Iulian Laurus 30 y/o Male from Romania
Albert Puscasu 27 y/o Male from Romania
Arrest Location: 235 Hudson Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Date and Time: 08/23/20 at about 10:03PM
Offenses: Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Burglary, Theft of Identity, Credit Card Fraud, Criminal Attempt Theft of Movable Property, Hindering Apprehension, Fraudulent Government Documents, Criminal Mischief, and Possession of Burglar’s Tools
Incident Detail: At about 9:55 PM, On August 23, 2020, Off-Duty Officers Anthony Rutkowski and Daniel Grossi of the Hoboken Police Department were walking in the area of 301 Washington. Upon approaching Capitol One Bank, they observed a male inside the lobby attempting to pry open an ATM with some type of tool. Officer Rutkowski reported the incident and they followed the suspect until uniform officers and detectives arrived. The suspect was stopped in the area of 235 Hudson Street. On scene at that time were: Detective Sergeant Josue Velez, Detective Adam Colon, Officer William Bullock, Officer Nicklas Valarius, and Officer Harold Milne. On scene investigation led to the arrest of Iulian Laurus 30 y/o Male from Romania. Iulian was found to be in possession of 1 ¼ inch chisel. The ATM machine was inspected and appeared to have damage consistent with a prying tool. Laurus was transported to police headquarters for processing. A vehicle believed to belong to Laurus was located in the immediate area and was found to be parked illegally. The vehicle was towed to headquarters for investigation. While waiting for a tow truck a male identified as Albert Puscasu 27 y/o Male from Romania approached detectives on scene and inquired about the vehicle. An investigation into Albert Puscasu led to his arrest. Puscasu was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Burglary and Criminal Attempt Theft. Puscasu’s charges were placed on a warrant and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Laurus was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Burglary, Theft of Identity, Credit Card Fraud, Criminal Attempt Theft of Movable Property, Hindering Apprehension, Fraudulent Government Documents, Criminal Mischief, and Possession of Burglar’s Tools. Laurus’s were placed on a warrant and he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Several thousand dollars were also confiscated as evidence believed to be proceeds from other ATMs. At this time no other Hoboken Financial Institutions have reported any theft from ATMs.
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