police investigating robberies


Police are investigating three robberies that took place in the area of Bloomfield Avenue on Aug. 24.

At 1:15 a.m., a 33-year-old Montclair man reported being approached by three men on Bloomfield Avenue who demanded that he hand over money. One of the men made a gesture implying that he had a gun, according to police. 

When the victim made a scene, another man came to his aid, causing the suspects to flee. The suspects were last seen fleeing south on Mission Street.

Three hours later, at approximately 4:15 a.m., a man was approached by five males who ran up behind him on New Street and grabbed his wallet, which contained $31, police said.

Later that evening, at 5:25 p.m., a man told police that he was approached by three males, with one asking if he had a few dollars to spare. 

The victim pulled cash out of his pocket to look for small bills when one of the males grabbed all of the cash, which consisted of $300. The males then fled south on Maple Avenue. 

Police have not said if the incidents might be related. 

Anyone with information regarding the three incidents is asked to contact the Montclair Police Department at 973-744-1234.