LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. a purse-snatching took place at 25 South Livingston Ave. in Bottle King Plaza.
A 55-year-old female Livingston resident exited a store in the plaza, walked to her car and was ambushed at the side of her car. As she attempted to open the driver’s-side door, the resident alleged that a black male grabbed her purse and pushed her to the ground. The resident received injury to her arm but refused medical treatment.
The thief was described as a black male possibly in his thirties weighing between 225 and 250 pounds and standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall.
The thief obtained the purse and ran to an older blue Jeep Cherokee, which was occupied by another male, and then sped off.
The purse had no cash in it; however, it did contain the resident’s cell phone, make-up and other miscellaneous personal items.
Police reviewed video footage in the parking lot and observed the blue jeep with a silver stripe. The next day the LPD were notified by Newark police that they had pursued a blue jeep with a silver stripe which finally crashed into a gas station.
The jeep had three people in it. Two got away and one was apprehended and taken into custody. LPD responded to the scene and confirmed that it was the same jeep involved in the Livingston incident.
Police also uncovered that the jeep was stolen from an Edison location prior to the theft. LPD has not yet charged anyone with the purse theft.