Four Charged in Catalytic Converter Thefts from New Jersey, Sold in New York

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NEWARK, N.J. – The Department of Justice announced four men have been charged for their roles in a scheme to steal catalytic converters from vehicles in New Jersey and transport the stolen goods to New York.

U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced, Carlos Gonzalez Sabino, 27, and Marcos Rivas Cruz, 21, both of the Bronx, New York, Juan Jose Flores Nolasco, 27, of Paterson, New Jersey, and Jeffrey Sena, 27, of New Rochelle, New York, were charged by complaint with interstate transportation of stolen goods. ‘

A statement made today by Sellinger said the suspects are scheduled to make their initial appearances by videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge José R. Almonte.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Law enforcement officials identified a white BMW in connection with approximately 15 catalytic converter thefts in New Jersey from January 2022 through May 2022. On May 11, 2022, law enforcement learned that the BMW was traveling in New Jersey and had been identified by witnesses in connection with several catalytic converter thefts that had occurred in the morning. Law enforcement officials determined that the BMW would likely travel from New Jersey into New York, via the George Washington Bridge, with the stolen catalytic converters, and established surveillance there. They stopped the BMW and apprehended the defendants. Law enforcement officials found seven stolen catalytic converters, collectively valued at approximately $5,600, and other items.

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