LIVINGSTON, NJ - Recently, there were four motor vehicle break-ins in Livingston. Two occurred at Tutor Time and the others occurred at the YMCA and at Kindercare. In all instances, the perpetrator broke into the side windows of the vehicles and took pocket books.
A bystander reported seeing a light blue Lexus with Pennsylvania plates and a video of the car in the Tutor Time parking lot was obtained but not the license plate.
One of the purses was recovered behind the Dunkin Donuts on Northfield Road in West Orange. Video from Dunkin Donuts showed the car and the face of the alleged perpetrator but the police still did not have a name or a license plate.
Last Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:00 p.m., the alleged time of the four break-ins, Livingston police detective Christopher Reinhardt set up surveillance at Tutor Time where a light blue Lexus pulled into the lot. Detective Reinhardt pulled the vehicle over and identified the driver and the car from the video. He placed the driver, Garett Kinard, 45, of Macungie, PA under arrest.
Kinard was charged with several counts of breaking into motor vehicles, criminal mischief and thefts.
In addition, a knife and small pry tool were found inside of the vehicle. He was also charged with possession of a weapon and a burglary tool.
Bail was posted at $50,000. He was unable to post it and was and transported to Essex County jail.