Two men accused of being the leaders of an international auto theft ring operating out of Morris County NJ face several criminal charges, including carjacking.
According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the two suspects were in charge of an international luxury auto theft ring in NJ. Police recently arrested a total of 21 people who allegedly took part in the vast criminal operation. The arrests came at the end of an investigation that lasted 16 months.
Morris County prosecutors indicated that the crime ring included members who committed violent acts, including “some very serious armed carjackings” involving the use of guns.
The suspects would allegedly stake out high-end restaurants, country clubs, and suburban homes in order to steal expensive vehicles that included models like Bentley, Land Rover, Maserati, and Mercedes.
The thefts reportedly occurred throughout New York and New Jersey, including Chatham, Elizabeth, Hanover, Madison, and Verona.
Once the suspects took the cars, they allegedly shipped them overseas or to other areas of the United States. Authorities reportedly seized more than 90 cars with a total value of $4 million.
The suspects were charged with several criminal offenses, including carjacking, racketeering, money laundering, and receiving stolen property.
The two main suspects recently made appearances in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown for a bail hearing. The superior court judge rejected defense attorneys’ requests for lower bail and instead set the suspects’ respective bail amounts at $750,000 and $700,000
Most of the defendants in the case are currently being at the Morris County Jail in Morristown NJ. Some of the defendants were remanded to the Essex County Jail in Newark, NJ.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Judge Sets Bail Upwards of $700K for Alleged Carjack Leaders.”