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String of Buglaries and Thefts, Shoplifting, and More

Lt. David O'Dowd, Montclair Police Department

Friday, July 25, 2014 • 12:30pm

Arrest:

On 07/17/2014, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a 2002 Mercedes Benz C230 in the area of Union Avenue and Russell Terrace. The vehicle operator, a Brittany Ramirez 22yoa from Montclair, was found to have an open warrant out of town for $500. Ms. Ramirez was arrested and held on this open warrant.

On 07/17/2014, at 1503hrs. Officers were dispatched to 35 Lackawanna Plaza, Pathmark Super Market, for a report of shoplifter in custody. Miss Gwendolyn Colucci, 18yoa from Montclair, was being detained by security for placing items in a large bag and attempting to leave the store without payment. These various items totaled $118. Ms. Colucci was arrested and charged with Shoplifting.

On 07/18/2014, at 2325Hrs Officers responded to the area of Appleton Pl. and Burnside Pl. for a possible intoxicated driver that was involved in a hit and run. The suspect vehicle, a black, 2006 Chevy HHR NY Registration was located on Edgemont Rd. near Berkeley Pl., it had traveled the wrong way on the one way of Edgemont Rd. Officers observed fresh damage to this vehicle. The operator, Mary Lange 67yoa from Staten Island NY, was placed under arrest. In the process of being handcuffed, Ms. Lange ripped the badge off an Officer’s shirt, while scratching and kicking him. Ms. Lange was charged with DWI and Aggravated Assault on an Officer.

Burglary:

On 07/16/2014 at 0100Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Catcom Computers on 25 Valley Road on a burglar alarm. Upon arriving they discovered the front door smashed and unlocked. The suspect(s) had entered the store and forced open the cash register. Proceeds were $15 cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 07/16/2014, Officers responded to 37 Orange Rd. (Ferrara's Autobody) on a report of a burglary that had occurred. The victim stated that between 1700Hrs on 07/15 and 0715Hrs on 07/16, unknown persons had smashed the front door of his business. They had then entered the office and rummaged through drawers and cabinets. It is unknown if anything was taken in this incident at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

On 07/16/2014, Officers were dispatched to an apartment complex on Orange Road on a report of a burglary. The victim stated that on 07/16 at approximately 1218Hrs, she left her apartment and secured her personal apartment door and the shared common front door. Upon arriving home at 1520Hrs, she observed that her apartment had been rummaged through. The only item noticed missing so far is a set of keys. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.

On 07/17/2014 at 1630Hrs, a homeowner on Park Street left his wallet and cellphone on a dresser in his second floor bedroom, before going into his back yard. Upon returning back into his home at 1730hrs, he heard his front door open, and assumed it was a family member. At 2130Hrs, he went to his bedroom and observed that the wallet and cellular telephone, and $100 in cash were missing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725

On 07/20/2014, Officers were dispatched to a residence on North Mountain Ave on report of an open door. Upon checking the home, they located a resident sleeping in a bedroom. The resident explained that he had been sleeping with the air conditioner on, and therefore did not hear them inside the home. That resident then noticed that numerous items were missing from the kitchen counter. A wallet, $100 cash, two boxes of cigarettes, and apple headphones were all taken in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.

Theft:

On 07/15/2014 at 1801Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Urban Outfitters, 20 South Park Street, on a report of shoplifting. The suspects, Sarah Tolve (19yoa from Nutley) and Antonio Prata (21yoa from Nutley) were caught by store employees concealing merchandise in a bag, attempting to leave without providing payment. The total value of the merchandise was $340.84. Both suspects were arrested and charged with Shoplifting.

On 07/13/2014 at approximately 1700Hrs, a computer was stolen from inside an unlocked 2010 Hyundai Sonata, in the area of Valley Road at Bloomfield Avenue. The computer is a silver Apple Macintosh, Mac Mini which was inside its original box (value $800) Anyone with information is asked to contact our Detective Bureau at 973-509-7543.

Misc:

On 07/13/2014, Officers responded to the area of Park Street and Gordonhurst Avenue on a report of an incident of lewdness. The victim explained that she was walking on Park Street when she observed a vehicle parked up ahead. When she walked past this vehicle she observed a male sitting in the driver seat. Upon observing her approach, this male lifted his hips up to show the victim that he was masturbating. This male then drove away, south on Park Street. As the victim continued walking, the vehicle reappeared and this suspect drove past the victim, again masturbating. This suspect is described as a White, Hispanic or Arabic male, in his mid 30’s, with an olive complexion. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark colored SUV. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant W. Young at 973-509-4719.

On 07/17/2014, Officers responded to a St. Lukes Place address on a report of a very strong odor. The officers located an apartment which appeared to have been abandoned. There was garbage and feces all over the interior of this apartment. The officers located a gray and white cat inside this apartment which appeared to be in poor health and very dirty. Animal Control was contacted and took custody and care of this cat.

On 07/17/2014 an Officer was dispatched to 210 Bloomfield Avenue, The American Legion, on a report of vandalism that occurred. The Complainant stated that sometime last week (possibly 07/07/2014) an unknown individual placed graffiti on a front door to the building. The graffiti in question is lettering written in black marker. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751

On 7/17/2014 at 1318Hrs, MPD and MFD were dispatched to 83 Walnut Street, Northwest Essex Community Health care Network, for a report of a fire. Upon arrival, the building was evacuated. It was discovered that piece of machinery inside the building had over heated and was creating sparks. There was no damage to the building only to this machine. The staff was able to pull the fire out with a fire extinguisher. One staff member was treated by MAU for inhaling the extinguisher chemical while putting out the sparks.

 

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