LINDEN — Police arrested two city residents last week who allegedly possessed jewelry that had been stolen from a Westfield woman’s home.
On Nov. 28, 2012, Sebastian Hnatyszak, 33, and Michaela Joyner, 40, were stopped by narcotics detectives who thought they were acting suspiciously in the parking lot of Walgreens on East St. Georges Avenue. Police found the suspects were in possession of a large amount of jewelry and coins, and could not explain why they had it to the satisfaction of the detectives.
Police confiscated the jewelry and contacted other local police departments with descriptions of the items. Westfield police detectives investigating a residential burglary recognized baby charms with names and birthdates. The burglary victim identified the baby charms and other items that had been taken from her home, according to police.
On Jan. 2 at 9:54 p.m., Linden police arrested Hnatyszak and Joyner, who were each charged with receiving stolen property, a third degree crime. Joyner was released on a summons and Hnatyszak was released on $500 bail pending a court date.
The investigating detectives were Lt. William Turbett Jr. and Thomas Larmore.
The charges against the suspects are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.