Subject: Police Blotter
On 3/20/2014, at 1130 am, Nicholas Zappulla, a 25 year old Nutley man, appeared in Montclair Municipal Court for a probation violation. He was sentenced to 90 days in the Essex County Jail for not abiding by the terms of his probation. His sentence was subsequently suspended and there is a new date set for him to appear later in April. Zappulla was initially charged with a theft from a motor vehicle in Feb of 2013.
On 3/20/2014, at approx 6:50 pm, Officers conducting an investigation into an armed robbery attempted to stop and conduct a field interview with a party identified as Lander Ceaser, a 32 year old Montclair man. Ceaser was observed in the area of Claremont and Greenwood Avenue. Upon Officers identifying themselves and ordering Ceaser to stop, Ceaser fled, running from Officers. He was quickly caught and detained. Officers determined he was not a suspect from the robbery and he was subsequently arrested for Obstruction of Justice. He received a summons and was released.
On 3/22/2014, at 1249 pm Athena Reid-Azam, a 41 year old Montclair woman, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Criminal Mischief. The charge resulted from a complaint from Zeus Rental Cars complaining of damage to a vehicle.
On 3/20/2014, at 4:50 am, Officers responded to an apartment building on Pine Street on report of a possible intruder. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the caller who stated that she was awakened by a man standing at the foot of her bed. The caller stated that upon waking, the man said to her, “Are you ready for me?” The caller then screamed and the intruder is said to have casually walk out of the apartment via the back door. The intruder is described as a black male, 30-40 yrs old, wearing blue jeans and no shirt. The intruder is said to have a mustache, very thin at the waist and wearing some sort of head wear. The intruder reportedly did not get into the bed and did not touch the caller. The caller believes the back door to the apartment was left open at the time she retired for the evening. The caller states that she does not recognize the intruder as anyone that she knows. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716. The State Police were contacted to do a composite sketch which is attached.
On 3/22/2014, at approx 9:00 am, Officers responded to a Stonebridge Rd residence on report of a burglary to a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the caller who relayed that she parked her 2008 Kia Sportage at approx 7pm on 03/21 and on 03/22 at 900 am she returned to her vehicle to find items missing. The following was reported missing: a wallet, NJ DL, Visa CC, Garmin GPS and $40 cash. It was further reported that one of the doors of the vehicle may have been unlocked. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.
On 3/22/2014, at approx 9:56 am, Officers responded to a St. Lukes Place residence on report of a theft from a garage. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the caller who reported that between 6 pm on 3/21 and 9:45 am on 03/22 someone entered their unlocked garage and removed a bicycle. The bike is described as a 10 year old, men’s 21 speed mountain bike with a water bottle holder, red and black in color. The value of the bike is said to be approx. $500 when it was purchased. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4733.
On 03/20/2014, at 6:53 PM, officers responded 35 Lackawanna Plaza on report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, Officer spoke with the victim who reported to Officers that he met an individual at the Mall to purchase Marijuana. Upon meeting the seller, he came with a second male who the caller did not know. At this meeting, the caller was directed down the emergency exit hallway in the northwest corner of the mall. Once inside the hallway one of the two suspects brandished a small black handgun and ordered the caller to give up the money. The caller gave the two men a $100 dollar bill and the two fled the mall running to the rear of 50 Greenwood Avenue where they were last seen running north toward Claremont Avenue. The two suspects are described as follows:
Suspect #1 – green camouflage pants and a dark hooded sweat shirt
Suspect #2 – blue jeans, dark-gray hooded sweat shirt, black jacket and dark wool hat.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Schaub at 973-509-4717.
On 03/24/2014, at approx 11:14 am, Officers met with an Upper Mountain Avenue resident of Montclair who reported that he was the victim of a Fraud. The victim reports that he planned a vacation for this summer in Ocean City N.J. and located an apartment for rent on Craigslist. The victim reports communicating with a party who identified himself as Edwin Dennarda via the internet and email. Through these communications, a block of time was reserved and the victim paid $1100 via a bank transfer. Upon transferring funds, it was learned that there was a different name on the account that was receiving the funds. The funds were transferred as agreed despite the name on the account. After the transaction was complete, the victim investigated further and found that the apartment in question did not belong to the man who was paid the $1100. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Department Detective Bureau, Det. R. Singleton at 973-509-4722.
On 03/24/2014, at approx 3:20 pm Officers took a report of theft of Jewelry. The victim, an Edgecliff Road resident, reported that between Thanksgiving and the time of this report, several pieces of jewelry were taken from his home and he does not know by whom. Total loss $12,971. The caller reports several venders throughout the home during this time period. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4717.
On 03/22/2014, at approx. 5:09 pm, Officers took a report from a Glen Ridge resident who reported the theft of her wallet. The victim came into Police Hq. to report shopping at several different locations, some of which are in Montclair when she discovered that her wallet was missing out of her purse. Subsequent to discovering her wallet missing, she received a call from American Express regarding her card being used at a CVS in Bloomfield, NJ. She then discovered that other credit cards had been used and attempted at various locations. Anyone with any information is urged to call the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. Singleton at 973-509-4722.
On 03/21/2014, at approx. 6:42 pm, Officers responded to a Midland Avenue address on report of a possible luring incident involving a juvenile male. Upon arrival, it was reported by the mother of a 12 year old boy that while walking South on Midland Avenue from Watchung Avenue, on the West side of the street a white sedan pulled up where the young man was walking and the driver stated, “boy, get in the car”. The young man ignored the driver and continued walking South and the vehicle drove away without incident. The incident is said to have occurred at 5:30 pm. The driver is described as a black male in his late 30’s early 40’s with a mustache. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4733.
Flim-Flam/ Money Scam
On 03/19/2014, at approx 7:30 pm, Officers took a report from a Montclair woman regarding some type of possible flim-flam situation that occurred at Lackawanna Plaza. The victim explained that she entered Lackawanna Plaza from the East side of the building to purchase a coffee. As she attempted to exit the plaza, she was approached by two females described as follows:
Suspect #1 – younger than Suspect 2, 5’08” – 5’10”, thin build, wearing a dress with a jacket, heavy make-up, and a wig
Suspect #2 – Older than Suspect 1, 5’6” – 5’08”, average to heavy build, wearing pants with a jacket, heavy make-up and a wig.
The two approached the victim and stated that they found a wallet. A ladies black patent leather wallet with a single zipper that contained money was shown. The two stated that they would share the money with the victim if she would help them. They never specifically stated what they wanted. The victim stated to the two, that they should just call the police if they found someone’s property and
Subject: Police Blotter
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she tried to walk away from them. It was further reported that the two continued to show a wad of cash and badger the victim to help them. The victim got to the parking lot and unlocked her car with the remote when the two actors jumped into her car. One got into the front seat and one got into the back. The victim began to scream at the two to get out of her car and that she was going to call the police. The two then exited the vehicle and walked through the lot toward the TD Bank. The victim got in her car and left the area. It is unknown where the two women went. If anyone has seen these two women, know who they are or has any information they are urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, DSgt. W. Young at 973-509-4719.
DSgt. W. Young
Montclair Police Department