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Beware of Scammers, Do Not Leave Valuables In Parked Vehicles, Report Suspicious Activity and More

Lt. David O'Dowd, Montclair Police Department

Friday, August 1, 2014 • 10:05am

Arrest

On 07/21/2014 at 6:29pm, officers responded to the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Elm Street on a motor vehicle crash.  Speaking with one of the drivers, Adam Mayo (50, from Caldwell), officers observed that he might have been driving under the influence of alcohol.  Officers conducted field sobriety tests and placed Mr. Mayo under arrest for DWI.  There were no injuries reported in this crash. 

On 07/27/2014, Officers responded to the area of Midland Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue on a report of a suspicious male looking into parked vehicles.  Officers arrived and located a Fredrick D. Johnson, 51, from West Orange, matching the suspect's description.  Mr. Johnson was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Montclair for $350.  Mr. Johnson was arrested and held on this warrant. 

On 07/27/2014, Officers in the area of Miller Street observed a party known to have outstanding warrants.  Mr. Kali Richardson, 32, of Montclair, was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Montclair ($5000) and Glen Ridge ($100). 

Theft

On 07/22/2014 at 10:30am, officers were dispatched to Pathmark Supermarket, 35 Lackawanna Plaza, on a report of an attempted shoplifting.  Security explained that they had just attempted to stop two suspects leaving the store pushing a full shopping cart, without paying for these items.  Suspect #1 is described as a black male, 6’03’, dark skin, thin build, wearing an orange t-shirt.  Suspect #2 is described as a black male, 5’08”, medium/light skin, heavy build, wearing a white Kufi cap and white t-shirt.  When approached by security, these men abandoned the cart and fled in a white sedan.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.

On 07/25/2014, a Chestnut Street resident reported the theft of their wallet from a vehicle during the morning hours.  The wallet, a black tri-fold had been stolen from the center console of a Chevy Trailblazer parked in the driveway.  The wallet contained $40 and various credit cards.  Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 07/23/2014, a bicyclist chained her bicycle to the commuter rack in the Walnut Street Train station.  Upon returning to retrieve the bicycle on 07/26 at 5:10pm, she observed that the bicycle was missing and the lock and chain was cut, laying next to the rack.  This bicycle is described as a blue/gray Trek Mountain Bike with a black plastic basket on the rear of the seat.  Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.

On 07/27/2014, at 11:07pm, a delivery driver reported a theft from his vehicle.  The driver, who was delivering for Aozora Restaurant, left his vehicle parked in the lot at 50 Pine Street while making a delivery.  While inside the building, unknown person(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and stole a food order waiting to be delivered.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

On 07/24/2014, a Pine Street resident reported that his Grill master Electric pro Smoker had been stolen from his patio.  The smoker is described at 3’ in height, and silver in color.  It is valued at approximately $200.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

Miscellaneous

On 07/22/2014 a Nishuane Road resident was contacted via telephone by a party claiming to represent the Treasury Inspector for Homeland Security tax Administration.  This suspect advised the victim that he owed back-taxes and that he needed to pay immediately with a Moneypack pre-paid debit card.  The victim became suspicious and contacted the Department of Treasury directly to verify this claim.  He was advised that this was a scam and to avoid further contact with this caller.  Residents are again reminded to verify the identity of any person requesting payment via telephone or email.  Be especially cautious of requests for payment utilizing Moneypack, GreenDot, Vanilla, or other pre-pay debit cards. 

On 07/26/2014, at 4:38, officers were dispatched to Willowdale Avenue on a report of solicitors claiming to work for PSE&G.  Officers located a male who claimed to work for a subsidiary of PSE&G.  This party did not have a permit to solicit in town.  He was issued a Township ordinance Summons for Soliciting Without A Permit. 

Burglary

On 07/21/2014, Officers were dispatched to an office complex in the area of Park Street and Claremont Avenue on a burglary report.  The complainant explained that sometime between 7/17/2014 at 1200Hrs and 7/21/2014 at 0800Hrs, four offices had been burglarized.  It appeared that the office doors had been kicked or forced in.  Two cellphone chargers are the only items noticed missing from these offices. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.

On 07/21/2014 an Officer was dispatched to Claridge Court on a report of items stolen from an unlocked vehicle.  Between 07/20 at 6:00pm and 07/21 at 10:30am, someone had stolen a tool bag containing $250 in hand tools from a 2001 Subaru Legacy.  Anyone with information is asked to contact our Detective Bureau at 973-509-7543.

On 07/28/2014, a Cedar Avenue resident reported a burglary, which occurred between 07/25 and 07/28.  The victim explained that when he returned home on 7/28, he observed that the front porch window was smashed.  Upon entering the residence he observed that a safe, kept in the kitchen, had been broken open.  The bedrooms were also ransacked, but the victim was unable to tell if anything was taken in this incident.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 07/25/2014, a business owner on Lackawanna Plaza reported a burglary that occurred between 07/22 at 6:00am and 07/25 at 3:00pm.  During that period, unknown subject(s) entered the 2nd floor office and stole a Windows Gateway 23” touch screen computer valued at $650.  Access was gained by the removal of a glass panel in the office door.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.

 

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