LIVINGSTON, NJ — First responders saw a wide array of incidents in late December in Livingston, including a residential burglary, an assault by a shoplifter, a blown transformer and more.
Police Search for Suspect in Residential Burglary on Lockhern Drive
Following an activated burglar alarm at 18 Lockhern Drive on Dec. 17, responding officers discovered that a rear sliding glass door had been completely shattered, but a search of the home did not reveal any suspects inside the house. According to police, the master bedroom had been ransacked, and the resident is completing list of items that were stolen.
Police believe the suspect(s) placed stolen items in a duffle bag that was reported missing from the home.
Nearby residents told police about a suspicious vehicle that had been seen in the Ross Road area. Detectives later tracked down the operator of the described vehicle, but discovered that she had a legitimate reason for being in the area.
Police are now looking for a blue minivan or SUV, possibly a Chevy Equinox that was also observed in the area of the burglary. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Vella of the Livingston Police Department at (973) 992-3000 ext. 3250.
Shoplifter Assaults Livingston Mall Security and Local Police Officers
When two Macy’s security officers at the Livingston Mall approached a female with the intent to detain her for shoplifting $1,070 worth of clothing on Dec. 18, the officers said she immediately began to assault them by kicking, biting and pulling hair.
The shoplifter—later identified as Keyana Evans, 23, of Brooklyn—then ran from the security through the parking lot toward Lord & Taylor, where she was stopped by Livingston police at approximately 9:45 p.m. When officers attempted to handcuff Evans, she resisted by flailing her arms and legs, according to police. She was eventually handcuffed and transported to police headquarters for processing.
While in the processing room, Evans again became combative and assaulted four police officers by kicking them and spitting on them, according to Livingston police. She was ultimately was charged with assault on four police officers, assault on two security guards, resisting arrest and shoplifting.
According to police, the charges were placed on a summons, and she was released with a future court date in Superior Court.
Livingston First Aid Squad Assists in Christmas Eve Crash
Volunteer members of the Livingston First Aid Squad responded with an ambulance to a motor vehicle accident at the 8.6-mile marker on Route 280 West in West Orange on Christmas Eve. According to Livingston police, the incident involved serious injuries.
Since the incident occurred on a state road, Livingston police had little information as to the cause of the crash or the extent of injuries. More information will be shared as it becomes available via state police.
Gas Line Struck, Causing Odor of Gas on Lafayette Road
On Dec. 26, officers responded to a report of an odor of natural gas at 14 Lafayette Road, where they discovered that an employee of J. Fletcher Creamer & Sons had struck a gas line while digging a hole on the property. According to police, J. Fletcher Creamer & Sons was doing work for Verizon at the time.
The Livingston Fire Department and PSE&G also responded to the scene, and PSE&G remained there until the problem was corrected.
Laurel Avenue Closed to All Traffic After Transformer Blows
Traffic was stopped in both directions of Laurel Avenue from 6 p.m. on Dec. 29 to 7 a.m. on Dec. 30 due to a blown transformer in the area of 157 Laurel Ave. The live wires also caused an electrical fire on the intersection of Laurel and Brown Court.
Some residents took to social media to comment on the power outage, stating that this was the fourth power outage in the last several months in the Laurel/Shrewsbury area