Brick thrown through window of Grove Pharmacy, police say
Someone smashed in the window of Grove Pharmacy on Grove Street overnight heading into Tuesday, police said.
At 1:52 a.m., officers responded to the pharmacy for an activated burglar alarm, and found a brick laying on the sidewalk. The front glass door had been completely pushed in, police said.
Officers checked the interior of the business but whoever was responsible was no longer on the scene, police said. The owner arrived and confirmed a total of approximately $300 was removed from three separate cash registers, police said.
Surveillance video showed two males wearing hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants. One male had a backpack. Both males were wearing medical masks, sneakers and gloves. They were last seen running north on Grove Street toward Oxford Street, police said.
The following additional activity has been reported by Montclair police in their weekly blotter:
Motor vehicle theft
Sunday, March 6 — A 2017 Mercedes Benz C30 was stolen from the 7-11 parking lot on Bloomfield Avenue. The owner said that she left her vehicle running but retained possession of the key fob. The vehicle was recovered the following day in Nassau County, New York.
Burglaries and other thefts
March 2 — A person reported that at some point between noon and 5 p.m., a backpack was stolen from her vehicle on Laurel Place. The vehicle was parked in the area of the Iris Gardens. The Vera Wang bag was valued at $50 and contained a wallet, two debit cards, a vaccination card, $120 cash and a New Jersey driver's license.
Wednesday, March 2 — A person reported that he observed a male individual enter a vehicle on Valley Road that he had been working on and flee down the driveway. The individual entered a newer model black Honda Civic and fled south on Valley Road. The victim said that the only item he believes is missing is a set of car keys. The person who entered the vehicle was described only as a male wearing a thin black, puffy jacket and a grey, hooded sweatshirt.
Thursday, March 3 — A caretaker arrived at a Montclair Avenue residence to check on the property and discovered someone had entered the home through a basement door sometime in the past three or four days. It appeared some jewelry and an undetermined amount of cash were removed from the home.
Saturday, March 5 — The person reported that while she was sitting on Church Street, a male approached her and stole a coffee cup from that contained cash from her. The male was described as wearing a purple top and jeans. The cup reportedly contained between $50 and $100.
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.