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Montclair Police Blotter: Purse-snatcher Sought, Theft from Unlocked Vehicles and More


MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Police Department has released the following blotter on December 26, 2017:

12-20- 2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Kenneth Topping, 51yoa from Glen Ridge, was arrested and
charged with DWI
12-20- 2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Thomas Materna, 73yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged
with DWI
12-21- 2017 (Dunkin Donuts, Bloomfield Avenue) A 17yoa Montclair male was arrested for passing a
fraudulent $50 bill at that store.
12-21- 2017 (Pine Street) Mr. Selvin Thomas, 26yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with theft
after taking cash from a 17yoa Hackensack male he had encountered in the street.
12-24- 2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Ms. Deborah Rodgers, 34yoa from Carteret, was arrested and charged
with DWI

12-19- 2017 (South Mountain Avenue) Two unlocked vehicles were rummaged through, but nothing was
reported taken.
12-19- 2017 (Erie street) Theft of a glass store sign from the front of a commercial establishment.
12-19- 2017 (James Street) Three juveniles were observed stealing a purse from an unlocked motor
vehicle. These juveniles fled on foot from the area.
12-20- 2017 (Forest Street) Theft of a wallet from an unlocked motor vehicle.
12-20- 2017 (Miller Street) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. Personal documents were taken in
this incident.
12-22- 2017 (Highland Avenue) Attempted burglary to a residence. Two window screens were
discovered damaged, but entry was not gained to the home.
12-23- 2017 (Claremont Avenue) Theft of a tire gauge from an unlocked motor vehicle.
12-23- 2017 (Hartley Street) A parked vehicle was entered and two Apple laptops taken. There was no
sign of forced entry to the vehicle.

12-24- 2017 (Bloomfield Avenue) Officers responded to Bloomfield Avenue at South Willow Street on a
report of an attempted purse snatching. The victim, a 44yoa Montclair woman, stated that she was
walking on Bloomfield Avenue when a male grabbed her purse strap and attempted to take the purse.
Her purse strap snapped, causing the male to lose grip on the purse. This suspect then fled on foot,
southbound on South Willow Street. He is described as an African-American Male in his late teens to
early 20's, 5’6 -5’8 in height, very thin build, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. No injuries were
12-24- 2017 (Pine Street) Theft of a delivered package from the front of an apartment building.
12-25- 2017 (Elm Street) An unlocked vehicle was entered, but nothing reported taken.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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