The week in Montclair crime from Lieutenant Terence Turner, Montclair Police Department:
Motor Vehicle Crime
May 17, 2022 (Park Street): The complainants reported that they were conducting an appliance delivery to a residence when two cell phones were stolen from their delivery truck. The truck remained unlocked while the delivery was being made.
May 18, 2022 (Berkley Place): The caller reported that while jogging on Berkley Place, she observed an unknown male exit a white Ford Explorer, walk up the driveway to a residence, and attempt to enter a 2013 Audi. When the suspect saw he was being watched, he returned to the Explorer which fled west on Berkley Place. The Explorer was reported stolen out of Hampton, NJ.
May 18, 2022 (Orange Road): The complainant reported that while performing heating and cooling work at a residence, four thermostats and a wallet were stolen from his work van. A male was observed exiting the truck, entering a black Toyota Camry, and fleeing south on Orange Road.
May 19, 2022 (Union Street): The complainant reported that while performing landscaping services at a residence, he observed a male enter his landscape truck and remove a backpack. The male then entered a blue Hyundai and fled east on Union Street. The bag contained approximately $30.00 in cash.
May 23, 2022 (Ardsley Road): The complainant reported that while performing pest removal services at a residence, his wallet, cellphone, and jacket were stolen from his work van. The van was unlocked at the time of the theft.
May 18, 2022 (Bloomfield Avenue): The manager at Whole Foods Market reported that the same male has been entering the market on several occasions, filling up a bag of groceries, and leaving without making payment. The suspect reportedly takes between $100-$150 worth of groceries during each incident (four incidents in total). The suspect was described as a male, late teen to early twenties, medium/muscular build, average height, wearing a dark color “Nike” backpack and a black and blue “Montclair Lacrosse” sweatshirt.
May 21, 2022 (Grove Street): The victim reported that she was exiting her vehicle with her purse in her hand when a Maroon vehicle, possibly a Honda, pulled up beside her. An individual inside the Honda reached out and grabbed her purse from her. The maroon vehicle then sped away east on Oxford Street. A witness reported observing the incident. He described the suspect vehicle as a Maroon Honda with out of state temp tags and dark tinted windows.
May 20, 2022 (Clinton Avenue): The resident reported that he was alerted by his home surveillance system that an unknown person was attempting to gain entry into his home. Responding officers located a 43-year-old male from Montclair fleeing the area who matched the exact description. He was charged with Criminal Attempt Burglary. At 1:26 AM, a resident of Undercliff Road reported her home surveillance system had earlier captured a male entering her 2006 Land Rover. Responding officers viewed the footage and determined it was the same male responsible for the attempted burglary on Clinton Avenue. The suspect was charged with an additional count of Criminal Attempt Burglary.