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Montclair Township Police Department
647 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

David P. Sabagh, Police Chief

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Mission Statement of the Montclair Police Department

It is the mission of the Montclair Police Department to provide professional police service to the community by adhering to the values of respect, accountability and integrity.



MIDLAND AVE ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Construction will take place in the area of Montclair High School on Midland Avenue between James Street and Brunswick Road over the next few weeks. Portions of the road between James and Brunswick will be closed to traffic while work is being done during the school day, however, TRAFFIC FOR HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

 
Police Blotter for 09-02-14 PDF Print E-mail

Montclair Police Blotter
09-02-2014

Arrest

On 08/30/2014, at 0201Hrs, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2001 Acura CL, in the area of Claremont Avenue and Park Street. The vehicle operator, Mr. Stefon Bernard (19yoa from Newark) was found to have open warrants. Mr. Bernard was arrested on these warrants out of East Hanover totaling $850.

On 08/30/2014, at 1803Hrs, Officers observed a subject in the area of Mission Street who was known to have an open warrant out of this jurisdiction. The subject, Darin Davis (21yoa from Montclair) was arrested and held on this $766 warrant.

On 08/30/2014, at 2315Hrs, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a Land Rover, in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Midland Avenue. The vehicle operator, Mr. Robert Hargrow Jr. (30yoa from Irvington) was found to have open warrants. Mr. Hargrow was arrested on these warrants out of East Orange ($1500) and West Orange ($1000).

Theft From Vehicle

On 08/26/2014, Officers were dispatched to a Claremont Avenue on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim stated that between 0845Hrs and 1230Hrs on 8/26, someone had entered her vehicle after smashing her front driver side window. The vehicle in question is a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Taken in this incident was a Garmin brand GPS Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/27/2014, Officers were dispatched to High Street on a report of a vehicle that was entered. The victim stated that between 1900Hrs on 8/26 and 0745Hrs on 08/27, someone had entered his vehicle. The vehicle had been rummaged through, but it appears that nothing was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/30/2014, Officers were dispatched to Greenwood Avenue on a report of a vehicle that was entered. The victim stated that between 1630Hrs and 1745Hrs, someone had smashed the passenger side window and entered their vehicle. The vehicle is described as a Hyundai SantaFe. The vehicle had been rummaged through and a TomTom GPS Unit was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Burglary

On 08/26/2014, a Mission Street resident reported that they had been the victim of a burglary. They explained that between 8/22 at 1700Hrs and 8/26 at 1330Hrs, someone had broken into their apartment. Officers observed pry marks to the victim’s apartment door and a broken window in the exterior door to the apartment building. It is unknown if anything was taken in this incident. Anyone with information, please contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 08/26/2014, at 2124Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Bellevue Avenue on a report of a burglary attempt. The victim stated that between 0900Hrs and 2123Hrs, someone had caused damage to her apartment door lock and doorknob. The actor(s) were not successful in gaining access to this apartment. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

On 08/27/2014, Officers were dispatched to Walnut Parkway on a report of a burglary attempt. The victim stated that she had heard a loud noise around midnight but did not see anyone outside the building. It appears that the actor(s) gained access to the common hallway, but did not enter any of the apartments. The front door appeared to have been kicked or forced in, causing it to splinter. Nothing was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective R. Singleton at 973-509-4722.

Theft

On 08/27/2014, Officers were dispatched to a Cloverhill Place residence on a report of the theft of a generator. The victim stated that between 1930Hrs on 8/26 and 1900Hrs on 8/27, someone had stolen his portable generator from the rear yard of the property. The generator is described as a Husky 7500Watt unit, red in color, with a black fuel tank. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.

On 08/28/2014, Officers were dispatched to Walnut Street Train Station on a report of a theft of a bicycle. The victim stated that between 0900Hrs and 1930Hrs, someone had stolen his bicycle, which was secured to the bike rack with a cable lock. The bicycle is described as a gray Dahon brand folding bicycle. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/29/2014, Officers were dispatched to Walnut Street Train Station on a report of a theft of a bicycle. The victim stated that between 1000Hrs on 8/28 and 1730Hrs on 8/29, someone had stolen their bicycle, which was secured to the bike rack with a lock. The bicycle is described as a women’s Trek GT, with a white basket on the front and a yellow and grey child seat on the rear. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Miscellaneous

On 08/27/2014, Officers were dispatched to Mission Street on a report of damage to three vehicles. The three victims stated that they had all parked their vehicles on the street together at 0300Hrs. When they returned to their vehicles at 0650Hrs they observed that the vehicles has been vandalized. A Toyota coupe had both mirrors smashed off and a flat front tire. A Mercury sedan had a smashed mirror and two flat tires. A Hyundai sedan had two flat tires. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 08/27/2014, a Pine Street resident reported that all four tires of their vehicle had been slashed. The victim stated that the vehicle was parked in the CVS parking lot at 49 Claremont Avenue between 0155Hrs and 0645Hrs. The vehicle is described as a Mitsubishi Lancer. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 08/27/2014, a Pine Street resident reported that two tires on their vehicle had been slashed. The victim stated that the vehicle was parked in the rear of their residence between 0200Hrs and 0945Hrs. The vehicle is described as a Chevy Malibu. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 08/27/2014, at 1014Hrs, three roofers working on the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Church, 67 Church Street, fell to the ground when their scaffolding collapsed. MFD was called to the scene to secure the remaining scaffolding while medical crews from Montclair, Verona, and Medics provided care to the patients below. These three workers were transported to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. OSHA was contacted and responded to conduct an investigation.

D/LT. David O’Dowd

 
Wilhelm Young Sworn In as MPD Lieutenant PDF Print E-mail

Lt. Young congratulated by Chief David SabaghFriday, August 29, 2014

Wilhelm B. Young was sworn in as a Lieutenant of the Montclair Police Department earlier this week during a ceremony held in township Council Chambers. Lt. Young started his career with the Montclair Police Department in 1993. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September 2004 and to Lieutenant during the August 26 ceremony.

Lt. Young has served the department in various assignments including the Narcotics Bureau, Detective Bureau, Firearms Instructor, Critical Response Team (CRT) member, and the Street Crimes Unit (SCU) Commander.

Lt. Young with his family during swearing-in ceremony

Wilhelm Young with his family as he is sworn in as a Lieutenant of the MPD

 
Police Blotter for 08-25-14 PDF Print E-mail

Montclair Police Blotter
08-26-2014

Arrest

On 08-25-2014, at 0243Hrs Officers were dispatched to the area of North Mountain Avenue at Berkley Place on a report of suspicious males. An off-duty Officer had observed these two subjects hiding behind a tree as he drove past. Officers located these suspects, Justin Chase (24yoa from West Orange) and Lance Ogunwale (24yoa from West Orange) on Watchung Avenue. They were found to be in possession of a GPS unit that had just been stolen from a vehicle on North Mountain Avenue. These subjects were arrested and charged with Burglary.

Theft From Vehicles

On 08-18-2014, an Alden Road resident reported a theft from their vehicle. The victim stated that between 2130Hrs on 08/17 and 0430Hrs on 08/18, someone had entered their Nissan Quest and stolen a red REI backpack containing $200 in cash and a Gameboy. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-18-2014, a Pine Street resident reported a theft from their vehicle. The victim stated that between 2200Hrs on 08/17 and 0630Hrs on 08/18, someone had entered their Acura MDX and stolen three pairs of Prada sunglasses. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-20-2014, an Oak Place resident reported a theft from their vehicle. The victim stated that at 2118Hrs on 08/20 he left his white iPhone 5c charging in his Hyundai. He returned to the vehicle approximately 5 minutes later and noticed the cellphone and its charger missing. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Theft

On 08-24-2014, at 1722Hrs officers responded to North Willow Street on a report of two stolen bicycles. The bicycles are described as an electric blue Huffy Brand women’s bike and a grey and black Specialized Brand men’s bike. These bicycles were taken from the back yard of a private residence. Suspects are described as a light skinned black male with a thin build and a black male with a heavy build. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Burglary

On 08-19-2014, a Park Street resident, in the area of Watchung Plaza, reported that he was the victim of a burglary to his garage. The victim stated that between 0900Hrs and 1600Hrs, on 8/8, some one had entered his open garage and stolen his black Electra Beach Cruiser bicycle. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-20-2014, a burglary occurred at Dunkin Donuts, 1 Lackawanna Plaza. Management reported that between 2230Hrs on 8/19 and 0500Hrs on 8/20, unknown person(s) had entered the store and stolen their cash box. This cash box contained over $1,200 in cash. There were no signs of forced entry to the business. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Schaub at 973-509-4726.

On 08-20-2014, an Orange Road resident reported a burglary to their 1st floor apartment. The victim stated that overnight between 8/18 and 8/19 unknown person(s) cut the window screens to their apartment and entered through a first floor window. Taken in this incident were a $20 bill, a pack of bus passes, and a pack of cigarettes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Miscellaneous

On 08-23-2014, at 2321Hrs, Officers were dispatched to a report of damage to the bus shelter at Bloomfield Avenue and Gates Avenue. A passerby reported that a group had been involved in a physical altercation in the bus stop, resulting in a shattered glass panel. MFD responded and removed the hazard, clearing up the shattered glass.

D/LT. David O’Dowd

 
Police Blotter for 08-19-14 PDF Print E-mail

Montclair Police Blotter
08-19-2014

Arrest:

On 08-11-2014, at 1815Hrs Officers observed a male on Mission Street, known to have active warrants. This subject, Johnny Scott (21yoa from West Alpine NY), was approached by Officers and advised that he was under arrest for these warrants. Mr. Scott attempted to re-enter his vehicle and was actively resisting Officers’ attempts to apply handcuffs. Mr. Scott then verbally threatened Officers on scene. Mr. Scott was arrested for two existing open warrants out of Montclair totaling $951. He also had an outstanding warrant out of Newark for $5,000. Mr. Scott was then charged with Resisting Arrest and Terroristic Threats for his actions at this scene, with a bail of $20,000.

Robbery Arrest:

On 08-17-2014, at 2229Hrs, a male victim (22yoa from Newark) was robbed at gunpoint on Lackawanna Plaza. The suspect, described as a black male in his 20’s, 5’9, thin build, with short black hair, approached the victim with a black cloth covering the lower half of his face. This suspect was brandishing a silver colored handgun. The suspect demanded the victim’s money and cellphone. The victim turned over his iPhone 5 in a blue case. The suspect then fled eastbound on foot. At 2344Hrs, a second male (22yoa from West Orange) reported having been the victim of an armed robbery on Elm Street near Bloomfield Avenue. This victim stated that a suspect, matching the same description as the prior robbery, approached him on Elm Street. The suspect was again brandishing a silver handgun with a bandanna over his mouth. The victim advised the suspect that he did not have any money on his person, at which time the suspect punched him in the neck. The suspect then fled on foot, south bound on Elm Street. At approximately 0200Hrs, Montclair Police along with East Orange Police located a subject matching the description given by our two victims. This suspect, Almid K. Edwards (19yoa from East Orange) turned over an iPhone 5, which was determined to be proceeds from the Lackawanna Plaza robbery. Mr. Edwards was placed under arrest by East Orange Police and charged with Receiving Stolen Property, for having this stolen iPhone in his possession in their jurisdiction. Through investigative efforts, the Montclair Police Department was able to positively identify Mr. Edwards as being the actor in these two robberies. On 08-18-2014 at 1445Hrs, Montclair Police Department took custody of Mr. Edwards, charging him with: 2 Counts Robbery, 2 Counts Weapon Possession, 2 Counts Weapon Possession For Unlawful Purpose, 1 Count Aggravated Assault. Mr. Edwards is being held on $75,000 bail.

Almid Edwards

EDWARDS, Almid

Fraud:

On 08-11-2014 at 1600Hrs, a North Fullerton resident received a telephone call from a male in Pennsylvania. This male stated that the victim’s niece was just involved in a motor vehicle accident. He further stated that the party that she struck was wanted for murder and had now kidnapped the niece. The caller demanded $15,000 for the safe return of the niece. The victim explained that they could only pay $300, which the caller accepted via Western Union. After wiring this money, the victim was successful in contacting her niece, who explained that the same person had contacted her, claiming that her uncle had been kidnapped. The niece however believed it to be a scam and did not provide payment to the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Singleton at 973-509-4722.

On 08-15-2014, at 1215Hrs a Talbot Street resident reported that they were the victim of an attempted fraud. The victim explained that they received a telephone call from a Hispanic male who stated that the victim’s mother had just been in a car accident. The suspect stated that he is running from the law and now had the victim’s mother held hostage. If the victim did not provide the suspect with $1,500 within 15 minutes, the suspect stated that he would “put a bullet in her head”. Detectives were successful in locating the victim’s mother. She was safe and unaware of this incident. The victim made no attempt to provide the suspect with this ransom money. Anyone with information please contact Detective R. Singleton at 973-509-4722.

On 08-13-2014, a Montclair resident received an email regarding numerous resumes that she had recently sent out. This email stated that a company had reviewed her resume and would be moving onto the second phase of the interview process, the “test of trust”. The victim was sent a check for $1900 and instructed to deposit it in her personal bank account. She was then instructed to withdraw only $1550 of that money and send it back to the company via MoneyGram. When the victim contacted MoneyGram, she was advised that this was a scam. The victim canceled this transaction. Anyone with information please contact Detective R. Singleton at 973-509-4722.

Theft:

On 08-16-2014, an Eagle Rock Way resident reported that he was the victim of a theft from his vehicle. The victim stated that between 0850Hrs on 8-16 and 1050Hrs, same date, someone had entered his unlocked Acura RDX and stolen a black Apple iPhone 4s. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-16-2014, a Miller Street resident reported the theft of two bicycles from her backyard. The bicycles were taken at approximately 1130Hrs on 08-16. The bicycles are described as a Razor BMX orange/black and a Next Brand Mountain Bike silver, with a combo lock wrapped around the cross bar. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-14-2014, a Graham Terrace resident reported that he was the victim of a theft from his vehicle. The victim stated that between 1100Hrs on 8-9-14 and 1000Hrs, on 8-11-14, someone had entered his unlocked Toyota Rav4 and stolen a Garmin Nuvi GPS Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-14-2014, an Essex Avenue resident reported that she was the victim of a theft from a vehicle. The victim stated that between 2330Hrs on 8-13-14 and 0740Hrs, on 8-14-14, someone had entered her unlocked Toyota Rav4 and stolen a blackberry cellphone and a black Lenovo Laptop. This laptop was in a navy blue Kate Spade bag with a tan strap. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-14-2014, a Claridge Court resident reported that she was the victim of a theft from a vehicle. The victim stated that between 1900Hrs on 8-13-14 and 1545Hrs, on 8-14-14, someone had entered her unlocked Volkswagen Jetta and stolen a Tom-Tom GPS Unit, a Beatles CD Box-Set, and $20 in quarters. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08-14-2014, a Pierson Place resident reported that he was the victim of a theft from his vehicle. The victim stated that between 2200Hrs on 8-13-14 and 0430Hrs on 08-14-2014, someone had entered his unlocked Ford Ranger and stolen a wallet containing no cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Burglary:

On 08-12-2014, a Fairview place resident reported that on 08-08-2014, they were the victim of a diversion style burglary. The victim explained that at 1400Hrs, a white male, brown hair, 30-35yoa, 5’10” with a medium build, wearing beige work clothes and carrying a portable radio, rang her doorbell. The male stated that they were “working on a water problem in the area”. The victim allowed him in the house, where he ran various faucets, leading the victim outside to the garden hose faucet. The victim stood with this subject in the back yard for approximately 30 minutes, watching the garden hose faucet run. The victim then heard a voice over the portable radio stating, “We’re good to go”. At which point this suspect exited her yard. The victim returned inside the residence to find it ransacked. Stolen in this incident was approximately $1000 in cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

Miscellaneous:

On 08-15-2014, at 1251Hrs MPD and MFD were dispatched to 20 Edgemont Road, Edgemont School, on a report of a fire. Three bundles of hay, located near the playground, had begun smoldering in the sun. The custodian had begun extinguishing the small fire with a garden hose. MFD took over the scene and extinguished the burning hay. No other damage reported.

D/LT. David O’Dowd

 
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