The week in Montclair crime from Lieutenant Terence Turner, Montclair Police Department:


April 18, 2023 (Valley Road): The victim reported that he was in the parking lot of the Acme Supermarket when he was approached by an unknown male and sprayed in the face with pepper spray. The suspect then ran to an awaiting vehicle described as an older model, gray or silver station wagon with partial New Jersey plate “J47”.

Motor Vehicle Crime

April 18, 2023 (Gates Avenue): The complainant reported that a white envelope which contained approximately $2500.00 to $3000.00 in cash was stolen from the center console of his work truck. Also taken was his brown leather wallet which contained his NJ Driver’s License, a Chase Bank debit card and an American Express credit card.

April 21, 2023 (Warren Place): A resident reported witnessing an unknown male stealing items out of a construction vehicle. He stated that he was on the second floor of his residence when he noticed a male with a medium build wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt walk up to a white Ford 250 and then enter the vehicle. The suspect then entered a black vehicle with dark rims and fled east toward Orange Road. The suspect vehicle, a 2017 Audi S8 was determined to be a stolen vehicle after being pursued by Bloomfield Police. The vehicle was occupied by six males all wearing masks.

April 23, 2023 (Bellevue Avenue): The owner of a 2020 Hyundai Elantra reported that his vehicle was stolen from his residence overnight. It was recovered abandoned in Glen Ridge with heavy frontend damage.

April 23, 2023 (Forest Street): The victim reported that her 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe was damaged during the overnight hours. She reported that she awoke at 9:30 AM and discovered that her rear passenger side window had been shattered, her steering column and ignition tampered with, and her glove box lock tampered with.

April 25, 2023 (Highland Avenue): At approximately 3:50 AM, a resident of Highland Avenue reported a burglary to his residence. The resident stated that he heard his dog barking at approximately 3:30 AM and was running around the house. The resident went down stairs and noticed the back sliding glass door was unlocked. He stated approximately three hundred dollars cash was taken from his wallet that was in a bowl located on the kitchen island. At the time, multiple residents on Highland Avenue reported a suspicious person running through their backyards.

2 replies on “Man Reports Assault with Pepper Spray at Montclair Acme Store”

  1. I’ll say crime is up 25+% over Y/Y along my street alone. I will guess the property owners within a ½ mile of the train station must have 1,000+ cameras and requisite motion-activated lights to memorialize the crime. After a while, you get used to it.

  2. Do you ever wonder why Neighborhood Watch never really made the transition to the internet age? Maybe we could ask JC for a Clever CrimeWatch® brand extension?

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