Police Blotter

Business Signs Destroyed in Westfield, Tire Slashed & More

June 16, 2016 2:25 p.m.

Stephen Monte, age 51, of Hillsborough, NJ, was arrested and charged with third degree burglary and theft subsequent to a detective bureau investigation. Victim was a business in the 500 block of North Avenue. Subject surrendered himself to the police and was released on a summons to appear in Union County Superior Court.

June 28, 2016 5:57 p.m.

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A resident of Point Pleasant, NJ, reported criminal mischief to her vehicle. Victim stated that her vehicle was parked in a driveway located in the 1100 block of Central Avenue between 10:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. During this time, unknown suspect(s) slashed the rear right tire on her vehicle.

June 29, 2016 11:11 p.m.

Officers Weiss and Shaughnessy arrested Kevin M. Jones, age 23, of Plainfield, NJ, for possession of marijuana under 50 grams pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in the area of 600 block of W. South Avenue. Subject was transported to Westfield Police Department headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons, pending appearance at the Westfield Municipal Court.

June 30, 2016 11:02 a.m.

A victim in the 500 block of W. Broad Street reported being the victim of criminal mischief. Between 8:00 p.m. last night and 10:55 a.m. today. Suspect(s) unknown smashed out the glass of his front storm door.

June 30, 2016 1:57 p.m.

A resident of the 500 block of Wychwood Road reported being the victim of an identity theft fraud. Suspect(s) unknown made several fraudulent purchases against her account resulting in the bank suspending the card.

June 30, 2016 2:32 p.m.

Report of a fraud identity theft that occurred in the 1200 block of W. South Avenue. Suspect(s) unknown used the victim’s personal information to access his bank account and withdraw cash at three separate locations.

July 1, 2016 10:20 p.m.

A resident of Lincoln Road reported that unknown suspect(s) damaged his front porch light. Unknown amount of damage at this time.

July 3, 2016 2:29 a.m.

Officers McCarthy and Martinez arrested John Ascione, age 57, of Central Avenue, Westfield, NJ, pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in the area of Central Avenue by Laurel Place for driving while intoxicated. Subject was transported to Westfield Police Department headquarters where he was processed and released to a sober adult.

July 5, 2016 1:50 a.m.

Officers Weiss and Carrero arrested Peter J. Clarke, age 55, of Irvington, NJ for possession of marijuana under 50 grams and for outstanding warrants out of Bergen County Sheriff’s Office (no bail), Irvington Municipal Court ($589) and Newark Municipal Court ($50) pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in the area of Springfield Avenue and Woodbrook Circle. Subject was transported to Westfield Police Department headquarters where he was processed and held in lieu of bail.

July 5, 2016

Michael T. Smith, age 40, of Wall, NJ was arrested at Westfield Police Department headquarters on the strength of an outstanding Westfield Municipal Court warrant ($215). Subject was processed and released after posting full bail.

July 6, 2016 7:03 a.m.

The school administrator of the Compass School House reported that an unknown actor(s) damaged a sign that was on the front lawn of the property. The cost to repair/replace the sign is estimated to be $200.

July 6, 2016 11:08 a.m.

A resident of Clark Street, Westfield, NJ, responded to the Westfield Police Department headquarters to report a burglary and theft of a bicycle from their garage. An unknown actor(s) entered the unlocked garage and took an Electra Cruiser bicycle, pink in color, valued at approximately $330.

July 6, 2016 8:32 a.m.

An employee of a business located in the 400 block of Central Avenue reported that unknown actors destroyed a sign for the business overnight. The cost to repair or replace the sign is unknown at this time.

July 6, 2016 9:26 a.m.

The owner of a business located in the 100 block of E. South Avenue reports that an unknown actor(s) destroyed a sign for the business overnight The cost to repair/replace the sign is unknown at this time.

July 6, 2016 9:59 a.m.

Ms. Fiorella V. Velarde, age 29, of Faye Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ, was arrested pursuant to a traffic stop in the 600 block of West South Avenue on the strength of two outstanding ATS warrants issued by the Fanwood Municipal Court. Ms. Velarde was transported to Westfield Police Department headquarters for arrest processing and released after posting bail ($179 total).

July 6, 2016

Stacy D. Nitabach, age 46, of Westfield, NJ, was arrested at Westfield Police Department headquarters on the strength of an outstanding Westfield Municipal Court warrant ($120). Subject was processed and released after posting full bail.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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