The theft of a man's shoes led to a foot chase down Bloomfield Avenue, police said.

On May 6, a man reported to police that has been approached near the Exxon Gas Station convenience store by a man asking to try on the Air Jordan 11 Concord shoes he was holding. He allowed the man to try on one shoe, the pair of which is valued at $500, police said.

The man said he needed to try on both shoes, and when the owner refused, the man grabbed the shoes and their box and began to flee west on Bloomfield Avenue, according to police.

The shoe owner chased the man and was able to grab the shoes and box, retrieving his belongings. The man continued to run west on Bloomfield, police said.

The show thief was described by police as a 6-foot-tall Black man in his twenties with a buzzed haircut and a tattoo on his face.

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


Wednesday, May 5 — A Montclair resident reported his Worx robotic lawn mower valued at $1,200 was stolen from his front yard on Victoria Terrace. The mower was last seen on the evening of May 4.


Wednesday, May 5 — An employee of the Township of Montclair reported that someone cut the lock to the gate at the Rand Park Skate Park. The incident reportedly occurred between May 1 and 2. The lock was described as a G-Force lock valued at $17.

Friday, May 7 — Code enforcement personnel reported that numerous sidewalk tiles that had recently been re-cemented had been vandalized. Etched into the fresh cement were the phrases “Snowbunny" and "Ropebunny" along with pentagrams, the vandal's possible Instagram handle and profanity terms.


Friday, May 7 — A complainant with Bellevue Theatre reported that he entered the theater, which is closed, with an insurance adjustor and discovered new graffiti throughout the building. The vandalism included numerous profane phrases and images in marker and spray paint.


Monday, May 10 — A tenant of a Valley Road office building reported someone made entry into his office over the weekend. Entry appears to have been gained through a locked front door by using a prying device. At the time of the report, nothing appeared to have been missing from the office. While canvassing the remaining offices, a second unit was discovered to have been tampered with. The tenant reported that when he arrived to his office, he discovered tool marks near his door lock. Once inside, the office was rummaged through but nothing was reported missing at the time.

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.