Investigation Uncovers Stolen Plastic Totes
Fairfield (NJ) A two month joint investigation, undertaken by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Fairfield Police Department relating to the theft of plastic totes, commonly used to ship food products and other retail items, is continuing after both agencies jointly executed search warrants at two Fairfield warehouse facilities and one Englewood Cifffs residence.
On November 19, 2013, law enforcement officials executed search warrants at Farmplast, located at 5 Washington Avenue, Fairfield, Adali Plastics, located at 40 Pier Lane West in Fairfield and at a Charlotte Place, Englewood Cliffs residence that is associated with Farmplast. Allegedly found at both facilities, were a voluminous amount of stolen plastic totes and plastic pallets, belonging to such companies as Rite Aid, CVS, Bimbo Bakeries, Pepsi Cola and Walgreens to name only a few. Even plastic pallets belonging to the United States Postal Service were recovered. Most if not all of the stolen plastic items were marked with the rightful owner’s company name on them and an advisement against their unauthorized use or theft. Conservative estimates put the value of the recovered stolen property at or near $100,000.
It is alleged that before and throughout the course of the investigation, both facilities continuously received stolen plastic totes and other plastic items, around the clock, from a variety of individuals who were engaged in stealing them from various store locations in New York and New Jersey. After the stolen totes were received at the warehouse, it is alleged they would be ground up and new totes manufactured that both companies would then sell for profit.
Even while Fairfield police were securing the facilities after the search warrants were executed, four separate trucks, allegedly containing stolen totes, were stopped as they arrived at both locations. Arrested and charged with receiving stolen property were Fernando Marzan (20), Elvis Fermin (20), Armando DeDios (29), Luis Hernandez (24), Michael Malave (19), Victor Tejada Jr. (25) all of Paterson, N.J., Richard Ferreria (32) of Haledon, N.J. and Alfredo DeDios (53) of Hackensack, N.J.
According to industry experts who brought the case to the attention of law enforcement and who assisted them throughout the investigation, this activity costs the retail industry millions of dollars each year nationwide. Charges against Farmplast and Adali principles are pending.
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