LIVINGSTON, NJ — A man was recently detained and arrested by Livingston police in connection with a Mercedes that was stolen out of the Livingston Mall parking lot on Feb. 26 and an attempted break in to a Dodge Challenger in the parking lot of Toys ‘R Us the same day.

According to police, the stolen vehicle, which was unlocked with the key fob inside while parked outside Barnes & Noble, was later used in a series of armed robberies in Newark. The vehicle was then pursued through a number of towns until it crashed on Garden State Parkway, leading to the arrest of two individuals.

Subsequent to the investigation, the Livingston Police Department arrested Almahdee Jefferson, 33, of East Orange and charged him with theft and conspiracy to commit theft.

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He is also charged with criminal mischief and criminal intent for attempting to steal the Dodge Challenger.

Although Jefferson was arrested for stealing the vehicle, it should be noted that he was not involved in the robberies. He was released pending court action in Newark.