But Their “Tickets” Will be a Pleasant Surprise – National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 19-25
It has been more than four years since New Jersey began requiring novice teen drivers to display red license plate decals on their vehicles. While some teens and their parents might be loathe to affix it for various reasons, the non-descript decal’s ability to help police enforce the passenger, nighttime driving, cell phone/texting, and seat belt provisions of the state’s Graduated Driver License or GDL program – and thus save lives – is undeniable.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit (CSU) will host a new program, “Coffee with a Cop,” beginning on Friday, October 17, 8:00-10:00 a.m., at Trend Coffee & Tea House, 411 Bloomfield Avenue. The idea behind “Coffee With A Cop” is to afford the public an opportunity to meet and speak with local law enforcement professionals in an open and friendly atmosphere.
Montclair’s CSU strives to form partnerships with all of Montclair -- residents as well as businesses. All too often, the community only interacts with the police in times of crisis. “Coffee with a Cop” is an effort to foster positive relationships with the police.
The program has already proved successful in over 175 police agencies in 36 states. The public may ask questions of the officers or just pop in to meet the person in uniform and say hello over a nice hot cup of coffee.
Montclair Police Department
Theft from MV
On 10-03-2014 at 2213Hrs, an Officer was dispatched to Plymouth Street on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim explained that sometime between 09/28 and 10/03 someone had entered their Infinity QX6 and removed a backpack containing soccer equipment. This backpack was found, discarded in the bushes next to their home. It did not appear that anything was missing from the backpack. Anyone with information is asked to contact our juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.
On 10-12-2014, an Officer was dispatched to a report of a theft from a vehicle. The victim explained that between 10/11 at 2230Hrs and 10/12 at 1025Hrs, someone had entered his Nissan 350. The suspect had punched in the driver side door lock in order to access this vehicle. Stolen in this incident was a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-5751.
On 10-03-2014, an Officer was dispatched to 34 Church Street, The Montclair Antique Center, on a report of a diversionary theft. Employees explained that at 1415hrs a subject described as a middle-aged white male, dark hair, wearing glasses and a blue jacket, entered the store and inquired about purchasing a number of different items. At the same time, two females, described as middle-aged white females, light colored hair, wearing large sunglasses and loose fitting long dresses, entered the store and inquired about purchasing jewelry. While helping the females, employees noticed that a platinum salon sapphire diamond ring valued at $3600 was now missing from the case. When they questioned the females about the ring, the male interjected, stating that an Indian juvenile with a backpack had just left the store, and must have taken the ring. The two females then stated that they too observed this juvenile exit the store. The employees searched the area of Church Street for this juvenile, with no success. It was later determined that no such juvenile had entered the store, and it was actually one of the females who had taken the ring. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.
On 10-08-2014, Officers were dispatched to Grove Street near Watchung Avenue, on a report of a theft from a vehicle. The victim explained that they had left their Honda Accord parked on Grove Street at 1100Hrs, and upon returning at 1430Hrs, observed that it had been entered. The suspect(s) stole the Pioneer stereo head unit from this vehicle. The steering column was also damaged in an apparent attempt to steal this vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724.
On 10-03-2014 at 1844Hrs, Officers assigned to Mission Street observed a physical altercation occurring on New Street near Bloomfield Avenue. As officers approached, attempting to disperse the group of approximately 10 males, they observed a subject, Mr. Quadee Lapread (34yoa from Montclair) actively engaged in a physical confrontation. Mr. Lapread then fled on foot, toward Mission Street. A victim was located, with a laceration to the top of the head. The victim (36yoa from Newark) stated that the subject, who Officers had observed to be Mr. Lapread, struck him on the top of the head with a golf club. This victim was transported to Mountainside for treatment. Mr. Lapread was then located and arrested. He is charged with Aggravated Assault and Weapons Possession. He was held on $30,000 bail.
On 10-04-2014 at 2130Hrs, officers located a motor vehicle accident in which vehicle operator Anne Woodruff (20yoa from Bloomfield) had struck a parked vehicle. Officers detected an odor of alcoholic beverage from Ms. Woodruff. After participating in field sobriety testing, Ms. Woodruff was placed under arrest for DWI. There were no injuries as a result of the collision.
On 10-11-2014 at 1456Hrs, Officers were dispatched to The Bank of America, 441 Bloomfield Avenue, on a report of a motor vehicle theft in progress. This stolen vehicle, a white Acura TSX, was then reported to have crashed into a telephone pole at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Glenridge Avenue. Witnesses observed the actor fleeing the scene on foot, east on Glenridge Avenue. The suspect, a 17yoa juvenile from Newark, was located in the area of Bloomfield Avenue, near Elm Street. This juvenile was found to be in possession of an imitation handgun, and a screwdriver. This juvenile was charged with theft and weapon offenses. He was remanded to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.
On 10-06-2014 at 0726Hrs, Officers were dispatched to 146 Bloomfield Avenue, The Herreh Market, on a report of a burglary. The victim stated that between 2030Hrs on 10/05 and 0715Hrs on this date, someone had ransacked their store. It is believed that the actor(s) gained entry through a side window. The suspect(s) moved an ATM machine from the front of the store, to the rear stock area, where they attempted to pry it open. They were unsuccessful in accessing the cash inside this machine. Merchandise was thrown from the shelves all over the floor. Taken in this incident was a large amount of cigarettes and scratch-off lottery tickets. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.
On 10-08-2014, Officers responded to an apartment building on Grove Street to investigate a burglary. The victim explained that between 0900Hrs and 1800Hrs, someone had broken into her apartment and stolen numerous items. The officers observed fresh pry marks on the victim’s door. Taken in this incident were an Apple Macbook and charger. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Cunningham at 973-509-4716.
On 10-04-2014 a vehicle operator reported that unknown persons had thrown an item off the train bridge on Chestnut Street, cracking their windshield. Officers observed numerous rocks on Chestnut Street, which may have been thrown from the train tracks. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.
On 10-06-2014, a Talbot Street resident reported that they were contacted by a female, claiming to represent PSE&G. This female advised that if they did not purchase a pre-paid GreenDot Moneypak card, and provide her with the redemption code, her power would be shut off. The victim purchased a GreenDot card for $362.66 and furnished this suspect with the redemption information. The victim then contacted PSE&G and was advised that this was a fraud.
D/LT. David O’Dowd
Montclair Police Department
Theft From MV
On 09-29-2014, a Grenada Place resident reported that at approximately 0300Hrs, they observed a subject rummaging through a Honda Element parked on their street. The suspect was described as a male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. It was determined that $2.00 in change was taken from this vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.
On 09-30-2014 at 0033Hrs, Officers were dispatched to Roosevelt Place on a report of two suspects attempting to break into vehicles. Witnesses stated that they had observed two juvenile black males attempting to enter vehicles in an apartment building parking lot. They then observed the suspects run south on South Fullerton Avenue. There was no damage to any vehicles in this lot. It is unknown if any items were taken from unlocked vehicles. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.
On 09-30-2014, an Officer was dispatched to Wheeler Street on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim explained that between 09-29-2014 at 2000Hrs and 09-30-2014 at 0815Hrs, someone had entered their Cadillac Escalade. Stolen in this incident was an iPhone 4s and $30.00 in loose change. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.
On 09-30-2014, an officer was dispatched to Sears Place on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The victim explained that between 09-29-2014 at 2300Hrs and 09-30-2014 at 0800Hrs, someone had entered their Jeep Grand Cherokee. Taken in this incident was an iPod, a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, and a pair of Bose headphones. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.
On 10-1-2014, an Officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Valley Road on a report of a motor vehicle theft. The victim, a Montclair resident, reported that he had parked his vehicle on Valley Road at 1345Hrs. Upon returning at 1630Hrs, he noticed his vehicle was missing. The vehicle is described as a 2007 Cadillac CTS. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective D. Rullo at 973-509-4717
On 09-29-2014, an Officer took a report of a found bicycle. The bicycle, a Black Mongoose Axe, was located on Glenridge Avenue. This bicycle was not registered with the township. It was not reported stolen from this jurisdiction. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.
On 10-03-2014 at 1150Hrs, a victim reported having their folding bicycle stolen from the entrance to Dunkin Donuts at Lackawanna Plaza. A Lackawanna Security Officer observed the suspect attempting to leave the building with the bicycle. When this Security Officer gave chase, the suspect abandoned the bicycle and fled on foot. This suspect is described as a black male, 20-24yoa, 5’9” in height, thin build, wearing a gray sweatshirt and jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective D. Rullo at 973-509-4717.
On 09-30-2014 at 0015Hrs, Officers on Mission Street observed Richard Chinn (24yoa from Montclair), engaged in a verbal argument with a female. The Officers were successful in temporarily separating the two. After a few minutes, Mr. Chinn approached the female and again engaged in a verbal argument. When Officers intervened, Mr. Chinn became verbally abusive and refused to comply with their orders. When advised that he was under arrest, Mr. Chinn resisted Officers attempts to apply handcuffs, resulting in a struggle on the ground. Mr. Chinn was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest, with a bail of $5000.
On 09-30-2014 at 1809Hrs, an Officer on Mt. Hebron Road observed a Saturn Vue with a suspended registration. Upon conducting a motor vehicle stop, it was learned that the vehicle operator, Osama Abuhadbah (37yoa from Paterson) had a suspended license. Mr. Abuhadbah also had open warrants out of Rochelle Park ($750) and Clifton ($500). Mr. Abuhadbah was arrested on these warrants and issued motor vehicle summonses for his infractions.
On 10-02-2014 at 1740Hrs, Officers in the area of Christopher Street observed Florian Anton (37yoa from Montclair), who was known to have active warrants. The Officers approached Mr. Anton and advised him that he was under arrest, at which time he attempted to flee. This resulted in a struggle with the suspect, during which he physically resisted the Officers. He also verbally threatened to harm these Officers. Mr. Anton was eventually handcuffed, and found to be in possession of two knives. Mr. Anton was held on his outstanding warrants for Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Harassment, and two counts of contempt. He was additionally charged with Resisting Arrest and Possession of Weapons, for his actions during this arrest.
On 10-03-2014 at 1835hrs, Officers were dispatched to a report of a hit-and-run accident involving a Dump Truck. This dump truck had struck a vehicle at the intersection of Glenridge Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue, and then fled the scene. The operator of the other vehicle was transported to Mountainside Hospital with complaints of pain. Officers located this Dump Truck heading west on Bloomfield Avenue. The vehicle operator refused to stop when Officers activated their emergency lights and siren. The vehicle continued west on Bloomfield Avenue from Valley Road to Upper Mountain Avenue, before finally yielding to the Officers attempting to stop it. The operator, Mr. Ryder Rogg (26yoa from Bloomfield) appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. After participating in field sobriety tests, Mr. Rogg was arrested for DWI. He was also charged with two counts of Eluding. Mr. Rogg was also issued numerous motor vehicle summonses. He was held on $17,500 bail.
On 10-01-2014 at 2008Hrs, a 32yos Montclair resident reported that he was the victim of an armed robbery in the area of Bloomfield Avenue at Elm Street. The victim stated that he was approached by a suspect, who was brandishing a knife, demanding money. The victim fled from this suspect, running west on Bloomfield Avenue. The suspect pursued him for a short distance, and then fled on foot, east on Bloomfield Avenue. This suspect is described as a 30-35yoa white male, thin build, 6’0” in height, short dark hair, wearing a blue shirt and sleeveless black coat. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective T. Turner at 973-509-4724
D/Lt. David O’Dowd