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Montclair Township Police Department
647 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

David P. Sabagh, Police Chief

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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.



Police Blotter for 06-24-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 06/24/2014

Arrest:

On 06/22/2014 at 1709Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Forest Street near Claremont Avenue on report of a motor vehicle accident possibly involving an intoxicated driver. Upon arrival, they observed a 1997 Saab 900, Gold in color, parked in the middle of the street. Witnesses had observed this vehicle backing into, and striking, a parked car on the street. After investigating this scene, the vehicle operator Mary Flynn (60yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest for DWI. Mrs. Flynn was issued the following motor vehicle summonses: Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated within 1000 feet of a school, Careless Driving, Failure to Exhibit Driver License, and Failure to wear seatbelt.

On 6/23/2014 at 0115Hrs, Officers were dispatched to the area of Valley Road and Elston Road on a report of an intoxicated male throwing debris in the roadway. Upon arriving, Officers observed the debris to be a large concrete trash receptacle owned by the township, which had been broken in half, and two large damaged plastic flower planters, which appeared to be have been thrown on the sidewalk by KeiI's Drugs. Officers then located the actor, Mr. Justin Maldonado (34yoa from Montclair), who was still in the area. Mr. Maldonado was placed under arrest for criminal mischief.

Burglary:

On 06/19/2014 at 2107Hrs, Officers responded to a vacant Orange Road residence in our south-end, on a report of a burglary. Entry appears to have been made through the basement window. Copper pipes were cut and taken from the basement ceiling valued at $50. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706

Theft:

On 06/17/2014 a juvenile’s bicycle was stolen from Sunset Park. The bicycle had been left unattended in the park. It is described as a yellow 18 Inch Avigo. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/20/2014 at 0730Hrs, a Llewellyn road resident noticed that the door of their Ford Explorer was ajar in their driveway. The vehicle was rummaged through and a wallet taken from the center console. The wallet is described as a brown leather bi-fold, valued at approximately $50.00. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Shaub at 973-509-4726.

On 06/23/2014, at approximately 1120Hrs, Officers were dispatched to 185 Bellevue Avenue, The Montclair Library, on a report of a theft of a bicycle. The victim stated that he had left his bicycle behind the bushes unlocked, on the southwest side of the library at approximately 1030 hours. Upon his return at approximately 1100Hrs, he observed that it was gone. A witness stated that a black male approximately 15 to 16 years of age, wearing a black muscle shirt, had asked him if he was the owner of the bicycle, prior to it being stolen. The bicycle is described as a black and silver Trek 1200 Road bike. The seat is separated in the center leaving a slight gap, there is a pouch on the back of the seat for spare parts. The bicycle is valued between $1,000.00 and $1,500.00. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Misc:

On 6/18/2014 at 1844hrs a Wildwood Avenue resident heard strange noises coming from the second floor of the residence. They then heard one of their smoke detectors activate on the second floor. A neighbor at the front door alerted them that there was smoke coming out of the structure and that they had already called 911. All residents were evacuated prior to MPD/MFD arrival. MFD is investigating the cause of the fire.

On 06/20/2014 a 24 year old Montclair man was browsing the Instagram social media website when he observed a profile which was advertising that they could “Turn hundreds of dollars into thousands”. The victim contacted this profile and was instructed to go to a local CVS store and load a GreenDot debit card with money. Once this card has been loaded, he was instructed to scratch off the serial code covering and photograph it, along with the front of the card and text these pictures to them. He loaded $50 on a card and sent the pictures to the account user. Once the pictures were sent he was instructed to wait three to four hours and he would receive a text of a picture of a card with $100 on it. He was then contacted and informed that they need an additional $120 in order to make him even more profit. The victim purchased an additional GreenDot card and followed the same procedure. The victim received no money and has not heard from the Instagram user since that transaction. Again, Law Enforcement authorities urge the public not to respond to such advertisements. If someone is asking you to send any type of money transfer, i.e. Green Dot, you should know who it is and what it is for. If you are unsure, do not send it.

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
Police Blotter for 06-17-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 06/17/2014

Arrests:

On 06/11/2014 at 1319Hrs, a caller from Wheeler Street observed a male entering their neighbor’s garage and removing a lawnmower. As Montclair police units were responding, a Glen Ridge Police Officer in the area was alerted to this burglary in progress and detained a man who was observed walking away from the home in question. This suspect, a Jason Bailey, 31yoa from Montclair, was placed under arrest and charged with Burglary.

On 06/14/2014, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Grove Street and Oxford Street. The vehicle operator, Mr. Okiean Green, 30yoa from East Orange, was found to have a suspended driver’s license. Mr. Green also had open warrants out of Montclair ($250) and Orange ($1000). Mr. Green was arrested and held on these warrants.

On 06/14/2014, Officers observed a motor vehicle accident which had occurred at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and New Street. One of the vehicles involved in the collision had rolled over and the operator was trapped inside. MFD responded and extricated the sole occupant, a Deborah A. Drabick 42yoa from Merion Station PA. Ms. Drabick was transported to University Hospital and treated for minor injuries. Ms. Drabick was charged with DWI, DWI in a School Zone, and issued a summons for careless driving. No other injuries were reported.

On 06/16/2014, Officers were dispatched to a parking lot on St. Luke’s place on a report of vandalism to vehicles. Upon arriving, officers were advised by witnesses that a building resident had been observed “keying” three cars on the parking lot. Officers observed numerous deep scratches on the side of three vehicles, a Honda Element, Honda Accord, and a Mercedes Benz. Suspect Lucrecia Hodge, 48yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with three counts of Criminal Mischief.

Theft:

On 06/14/2014 a resident on Park Street near Claremont Avenue reported that their bicycle had been stolen. The bicycle, a blue Trek mountain bike with a grey and yellow child seat attached, was taken from their garage. The garage door had been left open. Anyone with information, please contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751

On 06/13/2014 a patron attending the Barstool Blackout Concert at the Wellmont Theater reported having her cellular telephone stolen out of her pocket. The white iPhone 5 was reportedly taken by an 18-19 year old Hispanic male with medium skin tone, thin build, approximately 5'8" tall, with dark hair, and a full beard with mustache.

On 06/16/2014, A 24 year old Montclair man was walking west on Glenridge Avenue from the Bay Street station when a black female wearing a pink shirt, whom he believed to be a juvenile, snatched his iPhone 4 cellular phone out of his hand. The victim chased the female east on Glenridge Avenue, losing sight of her on Pine Street. The phone is described as black with a gray and white hard case. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751

Misc:

On 06/08/2014 a Bloomfield Avenue resident returned to their apartment near the Verona border and observed that their fire escape ladder was in the lowered position. They then noticed that their door lock was not functioning correctly. Officers made entry to the apartment and found everything inside to be on order. It is believed that unknown persons attempted to gain access to this apartment, but were unsuccessful.

On 06/11/2014, Officers from the Montclair Police Traffic Unit observed that the Speed Sentry digital speed warning sign on the corner of Gates Avenue and Harrison Avenue had been vandalized. There was graffiti drawn on the front screen with a white paint marker. There was also graffiti on the rear of the sign in black. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/14/2014, two 8 year old boys was approached by an adult in the parking lot of a complex on Pine Street. This adult was holding a gray plastic box, and asked the children if they would like a gift. The boys declined and the male left the area on foot. This suspect is described as a 30 year old black male, approximately 5’11” with a crew cut, wearing Jeans and a jean jacket with a green and blue striped shirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725

On 06/15/2014, MPD and MFD responded to a working fire at a residence on Central Avenue. Upon arriving they observed that the residence was engulfed in flames, with smoke pouring out of the windows. Montclair Fire Department was able to clear the house and confirmed that there were no persons inside the two-story structure. The structure suffered extensive damage both inside and out. MFD Investigators are working to determine the cause of this fire.

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
Police Blotter for 06-10-14 PDF Print E-mail

Arrests:

On 6/05/2014 at approx 1735Hrs, Mr. George Cason, a 57 year old Montclair man, was arrested in the area of Walnut Street for open warrants. Mr. Cason is being held on warrants out of Montclair ($4798) and Glen Ridge ($600).

On 06/05/2014 at 1750Hrs, an off-duty Montclair Officer observed three subjects spray painting graffiti on the basketball court at Rand Park. This Officer detained these subjects until the arrival of Patrol Officers. Two juvenile males and one adult male were taken into custody. The adult male was identified as a Richard Feacher, 20yoa from Montclair. Mr. Feacher was charged with Criminal Mischief. Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/06/2014 at 1333Hrs, Officers observed a subject trespassing on the property at Bradford Academy, 87 Mount Hebron Road. This party, identified as Wendell Freeman, 30yoa from Montclair, was found to have an open warrant out of Glenridge for $250. Mr. Freeman was arrested and held on this warrant.

On 06/07/2014 at 1853Hrs, Officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance in the area of High Street. Upon arriving they observed Jeffrey Ashe, 35yoa of Newark, engaged in an argument with a female pushing a baby in a stroller. Mr. Ashe was acting in a very disorderly manner. When approached by Officers, Mr. Ashe became very confrontational and refused to cooperate. He continued to be verbally abusive and threatened Officers on scene. Mr. Ashe was placed under arrest and charged with Disorderly Conduct. He was also found to have an open warrant out of West Orange for $250.

Theft:

On 6/3/2014 at approx 1257Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Lackawanna Plaza Shoe Repair and Parcel Service store located inside the Lackawanna Plaza Mall on a report of a theft. The store employee reported that they had placed five $20 bills on the counter while assisting a female customer. They observed that females friend place their cell phone on the counter in the area of this cash. That female then picked up her cell phone and left the store. The employee believes that the female had placed her cell phone on top of the cash and taken it when she exited the store. Suspect #1 black female,16-20yoa, wearing black pants with a turquoise color shirt and having a tattoo on her right leg. Suspect #2 black female,16-20yoa with light skin , wearing glasses, blue shorts, and a sleeveless black shirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact the juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/05/2014 at 1831Hrs, a male suspect shoplifted a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Whiskey from The Romany Liquor Shop, 227 Glenridge Avenue. The suspect is described as a 5'8'' tall black male, weighing 170 pounds, and wearing an orange t-shirt, blue hooded jacket, blue sweat pants, white sneakers, and a black baseball hat. . Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 973-509-7543.

Miscellaneous:

On 06/05/2014 at 1813Hrs, a 14 year old Montclair female was approached by an adult male in the 100 block of Orange Road. This adult suspect had his hand down his pants and made a crude sexual statement to this juvenile. The juvenile immediately fled the area. This suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early to mid forties approximately 5'01", wearing a white t-shirt with black or blue lettering, white washed jeans, with black regular length hair, and possibly facial stubble. He appeared disheveled and spoke with a heavy Spanish accent. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

On 06/07/2014, at 2230Hrs, Officers were dispatched to the area of Grove Street at Willard Street on a report of a suspicious person. Upon arriving, Officers met with three females 20, 18, and 16yoa, who stated that an adult male had pulled over and asked them to get in his vehicle. These females further stated that this is not the first occasion in which this male has stopped his vehicle and requested that they get in. The females refused this suspects requests and he left the area. This suspect is described as a black male, with curly hair and glasses. He spoke with a thick accent. His vehicle is described as a Blue Mitsubishi with a cracked front bumper. . Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

On 06/08/2014, Officers on the Mission Street Post were advised that a 1 year old child was possibly choking. Officers located the child, being carried down the street by a guardian, and found him to be unresponsive. They were successful in locating a very faint pulse. The officers initiated life-saving measures and were successful in dislodging a piece of a cookie from the child’s throat. MVAU responded and took over care of this child.

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
Police Blotter for 06-03-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 06/03/2014

Arrests:

On 05/28/2014, Officers patrolling in the area of Pine Street and Grant Street observed a subject known to have a warrant. Anthony Byrd, 31yoa, of Montclair was confirmed to have an active warrant out of town for $753. Mr. Byrd was arrested and held on this warrant.

On 06/02/2014 at 2015Hrs, Officers observed a physical altercation between two males at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Glenridge Avenue. The victim, an 18 year old Montclair resident stated that he had dropped a Visa gift card on the ground and observed suspect David Blakely (24yoa, Montclair) pick it up and put it in his pocket. When the victim confronted Mr. Blakely, a physical altercation occurred. During this altercation, the front door of the Bank of America, 411 Bloomfield Avenue, was smashed. Mr. Blakely is charged with Robbery with bail of $20,000.00 and Criminal Mischief with a bail of $2,500.00.

Burglary:

On 5/27/2014, at 1915Hrs Greenwood Avenue resident reported that he was the victim of a burglary. The victim was away from home during the daytime, and upon returning noticed multiple items missing from his apartment. Reported missing are a Nintendo Wii, Canon Power shot A2300 camera, E machines E625 computer laptop, and $200.00 cash. There were no signs of forced entry. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Theft:

On 05/27/2014 a midland Avenue resident was the victim of a bicycle theft. The bicycle in question, a light blue and white Women's model Cannondale Mountain Bike, with a 14.5 inch frame, was left unsecured in the front yard. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 05/30/2014 a resident on James Street reported that sometime overnight someone had entered his unlocked Nissan Maxima. The contents of the glove box and cup holder were found strewn across the front yard. $5.00 in loose change was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 5/30/2014 at 1722Hrs, a 65yo female was exiting the dome-side of Lackawanna Plaza when she placed her bag of groceries on the ground next to her feet. An unknown party stole the bag of groceries, valued at $50, while this victim was distracted. A witness described the actor as a tall black male approximately 175 lbs in his early 50's. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 05/30/2014 a vehicle owner reported that their 2001 BMW had been entered and items were missing. This vehicle had been parked on Portland Place near the entrance to the Maple Plaza Parking Lot. Taken in this incident was a purse containing the vehicle registration and insurance documents. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 05/31/2014, Officers responded to Anthropologie, 470 Bloomfield Avenue, on a report of a theft that took place in the past. Upon arrival, they were met by management, who stated that sometime between 3:00 PM, and 3:30 PM, 13 shirts went missing from a table at the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor. Ms. Ortiz described the stolen shirts as dark in color and worth at total value of $1,394.00. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at 973-509-7543.

On 05/31/2014 between 2130 and 2330Hrs, a garden Street resident was the victim of a theft. An unknown party had removed their men’s green Mongoose bicycle and vehicle mounted bicycle rack from the rear of their Toyota SUV. The bicycle rack was left at the scene, but the bicycle was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/01/2014 at approx. 0100Hrs, two bicycles were stolen from the front porch of a Chestnut Street residence. BMX Style Razor Freestyle, black in Color. Women’s Trailblazer Mountain bike, black in color. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/01/2014, a Garden Street resident reported that during the overnight hours, someone had rummaged through their 2014 Audi. Taken in this incident was a wallet which had been in the center console of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/01/2014, a Midland Avenue resident reported that some time in the past two days, someone had taken two decorative clay pots off the front steps of their home. The pots are described as being made from clay, painted glazed black and approximately 2.5 feet in height (Valued $150 each). The plots also had some multi-colored flowers planted in them. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at 973-509-7543.

On 5/31/2014, a Claremont Avenue resident reported that their 2000 Honda Civic, color silver, had been stolen from the 2nd level of the north Fullerton parking Deck. This vehicle was last seen parked in that location on 5/26/2014. This vehicle was recovered 30 minutes later, unoccupied, in the City of Newark. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at 973-509-7543.

Misc:

On 05/27/2014 at 2340Hrs, a Hawthorne Place resident observed an unknown subject rummaging through his vehicle. This suspect, described as a thin, white male, in his late teens or early twenties and was wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans, then fled the area on foot. Nothing was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 5/28/2014, Officers on patrol observed fresh graffiti in the stairwell of the North Fullerton parking Deck. This graffiti was done with black and white spray paint. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 05/28/2014, a 24 year old Montclair resident was contacted by a party claiming to represent a company which issues loans and grants. This subject told the victim that he had qualified for a grant but needed to forward a processing fee. This caller then instructed the victim to purchase “GreenDot” money cards from CVS and provide him with the numbers and redemption codes. The victim provided the caller with this information and was defrauded out of $1,164.00.

Residents are again reminded that if contacted by someone claiming to represent a company requesting payment, that resident should first contact that company and verify the request. When calling, the resident should locate that companies internet/phonebook published telephone phone number (not utilize a callback number furnished by the person calling) and confirm that this party is in fact an employee of that company. Any suspicious contacts should be reported to Montclair Police prior to any transactions being completed. Residents should be especially cautious when these callers request any type of Moneycard (Prepaid Debit Card) or MoneyGram, VanillaCard or GreenDot payments.

On 05/30/2014 at approx. 0526Hrs, a man hired a taxi for a trip from New York City to the 600 Block of Valley Road. Upon arriving at their destination, the passenger stated that he needed to use the ATM at a local bank. The taxi driver attempted to follow this subject, losing sight of him in the area of Bellevue Avenue. This suspect is described as a tall medium skinned Indian Male, approx. 30-35 yrs of age, dark crew cut, wearing a light colored shirt

On 05/30/2014 at 1120Hrs, a vehicle owner on Wheeler Street observed an unknown male, running from a dog, and jump onto his vehicle to get away from the dog. As a result of the male jumping onto the vehicle, a 2001 Acura, the windshield was now cracked with a large indent on the driver's side. The unidentified male was last seen running north on Wheeler Street and the dog remained on Wheeler Street. The unidentified male never returned to the scene.

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
Police Blotter for 05-27-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 05/27/2014

Robbery:

On 5/27/2014 at approx. 0030Hrs, a 22yoa Newark man reported that he was the victim of a robbery on Orange Road in our South End. The victim stated that he was walking, when he noticed that he was being followed by two males. The males approached and the victim was struck from behind. These suspects removed $50 from the victim’s pocket, and then fled the area on foot. The suspects are described as:

Suspect 1 – Light skin black male, 20-25yoa, 5’6, 180lbs, wearing a black skull cap, black sweatshirt, black North face brand sweat pants, and black Nike brand ACG shoes.

Suspect 2 – Medium skin black male, 5’11, 150lbs, thin build, short black crew cut style hair, wearing a dark jacket, blue Mavi brand jeans, and white Air-Force 1 sneakers.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Arrests:

On 5/20/2014 at 1919Hrs, Officers were patrolling in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and New Street when they observed a party known to have a warrant. Isaiah Boatwright, 24 yoa, of Montclair was arrested on a Montclair warrant for $40,000, for the charge of Aggravated Assault.

On 5/22/2014 Officers stopped a vehicle on Grove Street for a suspended license. The vehicle operator, Tajli S. Powell-Watkins, 27yoa from Montclair, was found to have open warrants out of Little Falls and Union City totaling $948.00. This party was arrested and held on these warrants.

On 05/26/2014 at 1740Hrs, Officers observed a vehicle making an illegal left turn off Bloomfield Avenue near the Glenridge border. The vehicle operator, Annette Acevedo, 50yoa from Newark, was found to have a suspended license. She was also found to have open warrants out of Newark, Edison, and Union totaling $1050. Ms. Acevedo was arrested and held on these warrants. She was also issued summonses for motor vehicle violations.

Theft:

On 5/2/2014, a Roosevelt Place resident was the victim of a theft of a FedEx package. The package in question contained an Apple Macbook pro valued at $3,000. FedEx confirms that the package in question was delivered to the lobby of the victim’s apartment building. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 05/22/2014 at approximately 0850Hrs, an East Orange woman was the victim of theft from her vehicle, parked at 35 Lackawanna Plaza. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Equinox, had inadvertently been left unlocked. Taken from this vehicle were a Samsung Galaxy 3 cell phone and numerous credit cards. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Schaub at 973-509-4726.

Miscellaneous:

On 5/22/2014 a Montclair business owner received a telephone call from a male claiming to be a representative of PSE&G. This subject stated that the electricity to that location was due to be shut-off and the only way to avoid this action was immediate payment. This party then advised the business owner to purchase a Green Dot money card from CVS and call him back with its number and redemption code. The business owner became suspicious and contacted PSE&G via their published telephone number. PSE&G advised that this is a common telephone scam and to refuse payment.

Montclair residents are reminded to always call the published corporate main telephone number and verify the identity of solicitors for any company requesting money or payment for services.

On 05/24/2014 at 0120Hrs, Montclair Police and the Fire Department responded to an apartment fire on Orange Road. Upon arriving, Officers observing a heavy smoke condition were successful in evacuating the first floor residents. MFD evacuated the second floor residents who were trapped upstairs due to the smoke. MFD is working to determine the cause of the fire.

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 

 
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