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Leads Sought In Rash of Car Burglaries

By SUZETTE STALKER

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader

Westfield police are investigating approximately a dozen car burglaries which have occurred in the town this month, including more than a half a dozen which took place last week. Many of the incidents have involved late model vehicles which were left unlocked in driveways or parked in front of residences, authorities said.

The burglaries, which mostly occurred on the south side of the municipality, encompassed Lawnside Place, Shadowlawn Drive, Lamberts Circle, Prospect and Dakota Streets, Pine Grove Avenue, Boulevard and Nancy Way, according to Sergeant John Parizeau of the Westfield Police Department.

He added that "about 90 percent" of the cars which were broken into had been unlocked. The incidents have typically occurred between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the sergeant confirmed.

Police received a report at 5:21 a.m. last Saturday that an unidentified male, described as six feet tall, of undetermined age and race, wearing tan overalls, was seen entering a vehicle on Lamberts Circle from which a cellular telephone was stolen. Authorities have no further leads in the case, but believe that the individual or persons involved was traveling on foot when the crimes were committed, Sergeant Parizeau said.

On May 20, three residents of Lawnside Place and three Shadowlawn Drive residents reported that their vehicles were entered and various items taken. A Hyslip Avenue resident and a couple who live on Norman Place also reported vehicle burglaries the same day. Several of the vehicles involved were Jeep and Ford wagons.

Although cellular telephones were taken in several incidents, a checkbook, credit card and coins were also reported stolen from vehicles.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to please call Detective John Rowe or Detective James McCullough at 789-4009.

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10/25/97.

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