Seven cars stolen in Montclair this week, but six recovered, police say
Police report seven cars stolen in Montclair over the last week but six have since been recovered, police said:
Tuesday, Feb. 1 — A 2017 white Mercedes C43 was stolen from The Crescent, police said. The owner reported he was standing outside of his vehicle, which was running when he was approached by a slim male wearing all black clothing who asked him where the nearest restroom was. As the owner approached this man, a heavyset male wearing all black and a mask entered his vehicle and fled east towards South Fullerton Avenue. The vehicle was recovered unoccupied in Newark on Feb. 3.
Wednesday .Feb. 2 — A 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen from Bloomfield Avenue. The owner reported that he had his key fob in his pocket, but the vehicle was running and the trunk was open while he was unloading items into his apartment, police said. He said that he looked back and saw his vehicle being driven away, with the trunk still open. The vehicle was recovered shortly afterward on Union Street by patrol officers.
Thursday, Feb. 3 — A woman reported her 2017 Mercedes E30 was stolen from a parking space on Bloomfield Avenue while she was eating in a nearby restaurant. She was in possession of her key fob, police said. It was located two days later, abandoned in Newark.
Saturday, Feb. 5 — A resident reported that his vehicle was stolen from his Warren Place driveway at 3:01 a.m. He reported that his wife observed a male enter their 2021 Audi E-Tron wagon and flee east on Warren Place. It was being trailed by a red Nissan Altima. The vehicle was recovered unoccupied later that day in Belleville.
Saturday, Feb. 5 — A man reported that he pulled his 2012 Porsche Cayenne into the Delta Gas Station on Harrison Avenue and stepped out of the car for a few moments. The vehicle was left running when an Audi Q7 pulled into the station. A male exited the Audi, entered the Porsche and fled north on Harrison Avenue with the Audi following. The Porsche was recovered the next day, unoccupied in Newark.
Monday, Feb. 7 — The owner of a 2019 Audi A4 reported that he left his vehicle running while he went to get a coffee on Bellevue Avenue. When he returned, he observed an unknown person in his vehicle and a dark-colored SUV parked next to his. Both vehicles then fled east on Bellevue Avenue.
Monday, Feb. 7 — A resident reported that his 2020 Volvo XC90 was stolen from his Warren Place driveway. Surveillance footage shows the vehicle being stolen at 12:44 a.m. It was recovered later that day, abandoned in Newark.
The following additional activity has been reported by Montclair Police in their weekly blotter:
ATTEMPTED VEHICLE THEFT
Sunday, Feb. 6 — A resident reported receiving an alert on his phone reporting motion near his Union Street garage. Upon checking the footage, he observed a man running up his driveway and attempting to get into his black Mercedes Benz and white BMW M85. Both vehicles were locked, and the man returned to an awaiting red Honda Accord.
Monday, Feb. 7 — A resident reported that her iPod Touch and approximately $15 in change was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked on Highland Avenue.
Monday, Feb. 7 — Officers responded to the Bloomfield Avenue Panera Bread on a report of a burglary. The business was closed for the evening, but employees were still on site. Employees reported that an unknown male entered the rear door of the business and stole a wallet from an employee’s purse. The man was described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants and red Jordan Raging Bull 5's.
Friday, Feb. 4 — A 21-year-old Nutley resident 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.