Westfield Police Blotter: Here’s what’s happening

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Police in Westfield have released their weekly police blotter reports detailing incidents that required police response in the past few days. The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity.

Officers Gill and DiBella arrested Steven Iannella for Driving While Intoxication as the result of an investigation regarding a suspicious motor vehicle. Iannella was transported to headquarters for processing and was later released to a sober adult.

Rajay K. Bailey, age 32, of Plainfield was arrested for Receiving Stolen Property pursuant to a stolen motor vehicle investigation in the area of 400 block of East Broad Street. Subject was transported to Westfield Police Headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons pending court appearance.

A resident reported an incident of theft of his bicycle and bike lock. According to the victim, his blue men’s Cannondale bicycle was secured to a bike rack at the Northside Train Station nearest to the Westfield Fire Headquarters when it was stolen by unknown actor(s). The bicycle has an approximate value of $5,000.00 and the lock valued at around $15.00.

A resident of North Scotch Plains Avenue reported that upon returning to the Northside Train Station following work, he discovered his bicycle was stolen. The timeframe of this theft is 0630-2230 on 8/8/2022. The stolen bicycle is a Green colored Panasonic road bike valued at $100.00 and a bike chain valued at $10.00.

A gray Sun Retro beach cruiser bicycle was found unsecured at the Southside Train Station. The bicycle was secured at the Westfield Police Headquarters for safekeeping until it’s owner claims ownership.

Justin Batista was placed under arrest on the strength of a warrant issued by Deptford Municipal Court in the amount of $783.00 pursuant to an investigation near the 1200 block of West South Avenue. Batista was transported to Westfield Police Department Headquarters, where he was processed and released after being R-O-R by Deptford Municipal Court pending a new court date.

Rene Cestona of Elizabeth, NJ was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated (39:4-50) pursuant to a motor vehicle stop on Terminal Avenue in Clark, NJ. He was processed and released on his own recognizance with a Westfield Municipal Court date of 8/18/2022 at 0900 hours.

A resident reports an ongoing issue with individuals trespassing on his property to walk to another property. The resident also reports that a window was damaged and he believes it is related to this continuous problem with the individuals walking through his property.

A resident reported a theft of a lawnmower that was being utilized on the 700 block of Scotch Plains Avenue. The owner of the lawnmower stated that while doing yard work on his neighbors house, his lawnmower was stolen from in front of the house. It should be noted that at approximately 1600 hours, he was working in the backyard when the theft occurred. The lawnmower was described as a early 2000’s red-colored Snapper with a rear bag valued at approximately $500.00. The suspect vehicle was described as a black-colored pickup truck.

A resident reported they were the victim of Identity Theft. Specifically, that someone opened a cellular phone account in their name without their authorization. The victim advised the cellular phone company that they did not authorize the account. The victim did not suffer any monetary loss.

A resident reported that he observed two suspects enter his neighbor’s driveway and attempt to burglarize their vehicles parked in their driveway. The suspects ran back to a waiting SUV and it fled from the scene.

A business reported that three suspects ran out of the emergency door of their business and failed to pay for the service rendered. The total amount of theft amounted to $45.00.

An individual reported an act of criminal mischief to her vehicle, described as a 2010 green-colored Kia Soul, in the area of Elm Street and Orchard Street, at approximately 1630 hours. She went on to state that an unknown individual(s) had written the word “Fool” on the back windshield of her motor vehicle. It appeared to be written with a white-colored paint marker.