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New Jersey authorities indict 21 members of international car theft ring

May 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
New Jersey authorities indict 21 members of international car theft ring

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Authorities have indicted 21 members of an international carjacking theft ring on racketeering charges, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced on Thursday.

An additional suspect has also been accused in connection with the case while four people also charged have pleaded guilty.

The indictment released in the last week said the ring targeted luxury vehicles including Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Land Rover, Jaguars Porsche, Bentley, and BMW.

Investigators said members of the criminal enterprise played various roles in the operation including car thief, carjacker, shipper, buyer, fence and wheel man. The vehicles were stolen, then loaded into shipping containers and shipped to West Africa, where customers would pay premium prices.

Acting New Jersey Attorney General Robert Lougy said some of the suspects in the ring robbed some of the vehicles from locations where the suspects could also gain access to the electronic keys, which was a critical component to the resale value of the cars.

Members of the ring have also stolen vehicles after the owners either left them running, with the keys still inside the car or the doors unlocked.

Additionally, suspects robbed cars from dealerships and in some cases they rented a car desired overseas from a car rental agency and never returned the vehicle.

However, law enforcement officials said the thefts involving violent carjackings, targeting some drivers in their own community were the most worrisome cases.

“Members of this ring have ambushed people brandishing guns in suburban driveways, outside restaurants and malls at times in their quest for luxury vehicles, ” Lougy said.

The attorney general’s office identified the twenty-one suspects by their alleged roles in the car theft operation, they are:

Alleged Leaders
1. Ibn Jones, 37, of Newark, N.J. and
2. Tyja Evans, 39, of Watchung, N.J.

Alleged Shippers and High-Level Fences
3. Sowah Anan, 31, of Elizabeth, N.J.;
4. Peter Cleland, 33, of East Orange, N.J.;
5. Alpha Jalloh, 27, of New York, N.Y.
6. Adama Fofana, 53, of the Bronx, N.Y.; and

Rental Car Thefts
8. Andrea Brown, 25, of Jamaica, N.Y. (allegedly used fraudulent credit cards and driver’s licenses to rent cars which she stole) and
9. Julian Atta-Poku, 34, of Queens Village, N.Y. (allegedly coordinated sales of stolen rental cars)

Alleged Street-Level Fences

11. Damion Mikell, 33, of Newark, N.J.
11. Levell Burnett, 39, of Newark, N.J.; and
12. 9. Eric Aikens, 40, of Newark, N.J.;

The Alleged Carjackers, Car Thieves and/or Wheel Men

12. Rashawn Gartrell, 37, of Irvington, N.J.,
13. Kenneth Daniels, 30, of Newark, N.J.;
14. Tyree Johnson, 23, of Newark, N.J.;
15. Derrick Moore, 36, of Keansburg, N.J.;
16. Khalil Culbreath, 38, of Newark, N.J.;
17. Terrence Wilson, 39, of Newark, N.J.;
18. Donnel Carroll, 28, of Newark, N.J.;
19. Frazier Gibson, 29, of Montclair, N.J.,
20. Alterique Jones, 41, of Maplewood, N.J. and
21. Marquis Price, 32, of Newark, N.J.;

Officials said a 22nd defendant is charged with third-degree attempted theft for helping one of the accused.

Four of the suspects to previously plead guilty are identified as:

Nasir Tuner, 36, of Newark, N.J., entered a guilty plea on March 1 to first-degree racketeering. He faces an 11-year prison term, including more than nine years of parole ineligibility.

Panel Dalce, 43, of South Orange, N.J., pleaded guilty on Dec. 22, 2015, to a single count of second-degree racketeering and faces a six-year prison term.

Manuel Olivares pleaded guilty on Jan. 13 to second-degree racketeering and faces a recommended sentence of seven years in prison.

Eddie Craig, 36, of Beverly, N.J., pleaded guilty on Feb. 11 to charges of first-degree racketeering. He faces a recommended sentence of nine years in prison, including nearly eight years of parole ineligibility.

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