WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Police Department has issued the following police blotter reports for events that took place over the past few days.
The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Pamela Horner-Murray, age 52, of Westfield was arrested on an active traffic warrant out of Scotch Plains Municipal Court in the amount of $750.00 pursuant to a motor vehicle crash investigation in the area of the 200 block of Hyslip Avenue. Ms. Horner-Murray responded to Westfield Police HQ where she was processed and released on her own recognizance pending court appearance.
A Mountainside resident reported an incident of Criminal Attempt. According to the resident she was in the process of shopping inside a business establishment located in the 100 block of Elm Street when she observed an unknown female who attempted to put her hand inside her purse which was located inside her shopping cart. She then pulled her cart away and shortly thereafter same unknown female approached her and attempted to reach inside her purse once again. As the resident again pulled away her cart she made eye contact with the suspect who immediately left the area on foot.
A business owner of the 600 block of Elm Street reported being the victim of fraud. An unknown person wrote a check in the amount of $20,000.00 from his business checking account.
A business was the victim of Theft by Deception. Patrons of the business attempted to make a monetary wire transfer. While paying for the wire transfer the patrons requested to recount the U.S. currency and the cashier agreed. The patrons then removed some of the funds, returning the new lesser amount to the cashier who subsequently failed to recount the money. The business has suffered a monetary loss of approximately $1,500.00.
A victim reported that she had used the restroom at an office located on the 100 block of Central Avenue, and set her wedding ring on the sink. The victim left the restroom and forgot the ring. The next day the victim retuned to the office to retrieve her ring and was unable to locate it. The ring is valued at $3,500.00.
A resident reported that an elderly, slim white male entered her residence and pointed a flashlight at her while she was sleeping on the couch. The suspect then exited through the front door when the victim called 911.
A juvenile reported that his bicycle was stolen when he had left it leaning against a business on the 100 block of East Broad Street. The bicycle was located shortly after by Westfield Police Officers.
A resident reported the theft of his son’s bicycle, described as a black-colored Trek Marlin 5 bicycle with flashing lights on the front and the back, in the area of the Southside Train Station. The resident’s son stated that he parked and secured the bicycle in that area at approximately 1715 hours and when he returned at 1915 hours, the bicycle was gone. A black and green-colored helmet as well as a Bell bicycle lock were also taken at the time of the theft of the bicycle. The bicycle is valued at $1,000.00, the helmet is valued at $70.00 and the lock is valued at $50.00.
A resident of the 1700 block of Summit Avenue reported an attempted burglary to his residence. While viewing his Ring cameras, the resident stated that at approximately 2344 hours on August 19, 2022, two individuals exited a white-colored Mercedes Benz and walked up his driveway. The one unknown actor went directly to the front door of the residence and attempted to gain access to the residence. The actor was unable to access the residence and they both entered the suspect vehicle and left the area.
Residents of the 100 block of Ayliffe Avenue reported a burglary to their residence and a theft of their motor vehicle, described as a 2021 gray-colored BMW X7, between the hours of 2200 hours on August 19, 2022 and 0530 hours on August 20, 2022. The residents stated that unknown actor(s) entered their residence through an open garage door and an unlocked inside door and stole several items from the residence. One of the stolen items, a key fob to the motor vehicle, was taken and used to steal the vehicle, which was located in the driveway. The approximate value of the vehicle is $85,000.00. Some of the other stolen items included money, identification, a wallet and its contents, a tote bag and a fanny pack. The approximate value of those items totaled $1,005.00.
A resident of Westfield located a lost cellular phone on West Broad Street and brought it to Westfield Police Headquarters for safekeeping. The phone is described as a teal Xiaomi Redmi 9A cellular phone, inside a red phone case.