LIVINGSTON, NJ — Police are currently investigating the source of a bomb threat made to DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse in Livingston on Thursday morning that caused the shoe store and adjoining stores to evacuate.
According to Livingston police, the manager of DSW, located at 530 W Mt Pleasant Ave., reported just after 11 a.m. that man called the store through the main number with a bomb threat. Several police officers and the Livingston Fire Department responded to the scene and evacuated all employees and shoppers from DSW, TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack as a precaution.
Bomb detection dogs from the Essex County Sheriffs Department searched the building and nothing suspicious was found, according to police. The building was back in business by 12:30 p.m.
The night before, a Livingston police car caught fire on Old Short Hills Road at approximately 9:58 p.m.
According to police, the car was occupied by one officer who was assigned to a road construction job at the time. The officer detected the smell of smoke and quickly thereafter saw flames coming from under the hood of the car.
A water truck from the construction crew nearby was used to extinguish the fire. The Livingston Fire Department also responded to ensure the scene was safe.
The car was towed to the town garage, where it was determined a component in the emergency lighting equipment had overheated and caused the fire, police said.
In other police news, police recently arrested a 34-year-ol Newark woman for receiving stolen property and resisting arrest in the Livingston Mall parking lot.
A Livingston officer was on patrol outside Macy’s when he observed a suspicious woman who was carrying a new jacket with tags still attached and did not have a bag. According to police, she was also tearing the tags off a pair of sunglasses.
When the officer approached the woman to inquiry about the items she was carrying, the woman ran from the officer, heading off mall property and into the westbound lanes of South Orange Avenue. The woman then tried to jump over the jersey barrier but fell and injured her leg, according to police.
Officers detained the woman, identified as Ebony Walker, and determined that the items she was carrying were stolen from Macy’s and valued at $315.
According to police, Walker refused medical treatment and was processed at police headquarters.