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Newark Man Arrested for Signal Hill Burglary Linked to Rash of Thefts in Other Towns

Sgt. John-Paul Beebe, TAPinto Staff

Sunday, July 20, 2014 • 6:57am

SPARTA, NJ-On May 14 at approximately 3 p.m, Sparta Police were dispatched to a residence on Signal Hill Trail to investigate a report of a burglary.  The initial investigation revealed that a suspect had forced his way into the residence by prying open a rear window.

Several rooms in the home had been ransacked. After an inventory by the homeowner it was reported that approximately $20,000 in jewelry and other valuables were missing. Subsequent investigation identified 37-year-old Jason A. Livingston of Fourth Street in Newark as the Burglar.

On July 3 Detective. Keith Hannam presented an Arrest Affidavit to the Sparta Township Municipal Court Judge the Honorable. John E Mulhern J.M.C.  Judge Mulhern issued arrest warrants for Livingston charging him with Burglary, Theft and Criminal Mischief and set bail at $15,000.00 without a 10 percent option.

While searching for Livingston, it was learned that he had recently been arrested and was being held in the Morris County Jail for several other burglaries from various other jurisdictions in the Morris County area.  Livingston had been arrested with Ynekia Blanch, 34 years-old of Brick and Nadirah Purdie, 31 years-old.

Blanch had been arrested by Parsippany police Sargent Allan Griffin and Officers Theodore Anderson and Robert Appe after she approached Griffin about a dispute involving the two men.  She told them she feared for her safety.  The police determined she had an outstanding warrant and took her into custody. 

Police later located Livingston and Purdie at the Fairfield Inn on Route 46.

Seeing a safe and luggage in Livingston’s vehicle, it was impounded.  A search warrant was executed on the vehicle, described as a Yukon. The search by Detective Jospeh Puso of the Parsippany Troy Hills Police revealed items taken from eight burglaries in East Hanover, Millburn, Middletown and Denville.  They had more than a hundred pieces of jewelry, the ownership of which continues to be determined.  

They were charged with burglary and theft, conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted burglary and receiving stolen property in the second degree.  Livingston was also charged with possession of burglar tools and is being held there on $50,000 bail.

In May the three allegedly used a pry tool to break a rear window of the Oakland Court home in Parsippany where they took a safe and a suitcase. They also are accused of prying off an exterior screen to a rear window at the Fox Chase Road home but fled when a burglar alarm went off, the complaints said.

Livingston was served with the Sparta warrants last week in the Morris County Jail and is awaiting transport to Superior Court to be arraigned on the Sparta charges. Detective Sargent Terrence Mulligan and Detective Jeffrey McCarrick assisted with the investigation.         

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