2 Arrested At & Near Secaucus Rodeway Inn For Stolen BMW, Trafficking Personal Identity Theft

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The Secaucus Police Department has announced that ​​​​on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 9:06 P.M. the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit was patrolling the area of the Rodeway Inn Motel, located at 155 Route 3 East.  The unit observed a 2021 BMW 540i pull into the parking lot.   The vehicle was operated by Verly Antenor.
                                                                                                                        According to Police Chief Dennis Miller, Antenor exited the car and entered the motel for only a few moments before exiting with Arthur Garlick and Laura Probst.  Police say the trio entered the BMW for a few moments, then Garlick and Probst got out of the car and entered the motel.  Antenor then drove the car out motel’s parking lot onto Route 3 East.
Due to the heavily tinted windows and cracked windshield, the Anti-Crime Unit stopped the BMW.
During the motor vehicle stop, Detectives noticed the “SOS” button within the vehicle was pulled from the ceiling, along with a trim piece in the rear of the vehicle.  Police say both of these pieces are commonly removed by auto thieves to disable a vehicle’s GPS.  Upon viewing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), it appeared to be inconsistent with those installed by BMW manufacturers.  Detectives also inspected the VIN label on the driver’s side door, which had misspellings on it, making it appear to be fraudulent.
Upon inspecting the VIN number on another part of the vehicle, it was discovered that the BMW was stolen on September 23, 2022 in Morristown.  During a search of the vehicle, a large quantity of evidence of fraudulent bank activity along with personal identifying information of various persons were seized. Additionally, three forged Georgia Temporary Registrations were seized. The driver of the vehicle, Verly Antenor, age 21 of Roselle Park, was placed under arrest.
Secaucus Police Officers responded back to the Rodeway Inn and located Arthur Garlick and Laura Probst. They were both arrested for having outstanding warrants. During a consensual search of their hotel room, Garlick was found in possession of forty-five (45) wax folds of suspected heroin along with some drug paraphernalia.
“I laud the efforts of the SPD’s Anti-Crime Unit,” Miller said. “The Secaucus Police Department will continue to probe problematic areas for criminal activity and seek out the criminal element. I am grateful for the Anti-Crime Unit’s dedication and persistence, under the auspices of Detective Sergeant Matthew Ford.”
Verly Antenor was charged with Receiving Stolen Property [2C:20-7a], Alteration of Motor Vehicle VIN [2C:17-6(b)], Trafficking in Personal Identifying Information of Another Person [2C:21-17.3b(2)], three counts of Possession of Fraudulent Driver’s Licenses [2C:21-2.1(d)], Possession of a Fraudulent VIN Card [2C:21-2.3(c)], Possession of False Government Document [2C:21-2.1(c)], Falsifying of Records [2C:21-4a], Credit Card Theft [2C:21-6c(1)] . He was lodged in the Hudson County Jail.
Arthur Garlick, age 31, of Paterson, was charged with Possession of CDS [2C:35-10a(1)] and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia [2C:36-2]. He had an outstanding warrant issued from Parsippany with a bail of $2,500.00, two warrants from Pompton Lakes each with a bail of $750.00 and two warrants from Paramus and one from Haledon, each with a bail of $500.00. He was lodged in the Hudson County Jail.
Laura Probst, age 29, of Paterson had an outstanding warrant issued from Paterson with a bail of $750.00 and a warrant issued from Parsippany Troy Hills with a bail of $1,500.00. She was released on her own recognizance.
These charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.