep laceration.
The victim was transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment and later released. A 74 year old, Montclair man was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon (bottle), and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
October 14, 2021 (Bloomfield Avenue): At 5:57 AM, officers were dispatched to the rear parking lot of 554 Bloomfield Avenue on a report of two individuals in ski masks looking into cars. When officers arrived in the area, they were flagged down by a worker at Faubourg Restaurant who stated that he had just arrived at work and observed two males wearing masks inside of the restaurant. Officers arrived and checked the interior of the restaurant and located the two males inside. Upon seeing the officers, both males fled the restaurant on foot east on Bloomfield Avenue. Officers gave chase on foot and apprehended both subjects in the North Fullerton Parking Deck. Both subjects were in possession of gloves, pliers, and flashlights. In addition, they were found to be in possession of numerous debit/credit cards that did not belong to them.
An 18 year old West Orange man and a 19 year old Montclair man were each charged with Burglary (to Faubourg), Possession of Burglary Tools, and Obstruction by Flight. The Montclair man was also found to be in possession of a knife and was additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
Further investigation linked both men to seven additional thefts from motor vehicles that occurred during the night as well as an attempted Burglary to Trend Coffee and Tea House (411 Bloomfield Avenue). Both were charged accordingly. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues. The entered vehicles occurred on Orange Road, South Fullerton Avenue, Valley Road, The Crescent Parking Deck, and Seymour Street. Anyone with information can contact Detective Steven Mateo at (973)509-4721.