WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield police have recovered an Aston Martin and an Infinity recently stolen in Westfield, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman told TAP into Westfield Monday.
The cars were found in Newark, according to police, and four Newark residents have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit theft of a motor vehicle.
“During a spike in motor vehicle thefts throughout the state, the town of Westfield recently experienced two high end vehicle thefts in May,” the department announced Monday. “After a four week-long investigation by the Westfield Police Department, four individuals — Alonda Harris, 18; Tashawn Beckford, 19; Alfaahir Williams, 18; and Bilal Cureton, 26, all residing in Newark — were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit theft of a motor vehicle. Cureton was additionally charged with hindering an investigation and had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.”
The investigation ended on Sunday at about 3 a.m. when officers conducted a vehicle stop after noticing a Jeep stopping in the roadway of the 400 block of Quantuck Lane, according to police.
“The stop resulted in an investigation where it was discovered that the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of two black ski masks, several pairs of gloves, flashlights and other burglary tools,” the department said in its announcement. “Police had identified the area where the individuals were stopped to be in close proximity to where the vehicles thefts had been taken along with several car burglaries. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered the individuals had been entering open vehicles to locate keys for the vehicles. The individuals appeared to be working as part of organized group which were utilizing GPS to map the locations of potential target vehicles.”
After speaking with police departments in surrounding towns, charges are pending out of Mountainside and Clark Police are investigating these individuals in relation to several motor vehicle burglaries in their jurisdiction, Westfield police said.
Harris, Beckford and Williams were each released on a summons; Cureton was remanded to Union County Jail on $50,000 bail, according to police.