Thursday, April 25, 2013
Resident says carelessness should not be categorized as theft.
Thursday, April 25
This letter to the editor pertains to the following Westfield Police Blotter item: April 18: A Westfield resident reports being the victim of theft. The victim states that she left her iPhone at the Westfield Diner and an unknown suspect stole the phone, valued at $320. I'm sure a lively debate would ensue should I question how a woman that left her cell phone at the Westfield Diner can go to the PD to report a theft. Maybe she finds solace by ignoring her carelessness and, instead, characterize the finder as a thief. Over the years of reading both Patch and the Leader I have read countless similar reports of incredibly trusting people who filed CMA reports to police as though they mitigate the loss of personal property from UNLOCKED …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Anyone who believes items may have been taken from their vehicle between the evening of Aug. 21 and the morning of Aug. 22, should call police at 908-789-4000.
Two males, ages 16 and 17, both of Westfield, were taken into custody in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 22 for burglary and theft from motor vehicles, according to the Westfield Police Department. Westfield Police Capt. Cliff Auchter said the department received a call at approximately 12:30 a.m. from a Columbus Avenue resident who reported hearing a car alarm. The resident also saw individuals running from that area. Officers responding to the scene observed two juveniles walking on Sycamore Street and detained them. "The subsequent investigation resulted in the two juveniles being taken into custody for burglary and theft," Auchter said. "They were transported to headquarters and released to a responsible party." Auchter said…
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The following information was obtained from the Westfield Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
Murray Perch, 61, of Westfield, was arrested on Friday, May 18 and charged with theft, according to the Westfield Police Department. Perch, who runs Sunnyside News at the Westfield Train Station, was "picked up in the late afternoon after a plainclothes officer observed" Perch allegedly removing money from a pay station machine at the Westfield train station, according to Westfield Police Capt. Cliff Auchter. Because the amount of the alleged theft was under $200, this is a disorderly persons charge and the case will be heard in Municipal Court, Auchter said. Perch was released and has a pending court date of June 8. When contacted by Patch, Perch said he had no comment.