A New Jersey Transit bus operator flagged down an officer requesting that police escort an unruly female passenger off the bus on Bloomfield Avenue on Friday, Aug. 19.

The passenger, an 18-year-old woman from Montclair, reportedly refused to pay the bus fare and refused to exit the bus upon being asked to. Once the police were called she reportedly became belligerent with officers and refused to exit the bus. She was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and released.

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

 

THEFT

Tuesday, Aug. 16  —  Employees at Dot Reeder on Watchung Avenue reported that an unknown male entered the store and stole two sweatshirts valued at $145 each. The male was described as being in his 40s or 50s. He had black, balding hair and an unkempt beard.

Friday, Aug. 19 — An employee of an oil collection company on Walnut Street reported that 175 gallons of used cooking oil had been stolen from a tank. The tank was supposedly full at the time of the theft and was valued at approximately $800.

 

BURGLARY

Tuesday, Aug. 16  — A resident reported that he and his family were out of their house located on Christopher Street between 7  and 9 p.m. When they returned home, they discovered that their home had been burglarized. Broken glass and blood droplets were found on the floor. Entry appears to have been gained by force through a side door. At the time of the report, the only item missing was approximately $100 in cash.

Saturday, Aug. 20  — A resident on Highland Avenue reported that he was awakened by his dogs barking and observed that his kitchen window and rear sliding door were wide open. He also observed what he believed was a subject in his yard with a flashlight. Surveillance inside the home shows the subject in a black hooded sweatshirt with an image or lettering on the front and a logo, possibly Adidas, on the pant leg.

 

MOTOR VEHICLE CRIME

Wednesday, Aug. 17 — A 2021 BMW X5 was stolen from a driveway on Mount Vernon Road. The vehicle reportedly contained the key fob and a set of golf clubs valued at $5,000.

Saturday, Aug. 20 — A 2020 white Range Rover was stolen from the Glenmont Square parking lot. The vehicle was recovered abandoned later that evening in Belleville.

Sunday, Aug. 21 — A 2020 Volkswagen Atlas was stolen from a driveway on Valley Road. It was recovered later in the day in Newark, unoccupied.

Sunday, Aug. 21 — A complainant reported that the catalytic converter for her 2007 Honda CRV was stolen during the day while the vehicle was parked in her driveway on Linden Avenue.

Monday, Aug. 22 —  A resident reported that he was outside smoking a cigarette and observed two males approach his 2009 BMW X3 and make entry. When the individual yelled out to the males, they fled on foot south on Enfield Road. The males are described as being between 17 and 20 years old, approximately 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, with slim builds, both wearing black hooded sweatshirts and black pants. 

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.