An Italian restaurant in Montclair was robbed of its cooking oil, police said.

On Jan. 5, an employee of Napoli Trattoria and Pizzeria on Park Street reported surveillance cameras to the business captured a blue van pulling up to the rear of the business during off hours and cutting the lock off of the used cooking oil drum.

Individuals from the van then used a hose to extract the oil from the drum, police said. The vehicle was described as a 2006 Ford Econoline Van.

At the time of the report, there was no value of the oil.

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

Vehicle thefts

Tuesday, Jan. 4 — An officer sent on a parking complaint on The Fairway discovered that a 2019 Jaguar blocking a resident’s driveway was reported stolen out of Lake Syracuse, New York. The vehicle was impounded and returned to the owner.

Sunday, Jan. 9 — A man reported that he parked his 2017 Mercedes CLS 63 in a Columbus Avenue driveway. The vehicle was reportedly left unlocked with the key fob inside. When he returned to the car approximately 40 minutes later, he discovered it gone. The vehicle contained the victim’s wallet and a set of golf clubs.


Monday, Jan. 10 — Officers responded to Cadoo Medical on Park Street on a report of a burglary. An employee reported getting an alert on her ring camera of motion in the building. Upon checking the footage, she observed an unknown person walking through the office. The person was described as a tall male with a thin build wearing a New York Mets flat-brimmed baseball cap, a dark mask over his nose and mouth, a light-colored, tie-dyed hooded sweatshirt, light-colored pants and black and white sneakers. At the time of the report, nothing was reported missing.

Driving while intoxicated

Friday, Jan. 7 — A 44-year-old woman from Montclair was charged with driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle stop on Mount Vernon Road.

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.