Recently, police discovered that an apparent truck and trailer theft ring has been operating in the greater Paterson area since August.
However, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been found yet. Nevertheless, recovered equipment could lead to a break in the case.
In mid-August, the Director of Security Operations for OOIDA, Doug Morris, reported that a theft ring targeting tractor trailers was operating in the greater Paterson area.
Mr. Morris noted that some of the stolen equipment had been recovered, but the cargo was still missing.
He believes that fingerprints can be obtained from the recovered rigs and be used to help identify suspects.
Interestingly, all of the equipment is owned by OOIDA members.
Apparently, a yellow 2005 Freightliner Columbia that was stolen in Robinsville, NJ was recovered, but its ignition was completely removed.
Similarly, a white 2004 Freightliner Columbia and a trailer were stolen in Paterson, but they too were recovered. Nonetheless, the expensive cargo that it was carrying was stolen, and, as of now, has not turned up.
Even more startling, a truck was stolen in Linden, NJ, in the same time period, but it still has not been recovered.
New Jersey police believe that they will likely apprehend the culprits in the near future, but they are still on the loose.
Remember, it is extremely crucial to understand just how serious theft is in New Jersey and to avoid it at all costs.
Failing to understand the gravity of the situation might lead you to believe that representing yourself might be all you need to fight the charge. After all, a jury will believe you did not do it, right? Wrong.
In reality, this is rarely the case.
Statistics show that those who hire attorneys to defend them in criminal cases have a higher likely of prevailing than if they represent themselves.
Be smart: if you run into trouble with the law, hire a NJ criminal defense attorney.