Police in Montclair are investigating a strong-armed robbery that occurred in the township on Tuesday.
According to police, the victim reported that he was near the Exxon Gas Station convenience store entrance when a black male approached him asking to try on his shoes. The victim was carrying a blue Air Jordan shoebox containing Air Jordan Concord 11 shoes (valued at $500).
Police said that the victim allowed the suspect to try on one shoe. The suspect told the victim that he needed to try on both shoes. The victim would not allow the suspect to try both at once at which time the suspect grabbed the shoes and the box and started to flee west on Bloomfield Avenue.
The victim stated he chased the suspect and was able to grab hold of the shoes and the box and retrieve his belongings from the suspect, police said.
According to police, the suspect continued running west on Bloomfield Avenue. He is described as a black male, mid 20’s, thin build, approximately 6’0” tall, with a buzzed haircut, tattoo on his face, wearing black jeans and a black jacket.