Montclair Crime: Hate Speech Graffiti on Edgemont Park Playground Under Investigation

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


November 29, 2022 (Bloomfield Avenue): An employee of the Shell Gas Station reported that an unknown person entered the mini mart and stole $135.00 worth of Vape pens. The suspect was located by patrol behind Glenfield School. The employee did not wish to prosecute and the items were returned.

Criminal Mischief

December 2, 2022 (Harrison Avenue): An employee of the Delta Gas Station reported that when he arrived at the station for work, he discovered three glass panes from the garage bay doors had been shattered. In addition, the rear window to a Ford Pickup that was inside the garage was also damaged. The suspect is observed on surveillance throwing rocks through the windows. He was described as wearing a gray or white hooded black jacket, a mask, dark jeans, and khaki boots.

December 3, 2022 (Edgemont Park): A resident reported that while walking through Edgemont Park, she observed graffiti on the children’s playground. There were approximately seven different sections of the playground that were marked with vulgar images and phrases. Among the images was a swastika in black marker. The images and phrases were removed by officers on scene with the assistance of the Department of Public Works. This incident is under investigation. Anyone with information can contact Detective Paul Rusiniak at (973) 509-4776.


December 3, 2022 (Woodland Avenue): A representative of HomeCorp stated that they arrived at a property on Woodland Avenue and discovered it had been burglarized. The property was reportedly vacant for approximately three weeks. It appears as though an unknown person(s) had been staying at the property. Multiple desks appeared to have been ransacked. There was discarded food and water. A laptop computer was reported missing.

December 5, 2022 (Club Way): A resident of Club Way reported that he woke up and discovered the front gate to his property was damaged. Upon further inspection, he discovered that a 2018 Ferrari Spider (valued $370,000) as well as a 2021 Lamborghini Urus (valued at $380,000) were missing from the garage. Surveillance footage shows two suspects enter onto the property at approximately 1:30 AM. Entry to the residence appears to have been made through an unlocked side door. Once inside, the suspects located the keys to the vehicles, opened the garage doors,
and fled with both cars. The suspects were described as two males, one wearing a dark colored jacket with the hood up, and dark colored pants. It also appears that this suspect may be wearing gloves. The second suspect was wearing dark two-toned coat, a hat with a hood over it, dark in color pants, and a backpack. Anyone with information can contact Detective Steven Mateo at (973) 509-4721.

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