LIVINGSTON, NJ — Over the last week, Livingston police have responded to reports of two stolen vehicles, a stolen scooter and an shoplifter who got locked inside the Macy’s department store at the Livingston Mall.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, officers out of Verona called the Livingston Police Department to report that they had just pursued a Range Rover Velar that was registered to a Livingston resident. The pursuit was terminated as the vehicle approached Route 280.
When Livingston officers arrived at the Lockhern Drive residence listed on the vehicle’s registration, the owner confirmed that the Range Rover had been stolen from the driveway of the home, and the key fob had been left inside the vehicle.
According to police, the owner was able to use tracking software to determine that the car was stolen at 10:19 p.m. and was eventually parked in Newark at 2:42 a.m. The Newark Police Department was notified of the location and found the vehicle parked and unoccupied.
A second vehicle and a scooter were both stolen out of Livingston on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 10.
At approximately 7:10 p.m., a resident of Murray Court reported that an Aprilia scooter had been stolen from the parking lot of the complex. The owner stated that the theft occurred between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., police said.
Later that night, at approximately 11:56 p.m., a Coventry Road resident returned home to find that a 2020 Acura MDX had been stolen from the driveway. A key fob had been left in the vehicle.
According to police, two neighbors reported that their vehicles had been burglarized on the same night.
On Oct. 7 at approximately 8:40 p.m., security at the Livingston Mall Macy’s store received notice that a jewelry alarm had been triggered. When the security officers checked the surveillance cameras, they saw a man walking around the sales floor after the store had been closed to customers, according to police.
Livingston officers responded to search the store and located a man in the store’s lower-level bedding department. According to police, the man was wearing brand-new clothing that was different from what he was observed wearing on surveillance video.
Officers also located a bag containing the old clothes and shoes as well as loose tags for the clothes that the man was wearing, three new shirts and a new pair of pants. The total value of the items was $402, according to police.
Police believe that the man—who was arrested and later identified as Lorenzo Mobley Jr., 29, of Vauxhall—had entered the store just before closing, stole the clothing and intended to stay the night in the bedding department before attempting to walk out in the morning.
Mobley was charged with burglary, theft and hindering apprehension, according to police. He was processed and released on a summons, and the charges were referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
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