Vehicle Breaks-Ins and Thefts Reported; Teens Caught Attempting to Enter Car

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The Livingston Police Department reported several car burglaries and thefts over the past weekend, including one vehicle that was recovered with bullet holes in the windshield. Two teenagers were also caught allegedly attempting to break into a vehicle, according to police.

On Friday, March 8, police were called to a Stoneham Drive home to take a report of a stolen vehicle. The resident said that a Mercedes sedan had been stolen from the garage. The theft occurred between about 9 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday. The garage door had been left open and the key fob has been left in the Mercedes.

After taking the report, the police quickly tracked the Mercedes to Elizabeth where the car was found parked behind by an apartment complex.

On the same day, police took reports from three residents who reported that someone had entered their cars during the previous night. The cars that were entered were on Tremont Terrace, Oakwood Avenue and East Cedar Street.

On Saturday, March 9, a Maplewood Drive resident’s car was stolen between midnight and 7 a.m. A 2018 Acura ILX had been left unlocked with the key fob inside. Officers canvassed the neighborhood but were unable to find video of the theft.

The Acura was recovered in Newark on the evening of Sunday, March 10. The car had been abandoned and had several bullet holes in the windshield.

Also on Sunday, an alert resident saw two suspicious men on his neighbor’s property dressed in dark clothing and ski masks. The men were attempting to enter the neighbor’s car, according to the resident. He notified the police and several officers responded to the area. 

Officers Chris Grieco and Raughn Sommerville located two men walking in the area and both were wearing ski masks. They were detained until the witness was able to positively identify them. Arrested were Hakeem Caldwell and Wanya McHenry, both 18 and from Newark. They were charged with trespassing and conspiracy to commit motor vehicle theft. They were issued summonses and released. 

McHenry and Caldwell are scheduled to appear in Superior Court at a later date. Both were arrested last month in Millburn in a similar incident.

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