Multiple unlocked cars broken into in Montclair, police say
Four unlocked vehicles were broken into during the past week, police said.
- On June 18, a man reported four checks totaling more than $8,000 were stolen from the inside of his pickup truck on Bloomfield Avenue. The vehicle was reported left unlocked at the time.
- On June 19, a Montclair woman reported that her unlocked vehicle was entered during the overnight hours on Elmwood Avenue. The vehicle was rummaged through. A work identification was stolen.
- On June 19, a man reported that his unlocked vehicle was entered during the overnight hours on Maple Avenue. The vehicle was rummaged through. An umbrella, the registration, and insurance cards were removed.
- On June 20, a man reported that his 2019 Kia Stinger was stolen during the overnight hours on Stonebridge Road. The vehicle was reportedly left unlocked and contained cash and credit cards. The credit cards were used later that day in East Orange.
The following additional activity has been reported by Montclair Police in their weekly blotter:
Tuesday, June 15 — A resident reported that he observed an unknown individual on Dodd Street. The resident said he found it suspicious because the person was carrying a FedEx package under his arm, but was wearing a UPS uniform. The prerson got into the passenger side of a gray sedan with a temporary registration tag and left the area. The only description provided was a male wearing a UPS uniform and a yellow vest. While taking the information from the witness, an officer was approached by two residents of Dodd Street reporting that they were missing packages that had been delivered to their homes.
Saturday, June 19 — The manager at Faubourg Restaurant and Bar reported several bicycles belonging to staff members were stolen from the rear of the property on Bloomfield Avenue. The total value of the bicycles was approximately $800.
Monday, June 21 — A complainant reported that a bicycle, described as a black, 26-inch BMX with "WORMO FEVER" written in hot pink on the side rail was stolen from the parking garage of an apartment complex on Pine Street. The bike was valued at $1,200.
Thursday, June 17 — A resident reported that she observed through her window two males walk up her driveway on Carolin Road, between her vehicle and her neighbor’s vehicle. It is unknown if the males attempted to gain entry to the vehicles. Both vehicles were locked at this time. The two males then ran back down the driveway to enter a vehicle that was already occupied with a driver. The vehicle was described as a red or burgundy Jaguar SUV that left heading west on Carolin Road. Glen Ridge police engaged in a motor vehicle pursuit with this vehicle after the occupants were observed attempting to gain entry into parked cars in their town. The pursuit was broken off after the Jaguar entered the Garden State Parkway, heading South.
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.