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.

Relish Relish October 03, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Where is the outrage at this explosion of home invasions? Where is the CC outrage? Where is the dramatic police crackdown? Perhaps I won't buy in Montclair after all.
jim October 03, 2012 at 10:43 AM
This is going to be the norm in Montclair soon enough. My home was burglarized and vandalized on two separate occasions. Both times the people were caught. I signed complaints but both times the charges were ultimately dropped.
CMFAS55 October 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Agree that this is a big problem that nobody seems to want to discuss. Relish - taking some simple precautions like locking car and house doors overnight or after you leave for work (popular time to rob apparently), having motion detector lights and a couple of alarm signs readily visable around the property helps. Also a dog that will bark is helpful. It sucks to have to live in a locked prision, but we live close to East Orange and Newark and also have criminals from Bloomfield and our own town's bad area to deal with. But you are right, this is getting out of control and something needs to be done by the town. Jim how does that happen, was their not enough evidence to go forward with the charges?
zenmartini October 03, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Aside from the business that was hit, the common thread has been residents not doing the absolute least they can do to protect themselves. Not just the burglaries this past week but in what seems to be a long run of burglaries, doors and windows are left unlocked or open. A criminal has to make the decision to "break" before entering. That is a leap some potential thieves won’t make. The incidents that really scare me are the ones in which someone is at home and a thief has entered. At that point what a startled thief is going to do to you or your loved ones is going to be a quick decision on their part and just might end them up with a higher street cred. So lock your doors and windows and make it just a little harder for them. It’s not rocket science.
mtc4life October 03, 2012 at 02:52 PM
What would you have the police do besides inform the citizens on how to prevent burglaries? This is a large town, you want us to put up a fence to keep residents of EO and Nwk out?? Move somewhere else we dont want you here.
jim October 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
CMFAS55 No clue how the charges were dropped. I was informed after the fact. mtc4life should understand, there are many large communities without this rash of crime, and after 23 years here we are moving.
mtc4life October 03, 2012 at 07:48 PM
And my family has been here for 100 years Jim, happy to see you go
Latifah October 03, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Besides the common sense precautions of locking/securing your property AT ALL TIMES, we can be neighbors to each other. Watching a stranger enter your neighbors home without calling 911 or seeing strangers check out the neighborhood by ringing bells and asking questions, then wondering later about notifying police after a few robberies; are we that isolated from each other? Back in the day, we had Neighborhood/Block Watch-clearly this is an effective program that needs to return.
jim October 03, 2012 at 09:47 PM
mtc4life 100 years in this town no longer carries any weight. My family was smart enough to move after 100 years back in 1974. It seems you folks are one of the reasons they advised against returning. Don't forget to set your alarm, your motion sensors, bolt the doors and windows, lock the garage, While you are having dinner. Odd are you get robbed.
scarletxknight October 04, 2012 at 03:00 AM
i dont understand why everyone assumes ALL crime committed is from those living in newark or east orange -- because montclair doesnt have those do these things? ....and not the residents of the "bad area". no one knows what the people living in the very area that gets burglarized is doing. such generalizations are no good and promote stereotypes. everyone is so preoccupied with protecting montclair from big bad newark that you dont notice when you keep your life unlocked, your next door neighbor may be sitting right there watching! its unfortunate and horrible for anyone who is a victim of any of this and a complete violation. lets focus more on what can be done to prevent these things and bring awareness...latifah brought up some good points.
mtc4life October 04, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Jim, Are you implying that us "folks" are the reason your house was robbed? Because my Uncle was a Police Sergeant in this town for many many years.
Jill October 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Scarletxknight is right. It's far more likely for the neighbor's teenage son to walk in your (unlocked) back door and steal your stuff than it is for a stranger from Newark. Get a dog and keep the doors locked.
WWII Kid October 07, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Jill, you are so right. Several years ago, a house I worked in on Union was robbed. Of course, I was a suspect. Turned out the teenage daughter's friends were over and one of them cleaned out the Mom's jewelry box, etc.


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