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Man Admits Lifting $100K in Car Parts, Reselling on Craigslist

Police say they are investigating whether or not the man is responsible for three similar arrests in Ramsey

A man who was arrested by a team of police from four towns across Bergen County may also be responsible for thousands of dollars in car part thefts from car dealerships in Ramsey, police said Wednesday.

Jose Acevedo, 23, of Kearny, was arrested this Monday after admitting to stealing nearly $100,000 worth of car parts from cars parked in dealerships and lots in nearby towns, and reselling them on Craigslist, police said Wednesday. Acevedo admitted to stealing parts from parked cars in Mahwah, Upper Saddle River, Paramus, Wayne and Denville between July and December 2012, Mahwah Detective Michael Grassi told Patch Wednesday.

“He admitted to four thefts in Mahwah – three at a remote storage lot and one at a Route 17 car dealership,” Grassi said. Mahwah Police charged Acevedo with four counts of burglary, four counts of theft, two counts of criminal mischief, and two counts of criminal trespassing, and Acevedo is facing more charges from the other jurisdictions, Grassi said.

The thefts were similar in all 11 cases, Grassi said.

“He would break the windows to steal the tire lug nut key, jack up the car, put it on cinder blocks, and steal the tires and rims,” Grassi said. “Then put the parts up on Craigslist in the next two days.”

Investigators from four towns worked to crack the case, Grassi said, and identified Acevedo through survaillance videos, information from his Craigslist postings and a fingerprint left at one of the crime scenes in Upper Saddle River, Grassi said.

According to Ramsey Police Chief Bryan Gurney, Acevedo “sounds like he could be the same person,” who stole tires and off of cars parked in three Route 17 car dealerships in Ramsey during October and November.

“We are still investigating,” he said.

Acevedo is facing other charges as well, police said. He was arrested in Clifton in December while attempting to steal tires and rims in a similar way, Grassi said.

Acevedo has been remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail, police said.

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