A car was stolen this week after the owner left it running while he ran an errand, police said.

A man reported that he parked his 2018 Mazda CX5 in the Quick Check parking lot on Valley Road. The vehicle was left running with the key fob left inside, police said.

When he returned to the vehicle after making a purchase, he observed a male exiting the parking lot in his vehicle. It was last seen heading south on Valley Road and then east on Walnut Street.

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


Sunday, May 8 — An employee of the Shell Gas Station on Bloomfield Avenue reported that a customer in the Food Mart store there became unruly after a dispute over payment. The customer reacted by knocking over a display of items near the register onto the store floor. The store floor near the register was covered with 5-Hour Energy drinks, lighters, Welches fruit snack packs and with other items.


Wednesday, May 4 — An employee of South End Gardens Senior Apartments on Orange Road reported that he observed an unknown male attempting to steal a motor bike from the east side of the parking complex. The man was attempting to place the motor bike into the rear of a dark colored sedan. Once he realized he could not fit the motorbike into his vehicle, he fled the scene.


Tuesday, May 3 — A 21-year-old male from East Orange was arrested on open warrants out of the Essex County Sheriff's Department following a motor vehicle stop on Harrison Avenue.


Friday, May 6 — A 22-year-old male from Montclair was charged with criminal trespassing after an officer performing a routine check at the Woodman Field House observed him inside of the equipment shed. In addition, he had three open warrants out of West Orange.

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.