A man tried to purchase three iPads on Bloomfield Avenue and was robbed at gunpoint, Montclair Police said.

The man arranged to purchase three iPads for $2,000 from an individual he met online, police said. He arrived at 15 Bloomfield Ave. and parked his vehicle. Soon thereafter, a high-end, white, four-door vehicle and a red sedan pulled up and boxed him in, police said.

One male exited the passenger side of the white vehicle and approached the would-be buyer's driver-side window, police said. A second male exited the passenger side of the red sedan and approached the buyer's passenger side window.

Both men pointed black handguns at him, demanded his money and ordered him out of his vehicle, police said. He gave $2,000 to them.

He then was able to pull his car around the vehicles and escape, police said. The men were last seen fleeing east on Bloomfield Avenue.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Steven Mateo at 973-509-4721.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 23 — A contractor working on an Alexander Avenue home observed a white Mercedes Benz occupied by three males stop in front of the home and enter the resident’s vehicle. He yelled to the men, who fled west on Alexander Avenue with an undetermined amount of loose change. The Mercedes was determined to be stolen from Clifton.

Wednesday, Feb. 23 — A 2019 Infinity Q7 that was left running was stolen from outside a Valley Road residence. It was recovered the next day, unoccupied, in Newark.

Friday, Feb. 25 — A Claremont Avenue resident reported that she ordered a dress valued at $1,200 from an online store. It was reportedly delivered on Feb. 21; however, when the woman went to retrieve it, it was gone.

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.