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In Westfield, Car Burglaries Reported Near Garwood Border, Bike Stolen

September 6, 2016 6:48 a.m.

A resident in the 200 block of Massachusetts Street reported a burglary and theft from their unlocked motor vehicle between 11 p.m. on Sept. 5, 2016, and 6:48 a.m. on Sept. 6, 2016, while it was parked in their driveway. Approximately $500 cash and other miscellaneous items were stolen.

Sept. 9, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

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A resident in the 800 block of Harding Street reported a burglary and theft from their motor vehicle between 7 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2016, and 8:35 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2016. The victim was not certain if the motor vehicle was locked at the time of the incident, however, there were no signs of forced entry on the motor vehicle.

September 9, 2016 6:49 p.m.

Kimberly Cleaves, 50, of Summit, NJ, surrendered herself due to an active warrant for her from Westfield Municipal Court in the amount of $120. Subject was processed and posted bail.

September 9, 2016 6:17 p.m.

A resident from the 1000 block of Ripley Avenue reports being the victim of a theft. Unknown actor(s) stole the victim’s Shimano Triax 21-speed bicycle valued at $500 from the Southside Train Station parking lot.

September 9, 2016 8:13 p.m.

Lazaro Sanchez, age 30, of NEwark, NJ was arrested on the strength of a no-bail warrant for his arrest from Essex County Superior Court pursuant to a motor vehicle stop. Subject was processed and turned over to Essex County Jail.

September 10, 2016, 3:51 p.m.

Officers Jackus and Merritt arrested Charles Jones, age 52, of Scotch Plains, NJ, on an outstanding traffic warrant out of Fanwood Borough Municipal Court pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in the 200 block of W. South Avenue. Subject was transported to headquarters, processed and released on recognizance as per Fanwood Municipal Court.

September 10, 2016 10:57 p.m.

Officers Savnik and Habeiche arrested Megan Duffy, age 22, of Fanwood, NJ, on the strength of a Fanwood Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $89 pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in the area of North Avenue and Tuttle Parkway. Subject was transported to headquarters where she was processed and released after posting bail.

September 12, 2016 3:53 p.m.

Officers Donovan and Perkins arrested Emma Preston, age 49, of Edgar Road, Westfield, NJ, on the strength of a Westfield Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $322. Upon further investigation, subject was also charged with hindering apprehension, obstruction of justice and driving while suspended (two DWIs) pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in the area of Downer Street by Osborne Avenue. Subject was transported to headquarters where she was processed and released with a mandatory court date.

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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