Ten ravaged mums, two displaced little library stands, and a concrete slab through a car window. It’s a non-exhaustive list of several reports of vandalism that occurred on Oct. 2 in the middle of the night in the area of Wendover Road and Central Avenue, police said.
A Central Avenue resident first reported that upon walking out to her vehicle, she discovered that someone had thrown a concrete slab, approximately 18-inches long, through her rear passenger side window.
A second resident of Central Avenue later reported that someone entered their yard, removed six mum plants, and threw them into the roadway.
A third Central Avenue resident reported four of his mum plants were removed and thrown onto the roadway. In addition, a solar panel light fixture was removed and damaged.
A resident of Wendover Road then reported that their “Free Little Library” box had been knocked to the ground, damaging the post used to hold it up.
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Finally, a second resident from Wendover Road reported that all of the books from her “Free Little Library” were removed and scattered onto the roadway. She also discovered that her vehicle had been entered and miscellaneous paperwork was removed. These items were later recovered in the area of Central Avenue and Brunswick Road.
Surveillance video from the area shows the suspect to be slim built and wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The incidents occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m.
The following additional activity has been reported by Montclair Police in their weekly blotter:
Tuesday, Sept. 28 — A woman reported that her daughter’s bicycle was stolen from in front of their home on Valley Road at some point between Sept. 27 and Sept. 28. The bicycle was described as a black and neon yellow 2022 Trek Wahoo 26 14-inch mountain bike valued at $511.
Tuesday, Sept. 28 — An employee of Blue Lotus on Church Street reported that a woman entered the store and walked around for approximately 30 minutes. When the employee was distracted, the woman managed to steal numerous items. Confirmed missing at the time of the report were six candles, at least 12 bracelets (various colors and stones), one lotion and several single crystal rocks that are displayed on the shelves. The suspect is described as approximately 40 to 60 years old, thin build, wearing a blue hat with a “C” on it, a brown face mask covering her mouth and nose, a black top and black pants.
Wednesday, Sept. 29 — A man reported that his bicycle was stolen from behind his residence on Mission Street. It was described as a red, white and blue SE FLYER, with red 27.5-inch tires and reportedly had minor scrapes and dents on it. It was valued at approximately $645.
Saturday, Oct. 2 — Montclair Bikery reported that a black Cerveo R5 bicycle valued at $8,400 was stolen from the business on Valley Road. It was reported that a woman entered the business at 12:15 p.m. She was seen standing inside near the front of the business browsing the bicycles. Approximately four minutes later, she took possession of the bicycle in question and relocated it closer to the front entrance and then distracted an employee. Shortly thereafter, a man entered the store. The man is seen in the video walking out with the bicycle and was in the store for a total of six seconds. The female was described as having a medium to heavyset build, ponytail, black mask, wearing a black baseball cap, a black cross body bag, red “Guess” T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers. The man was described as having a medium build, wearing a white mask, white T-shirt, white shorts and white sneakers.
Tuesday, Sept. 28 — Officers patrolling the area of Highland Avenue located an occupied silver Dodge pickup truck reported stolen earlier in the day from Belleville. Upon observing the patrol car, the vehicle proceeded north on Highland Avenue. Officers attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop however the driver refused to stop and continued northbound on Highland Avenue. It then proceeded west on Bradford Avenue and entered Cedar Grove. The officers terminated the pursuit. The pickup was last seen fleeing south on Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove.
Wednesday, Sept. 29 — Officers responded to the area of Montclair High School on Park Street after a 9:41 a.m. call about an unknown person walking on school grounds. MHS security initially observed the woman walking “suspiciously” around the high school property, according to Sgt. Terrence Turner. The school resource officer was contacted and located the 36-year-old from Newark at the George Inness Annex. She was charged with criminal trespass and possession of burglary tools.
Sunday, Oct. 3 — Officers responded to Highmont Terrace on a report of a burglary in progress. The caller reported observing an unknown individual by his neighbor’s house, which he knew to be vacant. Responding officers observed an open rear door to the home. Upon checking the residence, they located a 35-year-old woman from Newark. She was placed under arrest and charged with criminal trespass. She was also found to have outstanding warrants from Philadelphia and Union Township.
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.