LIVINGSTON, NJ — A Livingston man was taken into custody by the Livingston Police Department twice in two days when he broke into a Caldwell man’s office and burglarized Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza the following day.
Livingston police received a call from Caldwell resident Anthony Marotta, who said that his office at 142 S. Livingston Ave. had been entered and burglarized.
Subsequent to the investigation, police arrested Daniel Aromando, a 48-year-old man from Livingston. Aromando was charged with possession of CDS (a controlled, dangerous substance) and also had warrants out for his arrest, but he was not charged with burglary at the time.
The burglary is currently under investigation and police are still unsure whether anything was taken from Marotta’s office. Aromando was charged and released pending Livingston Municipal Court action.
The following day, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Livingston police received a call from James Smith, the manager of Anthony’s Coal Fired pizza, whose bartender notified him that and individual had just fled without paying his $93.35.
According to police, the individual also grabbed a $20 bill from a tip jar before leaving the bar.
Police said the individual left Anthony’s on a bicycle heading north on N. Livingston Ave. According to police, Smith immediately followed the man in a vehicle and found him pulling up to the Livingston Mart, located at the corner of N. Livingston Ave. and E. McClellan.
Smith waited for the patron to exit and confronted him about the unpaid bill and stolen $20, police said. A confrontation ensued and police were called to the scene.
Police found the individual to be Daniel Aromando, the same man they had charged and released the previous day.
Aromando was arrested at the scene and charged with theft of property for the $20 bill and for theft of services for failure to pay his $93.35 bill. Aromando was once again processed and released pending court action at Livingston Municipal Court.
In other news, Livingston police also arrested Devon Carr, 24, from Brooklyn and Rosmark Palen, 26, from Union City, on Jun 29 for possession of fraudulent credit cards and stolen property.
Subsequent to an investigation by the detective bureau, the two individuals were stopped at the 7-11 on S. Livingston Ave. as they attempted to use fraudulent credit cards to purchase cigarettes. Police eventually recovered 33 fraudulent credit cards as well as nearly $5000 worth of cigarettes.
According to police, it was discovered that Carr and Palen were purchasing and selling cigarettes across New York City and parts of New Jersey.
Both individuals were arrested, taken into custody, processed and sent to Essex County jail in lieu of bail. According to police, bail was set at $10,000 for Carr and $20,000 for Palen. The investigation is continuing in conjunction with the secret service.