Union City NJ Man Accused of Stealing Tractor-Trailer in Pennsylvania, Transporting $38K Worth of Beer to Saddle Brook NJ
According to authorities, the tractor-trailer went missing from Shani Transport, Inc. in 2012. The corporation is located in Williams Township, PA. The tractor-trailer was filled with Guinness beer valued at $38,000.
A day after the tractor-trailer was reported missing, it was found in Passaic, NJ. Meanwhile, the beer was found in a warehouse in Saddle Brook, NJ.
The Saddle Brook Police Department investigated and eventually arrested several people, including 53-year-old Union City resident Horacio Llerena-Martinez.
According to police, Mr. Llerena-Martinez admitted that he drove from New Jersey to Pennsylvania and stole the tractor-trailer. After hot-wiring the vehicle, he allegedly drove the vehicle to the warehouse in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, where the beer was unloaded.
In New Jersey, receiving stolen property is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7. According to the statute, receiving stolen property can be classified as a third degree crime if the property is valued at less than $75,000.00. Although Mr. Llerena-Martinez has been charged in Pennsylvania, if he had faced this charge in New Jersey, he would have been looking at a sentence of up to five (5) years in NJ State Prison.
After his arrest, Mr. Llerena-Martinez was being held at Northampton County Prison in PA on $75,000 bail.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Union City Man Steals Tractor-Trailer Filled with $38K Worth of Guinness Beer, Police Say.“