Montclair police responded to numerous thefts, including valuables stolen from cars and bicycles stolen from porches and garages, between March 16 and March 22.

Police said a William Street resident reported having a $400 black and green Cannondale bike stolen from her front porch on March 16, and a Clinton Avenue resident a $1,000 men’s Marin “Palisades Trail” hybrid mountain bike was stolen from his garage on March 21.

Police also reported that a woman’s purse was stolen from her unlocked car on Maple Avenue on March 16, and that her credit cards were later used in Bloomfield. A man’s  plastic bag containing a driver’s license, debit cards, and gift cards stolen was from his car, unlocked due to a faulty door lock, on Midland Avenue on March 20. On March 22, police said, a man reported a laptop, backpack and headphones were stolen from his vehicle overnight on Bay Street.

Montclair police also reported the following incidents in their weekly blotter:


Tuesday, March 16 — A 34-year-old West Orange resident was charged with criminal trespass after a Warman Street resident observed him acting strangely on his property. 


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Tuesday, March 16 — A Gates Avenue property owner reported that two signs on the property had been defaced with blue spray paint. One sign had “777” written on it, and the other had “XX” written on it. 

Saturday, March 20 — An unknown person threw a padlock through the storefront window of That’s How We Roll on Glenridge Avenue. The person did not gain entry to the store.

Sunday, March 21 — A woman reported that she had parked her vehicle in the Orange Road parking deck between 4 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. When she returned, she found that the roof to her vehicle had “caved in” as if someone had been jumping on it.

The police blotter is based on information provided to Montclair Local at the discretion of the Montclair Police Department, and reflects events as described by the department. It may not reflect the complete scope of police activity. Any descriptions of wrongful activity 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.