On March 11, a Central Avenue resident reported to police that he observed an unknown person taking pictures of children while they were playing outside.

The resident reported that he was in the front of his residence, tending to his lawn, while his daughter and her friend were playing in the driveway. The children reported that they saw a male pass the house on a street near Edgemont Memorial Park.

The man then turned around, walked south back toward the house, and stop in the street right in front of the house’s driveway. The man then appeared to take pictures of the children with his phone, before starting to slowly jog toward the park.

The man never spoke to the children or made any motions toward them.

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


Sunday, March 14 — A 22-year-old Glen Ridge resident was charged with driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle stop on Claremont Avenue.

Monday, March 15 — A 73-year-old resident of The Villages, Florida, was charged with driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle stop on Claremont Avenue. 

Burglary/attempted burglary

Friday, March 12 — A North Mountain Avenue resident reported that an unsecured shed in the rear of their property had been entered. An adult-sized, gray “Roll Sport” bicycle with black handlebars and a black basket on the front handlebars was reported missing. The bicycle had been purchased for $469.10.

Monday, March 15 — A Park Street business owner reported that he arrived at his office and discovered pry marks on his office door. It did not appear that anyone had gained entry to the office. The incident reportedly occurred between 3 p.m. on March 13 and 3 p.m. on March 15.

Suspicious activity

Saturday, March 13 — A Bellevue Avenue resident reported that while he was inside his house, he heard a loud “thud” at the front door, followed by a male voice. When the resident went to investigate, he did not observe anyone, but did see that a clip on the storm door, valued at $10, had been damaged. 

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.