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Police: Burglar May Have Entered While Resident Was Showering

Multiple burglaries and break-in attempts reported on traditionally festive night.

Montclair Police Photo credit: Teresa Akersten
Montclair Police Photo credit: Teresa Akersten

A burglar may have gotten in and out of a house while a resident was showering, Montclair Police Lt. Det. Angel Roman said.

A homeowner on the 700 block of Valley Road reported her son was home alone on New Year’s Eve between 9 and 10 p.m. when he heard the doorbell ring. She said he answered the door, but no one was there. He said he later heard their dog barking wildly while he was taking a shower.

When her son came out of the bathroom, she told police he noticed that doors on the second floor which are normally closed were open, but didn’t think anything of it.

She said when she came home at 1 a.m. she found it strange that a first floor door to a bathroom in the back of the house was open.

On New Year’s Day, when she was cleaning her bedroom she said she noticed about $200 worth of custom jewelry, as well as a box of coins, missing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Terrence Turner at 973-509-4724.

Another burglary was reported on the 700 block of Valley Road in the early morning hours of New Year's Day.

A Lorraine Avenue man said he chased a would-be burglar off his property on New Year's Eve.

A Park Street resident reported a door damaged in an attempted break-in on Jan. 1. The burglary attempt is believed to have happened between 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 1.

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