On Friday, Jun. 7, at 4:45 p.m., a homeowner at 253 East Northfield Avenue reported hearing a noise coming from the downstairs of the residence. Two individuals tried to break into the residence from the downstairs, but then moved to a deck attached to the home, where they tried breaking in through a rear, sliding-glass door. Once they were seen by the homeowner, they fled. The two individuals were described as black males in their early 30s; both wearing hooded sweatshirts.
Both the Livingston Police Department and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit responded to the incident. They attempted to track the two individuals using a specially trained dog but were unsuccessful. Police believe that the suspects either had a vehicle in the area waiting for them or parked near by. The incident is still under investigation.
Accident at Livingston Circle
At 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, Jun. 8, a traffic accident occurred at the Route 10 traffic circle. A 2008 Jeep Liberty, driven by Robert Vrablik, 17, of Florham Park, was traveling eastbound on Route 10.
Vrablik, who was thought to have run a red light, struck the side of a 2003 Toyota Camry that was attempting to cross the traffic circle from West Northfield Avenue. The driver of the Camry was Carmelo Gagliano, 87, of West Orange. His wife, Lydia Gagliano, 75, of West Orange was also a passenger in the vehicle. As of Jun. 10, Robert & Lydia Gagliano, who suffered head injuries following the accident, are in stable condition at Morristown Memorial Hospital. They had been in serious condition after the accident while Vrablik suffered no injuries. The accident is still under investigation.
Car Wash Auto Theft
At 1:30 pm. on Sunday, Jun. 9, an auto theft occurred at the Livingston Car Wash at 111 East Mount Pleasant Avenue (Route 10). Nancy Zolna of Livingston pulled up to the car wash and exited her vehicle to go inside the wash’s waiting area. Then an individual, described as a black male about 15 years of age, jumped into her white, 2013 Mercedes 300, and drove away. The suspect proceeded to drive the vehicle on Route 10 at a high rate of speed and a portion of the incident was caught on video. Witnesses had also observed a white Mitsubishi with four black males pull into the car wash. One of the males exited the Mitsubishi before entering the Mercedes. The white Mitsubishi had been stolen from East Orange on June 5.
Following the theft of the Mercedes, the Livingston Police Department sent out an alert across New Jersey on the radio. Newark police later located the Mercedes, and began perusing it. Eventually, the vehicle’s occupant left the vehicle and the Mercedes was recovered on Huntingdon Street in Newark. The car was then towed to the Livingston Police Department, where it is being processed as evidence. The incident is still under investigation.