LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to a brush fire over the weekend that caused fire officials to shut down power in the area, the Livingston Police Department also made six arrests in three separate incidents and responded to reports of three vehicles entered on Tower Road over the last week. These incidents were reported by police as follows:
Three Vehicles Entered on Tower Road; Suspect Believed to be Driving Stolen Vehicle
On Tuesday, March 26, residents of three different homes on Tower Rd. reported that their unlocked cars had been entered overnight. In one instance, a credit card was stolen and later used at the Raceway gas station at the intersection of Route 10 and Walnut Street, according to police.
Detectives were able to retrieve video surveillance from the gas station and saw that the suspect was operating a Nissan Pathfinder that had been reported stolen out of Roseland the same morning.
According to police, the Roseland incident began when a police officer came upon an occupied vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Lakewood. One person escaped from Roseland police on foot into backyards, and the driver led police on a chase that ended on Route 80 in Parsippany. The driver abandoned the car in Parsippany and escaped on foot, police said.
Police believe the suspect on foot stole the Pathfinder from a Roseland residence and then made his way down Eisenhower Parkway toward Livingston, where he entered the cars on Tower Road. This investigation is continuing.
Stolen Property and Drug Arrest in the Livingston Mall Parking Lot
Livingston Officer Dave Naylor was checking on a Kia stopped in the fire lane outside Barnes & Noble at the Livingston Mall on Sunday when he discovered drugs and stolen property inside.
According to police, the officer approached the car to speak with the driver about the fire lane violation and noticed that the car smelled of marijuana. Further investigation revealed that the driver, Neal David, 49, NY, had a crack pipe is his pocket, and the passenger, Eric Wright, 52, also of Syracuse, had more than about 100 rocks of crack cocaine in his pocket along with a pipe to smoke crack cocaine.
A search of the car revealed a marijuana pipe, a vial of cocaine and a foil-lined bag used for shoplifting. According to police, the rear compartment also contained merchandise valued at $2,000 that included 18 jackets from H&M, 25 pairs of underwear and four bottles of perfume from Victoria Secret.
Both men were charged with possessing stolen property, possession of drugs, possession of an anti-shoplifting countermeasure device and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were processed and released with summonses pending court action.
Fraudulent Activity at Capital One Bank (507 S Livingston Ave.)
On March 27, an alert teller at Capital One notified the Livingston police about a suspicious customer attempting to withdraw a large sum of $6,422 in cash from a customer’s account. The teller became suspicious and asked Carcamo questions about the account that he could not provide accurate answers to, according to police.
Responding officers determined that Kenneth Carcamo, 52 of Bronx, NY had attempted to make the withdrawal using a counterfeit New Hampshire driver’s license and a counterfeit credit card as identification. Carcamo, who also had a crack pipe in his possession, was arrested and charged with forgery, false government documents, fraudulent use of credit cards and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to police, Carcamo told arresting officers that he was recruited from a homeless shelter in New York by an unknown person who provided him with the fake documents, the completed withdrawal slip and a promise to pay him for his participation in the fraud. Carcamo was released on a summons pending court action.
Drug Arrest on South Orange Avenue
An officer patrolling along South Orange Avenue on Monday and attempted to stop of a Ford Fusion for equipment violations. According to police, the vehicle initially failed to stop for the officer when he turned the lights and siren on.
After travelling a considerable distance at about 40 miles per hour (mph), he car came up on traffic that was stopped at the light for Walnut Street, according to Officer Ryan Manger’s report. As Manger approached the vehicle, he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car, which was occupied by a juvenile male driver, a juvenile female passenger and an adult male in the rear seat. All are Maplewood residents.
Further investigation revealed that the rear passenger, Travion Harris, 18, had bag of marijuana in his possession. In addition, packaged marijuana was found throughout the car along with packaging materials and smoking devices.
According to police, the occupants were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Harris was also charged with hindering apprehension for giving a false name to police. The juveniles will be referred to Family Court. The charges against Harris will be referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Brush Fire on East Hobart Gap Road at Burnet Street
Police responded to this area on Saturday to find an active brush fire and alerted the Livingston Fire Department (LFD). According to police, fire personnel determined that electrical power to the area needed to be shut down before they could attempt to extinguish the fire.
PSEG was notified and the power was shut down in the area until the fire was out. Traffic lights in the area were out while the power was off.