Thursday, Dec. 31 — A 58-year-old Montclair resident was charged with shoplifting from the Acme on Valley Road.

Friday, Jan. 1 — A 31-year-old Montclair resident was charged with shoplifting from the Acme on Valley Road, as well as hindering apprehension. 


Wednesday, Dec. 30 — A person reported that he was in Nishuane Park at approximately 1:30 a.m. when he was “jumped” by a group of five individuals. The victim sought medical attention on his own for injuries to his face. 


Wednesday, Dec. 23 — Two juveniles reported that while walking east on Bloomfield Avenue in the area of Maple Avenue, they were approached from behind by a group of six individuals. One of the members of the group stated that he had a weapon (one was never shown) and demanded that the two juveniles turn over their belongings. One of the juveniles turned over an orange bag containing sunglasses. The group then fled on foot west. 


Wednesday, Dec. 23 — An employee of Faraj Enterprise on Bloomfield Avenue reported that while the employee was assisting another customer, an unknown male stole an Apple iPhone 12 from a display case. The male had previously been inquiring about the phone. 

Friday, Dec. 25 — An employee of the Exxon gas station on Bloomfield Avenue reported that an unknown person stole an undetermined amount of proceeds from the store. 

Monday, Dec. 28 — Two vehicles parked in a Bloomfield Avenue parking garage were entered between 9:30 a.m. and noon. An iPhone and approximately $900 in tools were taken from one vehicle. 

Tuesday, Dec. 29 — A 2011 Ford 150 van was stolen from Bynderian Floor Coverings on Elm Street sometime between Dec. 24 and Dec. 29. The vehicle was recovered, parked and unoccupied, in Newark on Dec. 30. 

Thursday, Dec. 31 — A Watchung Avenue resident reported that his black 2018 Acura RDX was stolen from his driveway during the overnight hours. The vehicle was reportedly left unlocked with the key fob in the center console. The vehicle was recovered on Jan. 2 in Bayonne. Four juveniles were charged with receiving stolen property by the Bayonne Police Department. 

Thursday, Dec. 31 — The manager of the CVS Pharmacy on Valley Road reported that while reviewing surveillance video for a separate incident, he observed a male and two females enter the store. The male proceeded to the contraceptive aisle and stole a box of condoms. 

Thursday, Dec. 31 — The manager of the CVS Pharmacy on Valley Road reported that he observed an unknown male enter the store and proceed to the allergy medication aisle. The male pulled out a black backpack he had been concealing and filled it with medications from three different aisles. A majority of the items taken were pain medications, dental products and allergy medication. The total value of the proceeds stolen was approximately $10,000. The incident is under investigation. 

Saturday, Jan. 2 — An employee of Bangz Salon reported that a set of her personally owned haircutting shears were stolen from her work station. The shears were valued at approximately $3,000. 

Sunday, Jan. 3 — A vehicle owner reported that her vehicle was entered overnight on Gates Avenue and rummaged through. A handicap placard and a cellphone charger were reported missing. 

Monday, Jan. 4 — A 2018 Range Rover was stolen from the driveway of an Undercliff Road residence during the overnight hours. It was recovered later that day, parked and unoccupied, in Newark. 

Monday, Jan. 4 — A Plymouth Street resident reported that two cars were parked in his driveway overnight. One vehicle, which was left unlocked, was entered. Approximately $20 in cash was taken. 

Monday, Jan. 4 — A Plymouth Street resident reported that her vehicle was entered between Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. The center console had been rummaged through. It is unknown if anything is missing. 


Wednesday, Dec. 23 — A vehicle owner reported that an unknown person threw a large rock through the rear windshield of his vehicle on Bellevue Avenue, causing it to shatter.

Saturday, Jan. 2 — A vehicle owner reported that she parked her vehicle on North Willow Street, and upon returning, she found that the rear windshield had been shattered. It is unknown what caused the damage. 

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.