LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Oct. 14, Livingston Police were involved in an afternoon-long crime chase involving car theft, shoplifting and assault.
LPD got its first call at approximately 2:40 p.m. and responded to a car theft at 15 Okner Parkway. The owner of the car reported that he parked his 2010 Mercedes E350 at 2:20 p.m. and went into his office building. The car was left unlocked with its remote start fob key in the glove compartment. Police took note of the license plate number of the stolen vehicle, which contained three As (AAA).
At 4:30 p.m. another man at 21 Stoneham Drive reported his 2012 BMW 535 was stolen out of his driveway. That car was also left unlocked with its remote start fob key left inside of it.
Finally, at 8:30 p.m. LPD responded to a call from Macy’s where the security guard caught two men in the act of stealing polo shirts. One man went into custody easily but the other resisted and began fighting with the security guard. The second man ran out into the parking lot after gauging the security guards eye with his thumb.
While pursuing the man into the parking lot, Officer John Maggiulli noticed a Mercedes with a unique license plate number that had triple As (AA). Upon running the plate, Maggiulli was able to identify the car as the one reported stolen from Oknar Parkway earlier that day.
Livingston detectives then decided to surveillance the car and shortly after a Ford van pulled up alongside the Mercedes. Officers quickly approached the van and the man that was attempting to enter the vehicle. Abdur Abdullah, 31, from Newark had several keys on him, one being a match to the parked Mercedes. He also had keys to an Audi and the BMW that belonged to the resident from Stoneham Drive.
Abdullah would not reveal the whereabouts of the other cars. LPD intends to investigate further and are in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the van.
So far, Adbullah has been charged with theft of motor vehicle and several accounts of stolen property for the keys. His accomplice, Jibrel Williams, 34, from Newark has been charged with conspiracy to commit theft of motor vehicle. Both still may face additional charges as police continue their investigation.
Abdullah had bail set at $40,000 and Williams had bail set at $20,000. Both men were transferred to Essex County Jail and all charges will be referred to the Superior Court in Newark.