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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 Seek Suspect Involved in Two Robberies at Gunpoint PDF Print E-mail

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Montclair Police Department reports that a 22-year-old Newark man was robbed at gunpoint on Lackawanna Plaza around 10:30 p.m. last night.

The suspect is described as black male in his 20s, about 5’ 9” tall, thin build, with short black hair. The suspect was wearing a black cloth covering the lower half of his face and was brandishing a silver-colored handgun. He demanded the victim’s money and cell phone. The victim turned over his iPhone 5 in a blue case. The suspect then fled eastbound on foot.

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Police Blotter for 08-12-14 PDF Print E-mail

Montclair Police Blotter
08/12/2014

Arrest:

On 08/10/2014, Officers responded to Claremont Avenue and N. Willow
Street on a report of a hit-and-run accident. Witnesses observed a black Acura TL rear-end a vehicle and flee the scene. Officers located and stopped this Acura on Elm Street. The operator, Okien Green (30yoa from East Orange) was found to have multiple warrants out of Montclair ($600), East Orange ($700), West Orange ($464) and Newark ($200). He also had his 6-year-old daughter in the vehicle. This child was sitting in a car seat, which was not properly secured to the vehicle. Mr. Green was placed under arrest on these warrants. He was also issued numerous motor vehicle summonses. The child was turned over to a family member at headquarters. Officers observed damage to Mr. Green’s vehicle, consistent with having been in this accident. There were no injuries reported.

Robbery:

On 08/11/2014, at 2153Hrs Officers responded to Shell Gas Station (115 Bloomfield Avenue) on a report of an armed robbery. The victim stated that he was walking in the parking lot of the Gas Station when he was approached by three males. One of these suspects brandished a silver folding knife and demanded that he turn over his property. The suspects took a black Jansport book bag and fled on foot, north on Pine Street. This book bag contained a pair of Nike Sneakers valued at $60. The suspects are described as #1 black male, approx. 20yoa, 6’3 with a thin build, short dreadlocks, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and cargo pants. #2 black male, approx. 20yoa, 5’7 with a thin build, white t-shirt, long dreadlocks. #3 black male, approx. 20yoa, wearing a white t-shirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

Burglary:

On 08/06/2014, Officers responded to a Chestnut Street residence on a report of a burglary. The victim stated that between 8/2 and 8/5, unknown person(s) entered their apartment through a first floor window. Taken in this incident was clothing and numerous pairs of sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Motor Vehicle Break-in/Attempts:

On 08/04/2014, Officers were dispatched to Eagle Rock Way on a report of a theft from a motor Vehicle. The vehicle, a black Jeep Liberty, was entered between 2000Hrs on 08/03 and 0730Hrs on 08/04. A blue change purse containing pennies was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/05/2014, Officers were dispatched to Valley Road near Claremont Avenue on a report of a theft from a motor Vehicle. The vehicle, an Audi A3, was entered between 1700Hrs on 08/04 and 0730Hrs on 08/05. This vehicle was left unlocked. A pair of Maui Jim sunglasses were taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/05/2014, at 0427Hrs Officers were dispatched to Garden Place on a report of suspects attempting to gain access to a residence and a motor Vehicle. The victim heard the suspects outside his window discussing their failed attempt to enter his residence and vehicle. The victim believes that there were three suspects in this incident. The silhouette of a suspect he observed was 5’8 with a slim build. Nothing was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/05/2014, Officers were dispatched to Bellevue Avenue on a report of a theft from a motor Vehicle. The vehicle, a Nissan Juke, was entered between 0030Hrs and 0330Hrs on 08/05. A Samsung NetBook Laptop was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/05/2014, Officers were dispatched to Erie Street to a report of damage to a motor vehicle. The damage occurred between 2300Hrs on 08/4 and 0800Hrs on 08/05. The vehicle, a Mini Cooper, had a brick thrown through its rear passenger side window. The victim also observed pry marks on the top of the driver side door. An iPod charger was taken in this incident. The suspects may have been attempting to locate a valet key in the glove box. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/05/2014, Officers were dispatched to Erie Street on an attempted motor vehicle theft. This attempt happened between 2300Hrs on 08/04 and 0800Hrs on 08/05. The vehicle, a Honda Civic, had a potted plant thrown through its driver side window. The glove box of this vehicle had been emptied onto the passenger seat. There was also damage to the steering column, consistent with an attempt to start this vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/05/2014, Officers were dispatched to Valley Road near Claremont Avenue on a report of a theft from a motor Vehicle. The vehicle, a Volvo S40, was entered between 2100Hrs on 08/04 and 0930Hrs on 08/05. $7.00 cash and Ray Ban sunglasses were taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/05/2014, Officers were dispatched to South Mountain Avenue near Bloomfield Avenue, on a report of a theft from a motor Vehicle. The vehicle, a black Audi A8, was entered between 1745Hrs on 08/04 and 1100Hrs on 08/05. A change purse containing $3.00, and a lighter were taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/05/2014, Officers were dispatched to Montclair Avenue, on a report of a theft from a motor Vehicle. The vehicle, a black Honda Pilot, was entered between 0030Hrs on 08/03 and 2035Hrs on 08/05. It is unknown if anything was taken in this incident. A witness observed two juveniles, a white male with curly brown hair, and a black male, standing near this vehicle earlier on 08/05. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/08/2014, Officers were dispatched to North Mountain Avenue near Claremont Avenue, on a report of a theft from a motor Vehicle. The vehicle, a black Honda Civic, was entered between 2130Hrs on 08/07 and 0800Hrs on 08/08. $15 in loose change was taken. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/11/2014, Officers were dispatched to Melrose Place, on a report of a theft from a motor Vehicle. The vehicle, a black Nissan Pathfinder, was entered between 1900Hrs on 08/10 and 0900Hrs on 08/11. A black and grey Swiss Army backpack, containing a red Samsung laptop, was taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/11/2014, Officers were dispatched to Eagle Rock Way, on a report of a theft from a motor Vehicle. The vehicle, a black Acura RDX, was entered between 2100Hrs on 08/10 and 0530Hrs on 08/11. A pair of Ray Ban sunglasses were taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 08/11/2014, Officers responded to Brunswick Road on a report of a burglary. The victim, a construction worker at the home, stated that at 1500Hrs he observed two males walking out of the side door of this residence. The victim went to the basement and noticed that his NY Yankees baseball cap and $20 were missing from his personal belongings in the basement. The suspects are described as #1 black male, approx. 40yoa, tall with a heavy build, clean shaven, wearing a white t-shirt and baseball cap with no logo. #2 black male, 30-35yoa, average height with a thin build, short hair and clean-shaven. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective R. Singleton at 973-509-4722.

Theft:

On 08/09/2014, at 1630Hrs, laptop was stolen from the customer area of Starbucks, 40 S. Park Street. The laptop had been left charging, for approximately one hour, while the owner sat outside the establishment. When the owner returned inside to retrieve the laptop, he observed that it had been taken. The laptop is described as a 17” purple Dell Laptop with a “Kale Is Cool” sticker on the cover. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
Montclair Police Department 2013 Annual Report PDF Print E-mail

Friday, August 8, 2014

Download 2013 Police Department Annual ReportPolice Chief David Sabagh

It’s always interesting to look back over the past year and take stock in all that has occurred, both the challenges and opportunities that have paved the way to where we are today. This past year we have once again enjoyed a reduction in our crime rate, this time we experienced an 11% reduction in Part I crimes as compared to the previous year. Property crime was reduced by nearly 16% but we saw a significant increase in violent crime which needed to be addressed.

With the support of our elected township officials and manager we implemented new programs and initiatives to not only address the rise in violent crime, but to establish a greater footprint in the neighborhoods that have been plagued the most by criminal activity. We needed to not only drive the criminals out, but we wanted to establish a stronger bond with the residence that live in these affected neighborhoods and work together to better understand their needs.

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Police Blotter for 08-05-14 PDF Print E-mail

Montclair Police Blotter
08/05/2014

Arrest:

On 07/30/2014, Officers responded to a report of shots fired on Mission Street. Upon arriving, Officers located spent shell casings mid-block on Mission Street. No victims or suspects could be located on scene. Witnesses stated that a maroon colored 4-door vehicle had stopped on the street and two black male actors had exited that vehicle. One of those actors fired a handgun approximately 6 times in the direction of houses and a vehicle on Mission Street. These actors then fled the area on foot. There were no injuries reported in his incident. A vehicle and two homes were discovered to have bullet holes. Through investigation, suspects Ke’Shon Summers, (21yoa from Montclair) and Kevin Robinson (24yoa from Montclair) were both arrested and charged with Weapons Possession and Conspiracy. They are being held on $200,000 bail.

Summers
SUMMERS

Robinson
ROBINSON

On 07/30/2014, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop of a Silver Honda Civic, observed speeding on Elm Street. The vehicle operator, Mrs. Mariela Ramirez (45yoa from East Hanover), was found to have an open warrant out of Bergen Central in the amount of $1289. Ms. Ramirez was arrested and held on this warrant. Ms. Ramirez was also issued motor vehicle summonses for her infractions.

On 08/01/2014, A black 2012 Dodge Journey was stolen from St. Luke’s Place. The vehicle was last seen parked in the street on 07/31/2014 and was noticed missing on 08/01/2014 at 0452Hrs. Also missing is $1500 worth of work tools, which were stored inside the vehicle. On 08/01/2014, the stolen vehicle was observed in the area of Park Street at Chestnut Street. Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Park Street, at which time both occupants abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. After a short foot chase, one of the suspects, a juvenile, was apprehended. The Officer on scene identified the other suspect, also a juvenile. This juvenile was later arrested. Both juveniles were charged with Receiving Stolen Property.

On 08/02/2014, Officers on Pine Street observed a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz being operated in an unsafe manner. Upon conducting a motor vehicle stop, Officers believed the vehicle operator; Gregory Christmas (65yoa from Belleville) was under the influence of alcohol. After conducting field sobriety tests, Mr. Christmas was placed under arrest. He was charged with DWI.

On 08/03/2014, an Officer observed a 1999 Black Dodge Durango being driven in an unsafe manner on Church Street. Upon conducting a motor vehicle stop, Officers believed the vehicle operator; James Ayers (48yoa from Montclair) was under the influence of alcohol. After conducting field sobriety tests, Mr. Ayers was placed under arrest. He was charged with DWI.

Burglary:

On 07/31/2014, Officers responded to a residence on Central Avenue on a report of a burglary. The residence, which is presently under construction, had numerous lengths of copper pipe stored inside. The suspect(s) entered through the front door and removed $200 worth of copper piping. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

On 08/02/2014, an Officer responded to a Central Avenue address on a report of a burglary. The victim stated that between 7/26/2014 and 8/02/2014, unknown person(s) stole a bicycle from their enclosed front porch. The bicycle is described as a Grey Bianci Men’s Bicycle valued at $300. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Theft:

On 07/30/2014, Officers observed that the temporary Stop sign, which had been placed at the intersection of Yantacaw Brook Road and Club Road, was missing. This device is described as a stop-sign affixed to a heavy black rubber base. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Traffic Bureau at 973-509-4718.

On 08/03/2014, a caller reported that his bicycle was stolen from the bus stop on Bloomfield Avenue at Gates Avenue. The bicycle was left unsecured. It is described as a Huffy-Rock Creek with gold and silver custom paint. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

Fraud:

On 07/31/2014, A Claremont Avenue resident reported that they were the victim of a fraud. The victim explained that they were contacted via telephone from a person claiming to be a federal agent who was attempting to collect due taxes. This suspect advised the victim that they would be arrested within the hour if they did not pay these taxes. The victim was instructed to purchase $1,278 worth of MoneyPack prepaid debit cards from CVS, and then furnish this suspect with the redemption codes. The victim provided the suspect with this information and was then advised that they required an additional $4000 to “unblock their social security number”. At this point the victim became suspicious and contacted Police.

On 08/04/2014, a Bruce Road resident reported that they were the victim of a fraud. The victim explained that they were contacted via telephone from a person claiming to be a federal agent who was attempting to collect due taxes. This suspect advised the victim that they would be arrested within two hours if they did not pay these taxes. The victim was instructed to purchase $5,554.45 worth of GreenDot MoneyPack prepaid debit cards from Pathmark, and then furnish this suspect with the redemption codes. The victim purchased these cards and contacted the caller with these codes. The caller then requested that the victim purchase an additional $3000 in GreenDot MoneyPack prepaid debit cards from Pathmark. While attempting to make this second purchase, the Pathmark cashier became concerned that this customer was the victim of a scam and advised them to contact the police.

WARNING - This caller then received a phone call from 973-744-1234, the Montclair Police main number. The caller identified himself as a Montclair Police Officer. One of our Officers spoke with this suspect, who then hung up. These suspects have the technology to make it appear that a telephone call is coming from the Montclair Police phone number.

On 08/04/2014, Montclair Police received a call from a Montclair resident who stated that his roommate had just been contacted via telephone by an unknown male. This male stated that he had kidnapped her sister and was demanding a ransom. The victim was instructed to remain on the phone with the suspect and walk to the nearest ATM. While Officers located this victim’s sister and confirmed that she was in fact safe, other Officers were searching for the victim, who was on her way to an ATM. Officers soon located the victim at Pathmark and advised her that her sister was safe. The victim had already transferred $520 to the suspect via Western Union. Officers immediately contacted Western Union and were successful in canceling the transaction, returning the money to the victim.

Residents are again reminded that if contacted by someone claiming to represent a company/agency requesting payment, that resident should first contact that company/agency and verify the request. When calling, the resident should locate the 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/agent 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.

Miscellaneous:

On 08/02/2014, a victim walked into police headquarters and stated that three subjects had thrown unknown objects at his vehicle, one striking him in his arm, causing a large laceration. This incident occurred on Porter Place. This subject was transported to Mountainside Hospital for treatment. It is yet unknown what was thrown at the victims vehicle. The suspects are described as #1 White male, checkered shirt, short spiky black hair, #2 white male, glasses, white t-shirt, black shorts, #3 white male, black t-shirt. The victim could not provide an age for these suspects.

On 08/02/2014, MPD and MFD responded to High Street on a working residential fire. Upon arrival, flames were coming out of the first floor windows. The residence had no occupants at the time of the fire. The structure suffered severe damage. MFD is investigating to determine the cause of this incident.

D/Lt. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department

 
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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