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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.



Montclair Police Department Responds to Stolen Vehicle Incident PDF Print E-mail

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Montclair Police officers were dispatched to the area of Chestnut and Park Street at approximately 8:00 p.m. yesterday on a report of a stolen vehicle. The caller informed police that as he was driving home, he observed his own second vehicle, a Dodge Journey, traveling south on Valley Road near Starbucks, with two African-American occupants.

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Police Blotter for 07-21-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 07/21/2014

Arrest:

On 07/17/2014, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2002 Mercedes Benz C230 in the area of Union Avenue and Russell Terrace. The vehicle operator, a Brittany Ramirez 22yoa from Montclair, was found to have an open warrant out of town for $500. Ms. Ramirez was arrested and held on this open warrant.

On 07/17/2014, at 1503hrs. Officers were dispatched to 35 Lackawanna Plaza, Pathmark Super Market, for a report of shoplifter in custody. Miss Gwendolyn Colucci, 18yoa from Montclair, was being detained by security for placing items in a large bag and attempting to leave the store without payment. These various items totaled $118. Ms. Colucci was arrested and charged with Shoplifting.

On 07/18/2014, at 2325Hrs Officers responded to the area of Appleton Pl. and Burnside Pl. for a possible intoxicated driver that was involved in a hit and run. The suspect vehicle, a black, 2006 Chevy HHR NY Registration was located on Edgemont Rd. near Berkeley Pl., it had traveled the wrong way on the one way of Edgemont Rd. Officers observed fresh damage to this vehicle. The operator, Mary Lange 67yoa from Staten Island NY, was placed under arrest. In the process of being handcuffed, Ms. Lange ripped the badge off an Officer’s shirt, while scratching and kicking him. Ms. Lange was charged with DWI and Aggravated Assault on an Officer.

Burglary:

On 07/16/2014 at 0100Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Catcom Computers on 25 Valley Road on a burglar alarm. Upon arriving they discovered the front door smashed and unlocked. The suspect(s) had entered the store and forced open the cash register. Proceeds were $15 cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 07/16/2014, Officers responded to 37 Orange Rd. (Ferrara's Autobody) on a report of a burglary that had occurred. The victim stated that between 1700Hrs on 07/15 and 0715Hrs on 07/16, unknown persons had smashed the front door of his business. They had then entered the office and rummaged through drawers and cabinets. It is unknown if anything was taken in this incident at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 07/16/2014, Officers were dispatched to an apartment complex on Orange Road on a report of a burglary. The victim stated that on 07/16 at approximately 1218Hrs, she left her apartment and secured her personal apartment door and the shared common front door. Upon arriving home at 1520Hrs, she observed that her apartment had been rummaged through. The only item noticed missing so far is a set of keys. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.

On 07/17/2014 at 1630Hrs, a homeowner on Park Street left his wallet and cellphone on a dresser in his second floor bedroom, before going into his back yard. Upon returning back into his home at 1730hrs, he heard his front door open, and assumed it was a family member. At 2130Hrs, he went to his bedroom and observed that the wallet and cellular telephone, and $100 in cash were missing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725

On 07/20/2014, Officers were dispatched to a residence on North Mountain Ave on report of an open door. Upon checking the home, they located a resident sleeping in a bedroom. The resident explained that he had been sleeping with the air conditioner on, and therefore did not hear them inside the home. That resident then noticed that numerous items were missing from the kitchen counter. A wallet, $100 cash, two boxes of cigarettes, and apple headphones were all taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

Theft:

On 07/15/2014 at 1801Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Urban Outfitters, 20 South Park Street, on a report of shoplifting. The suspects, Sarah Tolve (19yoa from Nutley) and Antonio Prata (21yoa from Nutley) were caught by store employees concealing merchandise in a bag, attempting to leave without providing payment. The total value of the merchandise was $340.84. Both suspects were arrested and charged with Shoplifting.

On 07/13/2014 at approximately 1700Hrs, a computer was stolen from inside an unlocked 2010 Hyundai Sonata, in the area of Valley Road at Bloomfield Avenue. The computer is a silver Apple Macintosh, Mac Mini which was inside its original box (value $800) Anyone with information is asked to contact our Detective Bureau at 973-509-7543.

Misc:

On 07/13/2014, Officers responded to the area of Park Street and Gordonhurst Avenue on a report of an incident of lewdness. The victim explained that she was walking on Park Street when she observed a vehicle parked up ahead. When she walked past this vehicle she observed a male sitting in the driver seat. Upon observing her approach, this male lifted his hips up to show the victim that he was masturbating. This male then drove away, south on park Street. As the victim continued walking, the vehicle reappeared and this suspect drove past the victim, again masturbating. This suspect is described as a White, Hispanic or Arabic male, in his mid 30’s, with an olive complexion. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark colored SUV. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant W. Young at 973-509-4719.

On 07/17/2014, Officers responded to a St. Lukes Place address on a report of a very strong odor. The officers located an apartment which appeared to have been abandoned. There was garbage and feces all over the interior of this apartment. The officers located a gray and white cat inside this apartment which appeared to be in poor health and very dirty. Animal Control was contacted and took custody and care of this cat.

On 07/17/2014 an Officer was dispatched to 210 Bloomfield Avenue, The American Legion, on a report of vandalism that occurred. The Complainant stated that sometime last week (possibly 07/07/2014) an unknown individual placed graffiti on a front door to the building. The graffiti in question is lettering written in black marker. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751

On 7/17/2014 at 1318Hrs, MPD and MFD were dispatched to 83 Walnut Street, Northwest Essex Community Health care Network, for a report of a fire. Upon arrival, the building was evacuated. It was discovered that piece of machinery inside the building had over heated and was creating sparks. There was no damage to the building only to this machine. The staff was able to pull the fire out with a fire extinguisher. One staff member was treated by MAU for inhaling the extinguisher chemical while putting out the sparks.

Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
Police Blotter for 07-15-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 07/15/2014

Arrest:

On 07/08/2014, at 1917Hrs, Officers patrolling in the area of Pine Street observed a party known to have an open warrant. James Silvera, 54yoa of Montclair, was placed under arrest and held on an open Montclair warrant totaling $3261.

On 07/10/2014, at 1541Hrs, Officers were dispatched to CVS Pharmacy (49 Claremont Avenue) on a report of a shoplifting in progress. Officers located the suspect, Richard Burwell, 45yoa from East Orange, inside the store. Mr. Burwell had concealed numerous tubes of deodorant and toothpaste on his person. He was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

On 07/12/2014, Officers responded to Urban Outfitters (20 Park South St.) on the report of a shoplifter in custody. The suspect, Jihad K. Snead, 21yoa from Newark, had concealed four pairs of shorts inside his backpack and was intending to leave the store without payment. Mr. Snead was arrested and charged with Shoplifting.

On 07/11/2014, Officers responded to Urban Outfitters (20 Park South St.) on the report of a shoplifter in custody. The suspect, T'keyah Jacobs, 20yoa from Montclair, was observed carrying an empty large black "pocket book style" bag. As the suspect walked throughout the store, she would go to various corners of the business and cut off the security tags with a scissors, and then place the items in this bag. After putting 10 articles of clothing items in her bag, totaling $415.00, Jacobs was stopped attempting to exit the store without paying. Ms Jacobs was arrested and charged with shoplifting. She also had outstanding warrants out of East Orange ($750) and Caldwell ($525)

On 07/12/2014, Officers on patrol in the area of Pine Street and Glenridge Avenue observed a subject known to have an open warrant out of Montclair. These Officers arrested Timothy Randolph, 46yoa from Montclair on this open warrant totaling $5000. Randolph’s warrant was issued for purchasing alcoholic beverages for persons under the legal age at Caggaino’s Liquor Store on 07/11/2014.

Burglary:

On 07/13/2014, Officers responded to Lorraine Avenue on a report of a burglary. The victim explained that their red and black Trek mountain bike valued at $350 had been stolen from the garage in the rear of their complex. The garage door had been left ajar because it was awaiting repair. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751

Theft:

On 07/08/2014, Officers were dispatched to a residence on Lloyd Road on a report of a burglary to a detached garage. The homeowner stated that sometime in the past two weeks, a bicycle had been stolen from this garage. The bicycle can be described as a white Sole road bicycle, navy colored rims with a gold trim. The bicycle's spokes were broken and both tires were flat at the time it was stolen. The bicycle can be valued approximately $429.00. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751

Misc:

On 07/08/2014, at 2239Hrs, Officers were dispatched to a report of a tree limb that had fallen on a vehicle during heavy winds. The town tree limb in question had fallen on a 2005 Audi A6, causing damage to the trunk, and shattering the rear window. This vehicle was parked and unoccupied at the time of the incident.

On 07/9/2014, at 1235Hrs, an Officer on patrol observed a trash fire in the parking lot of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (94 Pine Street). This Officer requested MFD respond to the scene and extinguished the fire prior to their arrival. The fire appeared to have started in a box of thrash in the parking lot. There was no other damage as a result of this small fire.

On 07/15/2014, Officers responded to Bellair Drive on the report of vandalism to a motor vehicle. The victim explained they have discovered that the tail pipe/muffler of their 1999 Plymouth Voyager had been filled with spray foam. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Detective Bureau at 973-509-7543.

Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
Police Blotter for 07-08-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 07/08/2014

Arrest:

On 07/02/2014 at 1427Hrs, Officers were dispatched to 20 South Park Street, Urban Outfitters, on a report of a shoplifting that had occurred. Upon arrival, an officer observed one of the suspects fleeing on foot, south on South Park Street. The officer chased this suspect on foot, down Church Street, and then west bound towards Trinity Place. This officer apprehended the suspect, a Duwan Thwreatt, 26yoa from Newark, on the steps of Christ Church. An accomplice, Lamonica Hill, 26yoa from Irvington, was also identified and arrested on scene. During her arrest, Ms. Hill resisted and pushed the Officers who were attempting to handcuff her. Proceeds recovered from this shoplifting totaled $363.70. Thwreatt was charged with Shoplifting and Resisting Arrest. He was also found to have an outstanding warrant out of Newark for $437. Hill was charged with Shoplifting and Resisting Arrest.

On 07/05/14, Officers were dispatched to the Pathmark at 35 Lackawanna Plaza on the report of a shoplifter. The suspect, a Bobby Williams, 40yoa from Irvington, had concealed 58 packs of gum inside his hooded sweatshirt and was in the process of exiting the store without paying for this merchandise. The total value of all the stolen gum was $206.53. Mr. Williams was taken into custody and charged with Shoplifting. Mr. Williams also has two outstanding warrants, one from Montclair for $2500.00 and another from Glen Ridge for $2500.00.

Burglary:

On 07/02/2014, at approximately 1552Hrs, Officers were dispatched to a residence on Wheeler Street for a report of a burglary. The homeowner reported that they left for work at approximately 0700Hrs and returned at approximately 1515Hrs on 07/02/2014, when they noticed that someone had tampered with their apartment door. Upon entering the apartment, they observed numerous items missing, namely a Samsung Tablet, a glass jar full of U.S. Coins (Value $20.00), approximately $400.00 in cash, and a Sony PS3 game Console. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.

On 07/03/2014, officers were dispatched to a report of a burglary which had occurred to a Lloyd Road residence. The victim stated that between 06/21 and 06/23; several items had been removed from their residence. These items included a Cannon camera, US passport, Amazon Kindle, Apple iPod, and various jewelry. There was no sign of forced entry to the residence. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Shaub at 973-509-4726.

Theft:

On 07/01/2014 at 0800Hrs, a party left their bicycle unlocked in the area of 714 Bloomfield Avenue. Upon returning, they observed that the bicycle had been stolen. This bicycle is described as a Red Giant brand Mountain style bicycle bearing an American flag sticker, peace sign sticker, and a faceless man sticker. It is valued at $300. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 07/04/2014 at approximately 2300Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Madison Avenue on a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim stated that he had parked his black 2004 Subaru on Madison Avenue, returning an hour later to observe it had been taken. There are no suspects at this time. . Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.

Misc:

On 07/03/2014 and 07/05/2014, Officers were dispatched to a report of a Gordonhurst Avenue residence on a report of vandalism. The victim directed Officers to a white vinyl picket fence on their corner property. Two 8 foot sections of this fence had been knocked over sometime during the night on 07/03. Additional sections were damaged on 07/05. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 07/03/2014, MPD and MFD were dispatched to a Central Avenue address on a report of a working fire. Homeowner stated he had heard a loud thunder and then observed lighting from his second floor window. The victim then saw smoke outside the residence, but thought that the lighting had struck his neighbor's tree. When the homeowner went outside to investigate further, he realized that his roof was on fire and he then immediately called 911. All parties were out of the residence prior to MFD arrival. MFD is investigating the cause of this fire.

On 07/04/14, Officers were dispatched to 358 Bloomfield Avenue (Montclair Taxi) on a report of vandalism. The victim stated that his cab was vandalized and that the two actors were walking on Bloomfield Avenue. Patrol Officers located one adult and one juvenile male, matching the suspect’s descriptions, in the area of the taxi stand. The adult male suspect fled as Officers attempted to detain him, resulting in a foot chase. This suspect, later identified as Tamaad Thompson, 18yoa from Montclair, was caught by pursuing officers on Pine Street. The victim stated that he was inside the taxi stand and heard a few loud bangs coming from outside. He turned around and observed these two subjects standing at the driver side of his cab. Both were pushing the door open, hyper-extending it, causing damage which prevents the door from now closing. While they both were pushing the door open they also were both observed trying to jam a large Elevation Burger advertising sign into the front seat. He further stated that both males then entered into another cab, which was parked in front of his cab. The two males were observed taking all the napkins and miscellaneous paper from inside that cab and throwing these items on the hood. The juvenile suspect was taken into custody and turned over to our Juvenile Aid Bureau. Tamaad Thompson was charged with Resisting Arrest, Hindering, Criminal Mischief, and Employing a Minor in the Commission of a Crime.

On 07/05/2014, Officers responded to Park St, on a report of vandalism. The homeowner stated that his walkway lights had been damaged, sometime overnight, along with two plants in pots which had been knocked over and broken. The victim estimates it will cost $500 to replace these items. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
Police Blotter for 07-01-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 07/01/2014

Arrest:

On 06/25/2014 at 0600Hrs, Officers were dispatched to 48 South Park St on report of a suspicious male pulling on door handles of parked vehicles in the parking lot. The caller stated that this individual eventually entered a parked vehicle in the lot. Officers located an individual matching the suspect description, in the parking lot of 48 South Park St. This male was identified as being a Willie Brown (55yoa from Baltimore MD). Officers located the vehicle in question, which had been rummaged through by the suspect. Officers located numerous credit cards in Mr. Browns possession, all of which bearing different names. Mr. Brown was placed under arrest and charged with Receiving Stolen Property.

Burglary:

On 06/26/2014 at approx. 1119Hrs, Officers responded to a VanVleck residence on a report of a burglary alarm. Upon arriving, they found that a door on the side of the residence appeared to have been forced open. Taken in this incident were cash and store gift cards. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

Theft:

On 06/24/2014, Officers were dispatched to 76 Church Street (Milk Money) on a report of a stolen bicycle. The victim reported that she had placed the bicycle on the front porch of the store for sale. It is described as a black Trek MT200 mountain bike with silver writing. It was last seen at 1200Hrs and noticed missing at 1515Hrs. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Misc:

On 06/24/2014 I, Officers were dispatched to 227 Bellevue Ave. (Cold Stone Creamery) on a report of a fire at the rear of the building inside a garbage dumpster. MFD responded to the scene and extinguished the fire, which was contained within the dumpster. There was no damage to the adjacent buildings. MFD is investigating the cause of the fire.

On 06/24/2014 at 2013Hrs, Officers were dispatched to area of North Fullerton Avenue and Champlain Terrace on a report of a brush fire near the train tracks. Upon arrival, Officers observed a brush fire approximately 8 feet by 5 feet in size directly behind the Montclair High School baseball field. Witnesses observed two Black males, approximately 16-17 years of age, riding bicycles away from the fire. One of the suspects is described as wearing a red shirt, riding a blue bicycle. These suspects fled north towards north Fullerton Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/25/2014 at 0946Hrs, I, Officers were dispatched to Watchung School to take a report of vandalism to the school property. Officers observed two small areas of burnt plastic on the jungle gym tubes, and damage to the outside bathroom and utility building. There was new graffiti on a small jungle gym in the playground. On an outside brick utility building, the rear bathroom door lock had been damaged and it appeared that someone had hit the dead bolt lock numerous times with a hammer. On the same utility building someone spray painted graffiti on the storage door. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/26/2014, at 1301Hrs, Officers responded to Nishuane Park on a report of vandalism. Officers observed graffiti in white spray paint on the clubhouse door. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 06/30/2014, at 0244Hrs, MPD and MFD were dispatched to report of a dumpster fire in the Maple Plaza parking lot. This fire had damaged a no parking sign which was adjacent to the dumpster. An employee of Just Jakes Bar, who had first observed the fire, was successful in extinguishing it prior to our arrival. MFD doused the remains of the cardboard in the dumpster, which was still smoldering.

Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
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