On Thursday at around 1:15 p.m., police responded to a report of a burglary in progress on Sommer Avenue, said Sgt. Christopher Black. A witness saw a middle-aged black male, approximately 6′ tall and bald, walking out of the home, Black said. The man was last seen running toward Valley Street.
Multiple units, including the Essex County Sheriff’s office and their K9 unit, responded to the area and searched for the man. The Union Police stopped a man who fit the witness’s description on Millburn Avenue, but he was later found to not be involved.
Since February 7, there have been four daytime burglaries in the general area including on Manley Terrace, Courter Ave near Prospect St and the 600 block of Valley Street, Black said.
Here is the rest of this week’s blotter:
February 21, 2017; Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours two unsecured vehicles parked on Park Ave were entered. Change was removed from one of them and a pair of sunglasses were removed from the other vehicle.
February 21, 2017; Burglary; Sometime during the overnight hours the Hilton Branch Library was entered. A small amount of cash was stolen from the building.
February 22, 2017; Theft from Auto; Between 9 PM and 10:30 PM a unsecured vehicle on Fernwood Rd and an unsecured vehicle on the 200 block of Elmwood Ave were entered. A purse and credit cards were stolen from one vehicle and a cell phone and change were stolen from the other vehicle.
February 23, 2017; Motor Vehicle Theft, During the overnight hours, a Jeep Liberty was stolen from Newark Way. The vehicle was later recovered in Newark.
February 25, 2017; Shoplifting, At approximately 8 AM, officers responded to the Walgreens on Springfield Ave on a reported shoplifting. Christopher Black, age 47 of Irvington was taken into custody and charged with shoplifting following the investigation on scene.
February 25,2017; Motor Vehicle Theft; Sometime between 7 AM and 3 PM a vehicle was stolen from the DPW parking lot.
February 26, 2017; Burglary; Sometime over the previous week a vacant home on Boyden Parkway was entered and copper pipes were stolen.
February 26, 2017; Shoplifting; At approximately 3:30 Pm, a male entered the CVS on Valley St, picked up several bars of soap and left the store without paying. He then fled on a bicycle toward South Orange.
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