LIVINGSTON, NJ — An anonymous report of a black male wandering in the area of East Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Shrewsbury Drive who appeared to be carrying a rifle or a rifle holder proved to be unfounded over the weekend, according to police.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) and Livingston Police Department conducted a search of the area in response to the call, but did not locate the described individual and did not receive any further reports.

Last week, police received a call from a residence on Dearfield at approximately 1 a.m. on stating that a vehicle had been stolen out of the driveway. The vehicle was later recovered in Newark.

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According to police, this was the first call of this nature since a series of similar incidents were reported throughout the month of March.

A Livingston man who claimed his vehicle was stolen from his driveway a few days earlier was later charged by Livingston police for filing a false police report after an investigation revealed that he had been involved in a motor vehicle accident and left the scene.

According to Livingston police, the New Jersey State Police called on April 25 to report a motor vehicle accident in which the driver could not be located. The man was also charged with multiple motor vehicle violations by state police.

On April 28 at approximately 4:30 p.m., police attempted to conduct a motorcycle stop at The Circle near West Mt. Pleasant Avenue. When the driver refused to stop, police continued to pursue the motorcycle, which was driving erratically and eventually disappeared from view.

The driver, identified as Roman Cardenascarchi, 53, of Newark, later surrendered himself and was charged with multiple motor vehicle violations as well as a criminal charge of eluding an officer. He was processed and released own recognizance pending court action, according to police.

The next day, police received a call from Saint Barnabas Medical Center about an individual—later identified as Hassan Yasin, 25, of Florham Park—who was causing disturbance. According to police, Yasin asked a nurse if he could use her computer to track down his Uber account because he had left his phone in the vehicle.

When the man became verbally abusive and refused to leave, the staff contact Livingston police. When the officers remove him, they said he became even more irate and was eventually sent for evaluation due to his uncooperative manner. Yasin was charged with disorderly persons.

An East Orange resident was taken into custody by Livingston police for attempting to remove clothing off of a rack at Macy’s at the Livingston Mall and pass them off as returned items. According to police, Desmond Albright, 23, became abusive when the Macy’s staff refused to accept the items as returns and proceeded to fight with security.

In addition to being charged with robbery and other charges for this incident, Livingston police also discovered the man had multiple active warrants from other cities for CDS, robbery, theft by deception and assault. He was subsequently transported to Essex County Jail pending court action.