Hundreds of dollars in change were stolen from a Bradford School fundraiser, police say. 

Administrators at Bradford School reported that each grade in the school was issued two plastic bins to fill with change as a school contest, according to police.

One of the grade’s bins was reported missing. It was said to contain approximately $600.

Schools Superintendent Jonathan Ponds told Montclair Local by email Tuesday the district was aware of the theft, and “following all protocols, procedures and due process.” His message didn’t elaborate on what those steps involved.

The following additional activity has been reported by Montclair police in their weekly blotter:


Tuesday, Feb. 15 An employee of Crockett’s Fish Fry on Bloomfield Avenue reported someone attempted to enter the business at some point between 9 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 11 a.m. the next day. The person or people used a hammer to shatter a front window, however it is unknown if entry was successfully gained. There were no items reported missing.  

Tuesday, Feb. 15 — An employee of Pappardelle Restaurant on Walnut Street reported that a metal tie lock from two drums used to collect used cooking oil had been cut. Both tanks were empty upon discovery of the damage. It is unknown how much oil was taken. Had they been full at the time, the oil would have been estimated at a value of $2,400.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 A Highland Avenue resident reported that while taking out his trash, he discovered the front door to his vehicle ajar. Upon checking his surveillance system, he observed two males exit a white midsize SUV and enter his vehicle. The car was rummaged through, but nothing was reported missing.  

Friday, Feb. 18 A resident reported that she started her 2019 Nissan Rogue to warm up in her Sylvan Place driveway at approximately 7:30 a.m. When she returned to her driveway 15 minutes later, she discovered her vehicle had been stolen. It was recovered later that day after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in Newark. 

Saturday, Feb. 19 A Greenwood Avenue resident reported that a package that had been delivered on Feb. 17 was stolen from his front foyer. The package contained approximately $750 in sports memorabilia.  

Monday, Feb. 21 A resident reported that she observed two males jog down her Upper Mountain Avenue driveway and enter two unlocked vehicles parked in the driveway. She yelled out to them, and they fled to an awaiting red SUV. Nothing was reported missing.  

Monday, Feb. 21 A resident of Marquette Road reported her 2021 BMW X5 was entered and rummaged through. Nothing was reported missing.

The police blotter is based on information provided to Montclair Local at the discretion of the Montclair Police Department, and reflects events as described by the department. It may not reflect the complete scope of police activity. Any descriptions of wrongful activity are merely allegations, and any persons mentioned in the blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The MPD encourages anyone who wishes to report criminal or suspicious activity, or who has information pertaining to an ongoing investigation, to call 973-744-1234. In an emergency, residents are urged to call 911.