On Thursday, April 27, a resident reported that at 2:43 a.m., he heard the sound ofglass breaking coming from somewhere in the residence on Undercliff Road. Upon further investigation, he discovered that one of the glass panels on the side door leading to his kitchen had been shattered. He then stated that he believed an unknown individual entered his residence through the side sliding glass door. From there, the individual broke a small glass panel from the kitchen door and proceeded to enter the kitchen. It appears that the person was looking for keys to a high-end vehicle parked in the driveway. There were no reported proceeds.
The following additional activity has been reported by Montclair Police in their weekly blotter.
Saturday, April 29: A caller reported that he observed a male run down the driveway of a Clinton Avenue residence while wearing a ski mask. The male jumped into the passenger side of a white Mercedes Benz E-Class and it sped south on Clinton Avenue. He stated he could not describe the male but did advise that the vehicle in question did not have New Jersey plates. The caller found this to be suspicious and contacted police. While officers were on scene at Clinton Avenue, the West Orange Police Department notified Montclair Police that a motor vehicle burglary had just occurred at Black Burne Terrace and Eagle Rock Way in their jurisdiction. The suspect vehicle was described as a white Mercedes Benz E-Class with a headlight out. The West Orange Police Department pursued the vehicle onto Route 280 westbound. The pursuit was terminated at exit 7.
Sunday, April 30: At approximately 3:05 a.m., an officer was surveilling the area of Gates Avenue and Clinton Avenue due to an increase in motor vehicle crime. The officer observed a subject run from a driveway on Gates Avenue and jump into the passenger side of a white Range Rover. The officer attempted to stop the Range Rover on Undercliff Road however, the vehicle fled into West Orange.
Motor Vehicle Crime
Sunday, April 30: A caller reported that they observed an unknown male run from his driveway on Central Avenue to an awaiting white Range Rover SUV after attempting to open the door handles of the two cars in his driveway. The male was described as 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing a navy/black hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap, and a surgical mask. He was unsuccessful in making an entry.
Monday, May 1: A caller reported that he heard his 2022 Porsche 911 start in his driveway. When he went to investigate, he observed his vehicle reversing down the driveway and over the small trees and shrubs that line the northern edge of their property. It was last seen traveling north on Christopher Street.
Monday, May 1: The caller reported that his 2021 Porsche Macan was stolen from his driveway during the morning hours on Upper Mountain Avenue.
Monday, May 1: At 12:49 a.m., officers responded to the area of Washington Avenue on a report of individuals walking up and down driveways. Two juvenile males and a 20-year-old male, who matched the description, were stopped on Draper Terrace. Each male was from East Orange. The adult male was found to have an open warrant out of Monmouth County. One juvenile male was found to have a warrant from Essex County. All three parties were transported to Montclair Police Headquarters. The juveniles were turned over to a responsible adult. The adult was held for Monmouth County. There were no local charges.