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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 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

 
Dwight Jackson Found PDF Print E-mail

From the Montclair Police Department: Mr. Jackson was just located in Bloomfield. He is safe and in good health. Thank you so much for all your help!

 
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

 
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