WESTFIELD, NJ – Officers have arrested a 20-year-old Newark man who police say attempted to break into a home on Fair Hill Drive during broad daylight on Monday, authorities said.
A resident living in the 70 block of Fair Hill Drive called police to report that a man, later identified as Wali Wiggs, was attempting to enter the residence by breaking windows shortly before 1:40 p.m., police said in a news release Tuesday.
The caller provided officers a description of the man and told them the direction in which he had fled, police said.
Shortly after, Officer William Kleeman saw a man on Sinclair Place, who fit the description provided by the resident, police said.
The officer stopped Wiggs, who provided false information about his identity, police said. Officers arrested Wiggs and transported him to police headquarters, authorities said.
Authorities charged Wiggs in connection with the attempted burglary, hindering apprehension and criminal mischief, police said. Wiggs was transported to the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, police said.
Police Chief Christopher Battiloro credited the work of responding patrol, traffic and detective bureau officers, along with the information the resident provided to officers, for the quick arrest.
Anyone with further information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Nicholas Bruno of the Westfield Police Department at 908-789-6078.
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