Suspect’s Name Released In Livingston School Bus Theft

Posted Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 12:45 am ET Reply

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston police have released the name of a suspect in the theft of a Livingston school bus a week ago, but said they still don’t know the motive for the crime.

Police Chief Gary Marshuetz said in a release late on Monday that the Livingston Board of Education bus was reported stolen from the rear of the Livingston Community Center on Hillside Avenue the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 17. Marshuetz said that the suspect had been linked to a burglary on Hillside avenue on Jan. 15.

“Items and documents found at the scene of the burglary identified the suspect from the burglary as Bader Fahad Alzahranni, a 22-year-old Saudi Arabian national,” Marshuetz wrote. Officials found out Wednesday that the suspect was probably in northeast Pennsylvania, and several agencies “flooded the area” to find him, Marshuetz said.

He was taken into custody without incident at approximately 5:05 a.m. Thursday, Marshuetz said. The suspect was charged with “multiple state charges,” Marshuetz said, including burglary, motor vehicle theft, theft of moveable property, criminal damage and criminal trespassing.

Marshuetz said that how the man arrived in Livingston, and possible motivations “are still part of the ongoing investigation by state and federal agencies.” He thanked county, state, and federal law enforcement partners, as well as the Livingston police for “bringing this matter to a swift and safe conclusion.”