WABC-TV NEWS NY NY…The search for two black men who shot and killed Hoboken lawyer Dustin Friedland during a carjacking outside the Mall at Short Hills NJ on Sunday night intensified yesterday as investigators awaited results of forensics tests that could help identify the assailants and as the reward for information that could lead to an arrest continued to grow. Police are hoping forensic swabs taken from Dustin Friedland’s 2012 silver Range Rover will lead them to the two black men who shot the 30-year-old in front of his wife and left him for dead in a parking garage adjacent to the upscale mall, sources told The Star-Ledger.
INTERNATIONAL LUXURY CAR THEFT RING: Ring that stole cars worth $6 million and shipped them to Africa is busted in Newark NJ. At a joint news conference held May 23rd, 2012 in Newark NJ, federal, state and local authorities announced the bust up of a major international car-theft ring that focused on stealing scores of cars from the greater New Jersey and New York then smuggling the vehicles into West Africa, where the cars were often sold to buyers for considerably less than their retail values. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents announced that federal charges had been brought against 19 people. At the same time law enforcement speakers noted that their coordinated 1 ½-year investigation had led to the recovery of more than 200 Luxury vehicles estimated to be worth more than $6 million, some 10 percent of them had been carjacked.
The criminals who originally stole the cars from the streets and elsewhere were gang members or associates, the stolen cars included “high-end” vehicles such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus, and Land Rover, they would sell the stolen vehicles to a ‘fence’ for about $2,000 each. According to a press release put out today by the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, the joint law enforcement investigation found that numerous people had worked to illegally export, or attempt to export, stolen cars through the seaports in Newark and Elizabeth, to various countries overseas, including to Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Gambia, all in West Africa. In addition to altering the VIN on stolen or carjacked vehicles, the members of the criminal outfit would also obtain a counterfeit Certificate of Title for stolen vehicles to match the new or fictitious VIN.
According to a CNN report the FBI “Officials said ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro” make up the emerging American criminal cartel in Metro New York City and “represent a major challenge to federal agents because of their propensity for violence and brutality.” Interpol’s report describes the Luxury stolen-car industry as a complex network of professionals that includes car thieves, technicians, mechanics, document forgers, drivers, and unscrupulous car dealers. These thieves have learned how to disable immobilizers, locate and eliminate tracking devices, and alter VIN numbers, then shipping the vehicles to the Middle East or Nigeria for resale. Stolen car racket in NYC, run by Albanian mob, ships cars from NY and NJ ports to Nigeria for resale, big profits; Nigeria has become such a notorious destination for vehicles stolen from other parts of the world that it has caught the attention of the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL).
SINCE 2009 it emerged that the Nigeria Police Force is collaborating with INTERPOL in an exercise to track stolen vehicles that have found their way to Nigeria. Reports said that such stolen vehicles which number in the thousands yearly are brought in under the guise of used or second-hand vehicles, and processed through the national documentation programme and thus legitimised.