NEWARK, NJ — Two individuals arrested in Newark last week after being seen entering a vehicle known to be stolen out of Livingston are under investigation in connection with the robbery of two Audis in Livingston.
Both vehicles, Audis stolen from driveways on Fieldstone Drive and Lee Road, have been recovered. However, police said the first Audi may have been used in a robbery in Belleville on Feb. 9 and that the second was identified as the vehicle used in an armed robbery in Belleville and four robberies in Newark last week.
According to Livingston police, the second Audi, stolen out of a driveway on Lee Road at approximately 6 a.m. on Feb. 13, was discovered in Newark the next day during an investigation by Belleville Police and the NJ State Police Task Force.
While conducting surveillance, the authorities observed two individuals approaching and entering the stolen vehicle, at which time authorities pursued them. After a brief foot chase, the two individuals were apprehended and arrested.
Khaly Harley, 18, of Newark and a 17-year-old juvenile, also from Newark, were charged with the robberies in Newark and Belleville.
Although these two individuals match the description of the suspects in the robberies, Livingston police continue to investigate whether they are the individuals involved in the vehicle robberies in Livingston.
Following similar incidents that have recently occurred in Fairfield, Essex Fells, Roseland, Maplewood and other Essex County towns, Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini called this a "very sophisticated" group of car thieves that is targeting the West Essex area of the county. He added that the three suspects involved in the Essex Fells and Roseland incidents were apprehended, but that others were not.
Fairfield Chief of Police Anthony Manna elaborated on the incidents, stating that these “sophisticated” car thieves are stealing cars and either using them to commit other crimes or, in some cases, selling them overseas. To read more about his concerns regarding these incidents, click HERE.