LIVINGSTON, NJ — A 32-year-old New York City woman was recently arrested in Livingston on charges of theft, possessing a counterfeit New Jersey driver’s license, possessing stolen property and trespassing. She was subsequently held at Essex County Jail after police discovered she had a fugitive warrant out of New York as well as pending charges from other New Jersey jurisdictions.
Security from Saint Barnabas Medical Center contacted the Livingston Police Department to report that they were following a theft suspect on foot. The female suspect, later identified as Jamilia Jordan, was observed coming out of a doctor’s private office, according to police.
When the doctor checked her desk and found her wallet missing, she followed Jordan and was able to get security’s attention. She was able to retrieve her wallet from Jordan, according to police, but Jordan then began trying to enter cars that were waiting in traffic as police arrived. She eventually got into a Jeep that went south on Old Short Hills Road.
According to police, an alert motorist who noticed Jordan’s odd behavior and the pursuing security officers called the police and maintained phone contact with a dispatcher while following the Jeep to the Short Hills Mall. It was at this point that Jordan exited the vehicle and entered the mall.
A sergeant from the Livingston Police Department located the described suspect inside Nordstrom and escorted her to the parking lot, where the motorist identified her.
Jordan was arrested and transported to police headquarters. The driver of the Jeep, which was located later, was interviewed and determined to not be involved in criminal activity, according to police.
A follow-up investigation conducted by the Detective Bureau connected Jordan to wallet thefts from hospitals in Hackensack, Hoboken, New Brunswick and Newark as well as her connection to an identity theft involving an Ocean Township resident. According to police, Jordan was also found to be a fugitive from New York, wanted by New York State Parole.
Jordan was charged with Theft, Possessing a Counterfeit NJ driver’s license, Possessing Stolen Property and Trespassing by Livingston police.
She was held on a fugitive warrant from New York State and sent to the Essex County Jail. Additional charges are pending from other police departments for the thefts she is accused of committing in their jurisdictions.