Montclair Police Urge Residents to be Aware of Scammers and More
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 • 3:35pm
MONTCLAIR, NJ - Below is the Montclair Police blotter for 7/30-8/4:
On 07/30/2014, Officers responded to a report of shots fired on Mission Street. Upon arriving, Officers located spent shell casings mid-block on Mission Street. No victims or suspects could be located on scene. Witnesses stated that a maroon colored 4-door vehicle had stopped on the street and two black male actors had exited that vehicle. One of those actors fired a handgun approximately 6 times in the direction of houses and a vehicle on Mission Street. These actors then fled the area on foot. There were no injuries reported in his incident. A vehicle and two homes were discovered to have bullet holes. Through investigation, suspects Ke’Shon Summers, (21yoa from Montclair) and Kevin Robinson (24yoa from Montclair) were both arrested and charged with Weapons Possession and Conspiracy. They are being held on $200,000 bail.
On 07/30/2014, Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop of a Silver Honda Civic, observed speeding on Elm Street. The vehicle operator, Mrs. Mariela Ramirez (45yoa from East Hanover), was found to have an open warrant out of Bergen Central in the amount of $1289. Ms. Ramirez was arrested and held on this warrant. Ms. Ramirez was also issued motor vehicle summonses for her infractions.
On 08/01/2014, A black 2012 Dodge Journey was stolen from St. Luke’s Place. The vehicle was last seen parked in the street on 07/31/2014 and was noticed missing on 08/01/2014 at 0452Hrs. Also missing is $1500 worth of work tools, which were stored inside the vehicle. On 08/01/2014, the stolen vehicle was observed in the area of Park Street at Chestnut Street. Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Park Street, at which time both occupants abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. After a short foot chase, one of the suspects, a juvenile, was apprehended. The Officer on scene identified the other suspect, also a juvenile. This juvenile was later arrested. Both juveniles were charged with Receiving Stolen Property.
On 08/02/2014, Officers on Pine Street observed a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz being operated in an unsafe manner. Upon conducting a motor vehicle stop, Officers believed the vehicle operator; Gregory Christmas (65yoa from Belleville) was under the influence of alcohol. After conducting field sobriety tests, Mr. Christmas was placed under arrest. He was charged with DWI.
On 08/03/2014, an Officer observed a 1999 Black Dodge Durango being driven in an unsafe manner on Church Street. Upon conducting a motor vehicle stop, Officers believed the vehicle operator; James Ayers (48yoa from Montclair) was under the influence of alcohol. After conducting field sobriety tests, Mr. Ayers was placed under arrest. He was charged with DWI.
On 07/31/2014, Officers responded to a residence on Central Avenue on a report of a burglary. The residence, which is presently under construction, had numerous lengths of copper pipe stored inside. The suspect(s) entered through the front door and removed $200 worth of copper piping. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham at 973-509-4716.
On 08/02/2014, an Officer responded to a Central Avenue address on a report of a burglary. The victim stated that between 7/26/2014 and 8/02/2014, unknown person(s) stole a bicycle from their enclosed front porch. The bicycle is described as a Grey Bianci Men’s Bicycle valued at $300. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.
On 07/30/2014, Officers observed that the temporary Stop sign, which had been placed at the intersection of Yantacaw Brook Road and Club Road, was missing. This device is described as a stop-sign affixed to a heavy black rubber base. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Traffic Bureau at 973-509-4718.
On 08/03/2014, a caller reported that his bicycle was stolen from the bus stop on Bloomfield Avenue at Gates Avenue. The bicycle was left unsecured. It is described as a Huffy-Rock Creek with gold and silver custom paint. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751.
On 07/31/2014, A Claremont Avenue resident reported that they were the victim of a fraud. The victim explained that they were contacted via telephone from a person claiming to be a federal agent who was attempting to collect due taxes. This suspect advised the victim that they would be arrested within the hour if they did not pay these taxes. The victim was instructed to purchase $1,278 worth of MoneyPack prepaid debit cards from CVS, and then furnish this suspect with the redemption codes. The victim provided the suspect with this information and was then advised that they required an additional $4000 to “unblock their social security number”. At this point the victim became suspicious and contacted Police.
On 08/04/2014, a Bruce Road resident reported that they were the victim of a fraud. The victim explained that they were contacted via telephone from a person claiming to be a federal agent who was attempting to collect due taxes. This suspect advised the victim that they would be arrested within two hours if they did not pay these taxes. The victim was instructed to purchase $5,554.45 worth of GreenDot MoneyPack prepaid debit cards from Pathmark, and then furnish this suspect with the redemption codes. The victim purchased these cards and contacted the caller with these codes. The caller then requested that the victim purchase an additional $3000 in GreenDot MoneyPack prepaid debit cards from Pathmark. While attempting to make this second purchase, the Pathmark cashier became concerned that this customer was the victim of a scam and advised them to contact the police.
WARNING - This caller then received a phone call from 973-744-1234, the Montclair Police main number. The caller identified himself as a Montclair Police Officer. One of our Officers spoke with this suspect, who then hung up. These suspects have the technology to make it appear that a telephone call is coming from the Montclair Police phone number.
On 08/04/2014, Montclair Police received a call from a Montclair resident who stated that his roommate had just been contacted via telephone by an unknown male. This male stated that he had kidnapped her sister and was demanding a ransom. The victim was instructed to remain on the phone with the suspect and walk to the nearest ATM. While Officers located this victim’s sister and confirmed that she was in fact safe, other Officers were searching for the victim, who was on her way to an ATM. Officers soon located the victim at Pathmark and advised her that her sister was safe. The victim had already transferred $520 to the suspect via Western Union. Officers immediately contacted Western Union and were successful in canceling the transaction, returning the money to the victim.
Residents are again reminded that if contacted by someone claiming to represent a company/agency requesting payment, that resident should first contact that company/agency and verify the request. When calling, the resident should locate the internet/phonebook published telephone phone number (not utilize a callback number furnished by the person calling) and confirm that this party is in fact an employee/agent of that company. Any suspicious contacts should be reported to Montclair Police prior to any transactions being completed. Residents should be especially cautious when these callers request any type of Moneycard (Prepaid Debit Card) or MoneyGram, VanillaCard or GreenDot payments.
On 08/02/2014, a victim walked into police headquarters and stated that three subjects had thrown unknown objects at his vehicle, one striking him in his arm, causing a large laceration. This incident occurred on Porter Place. This subject was transported to Mountainside Hospital for treatment. It is yet unknown what was thrown at the victims vehicle. The suspects are described as #1 White male, checkered shirt, short spiky black hair, #2 white male, glasses, white t-shirt, black shorts, #3 white male, black t-shirt. The victim could not provide an age for these suspects.
On 08/02/2014, MPD and MFD responded to High Street on a working residential fire. Upon arrival, flames were coming out of the first floor windows. The residence had no occupants at the time of the fire. The structure suffered severe damage. MFD is investigating to determine the cause of this incident.