|TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that members of the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, in cooperation with the Perth Amboy Police Department, have arrested a Middlesex County man for allegedly receiving and reselling two vehicles that he knew had been stolen.
Shaun R. Dalton, 33, of Metuchen, was arrested yesterday (June 13) on charges of second-degree receiving stolen property and second-degree fencing.
On Oct. 12, 2012, Dalton allegedly sold a stolen black 2011 Cadillac Escalade valued at approximately $70,000 to a purchaser. An investigation determined that the vehicle had been stolen in December 2011 from Hertz Vehicle Rental LLC in Suffolk County, N.Y. It is further alleged that on Aug. 28, 2012, Dalton sold a white 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was valued at $37,355, to a different buyer. An investigation determined that the vehicle had been stolen from Dodge of Paramus on or about Aug. 1, 2012. Law enforcement officials recovered both vehicles in 2013.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $150,000. Because they are indictable offenses, the charges will be presented to a state grand jury for potential indictment.
Deputy Attorney General T.J. Harker and Sgt. Jarek Pyrzanowski coordinated the investigation. Detectives Wendy Berg and Doug Mattei, and Detective Trainee Jonathan Berman assisted in the investigation. Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi thanked New Jersey Manufacturers and GEICO insurance companies and the Perth Amboy Police Department’s Detective Bureau for their assistance in the investigation.