Montclair Police say a resident shoo’d a house burglar away in the middle of the night before he could make off with any valuables.
A resident of Elston Road returned to his home around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 25; about 45 minutes later, from his basement bedroom, he heard the back door open. Then he heard steps in the kitchen above him. The resident went upstairs to see what was going on, and he came face-to-face with a strange man standing in his kitchen.
The intruder, described as a light complexioned black man, 5’8″ with a tattoo on the right side of his neck wearing a purple shirt and a black/yellow cap, froze, holding on to a brown leather attache case. According to police, resident looked the intruder in the eyes, and said “please leave now.” The intruder dropped the case and left quickly out the back door, as police were called.
Police arrived on the scene within minutes, and called in K-9 units to track the scent left on the attache case. The K-9’s were not able to find the suspect.
Police noted that the burglar entered through an unlocked back door, but was stopped in his tracks before he could scoop up two watches, a cell phone, and a GPS unit – all scattered on the kitchen counter. Nothing was taken from the home.