CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford Police have identified a suspect, and an arrest warrant has been issued in connection with a series of church burglaries reported in early November.
Calvin Battle, age 56, of Newark and Orange, has been charged with two counts of burglary, and one count each of criminal mischief and theft. Bail was set at $50,000 and detectives are actively seeking Battle’s whereabouts.
Based on available video surveillance and information received from Essex County law enforcement agencies in response to media exposure of the case, Detectives Spencer Durkin and Derek Farbanec were able to link Battle to incidents at Cranford United Methodist Church and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church. Both incidents occurred on Nov. 8.
Police are still investigating Battle’s connection to an earlier burglary at the Cranford Alliance Church on Nov. 3.
Chief James Wozniak is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Battle.
“Because of the media coverage of these incidents, Calvin Battle’s face and identity are out in the public domain,” Wozniak said. “We are hopeful that we can locate him quickly and bring a successful resolution to these cases.”
The chief stressed that members of the public should not approach Battle, but should instead contact police immediately if he is seen.
Anyone with information relevant to this ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact Det. Durkin at 908-709-7345 or Det. Farbanec at 908-709-7347.