Montclair Police report a man impersonating a Board of Ed employee tried unsuccessfully to get inside a private home this week.
On Monday evening, at 7:30 pm, a woman living on Maple Avenue heard a knock on her door. A man identified himself as “Sylvester,” claiming to work for the Board of Education. He showed a wrinkled piece of paper as his I.D. “Sylvester” told the woman he needed to verify that her grandson lived at that adress. Then he asked to be let inside. The woman answered that her grandson was not home, so he left on foot. The next morning, March 27, just before 10:00 am, “Sylvester” returned to the Maple Avenue residence and began banging on the grandma’s door. He demanded to be let inside. Grandma called the police and the man ran off, heading south on Maple Avenue.
The Board of Education tell police they have no inspectors named Sylvester.
The suspect is described as a black or Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall, between 30 and 40 years old. He was wearing a green jacket and blue colored Yankees cap. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ray Gulbin at 973-509-4739.
And there were more burglaries this week:
March 27, between 1:30 – 3:00 pm, a Claremont Avenue resident reports that he was sleeping when a burglar entered his home by forcing entry through the front door, leading to the common hallway of the multi-family home. The suspect entered the first floorapartment where the resident was sleeping and both second floor apartments. In both cases, the apartment doors were pried open. The third floor is vacant. Three diamond rings and a gold chain were taken from the sleeping man’s apartment. The second floor resident reports a gold bracelet missing. Total value is estimated at approximately $ 1,200 dollars.
Then, another burglary attempt was reported: Occurred during the overnight hours of March 26/27. Two attempts were made on an apartment building on Valley Road. In both cases, the residents discovered damage to the door locks; however entry was not gained.
And a third burglary attempt to single family home: Occurred between 4:20 – 5:15 pm on March 28, on Stonebridge Road. The resident reports that suspect(s) cut the screen to the first floor window. Two other first floor window screens were pushed off the tracks; however entry was not gained
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective James Milano at 973-509-4726.