Montclair woman fled when she saw burglar in her home, police say
On June 23, Montclair Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence on Parkhurst Place, police said.
A woman reported that she was sitting in her sun room toward the rear of the house when she saw a man standing behind a half wall that separates the sunroom and the kitchen, police said. As soon as the woman made eye contact with the man, she fled from the house and ran to a neighbor’s house, where she contacted the police.
The man had been wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head, and a black bandana-style mask covering most of his face, police said. His eyes and forehead were exposed, police said. He was between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall, police said.
It does not appear as though the man was able to take anything, police said. An extensive search of the area was conducted, but the man was not located, police said.
The following additional activity has been reported by Montclair Police in their weekly blotter:
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS
Saturday, June 26 — A 2006 Mercedes Benz was stolen from the driveway of a Watchung Avenue residence. Surveillance video shows a man exited a silver SUV at 5:30 a.m. and attempted to open the door to a second vehicle, but it was locked. The man then entered the unlocked Mercedes, started it, and drove away in it. The vehicle was recovered, unoccupied, in Newark, after being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Monday, June 28 — A resident reported that his 2016 Acura MDX was stolen from his driveway on Clinton Avenue. He believes he accidentally left his key fob in the vehicle. The car was later recovered, unoccupied, in East Orange after being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Monday, June 28 — A man reported that he left his 2013 Honda Civic running in the parking lot of 7-11 on Bloomfield Avenue. When he returned the vehicle was missing. It was later recovered, parked and unoccupied, in Bloomfield.
Wednesday, June 23 — A man reported that his vehicle was entered during the overnight hours on Virginia Avenue. A Chromebook valued at approximately $200 was stolen.
Thursday, June 24 — A resident of Ward Place reported that he woke up and discovered numerous items from his vehicle scattered over his lawn. Upon investigating, he noticed that the passenger-side door to his vehicle was open. Nothing was reported missing but the entire car was rummaged through. A second resident alerted police that her vehicle was also entered and ransacked. An undetermined amount of change and some music CDs were taken.
Friday, June 25 — A man reported that he parked his vehicle on the fourth level of the Orange Road Parking Deck. When he returned to it the next day, he discovered a bike and bike lock that were affixed to the rear of his car were gone. The bicycle was described as a men's road bike, white in color, with a red grip strip. The bicycle also had "Ghost" printed along the main frame in gray writing. It was valued at $1,000.
Friday, June 25 — A man reported that his white Mongoose Mountain Bike valued at $600 was stolen from the rear of his property on Glenridge Avenue. The bicycle was reportedly locked with a chain to a fence post.
Saturday, June 26 — A man reported that a delivery had mistakenly been sent to his old business address on Church Street. When he went to retrieve the packages, they were no longer there. The items were reportedly valued at $25,020.
Saturday, June 26 — A woman reported a pair of laptop computers and a pair of shoes were stolen from her vehicle during the overnight hours on Orange Road. The HP Chromebooks were valued at $500 each. The shoes were valued at $45.
Saturday, June 26 — Officers responded to a Willowdale Avenue residence on a report of an individual attempting to gain access into vehicles parked in their driveway. The resident received an alert on his home surveillance system of motion in the driveway. Upon checking the live footage, he observed a man going through their cars. Officers responded to the area and located a man who was also found to be in possession of numerous proceeds form other thefts in the area. The 38-year-old man from Newark was charged with burglary, criminal attempt, theft, and receiving stolen property.
Sunday, June 27 — A 10-by-10 pop up tent valued at $1,000 was stolen from the rear of a Ford van during the overnight hours on Highmont Terrace.
Thursday, June 24 — A woman reported that she parked her vehicle in the Walnut Street Parking Lot. When she returned to it the next day, she discovered someone had shattered her front driver-side window.
Saturday, June 26 — A resident reported that someone threw a rock through the resident's first-floor window on Willowdale Avenue, while the resident was sitting on the porch.
DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED
Wednesday, June 23 — A 20-year-old woman from Middletown, New York was charged with driving while intoxicated stemming from a car stop on Bloomfield Avenue.
Thursday, June 24 — A 24-year-old woman from Livingston was charged with driving while intoxicated following a single car motor vehicle accident on Orange Road.
Saturday, June 26 — A 41-year-old woman from Montclair was charged with driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle stop on Bloomfield Avenue.
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.