Montclair Crime: Two Carjackings in Estate Section Under Investigation

The week in Montclair crime from Acting Lieutenant Terence Turner, Montclair Police Department:

Thefts

November 30, 2021 (Bloomfield Avenue): The complainant reported that an unknown person stole her wallet from her vehicle while she was inside of the Shell gas station. She later received an alert that her credit cards were being used at a Walgreen’s in Bloomfield, NJ.

November 30, 2021 (Highland Avenue): The resident reported that three Amazon packages that had been delivered to her home were stolen. The merchandise totaled approximately $165.00.

November 30, 2021 (Bloomfield Avenue): The victim reported that his wallet was stolen from his vehicle while he was inside of Whole Foods Market. He later discovered over $2000.00 in unauthorized transactions to his debit cards.

December 2, 2021 (Franklin Place): The resident reported that his vehicle was entered and rummaged through during the early morning hours. Nothing was reported missing. Ring surveillance shows a male in a grey sweatshirt inside of the vehicle at 6:30 AM.

December 3, 2021 (Bloomfield Avenue): The victim reported that her wallet and iPhone were stolen from her vehicle while she was inside of Panera Bread. The vehicle was reportedly left unlocked.

December 4, 2021 (Bloomfield Avenue): The owner of ALK Auto Service reported that he arrived at his garage and observed an unknown male hiding behind a vehicle that was being worked on. The unknown male fled the shop on foot. The owner then discovered approximately $500 in cash missing from a filing cabinet.

December 4, 2021 (South Fullerton Avenue): The victim reported that the catalytic converter was stolen from his 2014 Toyota Prius. The vehicle was parked in the parking deck since November 20, 2021.

December 4, 2021 (South Fullerton Avenue): The victim reported that the catalytic converter was stolen from her 2008 Toyota Prius while it was parked in the South Fullerton Parking Deck.

December 5, 2021 (Grove Street): The resident reported that his 2021 Jeep Compass was stolen from his driveway during the overnight hours. Surveillance video shows three males enter the vehicle at 3:31 AM and flee east on Prescott Avenue.

December 6, 2021 (Pine Street): The resident reported that a package containing $50.00 worth of clothing was stolen from the common hallway of her building.

Armed Subject

December 6, 2021 (Mission Street): Patrol responded to Mission Street on a report of two males arguing in the street. One male reportedly brandished a handgun during the course of the argument. Witnesses reported observing two males arguing. At one point, one of the males removed a gun from his waist band and used the butt end of the gun to shatter the windshield of a Nissan Maxima parked on the side of the road. The armed male then fled on foot towards New Street. The incident is currently under investigation.

Carjacking

December 1, 2021 (Stonebridge Road): The victim reported that her 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee was running in the driveway of a Stonebridge Road residence at 6:45 AM. The victim reported that she was standing nearby when she observed a thin male wearing all black run up to her car and enter it. It appears as though the male exited a newer model white Mercedes SUV. The victim reported that she ran up to her car and entered the front passenger seat to confront the suspect. The suspect was continuously putting the car in drive and reverse while the two struggled to regain control of the vehicle. The suspect then pushed the victim out of the car, causing an injury to her nose. The suspect then fled the scene in the Jeep south on Stonebridge Road. The vehicle was recovered on December 2, 2021, parked and unoccupied on Duane Street in Orange, NJ. The victim refused any medical treatment. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Steven Mateo at (973) 509-4721.

December 6, 2021 (Melrose Place): At 7:26 PM, patrol units were dispatched to a Melrose Place residence on a report of an armed carjacking. The victim reported that she returned home and was exiting her 2021 Porsche Cayenne when two unknown males approached her. One of the males was armed with a handgun and demanded she get out of the car and give him her purse, phone and keys. The victim complied. One of the males fled down her driveway with her purse while the other male fled in her vehicle. A description of the vehicle was broadcast to all units and surrounding police agencies. Minutes later, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department located the vehicle travelling east on Route 280 in East Orange. The vehicle got caught in heavy traffic in the area of First Street in Newark where the suspect bailed out of the Porsche and fled on foot. Sheriff Officers gave chase and apprehended a 23-year-old male from Newark who was ultimately charged. Please refer to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department for further information regarding this arrest. This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information can contact Detective Jamar Jones at (973) 509-4705.

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