What began as a simple warrant arrest has led police to charging a Livingston man with multiple counts of burglary, theft and credit card fraud for crimes in the township, according to police.
Livingston police arrested Kevin Scanlan, 33, on Sept. 1 soon after learning there was a $50,000 warrant out for his arrest from Ship Bottom. Scanlan was wanted for breaking into a car in the Ocean County town, police said.
Livingston police found Scanlan around 11 a.m. that day getting gas at the Sunoco station on Livingston Avenue. Scanlan, who was driving a bright red 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck, was pulled over by a Livingston officer and arrested, according to police.
While searching his car, police found a pocketbook that was later found to have been stolen earlier that same day, according to police. Scanlan allegedly smashed the passenger-side window of a West Orange woman’s Volkswagen EOS that was parked in the New York Sports Club on Northfield Avenue, police said. He stole an iPhone, wallet and $300 in cash, among other things, police said.
In addition, Scanlan allegedly used the West Orange woman's stolen credit card to purchase gas from the Sunoco where he was spotted, according to police.
Police later learned Scanlan allegedly broke into another car in Livingston.
A security camera captured Scanlan breaking into a 2012 Mini Cooper that was parked in front of Dieci Salon, at 90 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., on Aug. 29, police said. Scanlan allegedly stole a gym bag from the car.
Scanlan was charged
with theft of property, burglary and criminal mischief, in addition to credit card theft and credit car fraud, police said.
Police also found hypodermic needles in Scanlan’s truck after he was arrested and he was additionally charged with drug paraphernalia.
But police believe more charges may be coming.
While searching Scanlan’s
Livingston residence, police found items that may link him to crimes involving East Hanover, Roseland and Whippany residents, according to the report.
Scanlan has been no stranger to run-ins with Livingston police.
Earlier in August and prior to these incidents, Scanlan was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, mischief for breaking into a car parked at the West Essex YMCA, police said.
Scanlan is being held Ocean County Jail on $50,000 bail, according to police.