Bayonne Man Arrested By Hoboken Police For Stealing Unoccupied, Running Car

Hoboken Detective / Lieutenant Danilo Cabrera reports that 37-year old, Freddy A. Mauricio of Bayonne was arrested on April 28 at approximately 9:35 p.m. at the corner of 3rd and Bloomfield Streets. Cabrera says the arrest was in connection to an incident on April 24 at about 8 a.m. at the corner of 3rd and Jackson Streets in Hoboken

According to Cabrera, on Saturday, April 24, 2021, shortly after 8:00 AM, the owner of a 2012 Kia Van reported his vehicle stolen from the area of 3rd and Jackson Streets. The Captain says an employee of his had left the van running and unoccupied. The employee ran into a local business for a few minutes and when he returned, the vehicle was gone.

Moments later, Police Officer Joshua Campoverde located the vehicle unoccupied in the area of 1st and Monroe Streets. The employee responded to the vehicle and only found his wallet missing. The investigation was assigned to Detective Fabian Quinones, who was able to identify a suspect with the help of Police Officer Daniel Grossi. The suspect was identified as Mauricio, and on April 27, 2021, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On April 28th Detective Sergeant William Collins and Detective Fabian Quinones located Mauricio and placed him under arrest.  Mauricio has charged with theft and unlawful taking of means of conveyance. Upon completion of processing, Mauricio was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny.

The defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Detective / Lieutenant Cabrera issued the following statement regarding running cars.

“”The Hoboken Police Department would like to remind everyone about leaving their vehicle running and unoccupied. As of today’s date of this year, we have had 7 vehicles stolen as a result of the owner/operators leaving their vehicle unoccupied and running, which is against the law. From several investigations, this is not always a crime of opportunity. We have perpetrators out there actively looking for vehicles running and left unoccupied. The reason being, it is almost impossible to steal a vehicle without keys. This is due to technology and chipped keys. Here’s the good news, you can help us fight crime! Preventing motor vehicle thefts and keeping the public safe is OUR SHARED goal. These 7 stolen cars could have been prevented.

It should go without saying, this seemingly harmless routine of leaving your vehicle running and unattended poses a public safety issue. Leaving your vehicle running is a violation of New Jersey Statute 39:4-53 (Leaving your Engine Running and Unoccupied). The main reason this statute was created was due to the number of stolen vehicles that subsequently were reported. There is an inherent danger presented when a car thief attempts to flee and subsequently operates the vehicle at high speed and individuals can potentially sustain an injury from crashes involving stolen cars. But that’s not all; stolen cars can be used in the commission of other crimes in order to avoid identification. Law Enforcement Officers encountering stolen vehicle(s) may have to engage in a pursuit, putting others and the officer’s lives in danger. To be clear, it remains the responsibility of the owner/operator to turn off their vehicle, lock the doors and take their keys with them. Please help us keep our city streets safe.”



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