Rock thrown through 100-year-old Christ Church window, police say
At least two windows were smashed in Montclair last week, police said — a rear car window and a 100-year-old church window.
On Tuesday, Nov. 16, an employee at Christ Church on Church Street reported that a rock was thrown through a window on the north side of the church. The window was approximately 100 years old, according to police. The value of the window was unknown at the time of the report.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, a man reported that he parked his vehicle on Valley Road at 7:15 a.m. When he returned to it at 5:30 p.m., he discovered the rear window had been shattered.
The following additional activity has been reported by Montclair Police in their weekly blotter:
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS
Thursday, Nov. 18 — A woman reported a 2019 BMW X5 was stolen from her driveway on Upper Mountain Avenue during the overnight hours. She was unsure if the key fob was mistakenly left inside the vehicle.
Thursday, Nov. 18 — The owner of a 2021 Hyundai Elantra reported that he parked his vehicle in front of Domino’s on Glenridge Avenue and entered the business. The vehicle was left running but the owner had his keys with him. When he came out his vehicle was gone. It was recovered parked and unoccupied on Monday in Newark.
Monday, Nov. 22 — A 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan was stolen from a driveway on Macopin Avenue during the overnight hours. It is unknown if the doors were locked or if the fob was inside.
Thursday, Nov. 18 — A resident reported her vehicle was entered in the early morning hours on Lorraine Avenue. The center console was rummaged through and loose change was taken. A neighbor reported observing two individuals running from the driveway at 5:45 a.m. and entering a dark-colored sedan with the headlights off.
Thursday, Nov. 18 — An employee of Lukoil on Valley Road reported a theft of gas. The driver of a black 2017 Honda Pilot pulled up to the pump and requested the attendant fill the car up. When the attendant took the nozzle out after filling the tank, the driver of the Pilot fled south on Valley Road. A check of the vehicle’s registration revealed it was a stolen vehicle. The driver was described as a female in her early 20s. The passenger was described only as male.
SUSPICIOUS, STOLEN VEHICLE
Wednesday, Nov. 17 — An officer on patrol in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and Park Street observed a vehicle behind him disregarding the red traffic signal at Bloomfield Avenue and North Fullerton Avenue. The vehicle then passed the officer and went through the red traffic light at Bloomfield Avenue and North Mountain Avenue. A check of the vehicle’s registration revealed it was a stolen vehicle out of Newark. The officer attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, but the vehicle accelerated and fled into Verona. The vehicle was a 2010 Dodge Challenger. It was last seen south on Mount Prospect Avenue.
Sunday, Nov. 21 — A 59-year-old man from Lyndhurst was charged with driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle accident on Highland 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.