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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.



Police Blotter for 05-13-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 05/13/2014

Arrests:

On 05/08/2014 at approx. 1751Hrs, Officers observed Frank Bagley, a 46yoa Montclair resident, who they knew to be wanted on an open warrant out of Montclair. Mr. Bagley was arrested in the area of Pine Street and Glenridge Avenue on this Montclair Warrant for $2,155 and a Newark Warrant for $125.

Theft:

On 05/07/2014 the suspect from a prior theft returned at Ivory Bird Antiques and this time took two wall sconces without paying. The store owner did not immediately contact the Police. The suspect is described as a white male, approx 30yoa, 5’9 in height, 185lbs, wearing a baseball cap. He fled in a white sedan. The wall sconces are described as being dark blue/green and approx. 15” square. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

Miscellaneous:

On 05/06/2014 at approx. 1955Hrs, a 25yoa Montclair female was standing outside the Montclair Public Library, when an adult male in a vehicle asked her if she needed a ride. The female immediately returned inside the library and notified the Police. The subject in question is described as a 40-45yoa black male, wearing a baseball cap. This subject’s vehicle is described as a dark gray SUV. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

On 05/07/2014 the owner of Prime 151 at 151 Valley reported that the canopy of his restaurant has been vandalized (Ripped, bent) numerous times over the past month. He also reported that on 5/6/2014 his sandwich board sign was defaced with graffiti and possible crushed by a vehicle. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

On 05/09/2014 a resident reported a large amount of graffiti on the wooden fencing along the entire length of Mid-Park Lane off Midland Avenue. This graffiti appears to have occurred during the past two weeks. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau, 973-509-4751

On 05/08/2014 after 1930Hrs, a resident of Grove Street was a victim of graffiti to a vehicle. The suspect spray painted their Toyota Prius’ front emblem with orange paint. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau, 973-509-4751

On 05/10/2014 at 1602Hrs, an individual described as a black male, between 35 and 40 years of age, 5'10" in height, 200 pounds in weight, wearing a red baseball cap, a red shirt, and a beige jacket, approached a father and his 9-year-old daughter on the 500 Block of Bloomfield Avenue. This subject stated to the father “Can I have your daughter”. The suspect then left the scene prior to Police arrival. Anyone with information, or who may have experienced a similar incident, is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
MPD: Beware of Scam Artists PDF Print E-mail

Montclair Police patchWednesday, May 7, 2014

The Montclair Police Department advises residents to be aware of phone and other scams.

A Montclair resident was the victim of a telephone scam last week, perpetrated by a person claiming to be a PSE&G representative. The caller told the victim their bill was overdue and power shutoff was pending. The caller instructed the resident to purchase a $250 Moneypak card and call him back with the serial number and redemption code. The resident followed the instructions but later became suspicious and contacted PSE&G directly. PSE&G told the resident that this scam is an ongoing issue.

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Police Blotter for 05-06-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 05/06/2014

Arrests:

On 4/28/2014 at approximately 1940Hrs, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Bloomfield Avenue. The vehicle operator, Hosni Poole (23yoa, a Bloomfield resident) was found to have a suspended driver’s license as well as open warrants out of Newark and East Orange totaling $1,300. Mr. Poole was arrested and held on these open warrants.

On 05/03/2014 at approx. 0425Hrs, Glen Ridge Police attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on a green Honda Accord, which they lost sight of entering Montclair. This vehicle appeared to be driving in tandem with a Lincoln. This vehicle, a Gold Lincoln LS, was spotted by Montclair Officers in the area of Orange Road. Running this vehicle’s license plate revealed that the registered owner, Evan Alston 19yoa of East Orange, was wanted on a felony warrant out of East Orange. Officers attempted to stop this vehicle at our East Orange border, at which time, the vehicle accelerated and fled from Montclair Police units. This pursuit continued into East Orange until the suspect vehicle experienced a tire blow-out, causing the vehicle to come to a stop. The vehicle operator, Evan Alson was placed under arrest for his open East Orange warrant and also charged with Eluding Police. Two juveniles, 16yoa and 17yoa, were also located in the suspect vehicle. These juveniles were taken into custody. No injuries were reported in this incident.

Theft:

On 05/01/2014 at approx. 2200Hrs, an iPhone 5 was stolen from a table at the Montclair Film Festival in the Claridge Theater mall. The phone was described as black in color. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

On 05/05/2014 at 0540Hrs, a Quick Check employee (146 Valley Road) was the victim of a flim flam. The suspect is described as a 35-45yoa black male, approx. 6’3 in height, with a bald head. This suspect kept changing the amount of payment and questioning the change given until he was successful in leaving the store with his original money, plus the change given. The amount of loss in this incident was $100. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

Burglary:

On 05/02/2014 at approx 1500Hrs, a Greenwood Avenue resident discovered that they were the victim of an apartment burglary. There were no signs of forced entry in this incident. Taken were two Macbook Pro laptops and approx. $2000 in cash. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Miscellaneous:

ON 04/30/2014 An Orange Road resident became aware that they were the recent victim of a telephone scam. Earlier that date, they had received a call from a male pretending to work for PSE&G, notifying them that their bill was overdue and power shutoff was pending. The male instructed the victim to purchase a $250 Moneypak card and call him back with the serial number and redemption code. After having contacted this subject and furnishing that information, the victim became suspicious and contacted PSE&G directly. PSE&G advised that this scam is an ongoing issue.

Residents are advised 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 Moneycard (Prepaid Debit Card) or MoneyGram payments.

On 5/01/2014 at 1753Hrs, Officers responded to a William Street Address on a 9-1-1 hang-up. Upon arriving at the residence, Officers located three juveniles (7yoa, 3yoa, 20 months old), home alone. The children were found to be living in hazardous conditions and were turned over to the care of DCP&P. The mother of the children was located (23 year old Montclair woman) and arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

On 5/4/2014 an Orange Road resident was the victim of a scam which was posted to her Instagram account. The victim received a notice on her account inviting her to join in a money making opportunity. The victim contacted the suspect via telephone and was advised to purchase “Vanilla Cards” from a pharmacy and provide him with the serial numbers and redemption codes. The victim purchased $505 in Vanilla cards and gave the information to the suspect. With that information, the suspect withdrew the money from these cards and ceased communication with the victim.

On 05/04/2014 at 1617Hrs, Officers along with Montclair FD, Clifton FD, and Bloomfield FD responded to The Alonzo F. Bonsal Preserve on a report of a brush fire. This fire spanned several hundred feet and took approximately 15 minutes to bring under control. A witness observed two male juveniles leaving that area just prior to the initial smoke condition developing. The first juvenile was described as being 12-14yoa, of Indian descent, with spiked hair, wearing a light shirt and blue jeans. The second juvenile was described as being 12-14yoa, of Indian descent, wearing shorts.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau, at 973-509-4751.

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
Police Blotter for 04-29-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter
Date: 04/29/2014

Arrests:

On 4/25/2014 at 0852Hrs, Officers observed a vehicle making an illegal U-Turn on Bloomfield Avenue. Upon stopping the vehicle and conducting their investigation, Officers determined that the vehicle operator had presented them with false identification. Once positively identified, the vehicle operator Lamont Richardson, 27 years old of Irvington, was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Clark for $500. He was arrested and also charged with Hindering Apprehension for providing false information to Officers.

On 4/25/2014 at 1255Hrs, Officers observed a vehicle traveling on Bloomfield Avenue with numerous motor vehicle infractions. Upon stopping the driver, Jose M. Morales-Vasquez, of Bloomfield, it was determined that he had presented fraudulent proof of liability insurance. Mr. Morales-Vasquez was placed under arrest and charged with presenting a fraudulent insurance card. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for the infractions.

On 4/25/2014 at 1454Hrs, Detectives located and arrested Jennifer West, a 45 year old of Bloomfield as a result of a lengthy joint investigation between Montclair Police and the Essex County Prosecutors Office. This investigation revealed that Ms. West had abused her privilege as Power Of Attorney over a relative’s financial affair, with the amount of loss exceeding $100,000. Ms. West was charged with Theft by Deception and Securing Documents Through Fraudulent Means.

Robbery:

On 04/25/2014 at approx. 0215Hrs, a 29 year old Montclair man reported that he was the victim of a Robbery in the area of Pine Street at Glenridge Avenue. The victim stated that he was walking on Pine Street when approached by the three actors. He identified the first as a twenty-year-old black female, with dark skin, of average height, with a heavy build wearing a blue coat. The second subject was described as a twenty-year-old black male with short dreadlocks, approximately 5'6" in height with brown skin. The final subject was described as a twenty-year-old black male, with light skin, and very tall. He further stated that one of these actors punched him in the face, while another removed $10 from his person. The three actors then fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim suffered a cut lip. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 4/26/2014 at approx. 1558, a 29 year old, Jersey City man was the victim of a Robbery on the corner of pine Street and Glenridge Avenue. A lone actor removed a pair of headphones from the victims head. He then struck the victim, causing him to fall to the pavement. This victim suffered serious injuries in this incident. As a result of their investigation, Detectives charged a juvenile with this robbery. This juvenile was apprehended by patrol units.

Theft:

On 4/22/2014 at approx. 1815Hrs, the owner of The Liquid Lounge, 324 Bloomfield Avenue noticed that his custom e-cigarette type Atomizer had been taken from his front counter. The atomizer is described as 4” in length with gold and white crystals, valued at $220. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

On 4/24/2014 at approx. 2200Hrs a member of the YMCA at 25 Park Street reported a theft from his locker. Stolen from the unsecured locker was a wallet, car keys, and $500 in cash. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau, at 973-509-4751. It is strongly advised that when attending any gym within the TWP to bring a lock and secure your property.

Overnight on 04/24/2014, two antique cast iron urns, valued at $500 each, were stolen from in front of Le Salbuen café 97 Walnut Street. These urns are described as white in color, with visible rust spots. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

On 4/25/2014 at 1600Hrs, a white male, early 20's, approximately 6' tall, medium build, dark blonde or brown hair, entered Ivory Bird Antiques, 555 Bloomfield Avenue, and committed a shoplifting. This subject while talking to the store owner, picked up two painted smelter candle holders/ figurines, valued at approximately $200 each and walked out of the store. The suspect fled in a gray Newark Taxi. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725

On 04/27/2014 at 1030hrs, a black male, 30 years of age, goatee, muscular build, wearing a black sweatshirt and a red fitted baseball hat entered 77 Pine Street, Montclair Laundry. This subject went behind the counter of the establishment and took a bucket of quarters that were on the counter. The male then exited the establishment with the quarters, estimated total value between $7.00 and $10.00. . Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Schaub at 973-509-4726.

Burglary:

On 4/24/2014 a Macopin Avenue resident reported a burglary to their residence. On 4/19/2014 they had first observed plastic jugs filled with loose change (Approx. $230) missing from the residence. On 4/24/2014 they returned home at approx 1400Hrs and noticed a Macbook Pro and iPad2 missing from the home. There were no signs of forced entry. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.

On 4/27/2014 at 1542Hrs, Officers were dispatched to 212 Bellevue Ave, Salon and Day Spa on a burglary attempt to a business. The store owner had observed pry marks on the building’s exterior doors. He had also observed in the last week that the Hurricane Doors to the cellar had pry marks. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.
Miscellaneous:

On 04/26/2014 at 0352Hrs, Montclair Police and Fire units responded to a residence on College Avenue on a report of a fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which had caused a heavy smoke condition within the residence. The cause of this fire has yet to be determined by fire officials.

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
Police Blotter for 04-22-14 PDF Print E-mail

Subject: Police Blotter

Date: 04/22/2014

Arrests:

On 4/13/2014 at approx. 1407Hrs, a motorist witnessed a hit and run accident at Bloomfield Avenue and Elm Street. Motorist followed hit and run vehicle into Glenridge while notifying police. Glenridge Officers stopped 49 year old Glenridge resident Patrick Dignan who was detained for Montclair Police arrival. Montclair Officers conducted Field Sobriety Tests and placed Mr. Dignan under arrest. Dignan was charged with DWI in a school zone. He was also issued motor vehicle summonses for leaving the scene of an accident and failure to possess liability insurance.

On 4/14/2014 at approx. 1638Hrs, motorist Beverly McDowell of West Orange was stopped for having a suspended registration. Ms. McDowell was discovered to have outstanding warrants out of Irvington and East Orange totaling $970. She was arrested and held on these warrants.

On 4/20/2014 at approx. 0230Hrs, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Bloomfield Avenue. The operator of this vehicle, Tyron Smith of Maplewood, initially provided Officers with false pedigree information. Once his true identity was discovered, he was found to have an outstanding warrant for $1000 out of Irvington. He was arrested on this warrant and also charged with Hindering Apprehension for providing false information to Officers.

On 4/18/2014 at approx. 1705Hrs, Ruben Gonzalez, a 28 year old from Newark, was arrested and charged with Disorderly Persons and Lewdness. He was found by Officers in the area of Park Street and Chestnut Street, intoxicated and yelling profanities at passing motorists and pedestrians. Mr. Gonzalez’s was observed by witnesses with his pants down around his ankles exposing his genitals. Mr. Gonzalez was also found to have an outstanding No Bail warrant out of Essex County Sheriffs.

Robbery:

On 4/18/2014 at approx. 2353Hrs a 20 year old Union City man reported that he was robbed when leaving a party in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Hartley Street. The first suspect was described as a black male to be between the ages of 20-23, 5'6 in height, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and white t-shirt underneath. The second suspect was described as a black male, between the ages 25-30, 6'3-6'4 in height, possibly wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans. One of these males punched the victim in his face while the other removed items from his pockets. Taken in this incident were a wallet, a cell phone, and approx. $150 cash. The victim stated that he was not injured in this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Schaub at 973-509-4717.

Theft:

On 04/12/2014 at approx. 0030Hrs, a patron at Eire Saloon, 25 Depot Square, left their Apple iPhone 5 unattended on the bar top. The phone was taken by an unknown party.

On 4/16/2014 an Upper Mountain Avenue resident reported numerous items of jewelry missing from their residence. This home is listed for sale and has had realtors, potential buyers, and contractors unsupervised in the premises. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

On 4/16/2014 at 2139 hours, Officers responded to 2 Church St. (Simit House Bakery) on a report of a theft. An employee was seated in the dining area when a male entered the store. This subject is described as a Black, male, in his 20s, dark complexion, approximately 5'09" in height, medium build, cleaned shaven, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, with black pants. The subject then snatched the victims White Apple iPhone 5 from his hand and fled from the store, heading towards South Fullerton Avenue. A second black male, in his early 20’s was observed running from the area with this subject. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.

On 4/16/2014, sometime overnight, two unlocked vehicles at two separate addresses on Hilltop Place were entered. A GPS unit and loose change was taken.

On 4/17, 2014, an Apple iPhone was stolen from a locker in the Woodman Field house, during the Montclair High School lacrosse game. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 4/21/2014 at approx. 1444Hrs, a male suspect approached an 18 year old female in the area of Park Street and Walnut Street, snatched her white Apple iPhone 5 out of her hand, fleeing the area on foot. Detectives later found 19 year old Montclair resident Elijah Williams to be in possession of this stolen iPhone. Mr. Williams was arrested charged with Receiving Stolen Property. There are other such incidents still under investigation. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau at 973-509-7543.

Elijah Williams
Elijah Williams 19 year old Montclair man

Burglary:

On 04/15/2014 a building owner on Lackawanna Plaza noticed materials missing from apartments which are under construction. Numerous lengths of copper pipe and a water boiler were taken from a 2nd floor apartment. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 4/21/2014 a Washington Avenue resident reported that he was the victim of a burglary. Entry to the structure had been made through a rear window. Taken in this incident were two Kindle Fire readers and a black iPhone 3Gs. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Montclair Police Detective Bureau, Det. C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

Miscellaneous:

On April 18, 2014 at 1804 hours, a passerby observed a small dog in a carrying crate left at the corner of Valley Road and Van Vleck Street. It appears that the dog had been abandoned. The dog was brought to Police Headquarters and turned over to Officers. Animal Control responded and took the dog into their care.

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
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