Montclair Hit By Another Round Of Burglaries
In three cases, police say intruders got inside homes through unlocked back doors.
Montclair was hit by another round of burglaries last week including two burglaries that were reported on Sunday, one by a resident on Edgecliff Road.
The homeowner told police he had invited several friends over for a dinner party and that—as his company left for the evening at about 11:30 p.m.—he realized his Apple iPhone4 and iPad were missing from the kitchen. The homeowner said that the back door had been left unlocked during the dinner party. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. J. Anderson at 973-509-4706.
Also on Sunday, at about 12:40 p.m., a resident on Upper Mountain Avenue told police that someone had taken a cell phone and an unknown amount of cash from her purse. All items had been in the kitchen. The resident said that the back door had been left unlocked as her children were in and out. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Turner at 973-509-4724.
Earlier in the week, on Sept. 26, the owner of a commercial building on Hartley Street told police that he had left the business at about 12:30 a.m. When he returned seven hours later, he discovered the lights had been turned on and that several items were missing. Taken during the night were an Apple Mac Pro laptop, a digitcal camera, two cordless power drills, and a circular powder saw. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Singleton at 973-509-4722.
Finally, on Sept. 29, at about 10 p.m., a resident on Laurel Place told police that she had seen a person wearing dark-colored hooded sweatpants and a dark-colored sweatshirt—with the hood pulled down and covering his or her face—go into the back door of her neighbor's home. She said she could see the person moving around the kitchen and then leave hrough the same door.
She said that the person walked off through various backyards, setting of motion sensor lights from surrounding homes.
Officers checked the neighbor’s home and, after speaking to the homeowner, determined that $20 had been stolen from the resident's purse that was in the kitchen. That resident said she had been watching TV. She said she thought she heard the back door open but never got up to take a look.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Cunningham at 973-509- 4716.
Montclair Police say residents should be sure to keep their back doors locked, even when they are at home.