A man tried to lure the Montclair girls into his car, police say


A man tried to lure two young girls playing on Heller Way into his car on March 18, but the girls ran and told their parents, police said.

A Montclair woman reported that his 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old niece were playing in the front yard of his Heller Way residence when a vehicle pulled up outside the residence.

The driver asked the girls if they needed a ride, police said. The girls ran into the backyard and notified their parents, police said.

The vehicle was described as a dark red four-door vehicle last seen heading south on Heller Way. The driver was described as a man in his 20s or 30s.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Daniel Heiser at 973-509-4724.

The following additional activity was reported by Montclair Police in their weekly blotter:


Thursday March 10 A man reported that sometime between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. someone drove into two unlocked vehicles that were in his Pleasant Way driveway. A cell phone and a pair of headphones were stolen.

Wednesday March 16 A resident reported that her mother’s 2021 Toyota Rav 4 was stolen from her Hitchcock Place driveway. A responding detective observed the fleeing vehicle on Thomas Boulevard and followed the vehicle before losing sight of it on South Orange Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue in Newark.

Thursday March 17 A Senior Care Enterprise employee on Greenwood Avenue reported that one of the company’s transport vans was stolen just before 7:30 a.m. The vehicle is a white 2016 Ford van and was last seen heading east on Walnut Street.

Thursday March 17 A woman said she entered her vehicle on Bellevue Avenue and found that all of its center console components had been removed. She checked her surveillance video and saw a small crossover type vehicle pull up near her vehicle. A man got out and got into his vehicle. Nothing was reported missing.

Saturday March 19 A woman reported that she left her 2018 Kia racing along the sidewalk of Glenridge Avenue as she entered a nearby store. When she returned five minutes later, the vehicle was gone. A silver Huffy mountain bike was left in its place.

Sunday March 20 — A man reported that he parked his silver 2014 BMW on Bloomfield Avenue while picking up food. When he returned a few minutes later, the vehicle had disappeared. He reported that the vehicle was turned off and that he had both sets of keys.


tuesday march 8 A man reported his bike was stolen from the lower level of the Park Street YMCA between 8:15 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. The bike was described as a green and black mountain bike worth $400. Surveillance video shows a man between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, dressed in blue jeans, a dark colored sweatshirt, a black backpack and a mask covering his face as he approached the bike. In the video, he pulls a pair of bolt cutters out of his bag and rides the bike off to North Fullerton Avenue.

tuesday march 8 A resident of Lloyd Road reported that she left her residence at 7 a.m. and returned at 5:30 p.m. Upon her return, she discovered that an exterior door on the first floor leading to a bedroom had been forced open . Several rooms in the residence had been entered and ransacked. The jewelry boxes in the master bedroom had been emptied. A complete inventory of missing items was not available at the time of the report.

tuesday march 8 An employee of a contracted oil disposal company reported a theft of cooking oil from a Valley Road business. A 175 gallon tank that had been emptied in August had been emptied. The oil was valued at around $500.

Monday March 14 A Fleet Feet employee on Bloomfield Avenue reported that around 12:30 p.m. a man entered the store and began looking at various items. The man removed a red jacket from a hanger on a rack and placed it in a black sports bag he was carrying. Shortly after, the man then removed another jacket from a hanger and placed it in his bag. He then left the store with the jackets after being confronted and fled east on Bloomfield Avenue. The man was described as between 5ft 10in, 6ft tall, 35-50 years old, wearing black “Nets” hoodie jacket, green pants, black shoes, black beanie and brown sunglasses. He was carrying a black The North Face backpack and a black duffle bag with neon green straps.

tuesday march 15 An employee of The Connect Clothing Store on Bloomfield Avenue reported that a woman and two men entered the store and stole $785 worth of merchandise. The woman was of medium build and had black hair, and was wearing a gray shirt and gray pants. The first man was thin and wore a baseball cap, black pants, a blue hoodie and white and blue sneakers. The second man was burly, wearing black pants, an orange hoodie, a black and orange camouflage jacket and white and black sneakers, and carrying a black plastic bag.

Wednesday March 16 A resident of Orange Road has reported that she received a notification from her motion monitoring system in her kitchen. As she checked the footage, she observed an unknown woman in her kitchen. The entrance seems to have been gained by a bathroom window. The proceeds were between $30 and $400 in cash and personal documents.

Wednesday March 16 —Walnut Street aREA restaurant owners have reported the theft of cooking oil from their used oil tanks. Surveillance video shows two men exiting an older model Jeep Cherokee with temporary registration. The males are seen tampering with the oil reservoirs.


Monday March 21 The manager of Chase Bank on North Fullerton Avenue reported that for the past few weeks, unknown minors or young adults have gathered outside the bank and asked customers to cash checks for them. The Juveniles always ran away when the manager confronted them. The manager reports receiving several customer complaints about minors – in particular, that they are aggressive in their demands and become angry when their requests to cash checks are refused. Requests are mostly made on Fridays and Saturdays. When individuals agree to deposit the checks, they mostly turn out to be fraudulent.

The police log is based on information provided to the Montclair Local at the discretion of the Montclair Police Department and reflects events as described by the department. It may not reflect the full extent of police activity. All descriptions of illegal activity are allegations only, and anyone mentioned in the blotter is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. The MPD encourages anyone who wants to report criminal or suspicious activity, or has information about an ongoing investigation, to call 973-744-1234. In the event of an emergency, residents are asked to call 911.

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