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Tuesday, July 21—A Pierson Place resident reported that he was outside of his residence when a vehicle pulled up, and four occupants exited and began assaulting him. The victim sustained minor abrasions to the right side of his face. He was treated by the Montclair Ambulance Unit and released on the scene. The suspects fled on Marston Place towards Glen Ridge.

Thursday, July 23—Police responded to Maple Avenue on a report of a disturbance. A 35-year-old Montclair man reported that while unloading his vehicle on Mission Street, he saw a 17-year-old boy steal his son’s bicycle from the front of the residence. The man’s wife began to chase the suspect on foot while the man and his juvenile son followed in their car. The suspect was stopped and confronted outside of Glenfield Middle School where a physical altercation ensued. At some point during the chase, the man’s wife fell and injured her leg. After being stopped, the suspect reportedly kicked the vehicle and struck the man’s son in the face before fleeing on foot westbound. Responding patrol officers located the suspect, who appeared to be injured, on Mission Street. Further investigation revealed that the man struck the suspect with his vehicle as he was attempting to flee on Maple Avenue. The juvenile suspect was taken to Mountainside Hospital with minor injuries. The wife and son were also taken to Mountainside with minor injuries. The man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, assault by auto, possession of a weapon (vehicle), and possession of a weapon (vehicle) for an unlawful purpose. The juvenile suspect was later charged with theft. 

Burglary

Sunday, July 26—Upon checking on a vacant Maple Avenue residence the landlord discovered that an unknown person had entered and damaged the first floor. The incident occurred sometime between March and the time of the report. 

Motor vehicle theft

Friday, July 24—A 2014 Chevrolet Suburban that had been stolen on July 18 from Summit Avenue was recovered after being found parked in Muttontown, NY. 

Monday, July 27—A 2013 Acura RDX was stolen during the overnight hours from the driveway of a Dodd Street residence. The keys had been left in the vehicle. The vehicle was recovered on July 28 in Newark engulfed in flames. 

Theft from Motor Vehicle 

Tuesday, July 21—A vehicle owner reported that his wallet was stolen from the center console of his vehicle on Midland Avenue during the overnight hours. He reported that he left the windows open when he parked the car. The wallet contained his driver’s license, numerous cards, and approximately $60 in cash.

Tuesday, July 21—A vehicle owner reported that his vehicle was entered during the overnight hours on St. Luke’s Place, and his wallet was stolen from the glove compartment. He reported that the vehicle was locked, but he left his windows open. 

Friday, July 24—A Warren Place resident flagged down a patrol officer and reported that someone had just attempted to enter his vehicles. The resident observed the incident on his Ring camera and began searching for the suspects on his own before flagging the officer down. Footage from the camera shows a dark-colored sedan pull up in front of the residence without headlights on. The footage showed a person exit the sedan, approach the resident’s vehicles and attempt to open them. The doors were locked, and the suspect returned to the sedan and fled the area. 

Monday, July 27—A Dodd Street resident reported that his vehicle was entered during the overnight hours and was rummaged through. Nothing was reported missing at this time. 

Theft

Wednesday, July 22—A bicycle owner reported that his white and purple mountain bike with no distinguishing characteristics was stolen from the front yard of his friend’s residence on Gardiner Place. The bicycle was valued at between $300 and $500. 

Wednesday, July 22—A St. Luke’s Place resident reported that her Ring camera system was stolen from the front of her residence sometime between Nov. 1, 2019, and the date of the report. 

Thursday, July 23—A Washington Avenue resident reported that $220 worth of groceries delivered to her home between 6:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. were stolen. 

Thursday, July 23—A Bloomfield Avenue resident reported that he had installed a $300 Nest surveillance system outside of his apartment door. When he returned 20 minutes later, the camera was gone and the wires were dismantled. 

Friday, July 24—A Pine Street resident reported that an Amazon package that had been delivered to his front vestibule was stolen. The package contained a pair of Beats headphones valued at $80.

Friday, July 24—A vehicle owner reported that while her vehicle was parked outside of a Maple Avenue residence, an individual reached into the vehicle and stole an envelope containing $700 in cash. The suspect fled westbound through the rear yards. 

Shoplifting

Tuesday, July 21—The manager of the CVS on Claremont Avenue reported that three males, whom the manager said she recognized from previous shoplifting incidents, entered the store together and split up in different parts of the store. When the manager approached them, they fled the store with unknown items stuffed into their shirts. The three entered a dark-colored sedan and fled east on Claremont Avenue at a high rate of speed.

Monday, July 27—The manager of the CVS on Bloomfield Avenue reported that a male, whom she said has shoplifted from the store in the past, entered the business and stole between $800 and $1,000 worth of hygiene products. The male was last seen running south on South Park Street. 

Vandalism

Tuesday, July 21—While conducting a walk through of the Orange Road parking deck, officers observed “Blue Lives Murder” written on the first and third levels of the deck.

Monday, July 27—A vehicle owner reported that unknown individuals damaged his vehicle by scratching the front bumper and rear left fender on Talbot Street.

The police blotter is provided to Montclair Local at the discretion of the Montclair Police Department and may not reflect the complete scope of police activity. Any incidents described are merely allegations, and any persons mentioned in the blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The MPD encourages anyone who wishes to report criminal or suspicious activity, or who has information pertaining to an ongoing investigation, to call 973-744-1234. In an emergency, residents are urged to call 911.