Newark Man Sentenced To Prison As Leader Of Auto Theft Ring

 TRENTON—An Essex County man has been sentenced to state prison for leading an auto theft ring that targeted luxury cars, Attorney General Anne Milgram and Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni announced last week. 

Saladine Grant, 34, of Newark, was ordered by Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue in Union County to serve nine years in state prison, with three years of parole ineligibility.  He was ordered to pay $3,000 in auto theft fines, and his driver’s license was suspended for 10 years. 

The sentence is based on Grant’s Jan. 20 guilty plea to a charge of leading an auto theft trafficking network.  He also pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property, and one count of theft by unlawful taking.  The charges were contained in an indictment returned on Aug. 13, 2008. 

In pleading guilty, Grant admitted that he organized a ring to steal and sell automobiles from various locations in northern New Jersey. Grant admitted that he knowingly possessed seven stolen high-end vehicles: a 2007 BMW Alpina, a 2007 Audi S-4, a 2007 Audi RS4 and four 2007 Audi Q4’s. He further admitted to stealing another eight vehicles: three Audi Q7s, three 2007 Audi S8’s, a 2007 Audi S6 and a 2007 Audi S4. The value of each vehicle ranged from $50,000 to $124,000.    

As a result of the ongoing investigation into the ring, the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor has recovered approximately 25 vehicles that were reported stolen and that had a total value of more than $1.5 million.  The majority of the recovered vehicles were allegedly stolen from New Jersey Port Authority new car holding lots and other new car holding lots, as well as from a long-term parking lot situated next to Newark Liberty International Airport.

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