LINDEN – Police arrested a 44-year-old Elizabeth woman on Monday who allegedly tricked an 85-year-old Linden woman into giving her $100 and the keys to her car.
Former Linden resident Tina M. Nettles was charged possession and distribution of heroin, distribution within a school zone and a park zone, driving with a suspended license, driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, and contempt warrants out of Hillside and Elizabeth. She is currently being held in the Union County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, pending a court date.
The victim called Linden police shortly at approximately 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 and told them that a woman had come to her door asking for money and a ride to Elizabeth. She gave the woman $100 and the keys to her car, expecting the woman to return with both in a short time.
The officers recognized the scam as one favored by Nettles, and put out a radio broadcast searching for her, police said. Officers spotted her on Clinton Street near East Edgar Road and stopped the vehicle. According to police, Nettles had an open container of vodka and ten folds of a substance believed to be heroin in the vehicle.
The charges against Nettles are merely accusations; she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
The Linden Police Department urges residents to be suspicious of persons coming to their homes and asking for money. If the person is not known to you, do not answer the door and call the police, they advise.