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Police Blotter: September 27 - October 1, 2012

The following information was obtained from the Westfield Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

September 27 - Officers responded to the 800 block of Forest Avenue to investigate an in-progress burglary to a motor vehicle. Upon their arrival to the scene, officers detained two possible suspects. Further investigation revealed that Aswad Turner, 18, of Plainfield, and a 15-year-old male of Westfield attempted to forcibly gain entry to a parked and unoccupied motor vehicle. Both subjects were transported to Westfield Police Department for processing. The juvenile was released to a parent and the investigation will continue by the detective bureau. Turner was charged with attempted burglary and issued a summons with a court date in Superior Court in Elizabeth.

Police recovered multiple items in the area of Orchard Street, the parking lot for the tennis courts. The items included a Combi Cosmo stroller, a yellow-and-pink jacket, a white sweater and a purple sippy cup. They were held for safekeeping at headquarters.

A resident of the 600 block of First Street reported being the victim of fraud. Victim stated that she wired $4,000 in cash from a Watchung store after being told her grandson was in jail in Mexico City.

A resident of Sherwood Parkway reported being the victim of a theft. Someone unknown gained entry to an unlocked vehicle and removed items from the car valued at approximately $138, along with miscellaneous paperwork.

September 28 – A resident found a black wallet, containing cash and miscellaneous cards, on the 1200 block of Prospect Street. The property was inventoried and secured in the Westfield Police Department property locker.

A Ripley Avenue resident reported being the victim of fraud. Victim stated that an unknown suspect used a credit card to obtain $200 in gift cards.

September 29 – Kyle Fleming, 24, of Westfield, was arrested on the 200 block of East South Avenue on an outstanding Scotch Plains warrant for $89. He was processed and released on his own recognizance after posting bail.

A resident of the 700 block of Carleton Road reported a burglary in which an unknown suspect gained entry to an unlocked garage and removed a bicycle, which was then abandoned in the front yard.

Police were dispatched to the wooded area north of Dunham Avenue on a report of three suspicious juveniles entering the woods. Officers located the three individuals and smelled the odor of burnt marijuana. As they approached the youths, they began to flee toward Tice Place. After a brief foot chase, two of the three suspects were apprehended. According to police, there were two males, ages 15 and 17, from Westfield. The pair was transported to police headquarters, processed and released to their parents. The matter was forwarded to Westfield Police Department Juvenile Bureau pending charges of obstructing administration of law and possession of drug paraphernalia.

September 30 – Dave Claiborne, 24, of Green Brook, was arrested on an outstanding Elmwood Park traffic warrant for $81, pursuant to an investigation at East South Avenue and Cacciola Place. Claiborne was transported to headquarters, processed and released on posted bail.

October 1 – A resident reported the theft of two bicycles in the 600 block of Carleton Road. A maroon Sienna 7500 was valued at $641.99 and a green GT was valued at $100. Also stolen was a cateye computer valued at $33.69

A 31-year-old resident of Elizabeth, was arrested on the strength of a COC warrant out of this jurisdiction in the amount of $165. Subject posted bail and was released.

Erika Martinez, 32 of Plainfield, was arrested on the strength of an ACS warrant for disorderly conduct issued by Toms River Police Department in the amount of $500. Subject was turned over to Toms River Police Department.

A resident reported the theft of a snow blower (valued at $1,000) and a generator (valued at $3,500) from a construction site on the 600 block of Fourth Avenue. 

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