On August 2, 2011 at approximately 10:03 p.m., Roselle Park Police headquarters advised all units of a possible burglary in progress to an apartment on the 100 block of West Westfield Avenue. The caller observed a black male, 25-30 years old, wearing a baseball cap, black shirt, black shorts with a red stripe, carrying a shoulder bag leave the complex. The caller stated the suspect possibly fled towards Roselle borough. The Roselle Police Department was notified and Union County Sheriff’s K-9 unit was contacted to respond to the scene. A check of the area by patrol units for the suspect produced negative results.
The suspect gained entry through a basement window and entered the apartment. The victim stated the suspect took an X-Box 360 game console, a small unknown amount of change, and a key to their vehicle. The vehicle was still at the location.
Union County Sheriff’s Officer Trescott responded to the scene with his K-9 partner ‘Onyx’ and attempted to track the suspect with negative results.
Shortly afterward, Roselle Police Department contacted the Roselle Park Police Department stating they had detained a male matching the description on the 200 block of Chestnut Street in Roselle. The witness was transported to the location to attempt to identify the suspect. The witness stated the clothing looked similar to the suspect however he was not positive that the subject detained was the male from the burglary. The male was then released.
Detective Hussam Assad is investigating this case.