Burglar Swiped Credit Cards from Car in Westfield, Racked up $1203 in Purchases –

WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a car parked in the 500 block of Springfield Avenue, stole numerous credit cards and then used those cards to make over $1,000 in purchases over the Labor Day weekend, according to police.

The unknown burglar racked up $1,203 on the credit cards, making purchases at “numerous stores” following the theft on Saturday, police said in a statement.

The incident reported around 4:30 p.m. was the latest in a series of motor vehicle burglaries that have occurred in the town in recent months, including two car burglaries reported Monday morning on Clark Street and North Avenue West, police said in a Nixle alert.

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Property crimes have been a growing issue in Westfield with police recording 23 vehicle thefts in the first eight months of this year. This exceeds the 19 vehicles stolen from town streets in 2019, according to Police Chief Christopher Battiloro.

As of Aug. 31, all the stolen vehicles have had the keys and/or key fobs inside the unlocked vehicles, police said.

In a Facebook post Sept. 2, the police department had announced it had deployed four message boards reminding residents to lock their car doors — the latest in a series of advisories the department has issued reminding residents to lock their vehicle doors.

Last month, Westfield police arrested six teenagers from Essex County in connection with the vehicle theft attempts. Police said three of those teenagers stole two vehicles in the immediate aftermath Tropical Storm Isaias and three other teens were charged in the theft of a vehicle taken from Topping Hill Road.

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