Three North Jersey Men Arraigned for Allegedly Operating “Chop Shops”

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TRENTON – Three Newark men were arraigned in court Monday on charges that they allegedly operated “chop shops” and sold the parts from stolen automobiles, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced. A bench warrant was issued for a fourth defendant.

According to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza Dagli, the four defendants were charged in an Aug. 24 Union County grand jury indictment for their alleged involvement in a conspiracy to operate “chop shops” in which stolen vehicles were towed to different locations and stripped of their parts, which were then sold.

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Three of the four defendants were arraigned Oct. 4 by Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim in Union County:

  • Jose Mendez, 23, of Newark, was charged with second-degree conspiracy, second-degree operation of a facility for sale of stolen automobile or parts, and four counts of third-degree receiving stolen property.
  • Milton Mijangos, 27, of Newark, was charged with second-degree conspiracy, second-degree operation of a facility for sale of stolen automobile or parts, and three counts of third-degree receiving stolen property.
  • Angel Torres-Rosado, 32, of Newark, was charged with second-degree conspiracy, second-degree operation of a facility for sale of stolen automobile or parts, and one count of third-degree receiving stolen property.

Each of the defendants was released on his own recognizance.

A bench warrant was issued for the fourth defendant, Mario Cabrera, 37, of North Bergen, who was charged with second-degree conspiracy, and nine-counts of third-degree receiving stolen property.

The indictment alleges that between March 13 and Sept. 11, 2009, as part of the conspiracy, Mendez operated a garage at 320 Nesbit Avenue in Irvington to disassemble a stolen 1992 Honda Civic, a stolen 2006 Acura RSX, and a stolen 2000 Acura Integra into their component parts for resale.

Torres-Rosado also allegedly operated the garage at 320 Nesbit Terrace in Irvington and a garage at 224 Roseville Avenue in Newark to disassemble the stolen 2000 Acura Integra into its component parts for resale.

Mijangos allegedly operated a garage at 114 Davenport Avenue in Newark to disassemble a stolen 2004 Acura RSX and a stolen 2000 Honda Civic into their component parts for resale; and Cabrera allegedly received the stripped frames belonging to a 1998 Honda Civic and a stolen 2001 Acura Integra.

Cabrera is charged with allegedly towing the frames from the “chop shop” location in Irvington to Linden for resale or other disposal, knowing that the vehicles had been stolen.

The indictment also alleges that Cabrera and Mijangos received the stolen 2000 Honda Civic and the stolen 2004 Acura RSX; Cabrera and Mendez allegedly received two stolen 1992 Honda Civics and a stolen 2006 Honda Civic; Cabrera, Mendez and Mijangos allegedly received the stolen 2006 Acura RSX; and Cabrera and Torres-Rosado allegedly received the stolen 2000 Acura Integra, all knowing that the vehicles had been stolen.

Second-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and a criminal fine of $150,000, while third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and a criminal fine of $15,000.


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