WESTFIELD, NJ — Officers wearing plain clothing as part of a patrol seeking vehicle burglary and theft suspects arrested a 21-year-old Elizabeth man over the weekend, police said.
Officers Robert Desiato, Jr. and Richard Gill arrested Torrance Q. Williams after seeing him attempt to enter unlocked vehicles parked in the area of Maple and Harrison avenues Saturday around 2:21 a.m., police Chief Christopher Battiloro announced.
Police charged Williams with burglary and credit card theft, Battiloro said in a statement Monday. Officers released Williams pending a Sept. 20 appearance in Superior Court in Elizabeth, Battiloro said.
The arrest comes after four vehicles were stolen within the municipality within the span of two weeks, according to police.
Thieves made off with three vehicles from Thomas Court, Rodger Avenue and Bradford Avenue late last month, according to police. Another vehicle was stolen from a driveway on Cranford Avenue, last Wednesday, according to police. In all the cases, police said, the vehicles were unlocked.
“The Westfield Police Department is working hard to combat property crimes, but our residents must do their part,” Battiloro stated.
He added: “These crimes will not stop if we continue to leave our vehicles unlocked at night and make ourselves such easy targets for theft. Follow the #9PMRoutine.”
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