LIVINGSTON, NJ — It was a busy end to September for the Livingston Police Department, as officers responded to two burglaries and assisted Roseland police with a chase that ended in the arrest of a 20-year-old Bloomfield resident over the weekend.
A Village Drive resident returned home from a family dinner on Saturday night to discover that an unknown person had entered two vehicles parked at the residence. According to police, an iPhone was found to be missing from one of the cars.
When police began to canvass the area, officers discovered nine additional car burglaries on Collins Terrace, Collinwood Avenue and Village Drive.
According to police, a 2009 Nissan Rogue that had its keys left inside was stolen from a driveway on Collinwood Avenue. One resident reported that a laptop computer had been removed from the car and found alongside the house.
As the cars were left unlocked in all of these cases, police are urging residents to remove key fobs from their vehicles and to keep them locked at night.
At approximately 2:34 a.m. on Saturday, officers from the Roseland Police Department located a stolen motor vehicle and attempted to stop it. According to police, the driver attempted to elude the Roseland officers and led them on chase along Laurel Avenue into Livingston. The vehicle, a 2018 Toyota Highlander, had been reported stolen from Holmdel two days earlier, police said.
Livingston police explained that the stolen car hit a utility pole on Tulip Court, shearing off the right front wheel. Four occupants, all wearing masks, ran from the disabled Highlander.
Police from Livingston, Roseland, Fairfield and West Orange as well as a Morris County K9 Unit searched the area. Hours later, one suspect was located hiding in a portable toilet near 48 Laurel Avenue, according to Livingston police.
The suspect—identified as Avery Solomon, 20, of Bloomfield—was turned over to Roseland police and later charged for being an occupant in the stolen vehicle.
On Sunday evening, Livingston police responded to an activated burglar alarm at the Raceway gas station located at 266 S. Orange Avenue and discovered that the glass door to the attendant booth had been shattered and the cash register was missing from inside it.
According to police, a review of the security footage showed that a single suspect smashed the glass door with a rock to gain entry.
Livingston police believe the same suspect may have committed a similar gas station burglary in Summit last week while operating a stolen Ram 1500 pick-up that had been stolen from Kenilworth. Police have located the truck unoccupied and noted that it is being processed for evidence.
In other Livingston police news, the department has announced the next five streets that the department will concentrate on as part of its ongoing effort to enhance traffic enforcement on “problem streets” while also educating the public about them.
From Oct. 4 to Oct. 11, 2019, there will be an enhanced police presence on Longacre Dr., Sycamore Ave. , Laurel Ave., N. Hillside Ave. and Hazelwood Ave.
Until then, police continue to concentrate on Falcon Road, Longview Road, Crescent Road, Winchester Road and Brookside Place.