An Upper Mountain Avenue resident reported a theft Friday of approximately 65-85 pieces of blue aluminum scaffolding from his property. A neighbor reported observing a pick-up truck loading the scaffolding the previous night. According to the victim, each scaffolding piece costs $362.00.

The following additional activity has been reported by Montclair Police in their weekly blotter.


August 30 (South Park Street): The complainant reported that he was inside of Urban Outfitters and left his black GT Mountain Bike with light blue lettering on the side of the building near the bench unsecured. When he returned the bicycle was gone. Witnesses reported seeing a tall, thin male in either his 50s or 60s take the bike. He was further described as wearing ripped jeans, a bicycle helmet with grocery bags on his head under the helmet and gray stubble facial hair and was very “wide-eyed”. The bike was valued at approximately $800.00.

Entered Vehicles

August 31 (Cross Street): The complainant reported that his wallet was stolen from his unsecured parked vehicle during the overnight hours. Unauthorized credit card purchases were reportedly made in Newark and New York City after the theft.


September 1 (New Street): The resident reported that his apartment was entered while he was out running errands. Entry was made through an unlocked rear door. The apartment was ransacked, however, at the time of the report, it was unknown if anything was stolen.


August 29 (Claremont Avenue): A 43-year-old male from Belleville, NJ was charged with shoplifting from CVS Pharmacy. He was found to have 17 personal hygiene items concealed in his sweatshirt.

September 2 (Bellevue Avenue): A 44 -year-old male from Bloomfield, NJ was charged with Possession of a Weapon (Baseball Bat) and Terroristic Threats following a disturbance on Bellevue Avenue.

September 3 (Union Street): At approximately 11:14 PM, officers were dispatched to a Union Street residence on a report of a burglary in progress. Responding officers located the suspect, a 45-year-old male from Hamilton, NJ, attempting to gain entry through a rear door. He was charged with Criminal Attempt Burglary and Possession of a controlled dangerous substance after narcotics were found in his possession.

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