Police & Fire

Police Vehicle Catches Fire, Odors of Gas at Livingston Schools and More from Livingston Police Department

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The investigation is continuing on a police vehicle that caught on fire, an odor of natural gas at both St. Philomena’s Church and Mount Pleasant Middle School that caused evacuation on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, and more.

At approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, a female driver hit a tree on the corner of S. Livingston Avenue and W. Hobart Gap Road, where police reported that a tree branch came through the windshield but no injuries were reported.

Police also reported that a pedestrian was struck at the intersection S. Livingston Avenue and W. Northfield Road on Thursday with a leg injury.

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On Oct. 20, police said an individual approached Cinnabon at the Livingston Mall stating that he worked for a company called “Metro Fire Prevention” out of Newark and that he had recently tested and re-charged some fire suppression and extinguishers in the store. According to police, the individual presented the manager with three invoices totaling $755.

The next morning, it was discovered that this was a fraudulent transaction because the day manager did not have a contract with this company and believes that it does not exist. Police are investigating the incident with the description of a white male in his 30s with a full beard and shaved head.

Police also responded to a call from Master Pizza on Oct. 22 on reports that an individual made off from the establishment overnight (Friday into Saturday) with a safe. According to police, the front door leading into the pizzeria was smashed, but nothing else appears to have been taken.

Later that day, at approximately 5 p.m., police conducted a vehicle stop while on a routine patrol at Riker Hill Art Park, subsequently arresting the 17-year-old male driver, a West Caldwell resident, for drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. A second 16-year-old from Caldwell was also brought into headquarters.

According to police, charges are pending and both juveniles were released to their parents pending court action.

Livingston police responded to a call of theft on the morning of Oct. 25 behind the Knights of Columbus building at 299 Eisenhower Parkway, where an employee of Amato Landscape Construction out of Morris Plains had his trailer parked behind the building and reported that sometime overnight his landscaping equipment, valued at a total of $5000, was taken from the trailer.

The equipment taken included a grass trimmer, a Honda push mower, a green Milwaukee chainsaw and two Husqvarna tools.

A second landscaper also had his equipment stolen earlier in the week from his trailer parked behind Lithos Estiatorio at 405 Eisenhower Parkway.

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